Photo Challenge / Writing Prompt #16

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo prompt: Fire

Writing prompt: This sign was in an antique barn in Vermont. Ever go antiquing? Do you remember the smell of old goods gathered? Can you smell the smoke of this cigar? Go ahead. Light it up. What fire does this photo light for you? Write about it, but be sure to include the scent of smell. 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 #15

Yes. We visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and I was captivated by the art of the building itself. Of course I took photos of some beautiful, intriguing, inspiring works of art. Van Gogh, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Sargeant… But I love architecture. And I appreciated the beauty of the building that held such beauty.

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo prompt: Art

Writing prompt: Write about beauty. About finding art in a leaf or piece of lumber, in a lamp finial or the face of a clock, in a field of rye or a mountain range. Write about the beauty of the scent of a newborn baby, the skin of a woman of a certain age, or the calluses of a young construction worker.  Where do you find art? 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 #14

Meet Snickers. Don’t tell any other pet I’ve ever had, but Snickers was my favorite. I thanked him often for choosing to come live with us. Yes. It was his choice, after our youngest son invited him in for a visit. Snickers had been living as a survivalist—on his own after, we suspect, some dope dropped him off in our neighborhood. We asked around. None of the neighbors called him their own. So he joined our family. He was about a year old when he adopted us. And he stayed for 17 years. I miss his smell. That warm, sweet smell.

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo prompt: Favorite Smell

Writing prompt: Imagine your main character is in a place he/she never expected to be. Ever. Never ever. The situation is life threatening, and what brings your MC from the brink is that smell. That favorite scent.  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 #13

I scavenged photo files from a year ago for today’s challenge. Unfortunately, I happened upon this unwanted guest who had visited my eggplant bushes. It was just as disconcerting seeing this creepy, yet fascinating, creature today as it was last August 16. Doesn’t it make you shudder and wipe imaginary crawly things off your arms and legs? Yeah, me too.

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo prompt: Last Year

Writing prompt: Your main character settles in for the evening. A glass of his/her favorite beverage, a good book, the rhythm of rain against the window. Ahhh. And then there’s a knock at the door. Nay, a pounding.  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 #12

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

Photo prompt: Yellow

Writing prompt: Does this Canada goose seem mellow yellow? He was having a pleasant day with his buds, stopping to smell the flowers, padding around in the mucky water’s edge, going in for a little float-about. A nice, easy-going, do-nothing day. But then the mallards showed up. What happened next? 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 #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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©2015 Photo by Carol Munro

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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