Reading list

Today, Dr Tanya has asked our opinion on this quote by George R R Martin


You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And yes, you can learn from bad books as well as good ones — what not to do).”George R.R. Martin,


I think if one wants to be a good writer, it always is a good idea to broaden one’s horizons. Reading from all genres and different types of authors gives a wide reading experience. This prepares us to write well-balanced stories. Poetry, similarly needs to be read from a variety of sources. Different poets have different ways to express their feelings and when we read through multiple platforms, we expand our expressions too.

I have gained a lot by reading not only books from my favorite authors but also my blogger friends. Some write fiction, some love horror while others write humorous stories. This has enriched my knowledge and made me aware of how I too can write in different styles and genres.

In conclusion, I’d say that this quote is very apt, especially for aspiring writers and bloggers. Reading from multiple genres and authors allows us to use the knowledge to better our own writing.

Thanks Tanya for the prompt.



Blog promotion

This week Dr Tanya asks our opinion about this quote;


Gary Vaynerchuk

What you do after you create your content is what truly counts.


This is something that I have experienced firsthand. Wonderful content on a blog which has no public engagement will not be read by many.

There are over 600 million blogs in the world today, this number has grown over the last 2 years, exponentially.

So how to decide which blog post to read and whom to follow on the blogosphere? The answer lies in engagement by the writer with other bloggers.

Unless you’re a celebrity or selling something that everyone wants or needs, no one will know you when you start your blog. You will have to build up your readership by interacting with other bloggers and by reading their posts. Leaving thoughtful comments on posts by others, often encourages them to visit your blog. Here the quality of your writing or the uniqueness of your ideas will make them a frequent visitor to your blog.

If you aim to attract a large following to your blog, then you will have to work not only on your writing, which should be of good quality but also on interacting with your fellow bloggers to build your community.

On the other hand, if you’re here just for the sake of expressing yourself and putting your thoughts out in the world, carry on as you feel comfortable because, at the end of the day, it’s always your choice.

Written in response to Blogging Insightful-NF # 36, hosted by Tanya



Rena’s Exploration Challenge # 97

This week, we will play around with 


I eagerly await your responses.



In response to this Prompt, I found this wonderful Quote from Sylvia Plath.

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Whoever writes almost always derives Inspiration from real life. We take events in our lives or those of people around us and base our writing around them. The characters come from real life, their quirks their way of talking and thinking all have a seed of real people in them.

It’s just up to us to make good use of the inspiring material life has provided for us.




In response to;

Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 97



Weekend Writing Prompt #114- Grimace

A grimace on my face

Indicating wry amusement

At my own reaction to what I see

Life is getting away from me rapidly

And I stand here wishing futilely to join the race

Word Count; 33

The Prompt;

• your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.

• the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

In response to;

Weekend Writing Prompt #114



Blogging- Why I write poetry?

When I started my blog, I hadn’t written any poetry before, except what I did in school. And initially I wrote a lot of posts and they were pretty long winded and would sound like I am sermonizing.

Then I discovered that I can say the same with fewer words and more importantly with more impact in a poem. This made me consider using poetry for getting my message across.

There are so many wonderful poets here on WordPress, who are well versed in all or many forms of poetry. Some are best at rhyming their thoughts while others are great at different forms with powerful words to express their thoughts. I am just an amateur but even for a person like me, poetry has opened a new opportunity.

I use simple words to put my point across. But the brevity of words make the conveying of message more effective. This is the wonder of verses. Instead of writing paragraphs upon paragraphs, I can express myself in few lines.

And I also want to express my thanks to the tolerant and generous people here who read my poems and like them. It is this encouragement that has emboldened me to now write most of my content in verse.

So not to seem impertinent, I would advice new bloggers to experiment in this medium too, if you are not doing so already. The people are non-judgmental and no one will criticize your poems!

What is your favorite style of writing?

Do you feel you can express yourself better in poetry or prose?

Please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments.




Fantastical Ideas

A writer is a maestro of words and phrases

Inventing and creating concepts and ideas

Putting thought into written form with creativity

The words march to the tune playing in her mind

Any idea fantastical or simple, any thought at all

Given the best of treatment and injecting full flavor

A poem or prose, long or short, she will decide

It will not be done till she has said all that is in her head

And appeased her creative urges to her satisfaction

And now radiant with success she will show us her creation

Triumphant and apprehensive at the same time, she is

Looking at us for the effect her words have on our intellect

Written in response to the following;

Your daily word prompt ;






Word of the day challenge;


Photo Credit; Google




Tell a story # 3

Ursula from an upturned soul has tagged me to write a story about this picture.

The rules;

Present a picture. Nominate at least 3 people to tell the story of the picture. It can be as short or as long as you want it to be. Be as creative as possible and use your imagination! Let’s see what kind of awesomeness can come from you!

The clown was trying to maintain his balance on the two set of ladders. But it wasn’t funny anymore. The audience also were concerned now. One of the ladder had all the vices and the other one had the virtues as the rungs. But they were too widely apart from each other. He could jump down but he wasn’t sure that the safety net would catch him.

Taking a bold and intuitive decision, he let go of the vices and leaned towards the virtues. The ladder caught the ledge of the edge of the tent roof, stabilized and stayed there long enough for him to scamper down. It was true the virtuous would be saved!

This the best I could do, awesome I think not, but adequate, I think so.

My prompt is;

Please write a story about this picture.

My nominees, any one is welcome to write. Please link back to my post so that I shouldn’t miss it. Thanks


The alphabetical Questions

Rory is again testing our trivia knowledge. Here is a new set of questions:

Alphabetical Questions

Can you answer these questions and then can you make a 8 lettered word/s by using the first letter of each answer?

Now l know there are 26 questions, so there are lots of first letters from the answers here, there should be plenty of words you can make with 8 letters. Some answers, not many have two words as the answer, however, YOU are only using the first letter of the first word of that maybe two worded answer.

Also, you don’t have to answer all 26 questions, you may be able to create an 8 lettered word or more with the Letters from the questions you have answered correctly. However the 26 questions do offer you a broad selection of letters.

So what am l actually looking for?

Well that’s down to you – you can make a post should you wish displaying both the answers to the questions and your 8 letter word/s [If you can make more than one], or alternatively you can simply pop your answers into the comments section below.


Quiz Question


What is a John Dory? A fish


What does a dermatologist study? Skin


Which is the least used letter in the English language? X


Who made an album called ‘Hot August Night’? Neil Diamond


Who had a No.1 album called ‘I Say I Say I Say’? Erasure


What name is given to the first six books of the Bible? Torah


Zanzibar is an island of which country? Tanzania


What does the letter B stand for in author J. B. Priestley’s name? Boynton


In which US state is Appomattox Court House National Park? Virginia


Which of Santa’s reindeer were said to have a bright red nose? Rudolph


What do we call a chicken when it is under one year old? Hen


Which British racing driver has won the most Grand Prix races? Lewis Hamilton


The film Ring of Bright Water told the story of which type of creature? Otter


In mythology, which nymph was turned into a laurel bush to save her from Apollo? Daphne


Which American state is famous for its gambling casinos? Nevada


What game has suits called bamboos, characters and circles? Mahjong


Who sang the first solo part on USA For Africa’s ‘We Are The World’? Michael Jackson


Which Scottish band took their name from a line in a Script Politti song? Wet wet wet


In what gear was King Midas according to a 1967 Hollies hit? Reverse


What nationality was Catherine the Great? Russian


Who was nicknamed ‘The Iron Lady’? Margaret Thatcher


Which of the Brontë sisters wrote The Tenant of Wildfell Hall? Anne Brontë


In which country was Israeli leader Golda Meir born? Ukraine


Out of all favourite casino games which has James Bond played in the most films? Baccarat


Anthony Hopkins based his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ on which British comedian? Truman Capote


What was the name of the bespectacled, intelligent, plain girl in Scooby Doo? Velma Dinkly

This is done, and I am sure there are a lot of wrong answers, ( THANK YOU GOOGLE) but this the best I could do.

My eight letter word is: BROTHERS



Want to try your luck? Head over to A Guy Called Bloke and attempt this very taxing puzzle


Your blogging career

So this interesting questionnaire has been seen around in blogosphere from Aroused. It goes like this;

Please share a brief history of your blogging career –

From what lead you to start?

I started to blog because of constant prompting for from my WordPress account. I was following a friend’s blog through my account and every time I opened my app I would be asked to start my blog. And one day, I did exactly that!

Has your motivation changed since starting?

Yes to some extent. I started to blog, with a thought to write about my struggle with weight loss and also to write about the issues women over 50 years of age face. Now I am writing about a lot of other things as well. Writing for daily and weekly prompts is one of the changes.

What has the experience been like?

It’s been an amazing experience. I have gained a lot of confidence. Made a lot of friends and my writing skills have improved a lot.

Have you learnt anything?

You don’t get anywhere if you don’t take the first step.

Has your writing style changed?

A bit. I have improved and have also written poems, which ( some of them) have received a bit of praise as well. I can now formulate my thoughts and write in less time.

Are you planning to write a novel or are you already published?

No and no!

What advice would you give to a new blogger?

I would advice, if someone asked, to do you own thing. Write what comes naturally to you. If you don’t do that, writing will become a chore.

And please don’t forget to mention some of the highlights along the way – such as the people you’ve met, things you’ve learnt 

Met a lot of amazing bloggers here on WordPress. Fandango, A Guy Called Bloke, The Haunted Wordsmith, Salted Caramel, Crushed Caramel and the list goes on. I have learned a lot from these wonderful people.

If you like to answer these questions and share your blogging experiences, head over to Aroused and do what I did; Answer the Questions!



What do you see Jan/15/2019

The festival of lanterns

The people had been waiting for this night all year. The children had specially made their own lantern and were so excited to launch them into the air by sunset, that last day of winter. All the people gathered in the big town square near the time when the sun was setting. The festival was celebrated every year to give thanks for a year that had gone by, giving them all its bounties and ample harvest. The food was plentiful and the fruits sweet and abundant. The people believed that by celebrating and giving thanks, their town prospered.

Hélène Vaillant has provided another photo prompt

What do you see 1/15/19