Wordle #178

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And now, back to Monday’s wordling. Good luck.

Scrape the Monday blahs away with this week’s wordle 🙂

12 challenging words. Use at least 10 to create a poem, a short story, some flash fiction etc. The words can appear in alternate form and in any order. You have a week to create.

Please include the tags MLMM or Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and wordle in your posts.


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“The doll funeral” by Kate Hamer


A well-written, though at times bleak novel, about a thirteen year-old girl who can ‘see‘ the dead. She sees many dead people, but the most constant presence is that of ‘Shadow’, a young boy who has made himself known to her throughout her life.

Ruby lives in The Forest of Dean with her parents Barbara and Mick. Her life is traumatic. Mick is a vicious and violent abuser who thinks nothing of slamming Ruby up against a wall, or making a meal of her face with his fists. Barbara seems to love her, but will not stand up to Mick’s violence.  Ruby misses a lot of school due to her injuries. Mick is the school caretaker and doesn’t want her to show up bruised at his place of work.

On her thirteenth birthday, Barbara and Mick tell Ruby that she is adopted.  Rather than being upset by this…

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Photo Challenge #188

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


If you are an artist or photographer, use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

You have 1 week to complete this challenge.

Please credit the artist!

When you’re done, TAG the post Photo Challenge and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, and add your link to the Link Button. Also don’t forget to link to this post or copy your post’s URL into the comments. We can read your post sooner that way.

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Need a word association generator? These are free & better than your average thesaurus . . .

Trish Hopkinson

My favorite of the three is Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — “Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.”


These two also do the trick and are simpler with less visual flare:

Word Association Lookup — “The project «Word Associations Network» gives you an opportunity to lookup associations with a given word. Word associations arise in the human’s mind when reading or saying a word, or just thinking about the word. In order to retrieve the list of associations to a word, just type in the word in the search panel and press <Enter> key or “Search” button.”


wordassociation.org — “began as an experiment by simon holliday at nameless, and has now become the world’s largest database of word associations.”


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Twittering Tales #58 – 14 November 2017

like mercury colliding...

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. Wait….WHAT?! YES! You read that correctly. Recently, the sages at Twitter announced that they were doubling the character limit. So, of course I am passing this gift on to you! When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to…

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Flower of the Day – November 14, 2017 – Rhododendron Bud

Cee's Photo Challenges

NOTE:  I’m having internet issues, so please expect some delays in responding to everyone.  Thanks.

Feel free to add your floral photo to the comments. This way we can all enjoy everyone’s flowers.

Here is a rhododendron bud that will bloom in the spring.  I took this photo this past weekend in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Qi (energy) hugs


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November 14th is National Pickle Appreciation Day!

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Here are today’s five things to know about pickles:

Cleopatra claimed pickles made her beautiful.


The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles a year.


If it weren’t for pickles, Christopher Columbus might never have “discovered” America. In his famous 1492 voyage, Columbus rationed pickles to his sailors to keep them from getting scurvy. He even grew cucumbers during a pitstop in Haiti to restock for the rest of the voyage.


Napoleon was also a big fan of pickle power. In fact, he put up the equivalent of $250,000 as a prize to whoever could figure out the best way to pickle and preserve foods for his troops.




Berrien Springs, Michigan, has dubbed itself the “Christmas Pickle Capital of the World.” In early December, they host a parade, led by the Grand Dillmeister, who tosses out fresh pickles to parade watchers.


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8 Tips For Writing A Fantasy Novel

Rachel Poli

I’m no expert on writing fantasy. But I have written my fair share of the fantasy genre. I’ve written a couple of (totally not flushed out) short stories and I have written a novel or two with a few other ideas.

And when I say fantasy I mean I’ve written about mages. I’ve written about wizards and elves. I’ve written about superheroes. I’m all over the place with it.

I’m giving these tips because this is what I’ve learned along the way (and we can pretend I’m some sort of expert on writing fantasy), but also because I’m writing fantasy for NaNoWriMo.

So, here we go!

8 Tips to writing Fantasy1. Keep it “real”

Fiction is fake, fantasy is out of this world. Still, there’s a little bit of truth in everything we write. Sometimes we base characters off of ourselves or someone we know. Sometimes we take places and warp them just a little bit…

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