Greetings, dear wordsmiths – in fact, Season’s Greetings!
Yes, it’s holiday time. This will be our last post for this year. Magaly will usher in our New Year with a new Weekly Scribblings on Wednesday January 6th – after a pause of two-and-a-half weeks when we can focus on festivities, or a good rest, or both. And if you can’t stop writing, don’t worry – save up the results to share with us next year.
Personally I'm planning a solitary Summer Solstice celebration, as at present I need rest more than circle dancing – though I'll send the local Goddess gathering some light, of course. Nor will I be visiting family interstate for Christmas this year (except by video). Our State borders are not long open; and, at the time of writing this, some may need to close again. In any case I'm still wary of long journeys on public transport. Instead I intend some gloriously lazy self-indulgence right here. For one thing, I have a number of Mary Oliver books to re-read; one of my greatest pleasures. And it might be time to watch Breakfast at Tiffany's again – a movie I can see over and over (and have) while loving it just as much every time. What will you be up to?
Hands up who’s glad to see the end of 2020! Hmmm, yes, that seems to be unanimous – at least in terms of large-scale things such as firestorms, pandemics, economic downturns, and volatile political events. Whew!
On a smaller scale, some things haven’t been so bad – in this community, for instance. Our transition from the old format to Poets and Storytellers United, with an almost-new management team and of necessity a new blog, has turned out very well all things considered. Or so your remaining staff of three feel. We’ve settled down to a smooth and easy operation behind the scenes, with much accord, some laughter, perfect trust, and a lovely lack of drama.
Although it appears that Blogger is still doing some updating, I’m glad to say the glitches are not nearly so dramatic as they were a year ago. We can usually correct them before you even see them. I’m grateful for Magaly and Rommy’s technical expertise and their willingness to make it available to me.
Of course we'd be nothing without our lovely community of willing participants! You're the point of it all. We thank you for playing along with the ideas we dream up, and keeping it fun and interesting.
For this final post of the year, feel free to link any piece of writing you care to, old or new, poetry or prose, just one each, and please keep prose to an upper limit of 369 words. The prompt will stay open for a week.
On the first Weekly Scribblings of the new year (Jan 6 2021), Magaly will invite us to revisit our Weekly Scribblings selection, and write new poetry or prose using one of our 2020 prompts. Please add the title (and link, if you can) of your chosen prompt to your post. Don’t feel like searching? No problem. Here are some choices: 1) Weekly Scribblings #40: Walking Away, 2) Weekly Scribblings #25: Well, That Was Unexpected, 3) Weekly Scribblings #9: Contagion.
And in conclusion, here's a little gift to writers (particularly storytellers, but I’m sure poets will enjoy it too) which I found while roving the web recently:
9 Lines of Writing Advice with Cats
– from Robert Lee Brewer at Writer's Digest. (Once there, keep scrolling down.)
Happy holidays! Stay safe and well!
(Parcel image from Unsplash, by Kira auf der Heide.)
Happy Sunday to everyone
Same to you, Gillena.Delete
I hope I didn't manage to flout the rules on this one. It looks as though it's chef's choice, so to speak.ReplyDelete
Yes, on Sundays anything goes except for the limit on the number of words in prose.Delete
Good day, everyone!ReplyDelete
will be making the rounds to read later. :)
Always good to have you with us.Delete
I'm still smiling at Jennifer J. Chow's quote, "I want my readers to experience hope." I think hope has been one of my strongest, um... hopes in 2020: Hope for better. Thank you so much for sharing those quotes, Rosemary, and for your kind words and never-ending encouragement. We are very lucky to have each other. And this year, I believe, staying connected through our writing community makes that luck even more important. I hope--there is that word again--that 2021 brings all sorts of necessary change and make the good things from last year even better.ReplyDelete
Happiest end of year break, everyone! I will probably blog a few times between here and the 6th, so I will see you in the blogsphere, on Instagram, or (if I finally decide to go back) on Facebook.
Be healthy. Be safe. Be happy.
I liked the one about the most important part of a novel, and also the one about subplots – but from the point of view of a reader rather than writer of novels!Delete
Happy Holidays to all! Posting a poem celebrating inglenooks and Winter Solstice. Cheers!!!ReplyDelete
Very cosy and hopeful! I could imagine it well, despite being at Midsummer here.Delete
Happy Holidays! May peace and healing come in the new year.ReplyDelete
It's been a busy day and I'm late posting, but I want to wish everyone happy holidays, however strange they may be (the holidays, not the people!). I am grateful for this community of talented people and for those who make it possible for all of us to enjoy.ReplyDelete
Happy days to you too, Bev!Delete
Happy Sunday, and have a wonderful holiday season, everyone! I'm looking forward to reading everyone's poems / stories, though I will have to do so tomorrow.ReplyDelete
Tomorrow is perfectly fine!Delete
I will be back to comment on Monday - I still have "In My Bones" to finish up visiting and commenting! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.ReplyDelete
Happy to see you whenever!Delete
Merry Christmas to everyone !
Go easy on the turps
See you all next year !
Thanks, Rall. Ha ha, planning no turps at all this year – but I may have to ration the chocolates.Delete
Good morning writers in the Pantry! Couldn't resist one final post for yucky old 2020. Cheers to all and happy writing in the New Year.ReplyDelete
Thank you for not resisting! Happy New Year to you and all of us.Delete
Thanks for all the helpful and interesting prompts .. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year~ReplyDelete
Same to you! So glad you have enjoyed our efforts.Delete