Monthly Archives: October 2011

Admiral House Poetry

by Lindy

You can find poetry anywhere.  Here are some photos from my recent trip to Long Beach, Washington for my grandma’s 90th birthday. The guestbook in our rental home, “The Admiral House,” had some very creative entries.

One in particular stood out.  On the left page of the guestbook, some angry kid wrote “I hate this day!” This prompted another philosophical entry on the right page by a budding poet. (Perhaps who’d been smoking too much bud?)

Admiral House Guestbook

Here was some whimsical art at the entrance of the rec room of the beach house to inspire creativity.

All beach houses need poetic wall art.

The natural beauty of Long Beach is enough to ignite the writer in anyone.

View from the Admiral House

Definitely NOT Long Beach, CA – not a soul in sight.

To see more beautiful imagery of the Long Beach Peninsula, check out these books:


I’m always a little homesick for Washington. Let’s write a poem about it, shall we? A Haiku would be fitting.

Submit your best Washington-inspired Haiku for judging in the comments section below.  Remember, a Haiku follows the 5-7-5 syllable pattern and is nature themed.  Submit your poem by midnight November 12th.  The winning poet will receive an autographed photo of Long Beach, WA and a personal letter drafted from my lovely typewriter, Beulah Hildegard Francis.


Our winner of the haiku contest is Hans Johannson from Fargo, North Dakota.  Hans, we’ll have that letter out to you right away.  Thank for your sharing your poetry with us.

Random Page: Writers Live Twice

by Lindy

Here is an excerpt from Natalie Goldberg’s book, “Writing Down the Bones.”

Writers live twice. They go along with their regular life, are as fast as anyone in the grocery store, crossing the street, getting dressed for work in the morning. But there’s another part of them that they have been training. The one that lives everything a second time. That sits down and sees their life again and goes over it. Looks at the texture and details.

You’re more interested, finally, in living life again in your writing than in making money. Now, let’s understand–writers do like money; artists, contrary to popular belief, do like to eat.  It’s only that money isn’t the driving force.  I feel very rich when I have time to write and very poor when I get a regular paycheck and no time to work at my real work.

Goldberg’s entire book is such a wealth of inspiration for writers. Definitely worth adding to your bookshelf to motivate you to tap into your inner writer.

Writing Prompt: Five Things Afraid to Write About

by Lindy

From The Daily Post, here is a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing (or frozen): <a href=””>Make A List of 5 Things You’re Afraid to Write About</a>.<br />
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I love everyone’s comments and posts on this topic! What a great prompt! The kind of prompt that warrants a bulleted list without expansion.<br />
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Here are the Top 5 Things I’m Afraid to Write About (publicly):<br />
<li>Teen years</li>
<li>Ex boyfriends</li>
<li>Bad bosses</li>
</ol>What are the topics we’re left with? What are your top 5? Are you afraid to even list them?

Puppy Love

by Lindy

We took this video two years ago when we got our new Saint Bernard puppy, Buttercup. The struggle over the doggy bed and who was going to be the alpha dog.

Buttercup now weighs over 150 lbs, and she is much more commanding over her doggie bed, but still very fun loving.

Join the Challenge to Write a Novel in a Month

by Lindy

I just learned that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! It is a challenge for writers around the world to complete a 50,000-word novel by the end of November.

I’ve never participated in this challenge, nor have I ever written a novel. The closest I’ve come to writing one is my 100-page thesis for my master’s degree. That was painful!

WordPress is easing writers into NaNoWriMo with their Post a Day Challenge. They provide daily writing prompts and encouragement to give writers inspiration for their blogs.

“It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly. Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.”


Read the complete article by Erica Johnson from WordPress about their National Novel Writing Month Post a Day Challenge.

There is a Chick Lit novel inside me waiting to be written. Should I join the challenge? Are you in?

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