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Alphabet soup

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As the picture suggests, I’ve set myself the personal challenge of taking part in the #AtoZChallenge.  Every day in April (except Sundays) I will be posting a blog relating to the relevant letter of the alphabet.  I’ve been swimming in alphabet soup since signing up over a month ago.  Now, I’m all scheduled up and ready to fish the letters out.

My #WordoftheWeek with  The Reading Residence just had to be ‘soup’!

Word of the week soup A to Z challenge

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A man took a stroll through a deep dark wood…

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© John Nixon

 

A man took a stroll through a deep, dark wood to find a creature he had heard about from his little one.

“If I look hard enough, I might also stumble upon the gruffalo’s child,” he mused silently to himself.  It would be akin to meeting a celebrity; what would he say?

Over the branches, under the branches, weaving in and out of knotted stumps.  The woody smell of bark and ‘crunch’ of his footsteps filling the air.

But he was in the wrong place.  This wood was too light and bright.  No matter, he could use his imagination instead.

(100 words)

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Main picture source: via FridayFictioneers

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with Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt

Please do feel free to comment but likewise, please do note that I would prefer not to receive constructive criticism.  

(This time anyway…)

Thanks in advance…

Carol Cameleon

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Scruffy the dog

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Picture source unknown: Obtained via SmartMajority.com

Scruffy the dog is a fluffy little pooch. I say ‘little’ when, in fact, he is rather larger than the majority of the dogs ‘left behind’ at the kennels. No one really knows his life story but he has found a new ‘home’. Not a family home in the traditional sense but a home at the kennels. Well, it is a family to Scruffy. Funny how he’s nice as pie until someone wants to adopt him. “No,” he says with a bark, “this is my home now and I’m jolly happy here!”

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I stumbled upon this fluffy-looking chap while browsing online and challenged myself to write 100 words for #TheThemeGame.

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The Theme Game

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Packages

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Picture source: via Pinterest 

This week I received 2 large (make that very large cardboard boxes.). They were sitting patiently in my hallway waiting for me when I got home from work on Friday.  However, it was tea time, I was starving and I’d had a crazy busy afternoon at work. The moment I opened said boxes had to be ‘a moment’ – not rushed.  These boxes contain my Pheonix Trader business kit and lit(erature) – see what I did there?!

The weekend is a busy one and I want to give ‘the boxes’ my full attention, taking in every detail, enjoying and savouring ‘the moment’. Sunday night will be the night!  Why not now? Because I told myself I would do a whole list of ‘to do’s now. I will be focused  and ready for Pheonix excitement… A new venture Is on the horizon…

My #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence is ‘packages’.

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Join me in sending a postcard…

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Paper.  How often do you use it for communicating these days?

There’s social media, mobile phones and even our bills are ‘dished out’ by email and paid online.  Almost everything can be done digitally.

As a lover of writing, I use paper daily.  I have a wad of plain scrap paper held together with a big bulldog clip.  I write notes galore in this notepad.  From notes for writing, to blog notes, they’re all in there.  It’s how I write.  It feels more ‘raw’ to write like this.

Knowledge grew because of paper.  Thanks to the Age of Enlightenment, people began to broaden their literary and reading horizons.  They began to absorb new information.  They found a new thirst for learning about the world.

Novels began as a series of written letters… on paper.  In the 21st century, rare is the occasion when a nice hand-written (or even typed) letter lands on your doormat.  Instead, we are obsessed with digital communication which happens so quickly that we trip ourselves up in the tangled strands of the world wide web.

As we muse on ‘paper’ and its decline in daily usage, take your time and join me in choosing just one friend (near or far) and send them a postcard.  Either from somewhere you’ve visited, or your home town (tourist information is a good source), pop a stamp on it (don’t forget their address – snail mail not email!)  or even hand deliver, and remind them that you are not just a virtual friend…

Then pop your mobile number on the postcard and all your social media links, just for good measure… 😉

This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘paper’.

Join in – it only takes a click!

 

The Theme Game

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Powerful

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I sat down, got comfy and was watching an audience.  The audience was watching a play.  I was in another audience watching the same play.  The same play was being linked up live from their venue to my venue.  I was about to experience something new and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Would I get distracted with my thoughts of feeling like I wasn’t really there, but was?  Would watching a play on a big screen feel too much like being at the cinema for me to enjoy the ‘theatre’ atmosphere?   Would I even feel the theatre experience?  Lost in my thoughts, the play began…

The first ‘thing’ I saw was indeed a ‘thing’.  It was the parts of a wooden/leather foal being held in the position/shape of a foal by 3 humans ‘acting out’ being a horse.  Odd.  But strangely realistic, strangely atmospheric and I was strangely drawn in from the word go.

A few scenes in and the foal dramatically yet seamlessly turned into ‘Joey’ the adult horse (excuse my lack of equine knowledge – this may not be the correct terminology).

There were now 2 humans actually inside the ‘carcass’ of the horse and it was absolutely incredible to watch.  The choreography, the stage direction and the ability of the actors to work together to bring the whole concept of adapting the novel ‘Warhorse’ to stage was mind-blowing and powerful.

I cannot not do justice to the outline of the novel by Michael Morpugo, the adapation of the novel to the stage or the deeply powerful themes of ‘Warhorse’ justice in a short blog post.  Therefore, I feel that less is more and instead will leave you with the aforementioned link about the novel and an image of ‘Joey’ the horse on stage… and yes I most certainly did get wrapped up in the theatre experience…

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Picture source: Warhorseonstage.com

My #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence is ‘powerful’.

Even this word doesn’t quite hit the spot…

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The Garden Gang

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Picture source: Amazon

Penelope Strawberry

Benny Broad Bean

Lucy Leek

Gertrude Gooseberry

Out of all the characters in ‘The Garden Gang’ books by Jayne Fisher, these  are the ones that I loved the most as a child.

I found the stories that Fisher wrote to be enchanting.  They really captured my young imagination with the colourful drawings and the cheeky veggie names!  Little did she know how popular her garden gang books would be when she started writing them at the tender age of 9.  She was to be the youngest ever Ladybird author at the age of 12.  What an incredible achievement!

The inside cover of my own well-thumbed copy of ‘Wee Willie Water Melon and Betty Beetroot tells me that Jayne had:

“…her own little garden at home which gave her the ideas for these stories.  Jayne’s bold, colourful felt-tipped pen illustrations are bound to appeal to young children…”

So not only was she a talented young author, she also created the vivid, bold illustrations too.  I wonder what she is doing now?… Perhaps she’s writing a ‘garden’ blogpost for the #TheThemeGame ?!…

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The Theme Game

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Imagination

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Imagination knows no bounds.  Let it loose and your imagination knows no limits.  I’m coming to final furlong of preparing my children’s book for print.  It’s been an immense, intense and exciting journey.  If it wasn’t for my imagination, I wouldn’t have travelled this road.

That’s why ‘imagination’ is my #WordoftheWeek

Have you got a word of the week?  Share it with The Reading Residence

 

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Just one thing in your pocket…

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Think of the word ‘yellow’,

What comes to your mind?

Is it the warm sunshine that helps

Cast your worries behind?

We all have them,

these worries of every shape and size;

We all cope in our own way,

but here’s a word from the wise…

Just one thing in your pocket can help remove stress and fear,

With the help of a sunstone, the clouds will vanish,

Behind them the solution will become crystal clear.

Think on this a while,

And I’m sure you will find,

The sunstone’s energies will help you

Leave your worries behind.

This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘yellow’. Why not join in?

 

The Theme Game

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A stamp…

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Picture source:  ariashop.co.uk via Pinterest

A stamp is what I bought this week.  I’m eagerly awaiting taking part in #PostCircle which I stumbled upon from The Reading Residence’s blog.

 

Years ago (and unfortunately I do mean years…!) I took part in a scheme at primary school which involved linking up with a penpal.  My penpal was from Nova Scotia, Canada and we had much fun exchanging letters.  In this digital age, we don’t exchange letters anymore, which is a bit of a shame.

 

To be honest, we rarely actually interact, just flick through each other’s facebook and like or comment on the odd photo or status posted up.  Jen, I promise to ‘connect’ more with you!

 

When I saw #PostCircle, I saw a great opportunity to get more involved physically.  Miss Beatrix aka @SqueakyPig started it all off.  After reading the blog post on PostCircle, I saw a hashtag party, read a few tweets and hey, I’m getting involved!

 

Can’t wait to put my ‘stamp’ on it, which is also my #WordoftheWeek for The Reading Residence’s linky…

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