A Photo a Week Challenge: Yellow


Bea’s second Birthday(2018). YELLOW bee.

https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/a-photo-a-week-challenge-yellow-2/

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: LOOKING UP


Friendly Friday

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/friendly-friday-photo-challenge-looking-up/

LOOKING UP in Wellington, New Zealand

High and mighty

Instructions for Joining In:

  • Write and publish a post, tagging the post ‘Friendly Friday’, and adding into your post, the URL link back to this Friendly Friday post.
  • Include the Friendly Friday logo, found below, in your post if you wish.
  • Copy the link to your LOOKING UP post, in the comments here, so we can find you.
  • Please note there are no deadlines for participating. New prompts each week.
  • To see participating bloggers’ version of the weekly prompt, please browse the links in the comments section. It can be quite interesting to see the other interpretations.

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Revisited


Revisited

A visit from a dear friend. I met Amanda, my special blog friend, and her daughter Heidi in 2013. I showed them around Upper Hutt and we had a lovely time together. It was as if we’re old friends. We couldn’t stop talking.

2013 Sawmillers & Stonestead

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Friendly Friday Photo Challange: Coral-ish Colors


CORAL-ISH Colors

Created with Adobe Spark
https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/friendly-friday-coral-colors/

Snow at https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/2019/01/25/friendly-friday-coral-colors/

says:
When I saw that Living Coral was chosen as the Pantone colour of the year 2019, I thought: perfect, let’s make “living coral” this week’s prompt! (And I like the eco-friendly, discreetly critical emphasis on living.)

What do you think of my photos, are they coral-ish enough?

Bath salt
Shell

Coral-ish
Clouds

Protea
https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/friendly-friday-photo-challenge-coral-ish-colours/
co-host

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Pathways


PATHWAYS

Pathway home

Pathway to Bea’s new front door.

Pathway to the deck

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Amanda at
Something to Ponder About

or

Snow at

The Snow Melts Somewhere

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Inspiration


On a Friday Amanda at https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/ and Snow at https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/ are hosting a new Challange. One Friday Amanda and the next Friday Snow.

Created with Adobe Spark



For more on this Challenge visit : https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/friendly-friday-photo-challenge/

This weeks prompt is: INSPIRATION

New Zealand Christmas tree

On my daily walks, just after New Year, I discovered this NZ Christmas tree. It’s the first time I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I was inspired by the look and beauty of the”bush” and its bright red blooms. It gave me INSPIRATION to know that nature is still thriving.

https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/rata/

https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/pohutukawa/

Does anyone know if this is a Rata or Pohutukawa “bush”?

NaNoWriMo: Update-Opsomming


National Novel Writing Month

Yesterday I reached the halfway mark.

NaNoWriMoYou have reached the 25,000-word mark, the halfway point, the word-domination, creation application, epic celebration station!

You heeded author Malinda Lo’s declaration: “The only thing that needs to show up every day is yourself—and your determination…”

Opsomming van wat ek reeds gedoen het:

Laerskool jare(Primary school)

Hoërskool jare(High school)

Studies(Studies)

Skoolhou ondervindings en gebeure(Teaching adventures)

Vakansies en toere wat ek al gehad/gedoen het tot 2008(Holidays and tours up to 2008)

Nou vir die volgende  25000 woorde. Ready for the next 25000 words. Bring it on!

NaNoWriMo 2018: starts November 1


I am excited! I have decided to participate in writing 50 000 words in thirty days this November.

I’m going to write in my mother tongue to make it easier to write faster and more because to write 50 000 words in 30 days each day needs at least 1 666 words per day!

What is it about?

The follow up of  JUST ME: A MEMOIR. Part one was about my life as a child growing up in the Netherlands until my sixth year.

I’m writing Part two about; starting my schooling in South Africa, studying as a teacher, and starting my teaching career in late 1960.

Reblogged the following from:

https://www.shewrites.com/blog/view/2849759/nanowrimo-season-is-upon-us-how-will-you-succeed

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place every November.

Anyone can do it. You can sign up on the website (you don’t have to). You can go to events in your region (you don’t have to). You can donate for fabulous swag (you should probably do that one; they’re a fabulous non-profit).

But really all you have to do is write 1666 words a day for 30 days starting November 1 and ending November 30th, which leaves you with 50,000 words. A novel in a month.

That’s it.

Simple? Yes. Easy? Uh, no.

But here are five easy tips you can implement now in October if you are considering tackling this generative writing goal.

1. Just write. Don’t edit. Don’t research. Don’t fact-check. Just write.

NaNoWriMo is about getting words down on paper (or in Word, Pages, Scrivener, whatever). It’s about creating the raw material. I know. It’s hard to rush past imperfect sentences that could be crafted beautifully but you can do that later. In December.

2. Give something up.

Unless you already have a daily writing practice, you’ll have to find the time to write. It’s stupidly simple to say and ridiculously difficult to implement. This is NOVEMBER, after all. The verge of the holiday season, end-of-year mayhem and all that stuff.

With that in mind, before you mark off time in your calendar to write, clear it. Find something to sacrifice. Maybe you won’t clean the house in November (that’s what J.K. Rowling did when she was a single mom writing Harry Potter). Or you won’t watch Netflix. Perhaps you’ll get off Facebook for an entire month or wake up an hour earlier. If email is a big time-suck for you, consider setting up an auto-response letting people know you will be slow to respond to their email during November and then only check your email once a day.

It’s your call, but figure it out before November starts.

What do you need to give up to open up your schedule?

3. Decide when you will write.

Now that you have cleared your calendar a bit, mark your writing time. Early morning? After everyone else is in bed? Maybe you’ll write in the car instead of watch your kid’s soccer practice. Ideally, there’s a consistency to your writing practice but because this is a binge-write, it doesn’t matter as much as just getting it done. Carve out time whenever it works for you so you can get your butt in the chair and write.

4. Pick a daily reward system.

It’s amazing how a little reward can motivate you to meet your daily quota. The NaNoWriMo website is great for this. You get virtual stickers for meeting your targets and other little perks and congratulatory accolades along the way. But if you don’t want create an account on the website or if you are creating your own word counts, you can invent your own reward system. It should be something cumulative and visual—a reward/progress bar as simple as X’s on a calendar or post-its marking your daily word count will do the trick.

5. Visualize your writing routine

Picture it.

You: in your writing spot (the library? Fave café? Home office that is actually the dining room table?) Is it dark out because it’s so early? (or so late.) Take a moment to check off all the distractions that you’ve eliminated: you’ve shut off your phone, turned off Wi-Fi, shut the door or whatever else you have to do to block out the outside world.

There you are. In your happy writing place, happily writing. And when you’re done, you get your reward. An X, or upload your words to your NaNo profile, whatever it is.

Can you see it? That’s you! Writing, succeeding. Getting sh*t done.

Janine Kovac is the co-founder of Moxie Road Productions. She teaches writing workshops, including the month-long accountability workshop Finishing School course, which is specifically designed to outline a project and get it done in one calendar month. For more info on Janine, Moxie Road, or Finishing School, check out her website:http://moxieroad.com