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Holiday Poetry Prompt

Here’s a holiday poetry prompt. My response to this is below. Yes, it really is possible to construct a poem from this nonsense.   Ten Characters: 1. Old Saint Nick 2. Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer 3. Frosty the Snowman 4. The Grynch 5. Good King Wencheslas 6. Little Red Riding Hood 7. The Big Bad […]

EAR-WORMS! Lyrically going mad . . .

November is Poetic Asides Poem-A-Day Challenge Month, among other intense writing options. Mary, Anne, Margaret, and I are diligently writing to the prompts, with a goal of something wonderful to publish at the end. One of my favorite aspects is to see how differently we grab the prompts — or how they grab us. The poem […]

Character Revolt

NOTE: This post previously appeared on my blog, This month’s blog round robin is about character revolt: did you ever have a secondary character threaten to take over a novel? Boy, did I ever. And what’s more, he succeeded. It went like this: After I wrote Relocated I was haunted by a question that […]

Tell Your Own Story

I’m sure we’ve all gone through thoughts that we’re not good enough, that someone else could do it better. #158832645 / I was going through one of these phases: any other writer could tell this story better. Then I remembered my conclusion when I put myself down as a bad parent. Even though I’m […]

Facing Mortality

NOTE: This post previously appeared on my blog, It happened many years ago. We had just learned  I was pregnant with our second son when I got a call from my mother, with the words no daughter wants to hear: It’s cancer. My mother had cancer of the colon.  She had had a sigmoidoscopy […]


National  Novel (Writing)      (and other things) We Can Do Month!                              As Mary explained in her post on November 3, we are engaged in marvelously rebellious behavior, and writing, writing, writing. My Inner Rebel is counting  words in projects 1, 2, […]

Greetings from the Trenches

It’s been a busy year for us Muselings, as we’ve mostly been entrenched in our own projects and life events. This month we come together again with one goal. To write new poems. Once again, Poetic Asides is prompting for November Poem a Day. Differing from the April challenge, November has the goal of putting […]

1st Poetic Muselings Summer Poetry Challenge/Winner Announced!

Anne Westlund is the winner of the 1st Poetic Muselings Summer Poetry Challenge with 9 new poems written and posted! She has ordered and received the writing book of her choice from, Week by Week: A Year’s Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations by Amber Lea Starfire. Thanks for playing along and reading our […]

“Summer Night”

I wrote this poem in response to this painting by Winslow Homer, part of Challenge #5 on Create, Share, Encourage, a G+ community. Summer Night My bare feet touch the sandy boardwalk. You are still wearing your shoes. We dance, you insist on leading, hand at my waist. I hold on to your shoulder, the […]

“A little grace.”

Challenge #4: “A little grace.” [Challenge #4...... use four different media in one composition....which tells a story..... include the journaled story or not as you wish......Any takers? (2 week challenge) ] I used markers, paper, a canvas board and a glue stick. It was really hard sticking to just four media. To me it seems […]

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