Story Chat for September

This month's story is by Val Chapman. Val is one of the founder members of our writing group, The Whittlesey Wordsmiths. No Stone Unturned Val Chapman Barbara sat back on her heels and tilted her face to the sun. She had spent the last half-hour on her knees weeding her garden, and her back was … Continue reading Story Chat for September

August Story Chat Summary

A Dress for a Princess by Wendy Fletcher If you missed Wendy’s story, read it at https://cathy-cade.com/2021/08/03/story-chat-for-august/ Twist in the tale Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged wrote, “I love a story with a twist, and this one definitely provided one – both to my heartstrings and to my pre-conceived idea." Phil thought that “the twist at the … Continue reading August Story Chat Summary

How Do I Miss Thee?

One recent challenge for 12 poems in 12 months (at deadlinesforwriters.com) was to write a sonnet. I chose the Shakespearean sonnet form. How do I miss you? Let me count the ways now we’re apart. I woke up late this morn, No pillowed head beside me this fine day, To snore throughout the night till … Continue reading How Do I Miss Thee?

But is it poetry?

The challenge was to write blank verse: not something I really understand, but - hey, I joined this challenge to learn, didn't I? My poems scan, their lines carefully rhymed and of a length, with syllables aligned. Its beats are bars in a melody’s score. Its rules are like bars of a cage. If words … Continue reading But is it poetry?

Things To Do, 3: Spark Their Imagination.

Storytelling Even the most artistic of children will want to put down their paintbrush sometime. Offer them a prompt (or a choice of prompts) to write a story. This could develop in several ways. For instance, when everyone's applauded the story, suggest a 'What If' related to it. . . (What if the cat got … Continue reading Things To Do, 3: Spark Their Imagination.