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30 Days of Writing

Another year of National Blog Posting Month is over. These 30 days have certainly been eventful! November was the month of the Cubs winning the World Series, Lily’s 12th birthday, the presidential election, and Thanksgiving. We went to a museum and the movies. I also continued writing about our two week road trip to Yellowstone National Park. I still have more travel posts to write! Even though NaBloPoMo is over, I plan to keep writing.

NaBloPoMo November 2016

In order to get a blog post written every day, I fell in to the bad habit of writing the day’s post late at night. Some posts I like, some…not as much. Here are all 30 of them.

Day 1: Here We Go…Again?
Day 2: Go, Cubs, Go!
Day 3: Cubs Win!
Day 4: Three Weddings and a Funeral
Day 5: Two Daughters
Day 6: Two Coyotes
Day 7: Two Parties
Day 8: Why I’m Not Taking My Kids to the Polls
Day 9: I’m Sad Today
Day 10: Retreat
Day 11: Telling My Children
Day 12: The Bake-Off
Day 13: Leaf Season
Day 14: It Doesn’t Always Work Out
Day 15: Struggling Upwards
Day 16: Downs and Ups
Day 17: The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
Day 18: Busy Day, Movie Night
Day 19: Sometimes We Like to Play Tourists
Day 20: Sometimes I still…
Day 21: Busy Airport
Day 22: The Tuesday Before Thanksgiving
Day 23: Pies!
Day 24: Happy Thanksgiving!
Day 25: A Simple Piece of Cloth
Day 26: I reached my goal!
Day 27: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; a Parent Review
Day 28: Incognito
Day 29: Sister, Sister, Brother, Sister
Day 30: 30 Days of Writing

Thank you so much for sticking with me during the month of November and reading the good with the bad! I’ve been participating in NaBloPoMo since 2009, and I found some of the old badges in my archives. My favorite one is the dish washing lady…a sense of satisfaction, indeed!

See you again in 2017, NaBloPoMo!

 

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Two Daughters

At the third wedding we attended this year, there was a fun table with three typewriters. Real, honest to goodness typewriters! Let me tell you, I had to hold myself back. I wanted to sit down and type on a real typewriter so badly! But I behaved myself.

poems while you wed
poems while you wed

These typewriters were soon attended by three poets. They were part of a group called “Poems while you wait.” You give them a topic, they will write a poem. Since Ed and I had left our two daughters at home, they were my topic of choice.

Here is the poem we received:

Like Two Tulips

Two daughters,
and sometimes both

are nice at once.
Sometimes the house

smells of hair spray,
sometimes like dirty socks.

I’m afraid of what’s in
your future, even more

afraid of what’s in
your trash cans.

caroline macon
poems while you wed
10/15/16

Now, what do you think of that?

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Mud Season

The four seasons are why I love living in the Midwest. The past few winters, however, have almost done me in. It seemed like every single Saturday morning, I was slipping and sliding in my minivan on the way to piano lessons. As much as I love snow, I was tired of spending my afternoons shoveling the driveway. And then there was the cold! The polar vortex visited us a couple of winters in a row, and school was cancelled because of the subzero temperatures.

Well, we had none of that this year. Winter is not done with us yet, I know, and I did have the sump pump pipe freeze on me because of the extreme cold, but those subzero temperatures didn’t last long. The sun is shining and the birds are singing on this beautiful February morning. Spring is coming!

In the excitement of throwing the windows open to release the stale air and let fresh air inside and throwing the kids outside to play, I forgot; when you mix kids with warm air and melting snow drifts, you get mud. Mud tracked into the house on boots and smeared on hands.

Mud pie

But I love it anyway. I love seeing the buds grow on the trees and slowly turn green and green shoots pushing through last year’s brown, dried-up leaves. I love opening the windows even when it’s not quite warm enough to open the windows. I love kicking the kids outside to play.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Without winter, the long, cold, snowy winter, Spring would not be so fresh and new and green.

Lily skateboarding

What is your favorite season?

Pick one (or more) and write about the prompt on your blog. Then come back here to link up your blog post! Don’t forget, the linky will close on February 29th!

1. On Groundhog Day, the groundhog is supposed to tell us when Spring will arrive. What is your favorite season and why?

2. Company’s coming! What is your favorite recipe to make when you have guests?

3. Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. Do you have a craft or cute Valentine ideas to share with us?

4. 2016 is Leap Year. If you had no other obligations, what would you do with an extra day?

The linky will be open all month long! But remember, this is the shortest month of the year, so you only have 29 days to write!



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February Writing Prompts

Along with a new month comes new writing prompts! Pick one (or more) and write about the prompt on your blog. Then come back here to link up your blog post!

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Click here for instructions and a song that Emmy sings!

1. On Groundhog Day, the groundhog is supposed to tell us when Spring will arrive. What is your favorite season and why?

2. Company’s coming! What is your favorite recipe to make when you have guests?

3. Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. Do you have a craft or cute Valentine ideas to share with us?

4. 2016 is Leap Year. If you had no other obligations, what would you do with an extra day?

The linky will be open all month long! But remember, this is the shortest month of the year, so you only have 29 days to write!

 


Some extra “notes” about the writing prompts: I decided to stop paying for Linky Tools, so I’ve switched to the free version of InLinkz. Let me know how it’s working for you!

Due to the small number of participants, I’ve also decided to have writing prompts monthly. The linky will be up all month, and I’ll have reminders throughout the month to link up your writing.

I’m the third curator of The Spin Cycle, and it’s evolved into a different writing prompt then the way it started many years ago with its creator, Jen from Sprite’s Keeper. I’d like to make this writing prompt my own. Do you have any suggestions on a new name for a writing linky?

Please leave a comment; I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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New

This week’s writing prompt is NEW.

Did you start a new tradition? Did you get something new over the holidays? Do you have a new resolution or goal for the New Year? Maybe you need something new in the New Year!

Write your Spin about something NEW to end this year and start the next! The Spin Cycle linky will be open until Sunday, January 10th!

In the meantime, I will be attempting to catch up on my own writing and blog posting. See you again soon!



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