Writing Prompts For 10.16

Weekly Writing Prompts

Every week you’re invited to join me in Writer’s Workshop by responding to one of the provided writing prompts posted each Tuesday. The directions are simple:

  • Choose a writing prompt from the list provided that inspires you most.
  • Write.
  • Come back this Thursday and link up by pasting the URL from your post into the list of thumbnails that will be displayed. Just scroll to the bottom of the thumbnail list, click the bold words you will see that say “Click here to enter” and you’re all set!

View more detailed instructions on how this weekly meme works in the Writer’s Workshop FAQs. To receive writing prompts in your inbox each week, subscribe to the writing prompt newsletter here.

Writing Prompts:

1.) A blog post inspired by the word: race
2.) Write about something that creeped you out.
3.) List 6 retired tv shows you’d like to see come back.
4.) What’s cooking in your slow cooker?
5.) Show us your pumpkin patch.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“When you are in jail, you can essentially never do your hair or makeup again.”-Lady Goo Goo Gaga

“When we do finally get to pull out long sleeves, jeans, and boots, everyone else is celebrating Winter.” -Eye Of The Beholder

“I could see myself there, which was both awesome and scary.” -Toulouse Confessions

“Orange leaves now falling Would signal shifting seasons Yet we’ve seen no change”-Embracing The Spectrum

“I wish I could be the one that everyone stops to admire, pauses to photograph, smiles at and feels inspired to appreciate this season, this miracle of God’s creation.” -Giving Up On Perfect

Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate!

Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Even though last week’s pumpkin drink was a disgrace, it did not dissuade me from following up with another pumpkin drink. This time I wanted to be a little more careful about the quantity of pumpkin puree I’d be digesting in the recipe, because gross. I thought this pumpkin white hot chocolate seemed to fit the bill! Watch me work my drink making magic:


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I cannot believe I was able to make something that tasted so similar to my favorite pumpkin spice latte, but ALSO had a kick to it. I’m thinking this will be the perfect little concoction for long rainy days stuck inside with the children. In the most responsible manner of course!

Visit The Minimalist Baker for the entire recipe and ENJOY…so so good.

Writer’s Workshop: Totes Riveting

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Today is special. I’m going to tackle all of the prompts:

1.) October is National Book Month, tell us about the best book you’ve read so far this year.

Maile read Ida B. and told me the book reminded her of herself, so naturally I had to read it too. I was relieved to find that Ida B. was not a serial killer, but rather is this sweet girl with some big thoughts and a really beautiful way of communicating what is happening in her brain. It reminded me of Maile too. Especially because Maile has always struggled with a bit of anxiety about going to school and Ida B. touches on that. She talks about how her teacher insisted on only calling her Ida (not Ida B.) and at the end of the day she would walk to meet her mom instead of running with excitement,

“But I’d been Ida all day long. Ms. Myer’s Ida, who sat still, stayed in line, kept her hands to herself, and didn’t have a single, tiny drop of fun. I felt stiff and tired and cramped into a too-small body with a too small name. So I just walked with slow, small steps to Mama.”

It also reminded me of myself at Maile’s age,

“Then, when no one was paying any mind, I’d go into my room, close the door, sit on the floor behind my bed, and cry and cry – for Mama and Daddy and me, and for all the love that seemed wasted because it couldn’t fix Mama.”

I adore young adult literature because it takes complex feelings and simplifies it so perfectly for just about anyone to relate to.

But if you’re looking for the book that had me literally sobbing on an airplane…I mean I had to have made a spectacle of myself but I could NOT put it down…that honor goes to The Storyteller. This book is unbelievably well told and absolutely destroyed me in Hawaii this summer.

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“If you had to pack your whole life into a suitcase–not just the practical things, like clothing, but the memories of the people you had lost and the girl you had once been–what would you take? The last photograph you had of your mother? A birthday gift from your best friend–a bookmark embroidered by her? A ticket stub from the traveling circus that had come through town two years ago, where you and your father held your breath as jeweled ladies flew through the air, and a brave man stuck his head in the mouth of a lion? Would you take them to make wherever you were going feel like home, or because you needed to remember where you had come from?”
Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller

2.) Share a recent text exchange that made you laugh.

I sort of insist on being the driver every time.

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3.) A blog post inspired by the color orange.

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4.) A time you were teased.

One time I told a teacher that I aspired to write a book and he and was all, “what will it be about?” and I was all, “I don’t know, maybe a memoir…” and he started laughing and was all, “sounds riveting.”

I should send him a link to my blog with a message that says, “check out my Halloween Wreath. TOTES RIVETING!”

Yeah. That’ll teach him.

5.) Create a fall inspired bucket list.

First, I’d like it to start acting like fall any day now because I wore a tank top today and I’m not happy about it. What’s the point of living in Seattle if I can’t complain about the rain everyday? My bucket list is just rain and coffee. All season. I don’t ask for much. As pretty as the sunshine is.

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 Now it’s your turn!

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Choose a prompt, post it on your blog, and come back to add your name to the link list below. Be sure to sign up with the actual post URL and not just your basic blog URL (click on the title of your post for that URL). For good comment karma try to comment on the three blogs above your name!!

The Prompts:

1.) October is National Book Month, tell us about the best book you’ve read so far this year.
2.) Share a recent text exchange that made you laugh.
3.) A blog post inspired by the color orange.
4.) A time you were teased.
5.) Create a fall inspired bucket list.

Link up!:



Vlogging Workshop: Chocolate Covered Apple Owls

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I’ve got a fun, super healthy Halloween snack to share with you today! I found these chocolate covered apple owl treats on Pinterest and tracked the original recipe back to From Brazil To You. I have to say, it’s kind of nice to offer my kids a healthy snack option amidst the many sweets to choose from this Halloween season. To make these chocolate covered apple owls you need to coat your healthy apples in a layer of chocolate, add cookies, and candy corn and before you know it, you’ve one wonderfully spooky treat for the health nut!:


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I’m featuring Jenn from Wine And Sass because she fosters huskies, has a miniature version of herself running around with her camera, teaches kids how to play soccer, AND works graveyard. Pretty sure one week of her month was busy then all of September for me. Not to mention I recently had the opportunity to participate in a Wine And Sass podcast and these girls are hysterical!:


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Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1.) Share a “no carve” pumpkin decor idea.
2.) Make a Halloween wreath for your front door.
3.) Make a Halloween inspired beverage.
4.) Complete the Trick Or Treat YouTube Tag (questions here).
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Link up!:



Get a jump start on next week’s video! Here are the prompts next Wednesday’s Link up:

1.) Create and share a craft inspired by pumpkins.
2.) Attempt Halloween inspired nail art.
3.) Share a last minute Halloween costume idea.
4.) Make a garland to hang this month!
5.) Take us to your favorite spot to see changing leaf colors.
6.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

chocolate covered apple owls

Vlogging Prompts For 10.15

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Every week you’re invited to join me in a Vlogging Workshop focused on working together to create a community interested in video blogging!

  • To join, simply add a link to the Vlogging Workshop posted here every Wednesday that will direct viewers to your video (either on YouTube or your blog).
  • New vlogging prompts will also be posted on Wednesdays, so you will have a full week to create your video response!
  • I will feature a favorite video each week.
  • You can subscribe to this weekly newsletter if you’d like the video topics delivered early, along with a weekly vlogging tip.

To view more detailed instructions on how this weekly Vlogging Workshop meme works click here.

Here are the vlogging prompts for the Wednesday 10/15 Link up:

1.) Create and share a craft inspired by pumpkins.
2.) Attempt Halloween inspired nail art.
3.) Share a last minute Halloween costume idea.
4.) Make a garland to hang this month!
5.) Take us to your favorite spot to see changing leaf colors.
6.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Creepy As Hell

Scary Movies

When I was young, the scariest Disney movie I ever saw was Dumbo.

Don’t get me wrong, Bambi was definitely up there in terms of movies that have devastated me for life, but Dumbo’s pink elephants were so creepy that I often avoided the movie altogether just so I wouldn’t have to get to THAT part.

dumbo pink elephants

A hallucinating, drunk, baby elephant…traumatically separated from his mother, outcast by his own family with a mouse as a guardian.

But he’s just so dang cute, you can’t help but love him despite his dependency.

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My daughters have other movies that scare them. They refuse to see The Box Trolls because it is produced by the same creators of Coraline.

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Coraline looked like a cute movie, but some sort of magic put her in a home with parents who had buttons for eyes and they wanted to sew buttons into Coraline’s eyes. My terrified daughters couldn’t even make it through the movie before crying for me to turn it off.

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Coraline forever ruined their love affair with Lalaloopsy dolls.

The truth is, I think Coraline is creepy as hell too. I’ll take a hallucinating elephant over button eyes any day.

coraline careful what you wish for

What childhood movie scared you?

 

Writing Prompts For 10.09


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Every week you’re invited to join me in Writer’s Workshop by responding to one of the provided writing prompts posted each Tuesday. The directions are simple:

  • Choose a writing prompt from the list provided that inspires you most.
  • Write.
  • Come back this Thursday and link up by pasting the URL from your post into the list of thumbnails that will be displayed. Just scroll to the bottom of the thumbnail list, click the bold words you will see that say “Click here to enter” and you’re all set!

View more detailed instructions on how this weekly meme works in the Writer’s Workshop FAQs. To receive writing prompts in your inbox each week, subscribe to the writing prompt newsletter here.

Writing Prompts:

1.) October is National Book Month, tell us about the best book you’ve read so far this year.
2.) Share a recent text exchange that made you laugh.
3.) A blog post inspired by the color orange.
4.) A time you were teased.
5.) Create a fall inspired bucket list.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“Mom and I had just delivered the best show and tell of the year!” -Birds Of A Feather

“They let the chicken roost at night on the back of a dining room chair, newspapers spread on the floor beneath it.” -I Want Backsies

“I was kissed in that chair once, long and sweetly, hands sneaking up the back of my sweater, and sometimes years later, I could still taste peppermint every time I glanced at it.” -The Kir Corner

“The day I decided to drink a pot of coffee at home before going out into the world where coffee is free.”-About 100%