Monthly Archives: August 2015

Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #11

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo prompt: Edge

Writing prompt: A rabbit, a cow, and a goat walk into a bar. No one’s surprised. What’s going on here? OR your main character is recounting a meal with friends at an ethnic restaurant. OR you’re on edge. Why? Go. Write. Have fun.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt. © Carol Munro, 2015

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Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #10

Talisman? An object meant to bring good luck? I thought I’d have something to photograph for the challenge. After all, I’m not a person with two feet strongly and stubbornly planted in scientific facts. I tend to believe in things unproven in this world – spiritual things. But luck? No. Luck is made, not granted by a token or by wearing a piece of clothing or by tossing a coin and making a wish. Luck is being in the right place at the right time. It’s knowing the right people. It’s planning ahead and thinking logically and being careful. It’s treating people kindly and living with a good heart. Those things bring benefits. And when bad things happen, it’s not bad luck that brought it. It’s life. Life can be good. Life can be bad. So I don’t have a talisman to photograph.

But I do like Chinese food, and yesterday we ordered take-out for dinner after exhausting ourselves with labor-intensive yardwork. This morning I found the fortune cookie, the dessert with the bonus prophecy and lucky lottery numbers. Upon close examination I noticed – HEY! There’s no fortune in this cookie!

What does that mean? If I believed in the power of the cookie, I’d be a little worried right now.

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo prompt: Talisman

Writing prompt: Write about a lucky dog. Or write about something my photo or my words above inspire. Go. Write. Have fun.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt. © Carol Munro, 2015

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Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #9

Today the photo challenge word was Earth. I knew many people would be posting pics of beautiful earthly scenes – landscapes, seascapes, aerial views. And they did. They were gorgeous and made me wish I could visit all those fabulous places in our world. But I wanted to do something different. I remembered the day the first photos of Pluto were released to the world. Earlier that day, I found a yellow, earth-stained plastic ball in our yard as I worked on our landscaping project. To me, it looked like Pluto. And so this photo. I call it “Pluto Collides with Earth.”

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo Prompt: Earth

Writing Prompt: There’s so much here to inspire you. Dirt: Dishing it, digging it, deleting it from your home, car, clothes. Pluto: Uh-yut the dog who’s Donald’s friend, the planet-not-a-planet, the ball that’s not at all a planet. Discoveries: archeology expeditions, finding lost things, finding buried treasures. Unwanted discoveries: a secret revealed, a hidden thing found by the one person who should not have found it, a place you unfortunately find yourself in. Or simply, your little corner of earth, home, the place that nourishes your soul. What else does this inspire? Have fun. Go. Write.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt © Carol Munro, 2015

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Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #8

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo Prompt: Smooth

Writing Prompt: Smooth operator. Smooth moves. Smooth out the wrinkles. Smooth over. Smooth vs rough. Rough rider. Rough roads. Rough and rugged. Rough and tumble. What tempts your creative mind? Rough or smooth? Pick one. Or pick both. Go. Write. Have fun.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt © Carol Munro, 2015

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Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #7

The photo challenge today asked participants to post five facts about ourselves. Here’s what I wrote to go with the photo below.

  1. Some days I feel like I carry this pile of stones in a sack on my back. I have friends who cut holes in the sack and lessen my load.
  2. I count my blessings. So far, I have this many (see pile).
  3. I have certain rocks I’ve found elsewhere and hauled home. I treasure and care for them, and display them on my porches as though they’re works of art.
  4. Rock and roll is not my favorite type of music.
  5. One of my favorite places in this area of the world I call home is a lake I was introduced to by a friend when I was 20. There are many large rocks and boulders in the woods and water. When the water level is low, one grand boulder peeks out. I swam out to sun myself on it many times, once towing my youngest son who was maybe about six years old. He held my shoulders and floated above me, completely trusting.
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Photo Prompt: 5 Facts About Me

Writing Prompt: Pebbles. Stones, Rocks. Boulders. What do they mean to you? Brainstorm. Make a list of 60 things about you and rocks. YES, sixty. Why so many? Today in another blog post, my writer friend Marcie Colleen mentioned this:

Twyla Tharp, award-winning choreographer, often asks her students to generate a list of sixty possibilities to solve a problem and then chooses the sixty-first.  As she says in The Creative Habit, “The closer they get to the sixtieth idea, the more imaginative they become—because they have been forced to stretch their thinking. It’s the same arc every time: the first third of the ideas are obvious; the second third are more interesting; the final third show flair, insight, curiosity, even complexity.” So, keep those ideas coming. Challenge yourself. Dig deep.

(Thanks, Marcie! You can follow her here.)

When you have sixty things on your list, pick something that inspires you to write today. Save the list for future inspiration. Have fun. Go. Write.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt © Carol Munro, 2015

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Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #6

This is one of many pages in a blank journal I made for one of my sons. The book is my version of River Song’s journal (of Doctor Who). I printed various quotes from episodes of the television show on random pages throughout the book. If you’re curious to see more photos of this book, click on the JWW Samples tab on this website.

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo Prompt: Notebook

Writing Prompt: Liar, liar, pants on fire. Your nose is longer than a telephone wire. Write about lying or being lied to or being accused of lying. Can you do it in dialogue only with no narrative whatsoever? If you try, it will be a great exercise in showing the characters’ feelings through their words only. Have fun. Go. Write.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt © Carol Munro, 2015

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Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #5

Today my photo for Suzannah’s challenge (citrus) stretches the connection a bit. I took lots of photos of lemony-orange nature – bursting-bright yellow flowers, buzzy-fuzzy yellow jackets and bumble bees, fluttery-beautiful yellow butterflies and orange ones, and bitty-bouncy yellow goldfinches. But I choose to post this pic of fruit growing on my quince bush. What’s so citrus-y about quince? Glad you asked. This fruit has more vitamin C than lemons. And there’s the connection.

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

 Photo Prompt: Citrus

Writing Prompt: Write about the over-use of hyphenation. Or about fruit. What was your favorite fruit when you were a child? And now? What memories do you have about picking fresh fruit? Or buying it? Or stealing it? What’s the oddest experience you ever had involving fruit? (If you hang upside down and swallow watermelon, the juice comes out your nose. Yeah. I know that for a fact.) Consider writing from a child’s or animal’s point of view. Have fun. Go. Write.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt ©  Carol Munro, 2015

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Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #4

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo prompt: Numbers

Writing Prompt: Today the photo challenge led my husband and me into a cemetery we’ve driven by for more than 30 years. I’m glad we stopped and strolled around. It made me feel more rooted in this region of Western Massachusetts. This stone in particular made thoughts in my head ping-pong every which way. The abbreviations. The stone cutter’s work. The longevity of this man born in 1616. That this man (it seems) is buried with his son, who died 52 years later. (Did the Captain not have a stone all those years? Or was his replaced after his son died? Or have I totally misconstrued the stone’s message?) That 300+ years later, someone continues to tend this grave. Where does this photo take your thoughts? Go. Write. Have fun.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt © Carol Munro, 2015

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Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #3

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo prompt: Skin

Writing Prompt: Sometime we read into things. We see things that aren’t there. Today as I photographed the bark of a tree, I saw a face looking at me through the viewfinder. Can you see the face? Do you see the cigarette hanging from its lip? Write about seeing something that’s not there. Write about not seeing what you think is there. Write about seeing beyond the surface. Write about attempts to hide the obvious. Or write about skin – thin skinned, thick skinned, the skin of your teeth. Have fun. Go. Write.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt © Carol Munro, 2015

 

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Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #2

Today’s Air Quality Index (AQI): Unhealthy

© 2015 Photo by Carol Munro

© 2015 Photo by Carol Munro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo prompt: Air

Writing Prompt: It’s a guy thing. The lift of the foot, the lean to the left, the letting go of…air. Write about buddies being buddies together. Have fun. Go. Write.

For more info about the photo challenge, go here: Suzannah Conway’s August Break, 2015.

Photo and writing prompt © Carol Munro, 2015

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