Photo Challenge #167

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Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.


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You have 1 week to complete this challenge.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Old

Dutch goes the Photo!

Welcome to Week 59 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Of course, there’s still some of la Bella Italia in my system for this week’s theme, as there was so much to see and experience during our short, 12 days on vacation.  So, in keeping with the spirit of the antiquities, I’m giving you the challenge to photograph something that talks to the theme of Old!

In this challenge, feel free to approach it in any way you like, keeping in mind that Old is a very relative concept, so you could even go out with the old, or rely on Old Faithful!  Have fun with this theme and show of your characteristic creativity!

Here’s something old that I came across….

20170519-Roma_DSF1266_7_8_tonemappedLooking across the Forum

The Palatine Hill and the Forum are amazing locations in Rome, which are well worth the experience.  To me, they really gave a sense of going…

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Birmingham Gay Pride Parade


This weekend Birmingham celebrated Gay Pride with the Pride Parade, and I felt proud to live in a country that not only accepts differences but actively celebrate this country’s diversity.

This years Parade was bigger and better as we were also celebrating 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised. You may not agree with homosexuality but you have to agree that countries that pass laws telling you that your feelings and emotions are illegal are beyond backward. (I have no problem with who other people love as it makes no difference to my life)

Once agiain the parade took place the weekend we had the grandchildren so we all went along to see this flamboyant and colourful spectacle and what a great time we had.

The parade began at noon, after holding a minutes silence to pay respect to those killed in the Manchester bombing last week. With a heavy and…

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Reading Links 5/30/17

Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author


Reading Links…5/30/17

Traci Kenworth


  1. Patricia A. McKillip. Freda Warrington. Tanith Lee and more.
  2. An underlying look at what makes us human.
  3. A Dr. Who novel by Neil Gaiman.
  4. Prequel to Strangely Beautiful.
  5. Three book reviews in this series.
  6. Some books to take a look at!
  7. Superheroes headed toward the dark side.
  8. Can she find a mythical being capable of granting wishes?
  9. Marvelous characters, vast, and complex world building.
  10. Which man will she choose?
  11. Spoiler alerts.
  12. When her racist rant against otherworlders goes viral, what’s Granny to do?
  13. Greece in the age of heroes.
  14. This book takes it to a new level.
  15. Vampires, the slaves to humans?


  1. Three kids get lost inside a book and have to help Shakespeare solve the story if they’re to get home.
  2. Lemony Snicket meets Oscar…

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The Anatomy Of A Scene (repost)

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

The-Overall-Scene-Structure-by-Better-Novel-ProjectAnybody that has read my work, knows that most of my blogs spin off of my own weaknesses. And there are many. I figure if I’m having problems with a certain aspect of writing, there are probably many others who are too.

So today I thought I would focus on writing scenes. As you may have guessed, I was shredded to pieces  in a critique, and rightfully so.

I presented a 3000 word excerpt from my novel for review. I did say 3000 words, and a friendly critique (she really was nice), pointed out that I had managed to squeeze 10 different locations/scenes into those 3000 words. It was overwhelming, and the scenes were like flybys.

I have a very complicated novel, with many twists and turns, which could be a good thing. But in my haste to get through them all, I’m not providing a cohesive story. Many of…

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Vegetable Trio Salad with Mango Dressing

Our Divine Moments

Vegetable Trio Salad with Mango Dressing

I adapted this recipe in an attempt to try new ingredients and go meatless once in a while. Look at how easy this can get!

Love the colour mix of the lovely vegetables!

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stem lettuce (莴笋)
  • 1 or half zucchini (longitudinal half)

Ingredients (salad dressing)

  • 1 ripe mango (India mangoes are great!)
  • 1/4 brown onion
  • 1 large lime or half lemon
  • 4 tablespoon pine nuts

Condiments (salad dressing)

  • 2 tbs grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 tbs fine brown sugar
  • A pinch of salt

“Vegetarian fettuccine”


  • Strip the vegetables trio into broad strips with a slicer.
  • Blend all the ingredients and condiments well in a blender.
  • Mix well vegetables and dressing well in a bowl.
  • Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with extra pine nuts or other nutritious seeds ( sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds) and serve.

Your healthy salad
I loved…

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