Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Fountains

When we went to Spain to celebrate our 20th anniversary in August 2016, we had a treat of watching the water dance in this fountain in Barcelona. I included two photos in this post. The third photo was taken in Portland, Oregon last month, and the last photo is in Yorba Linda, California in front of the President Nixon Library.

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Please click the link to see more and participate: Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Fountains

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – Bewitch & Treasure

For Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, #Synonyms Only, I use Charming for Bewitch and Mystery for Treasure.

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Roses

Charming Chroma

Delicate soft petals

Unfolding inner mystery

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Life is likea cup of tea

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge NO. 92, “Bewitch & Treasure,” #SynonymsOnly

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Family Time Treat

My granddaughter Autumn is nine and a half months old. It is always a treat to visit Mercy, Will, and Autumn. I’m so blessed with the opportunity to visit them once a month so far. Autumn is growing fast and learning new things every day. During my visit from June 26 to July 3, 2018, I watched her eating peanut butter and jelly sandwich by herself. She is a good eater – eats everything given to her. She also started cruising. She took twenty steps on the second day of cruising.

Mercy, Autumn, and I went to a park and had a picnic lunch with Mercy’s friend who just had a six weeks old baby. Autumn had fun on the swing.

We also went to a small rose garden and Battle Ground Lake State Park. It was a fun-filled week for me.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Family Time Treat

Platform: Self-Publishing

Please read and share this wealth of information on Self-Publishing by Debby Gies, aka D. G. Kaye. I’ve learned so much from her post.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

How to Build a Readership with Blogging
and Prepare for Publishing by Debby Gies

As writers who choose to self-publish, we must understand that we’ve chosen to be not only writers but publishers, marketers, and promoters of our work because these components are all essential parts of running a business. Yes, your business! If we intend to sell books, it’s in our best interests to learn about these things as well as building an author platform. If we don’t put in the time to promote our work, our books will surely sit and collect dust on the virtual shelves, lost in a sea of hundreds of thousands of other books.

Although we may be publishing in a digital world, our business is no different than if we opened our own brick and mortar store. We wouldn’t leave our doors unlocked and wares left unattended, would we? So, let’s get into…

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July 5: Flash Fiction Challenge 2

July 5, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes buttons.

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Monkey’s Tummy

Being self-employed is a luxury. Sam doesn’t set the alarm clock. He goes to the gym at 9:00 a.m. when people honk their way to the exit lane.

Looking at 16,000 columns and 895 rows of data make his eyesight fuzzy. The query narrowed it down to 90 columns and 75 rows.

Oh, no! He pressed a wrong button, missed one zip code. Doing it all over again. No one shares his stress. It’s time going to his laughing buddy. A button on the monkey’s tummy he pushed. His hilarious is contagious. Sam can’t help but laugh with him.

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Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch: July 5: Flash Fiction Challenge – Monkey’s Tummy

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wonder

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge starts this week. The theme is Wonder. Please see guidelines below for participation.

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On May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens in Washington, United State erupted. It was a major eruption among the 48 states since 1915. I was a student in Seattle when the eruption occurred. The news showed the heavy ashes covered a nearby city. It was 3:00 p.m. but the blackened sky made it as if it was evening. Twenty years after, I went on a bus tour to visit when the mud and debris still filled the river.

On September 10, 2016, my daughter, her husband and I went back to visit. I zoomed in the top of the volcano, the crater was very much alive. The bottom of the mountain showed a lot of green. We found some beautiful flowers. It is the wonder of life.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Wonder

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Announcement and Guidelines:

The theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Wonder.  We invite you to create a post that captures a moment, a feeling, a place, a person—which filled you with wonder.
Here are the guidelines:
  • Lens-Artist Photo Challenges are published every Saturday at 12 noon EST by one of our moderators. Post your reply any time before the next challenge is announced.
  • Tag your post with lens-artists so others can find it easily in the WordPress Reader.
  • Include a link to this post.
  • Subscribe to all 4 moderator blogs to receive the challenge each week.
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Ann-Christine will post the next challenge on Saturday, July 14.
If you missed our initial challenge announcement, click here for the details.

 

July 5: Flash Fiction Challenge

July 5, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes buttons.

Hero’s Nightmare

“Kevin, you look handsome in your uniform.”

“Thank you.”

“I like to have a copy of your photo with your autograph.”

“No, that’s okay.”

“You gave one to your mum, but you don’t hang it in your home.”

“She asked for one, I respected her wishes.”

“Did Sarah want to hang up your uniform photo?”

 “She didn’t ask.”

“Look at all the large and small buttons across your chest to your shoulder. They are gorgeous. You’re a hero.”

“It’s not what you think.”

“What do you mean?”

“Each one tells a nightmare and I don’t want to be reminded.”

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Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch: July 5, 2018, Flash Fiction Challenge – Buttons