UPDATE: I WAS HACKED

It pays to check on your WordPress sites. One of mine was hacked. I have not yet checked them all. I’ve been busy this past year  working on projects that kept me away from the computer. This evening I thought to check on my sites here and at GoDaddy (GD) under my “scribbles to compositions dot com.” Imagine my shock when (at my GD WordPress site) I saw a bunch of posts there that I never wrote! Those posts even had comments. Hundreds of them. Some thief somehow hacked in and used my site to write their own articles (honestly, I didn’t … Continue reading UPDATE: I WAS HACKED

Proposition for Prepositions

Is your mind unmoored and adrift, frantically splashing around in a sea full of unformed ideas with no life preserver and the only buoy in sight wears a hanging sign that rocks the words “Writer’s Block?”  Fear not. I’m here, a wordmaid supported by prepositional fins, to help you float your imagination to that wonderful land, the Land of Word-filled Pages. For a writer with almost no academic credentials, I have something to say about writer’s block, something I was taught in the seventh grade. It has always worked well for me, and I’m amazed that I have not, as of this moment, at the … Continue reading Proposition for Prepositions

The Doolittle Day with Uncle Tom

POV: Grandma (me) telling a story to the grandkids. This is in response to two things: the Daily Post photo challenge: Solitude: This week, show us what being alone means to you, and the Daily Prompt: Overwhelming. And so we set out upon the trail, climbing, always climbing. It did not take long before Uncle Tom began to chide how many times I had to stop to catch my breath and stretch my legs. This was, after all, my first truly physical hike of the season. After a half an hour, I lost sight of Uncle Tom. It seemed as if … Continue reading The Doolittle Day with Uncle Tom

Resistance

I thought this worked well with the Daily Post’s word prompt: Resist. I found this little “word sketch” after reading the word prompt and then doing a search on my computer for anything I might have on hand. This little “word sketch” is something I wrote (according to the file properties) in September, 2009. I wrote it as a character development exercise for a story I’m still working on. Resistance. I despise giving up. Yet, it is something I have been forced to do time and again. I want to be that brave go for it and hang on like a … Continue reading Resistance

10 Prepositional Phrases to Inspire Your Writing

Hello Writers! One of my long-standing techniques to rid myself of writer’s block has been to pen a prepositional phrase (or two) to warm up my imagination. If you should use any of these as a spark, please link to your blog and share with us under the comment section. Feel free to add adjectives or anything else to make it your own. Also, let me (us) know what you think of my technique. under the log by the river against the mushroom around the campfire  inside the locked gate over the bridge beneath the dark water through the fog on … Continue reading 10 Prepositional Phrases to Inspire Your Writing

The Day I First Experienced the Might of the Pen

My response to DAILY PROMPT: Exposure In January 2001 I received my first assignment as a freelance writer. I was to go interview a musical group made up of traveling retirees called The Snowbirds during one of their rehearsals. I was excited to attend their rehearsal and took a lot of notes. One of the concerns of the group was that they had rented out a large facility for a concert that no one was buying tickets to see. On the Wednesday preceding the Friday night concert, my article, slightly edited by the publications editor, Jim Manders, appeared in the paper. Here … Continue reading The Day I First Experienced the Might of the Pen

Creek Walking: My First “Application by Writing Sample”

I am writing this to share with other writers for their encouragement. This is in response to the Daily Prompt: Successful. Back in  January, 2001, there was an ad in our local paper for freelancers to submit a sample of their writing skills for consideration of publication. I decided to give a longtime dream of mine, to write, a chance. I wrote an article about something I love to do and sent it off. It wasn’t a perfect piece, I knew that I had a lot to learn, but I hoped it would show enough of my potential to pique the editor’s … Continue reading Creek Walking: My First “Application by Writing Sample”

Under-reported News and Some Options

I am so angry at the “major news” stations that either under-report or don’t report at all about news around the world and within the USA that is of major importance to thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people everywhere. I had a hard time sleeping last night and took to the Internet to see if I could discover why and there it was, covered by The Watchers website. Hurricane Otto. We have some dear friends living in Costa Rica and after reading about Otto (and the 7. quake that happened just north of there) I wasted no time sending … Continue reading Under-reported News and Some Options

Creepy “What is It” Photo

First off, let me tell you that I hate looking at this picture. I’m posting something I cannot stand to look at. My daughter and her friend, myself and a retired Daredevil (stuntman) went hiking at a place that has haunted me since 1973, when I could swear I (and the boyfriend I was hiking with at the time) heard someone being murdered in the black wooded swamp not twelve feet from where we stood around midnight. Oh yes. People said at the time that what we heard was a cougar. Perhaps it was. However, after that night, two bodies … Continue reading Creepy “What is It” Photo

Hearing Verses Seeing

What you merely hear can elicit  a very wrong image inside your brain. I am one of those people who has a vivid imagination and what I hear someone say or sing produces images that once again, today, I learned, can prove to be something entirely different than what a speaker or writer intended. I was browsing bloggers who have responded to today’s Daily Prompt: elicit. One of the blogs I visited belongs to “deepspeakingup” who writes about Ringing in Wintery Love. Although her writing about food was good, what elicited a response within me was her photograph of the knights and the little girl. … Continue reading Hearing Verses Seeing