November passed with its various novels in a month and monthly post a day etc. Things now calm down for the folly that is the Christmas season, in the sense of going shopping, decorating house and lawn or whatever it is you do for the Christmas season. For many of us the Christmas season has already begun early. The Christmas Markets have been open for business here in Arco (just the weekends for now) for the past two weeks. I wrote a couple of short posts about it already and you can find the most recent one here, but also here because I made a mistake and posted it on the Library!
I’d like to offer my heart-felt congratulations to all of you who were able to reach your goal for NaNoWriMo…I don’t know who most of you are, but one of my favorite poets TJ Therien over at Liars, Hypocrites & the Developement of Human Emotion has slain his dragon and you can read about his experience here. There was another event in November and specifically: NaBloPoMo. I also participated along with a whole group of friends and new acquaintances, and I’m going to post the list for the last time today. The main list came from Rarasaur and her NanoPoblano so here they are…and a million thanks and hope all went well for you:
Thanks for the ride!
I don’t do awards on my blogs anymore usually. Basically they entail a lot of work to write and then link to other people’s blog as well as informing them. I prefer to try to use my few short blogging hours in a day to write or post photographs. This doesn’t mean that I’m not grateful for the mentions, I am. It makes me feel happy that someone thinks I’m worth awarding…and it makes me smile. This week I’m making an exception, in that I’ve been nominated by three great bloggers for the Blogger of the Year award! The first nomination came to me through: Morgan: In the Spirit of the Season, the second Amreen Shaikh: Feeling Elated and the third from my good friend sweetness6645. I’m going to thank them here for this bit of balm to my weary ego. I’ve been having a rather difficult moment, and this award mention has helped make me smile and keep writing, when I was thinking to just wrap it all up after Christmas and say my last Ciao! But I will actually do the awards in a special separate “Just a Note” for New Years Eve. I’ve got a whole lot of people to thank and talk about so I’ll do a Year of Blogging with awards!
I’ve been writing daily haiku or senryu now for several months. I usually don’t connect with prompts for haiku writing, but I finally looked into Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and said: wow! This is a lovely place. Lots of info, great prompts and a nice feeling about it. So I participated in the Tan Renga, and then a few other events which you can find on the Library’s recent blogs list, but the most recent was a sedoka (double haiku) for the Sunday prompt entitle: Carpe Diem Haiku: Kanpai prompt.
Harry came up with another lovely Challenge over at the Poet’s Corner which I greatly enjoyed! This on was a Monorhyme Poem. I had a great time with many others…you can read about it here! I also had a lot of fun with Caddo Spumoni who, like myself likes to try new poetry forms…she wrote a wonderful Pleiades Poem entitled “Letter”. In response I wrote: Walking.
I won’t link you to all the great prompts I’ve been following lately…I’m just going around like a crazy butterfly from flower to flower. Of course there are a few I regularly visit: WDBWP, Trifecta, Friday Fictioneers and Ligo Haibun as well as Ese’s Shoot and Quote. The links take you to work I’ve done for these blogs…the links to the blogs are in my posts :-). Prompts are often a way to stimulate the Muse. I will try to link future prompts that I’ve found interesting besides of course the DP challenges, which I won’t link but you can find them easily and have them sent directly to your email address!
As you know, the Just a Note is a sort of reminder to myself of what I’ve done in a week, and a kind of newsletter for those who want to see what I’ve done in a week…well not exactly…I write it on Monday and I write about what I remember of the week. There are so many things that I’ve read and written, but when I start writing Just a Note the last things that remain in my memory get talked about. However, I really should refer you all to the great bloggers that daily like and comment. These great people are the reason I keep blogging. They encourage me, stimulate stories and poems, and make me smile, and sometimes they also send me that ever so useful nod that I need because I’ve made a “typo”, as though it were my keyboard’s fault I misspell stuff!
So I just want to say thanks for a great week and hope next week sees you all having fun and at peace! Happy blogging! Ciao! Bastet