Writing Prompts For 09.11

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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.) September is National Apple Month, create a blog post inspired by apples.
2.) Write a blog post inspired by the word: goals.
3.) Write about what it was like to live on your own for the first time.
4.) You won an award at some point in your life…what was it for?
5.) List activities that keep your kids busy on rainy days.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“This system is not working/It is now managing me/Overwhelmed and exhausted/Is not how I want to be.” -Karen Main

“My daughter and I said one last goodbye to the puppies, gave them one last hug and kiss, then walked out the door and stood on the sidewalk in front, hugging each other and sobbing.” -I Want Backsies

“My Nana sang like an angel.” -Scholastic Scribe

“After owning and operating a bridal store for nearly 15 years, closing it was bittersweet.”-Miriam Gomberg

All Gussied Up

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Since my husband is 11 years older than me and also Hawaiian, he sometimes drops words and phrases that I’ve never heard of.

“Rubber neck!” is something he might say if he told you your package was on the front porch and you turned to look only to see that nothing was there.

In my world we would say, “Made you look!!!”

And there are a ton of Hawaiian style references…rubbish instead of garbage, icebox instead of fridge, slippers instead of sandals, skoo instead of school, row instead roll, perfeck instead of perfect, etc…

And let’s not forget about the whole “bone up” conversation.

So when we were talking whether or not we used to get nervous on our first day of school, the discussion turned to first day of school outfits and how old you are when you start caring about what you look like on the first day.

Pat was all, “I’m sure you got all pussed out for school when you were a teenager.”

And I was all, “Wait, what did you just say?”

And he was all, “Did you get pussed out?”

And I was all, “Oh my God, please just stop with that phrase, what are you even talking about?”

And he was all, “You’ve never heard of pussed out? You know, like getting all dressed up?”

And I was all, “Ummmm no.”

And he was all, “Seriously, look it up and you’ll see that people get pussed out when they want to look nice.”

And I was all, “Are you sure you’re not talking about ‘all gussied up’? Because I could definitely go with a gussied up, but for sure have never in my life have used the term “pussed out” to describe an outfit and I’d really appreciate if you stopped too because I just can’t.”

And he was all laughing, “look it UP Kat!”

I did take the time to look up “pussed out” in the Urban Dictionary and unlike the time he had to sell me on “bone up” as an actual phrase people use, this time I’m afraid he’s incorrect…sort of.

Pussed out DOES exist, but it’s a way of saying someone backed out of something they said they were going to do. Once I read that I was all, “ohhhh okay yes…when you’re 17 and annoyed with your friend because they said they would go sky diving with you and then changed their mind…that might be an acceptable reason to use that phrase.”

When describing an outfit you’re wearing to school however, definitely doesn’t work at all.

Writer’s Workshop: Miss Helen L. Woods

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2.) Find a photo of your grandmother’s hometown and share it.

Well I fell down a rabbit hole in my attempt to dig up a photo of my grandmother’s hometown. I was inspired by this prompt when Granny mentioned she grew in Boulder and I was all, “HEY I’ve BEEN to Boulder!” because for some reason things get a little more personal when you’ve actually experienced a place as opposed to just hearing Granny mention it in passing.

And actually, this was the first I had ever heard her mention Boulder. I thought she grew up in Kansas, which is actually where she was born, but she says most of her childhood was spent in Boulder.

Don’t ask me how she got to Seattle or where she met my Grandpa because I don’t have a clue. How can I know so little about my own grandparents?

What started off as a Google search for Boulder in the 1920′s (here it is by the way, compliments of wikipedia):

Boulder,_Colorado,_ca._1900

ended up as a paid service with Ancestry.com and a family tree filled in with a hell of a lot of people related to me that I’ve never heard of. Naturally.

My Mom gave me a little to get going, like Granny’s maiden name, and after a quick search I texted my Mom and was all, “Does Granny have a sister named Marjorie? Is her Mom Irene and her Dad Charles?” and my Mom was all, “well I’ll be…that’s them!”

And so began the fascinating process of figuring out who my Granny is.

Miss Helen L. Woods.

At 11pm.

Naturally.

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That’s just a sliver of a side of the project I decided I needed answers to immediately.

And can we please bring back names like Helen, Marjorie, Fannie, and Elma? I love these ladies.

Happy birthday Granny!

 

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.) Share a back to school memory.
2.) Find a photo of your grandmother’s hometown and share it.
3.) Talk about one thing you learned last month.
4.) Describe how your family celebrated Labor Day Weekend.
5.) Good television is coming! Share the Fall lineup you’re looking forward to.

 

Add Your Link:



Vlogging Workshop: Back To School

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3.) Film the Back to School YouTube Tag! (questions here)

I tapped into my high school memory vault and tackled the back to school YouTube tag for this week’s vlog. I’m sharing my most embarrassing school experience, biggest regret, favorite class and more!


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And I want to feature Dana aka MsDiaperD from Diaper Dirt. I was thrilled to have her participate last week because I’ve been following her vlogs for some time now and she’s an incredible service to the mom vlogging community. If you’re interested in learning more for the YouTube Mom Vlogging community be sure to join the YouTube Mommy Meetup Facebook group Dana created to facilitate video collaborations and support.

Last week she set her little guy Crank up with all the ingredients he needed to make pancakes and then stepped back while he worked his magic:


(video here)

Check out Dana’s channel on YouTube and subscribe!

Now it’s your turn!

This week’s prompts:

1.) Use video clips from your camera to create a mini video compilation highlighting your August!
2.) Monthly haul! Share your favorite things from August.
3.) Film the Back to School YouTube Tag! (questions here)
4.) Back to school haul!
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.) Share a favorite app that you are loving.
2.) Review a product you love.
3.) Share some back to school tips. Do you have any goals for this school year?
4.) Create Fall inspired “how-to” video.
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Vlogging Prompts For 09.10

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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 09/10 Link up:

1.) Share a favorite app that you are loving.
2.) Review a product you love.
3.) Share some back to school tips. Do you have any goals for this school year?
4.) Create Fall inspired “how-to” video.
5.) Free Day! Link up any video you haven’t previously shared in a Vlogging Workshop.

Now go make that video!

Are We Feminists Now?

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I wouldn’t consider myself a feminist by any means. I certainly don’t appreciate being passed over for being a girl or being stereotyped as the one who takes on certain roles in the household purely because I’m The Woman. And of course I believe in equality of all humans, but I know I’m setting the women’s movement back every time I claim I’m “too weak” to do a job that consists of manual labor simply because I don’t want to do it.

Or I’ll ask my husband to please please PLEASE fix the cracked dry wall because I’m just a girl and that’s Man’s Work.

I walk both lines.

But it feels weird to watch women wear next to nothing and dance seductively to seductive music and then claim feminism.

It took me awhile to process how sexualizing yourself in that way might be a Pro-girl kind of thing to do. Women often talk about the double standards where men are allowed to sleep around, objectify all the things, sexualize all the things and get applauded for it, while women are put down for exhibiting any of that same behavior.

When Beyonce gets on stage, puts on a ten minute booty shaking performance and then takes a stand for feminism at the end, are we supposed to be all “Get it girl! We can be sexual and be proud and raunchy too!”?

Problem is, I never much liked the men that did that in the first place.

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Is it feminist to sexualize yourself in that way because you’re in control and calling the shots? Or is it anti-feminist because you’re objectifying yourself in the exact way we’ve been asking men to STOP doing for the past hundred plus years?

Or maybe it really has nothing to do with sexuality at all. If being a feminist means you believe you can be whoever you want to be and support equality of women in a world dominated by men…maybe it’s possible to promote that message AND dance seductively on stage.

Are we feminists now? I honestly don’t know.

Maybe Beyonce doesn’t know either.

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To make matters even more hypocritical, after watching the confusing performance and while spending some time thinking about what feminism actually IS…I purchased three of the overtly sexual songs she sang during her raunchy performance. Because…CATCHY!

I guess this is where I continue straddling both sides. Maybe Beyonce straddles both sides too.

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It really is a catchy song.

Writing Prompts For 09.04

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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.) Share a back to school memory.
2.) Find a photo of your grandmother’s hometown and share it.
3.) Talk about one thing you learned last month.
4.) Describe how your family celebrated Labor Day Weekend.
5.) Good television is coming! Share the Fall lineup you’re looking forward to.

Some Favorite Entries From Last Week:

“Then I got bored and lazy, so I quit.” -About 100%

“I was enamored with the simplicity and beauty of the island life and I told my husband and kids I could live in a tent on the beach there and be just fine for the rest of my life.” -Tiny Little Reveries

“When people say “I didn’t come here to make friends” they are going to be a storm cloud of drama.” -Mommablogsalot

“Leaving the door cracked she went and called my mother.” -Musings And Meanderings

“There would be 15-20 colts turned loose in a small arena and the children turned loose to chase after them.” -Birds Of A Feather