Daily Prompts- Can I ?

Vast waters beckon me to try

Pitting my strength against its might

If I strike out by myself in an attempt

To conquer this great expanse

Can I overcome my inhibitions

And the fear that stops me from venturing

Into the unknown territory

Can I?

Or should I give up this false notion

Abandon the idea before I even try

Be the coward I’ve always been

Giving up on adventure because

Of fear of failing and being ridiculed

No ones deserve a hurrah

When they have never tested their strength

Never dreamed of reaching the wonderland

Come on!

It is time to show the world the

The backbone that I possess and the grit

That this hesitant heart hides in its core

In response to the following prompts;

Your daily word Prompt:



Story, Popular, Strike





Word of the day Challenge;







Five Things- That I like about me

Cranny of Cranny’s Cove has written a wonderful post. It explores the idea of being kind to yourself.

She has shared five things she liked about herself. I will be doing the same.

Furthermore, I will start a Prompt, (for as long as ideas last )of ;

5 things

I hope you will join me in this prompt.

This week;

Share five things that you like about yourself.

My five things;

1• My optimism;

I get upset and worried about things in life like everyone else, but I have the ability to see the glass half-full. I think that this has helped me in coping with the challenges life has thrown my way, in a better way. Even when things look very dark, I manage to find something that make me less anxious.

2• My sense of humor;

When in stress, I have this habit of cracking jokes. It might irritate others, but it lightens up things for me. Sometimes in my serious moments, I remember something funny and it makes me smile.

3• My ability to be alone;

I value this so much because especially now that I am an empty nester, I have a lot of alone time. I enjoy this time by walking, listening to music, reading and of course, blogging.

4• My love of reading;

A good book can divert my mind off my own problems and pass time quickly. I love reading all genres of literature except horror. Suspense thriller and murder mysteries are my favorites, along with historical fiction.

5• The recently acquired ability of not caring what others think of me, my appearance and my actions;

This is such a liberating feeling that I would encourage everyone, who hasn’t gotten to this stage to try to inculcate this trait. It makes life so much fun when you just need to please yourself. I don’t mean that I have become selfish, but I am above the opinion of others not. I think it’s a perk of growing old(er).

These are my 5 Things.

Please share 5 things you like about yourself.

And use the tag #5things

And link it back to my post so that I can see your responses.




Daily Prompts – Caprice

Standing in front of the mirror she cursed her love of food. How hard she has worked for her weight loss, only to go off at a tangent through her caprice and regain all that weight and then some more. What a daffy I am! She thought berating her yo-yo dieting and inability to stick to healthy eating. Though no fan of complete lifestyle change, she was coming to the conclusion that the answer to her troubles lay there.


Though this is written on response to multiple prompts, this is very much the story of my weight struggle.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that a complete lifestyle change is the answer to my weight problems.

In response to the following prompts;

Your daily word Prompt;



Fan, Loss, Food





Word of the day Challenge;


Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge;

“standing in the mirror, she….”








Share Your World 1-13-20



What’s something your brain tries to make you do, which you have to will yourself NOT to do?  (could be a bad habit, a physical response to something…your interpretation is as good as mine! )

It’s quite ridiculous, but I clench my teeth pretty hard while I am doing something which requires force or concentration. My dentist has warned me against doing it as it is pushing my teeth to the left side of my mouth, creating gaps on the right side. But I do it instinctively and have to be on guard whenever I catch myself doing it.

When someone finds out what you do, or where you are from, what question do they always ask you?

The usual ones. I am not that interesting. Even when I tell them that I blog, in anticipation of evoking interest, I seldom find a spark. Maybe too many people blog so it’s not a novelty anymore. Or maybe most people are not fond of reading blogs.

What’s something terrifying that we’ve all come to accept as a fact of life?

That we are systematically destroying our planet’s environment and causing the ice at the polar caps to melt. It is a cause for serious concern, yet we are quite blasé about it.

Should governments make laws to protect people from harming themselves?  Could that even work?  (yes this one is deep, maybe too deep).

There are already laws. Suicide is against the law, so are drugs and other addictions. And as far as I know, self-harm is against the law. But these laws are very hard to implement. We need to create more awareness about the harm addictions and other ways of self-harm cause. Even smoking is so damaging but lots of people still do it. Even young adults.

Gratitude is an Attitude…

Please share your gratitude for this past week in the form of a photo, a quote or a thought.   🙂




Something lighthearted!

Tiny poll: 

I’m curious what type of questions YOU, the reader, would like to see more of?   Less of?   Has SYW gotten too philosophical and less fun in nature?

You have a good mix of questions in your weekly SYW! Fun and serious, philosophical and thought-provoking!

Though I have to really salute your ability to find new and interesting questions every week. I have been following SYW for more than a year and haven’t yet noticed a question being repeated.




“Playful Pegasus” (Tanka) What Do You See? #12 January 13, 2020

Sharing a beautiful poem from Beckie in response to the prompt,
What do you see;

Beckie's Mental Mess

Hello, All! Our Dear Friend, Sadje, of “Keep it Alive”, has presented us with a new picture to inspire the writing juices to flow.  Here is the newest picture for this week. 

“Playful Pegasus”


Little unicorn

folklore and fantasy play,

prance within my dreams

Precious little pegasus

her gold and white gleam.

BC 2020


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What do you see? #12

Sharing Christine’s take on the Prompt,
What do you see;

Stine Writing

He calls me Unicorn 

Underneath the magic  
There shines a little light 
That brings you through the darkness 
To have a brighter sight. 

The magic is compelling 
As anyone can see 
That’s why he calls me Unicorn 
A bit of fantasy.  

He says that I am special 
And that my love is pure 
I know that he has helped me 
Through sorrow, he’s my cure. 

I do feel quite at peace with him 
Despite what others think 
My love is true and so is his 
He is my missing link.  

©2020 C Bialczak 

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Blogging insights # 13 -Ideally how long should a blog post be?

Dr. Tanya asks;

Short-form VS Long-form Content

How long are your blog posts on average?

I am a short post writer. I cannot write very long posts. Long posts make me lose focus and I find them tedious. So on average, my posts are around 200- 300 words. If I am writing poetry, it’s even shorter.

Given the option, would you rather post long-form or short-form content?

I prefer shorter posts. I guess I am not very verbose and want to state what I want to say in fewer words. Also, I don’t want to repeat myself. Another reason maybe is that I write 4-5 posts a day. With posting so many posts, it would be plain cruelty to foist long-winded posts on my readers. It’s, I think a sure-shot way of losing the interest of your followers.

Time is short and the attention spans of social media users shorter still, why do you think the search engines prefer longer content?

I haven’t the foggiest idea! If it’s a research-based post/ content, it may be justified as people want to get as much information as possible. But otherwise, I don’t think that most people would prefer a long post.




Daily Prompts & JusJoJan- Subscribe

Linda is the host of JusJoJan;

Today the prompt is Subscribe.

It is provided to us by; Willow.


The amount of paper we waste every day is mind boggling. Paper bags, newspapers, magazines posters, flyers, etc….

It surely is time to let go of this custom. We can easily subscribe to online news, magazines, bank statements, and other devices that are currently dependent upon paper use. We all know how vital are trees to our survival and we also know that except for a few instances like some toilet paper, paper towels and some paper bags, all the rest is made out of tree pulp. This is such a waste of precious resources that its high time we stopped and rethink our strategy. Time to open our minds and eyes to the horrendous waste and see the daylight.


In response to the following prompts;


Beat, Towel, Shy





Word of the day Challenge;




Your daily word Prompt;








Some soul searching

I have been thinking!

And I have also read many posts from our blogger friends about how often one should post on the blog.

When I started to blog, I would write a post after a couple of days. This gradually increased to daily posting and then as I discovered my love of writing poetry, I increased my posts to around 4-5 a day.

Now my love of writing hasn’t lessened at all. And I do have time to write these many posts as I don’t have anything else on my plate right now.


I feel that for those who read and follow my blog, catching up on these posts has become troublesome. If I look back to the start of last year, more people used to comment and would engage with my blog. Now though there are many more people who follow my blog, the engagement level has rather fallen down instead of increasing. This has led me to the conclusion that I should decrease the number of posts per day. So from today, I will post 3-4 posts a day and after the end of January, when JusJoJan finishes, I will be doing a max of 3 posts.

I am sure this will lessen the load on the reader of those who follow my blog.

I hope I can stick to my decision and not give in to the temptation of posting too much again.

I am glad that I have reached this decision and hope that it will be more practical and easy all around, in the future.

I would be grateful for your feedback.



Friday Five Lines or less….Afraid

Patricia is the host of Friday Five Lines or Less

Using the word afraid
Write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less
Link back to this post


Don’t be afraid my dear of what life brings your way today or tomorrow

Stand strong and determined and face its challenges with resolution

This living is the test, these problems are our Herculean tasks

We have to overcome these hurdles to be victorious at the end