3Days, 3 Quotes -day 3

The poet T.S.Eliott died on this day, January 4th, 1965, aged 76. In his memory and in small celebration of his life and work, I bring this quote:


I enjoyed this challenge from Ann at GrubbsnCritters,  stretching myself a bit to find not only quotes (or ‘quotations’ perhaps?), but to find and edit images (from pixabay.com), overlaying the text … a small thing yes, but something I often avoid… and I reserve the right in the future to grab a wildcard nomination from one of my challenge posts here and start all over again 🙂

Hot Off the Press: The first respondent post from my recent nominations has been published, and it’s a great read as usual from DrKottoway

The rules are to post 3 quotes over 3 days and nominate 3 bloggers each time to carry on with the challenge.

Some people choose to share three quotes each day, but the usual / minimum is one each day so take your pick and enjoy (with no obligation!)

I nominate the following bloggers to take on this challenge – and recommend visiting their blogs via latest posts from the following links:

It seems such a long time since last February’s Blogging201 and Writing101(Poetry)- and wonderful to find so many classmates blogs still active and inspirational. One of the great things about doing these challenge posts is having a handy reminder link to hand, so maybe it won’t be so long next time but see you again soon 🙂 Happy New Year!

3Days, 3 Quotes -day 3

Chocolate box… All Gold …

From: https://blacklightcandelabra.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/a-box-of-chocolates/ ...re-imagining the box of chocolates as a writing form...A collection of unique and separate chocolates forms a greater whole. ...writing a dozen mini-pieces 25-35 words each ...should not form a dialogue, advance a plot, or otherwise interact with one another.  However, they should be unique.  You might vary the style in each one, offer viewpoints from 12 different perspectives, or devise 12 different formatting techniques.  Whatever strategy you choose, the twelve pieces should look like a coherent whole when they’re juxtaposed in your post.

1 approacheveningglowanticipategrowthspiralslifeovereyewalkinstickwaferscribes                                                                        layersleavestrainaspirerootssoilpaYperCOINmarksbenchwhollywinedayleafbread

2      thrown glossy forms fused powder – deform  speckleduckblue panthflyer case thru minority norms – missing numbers – wall falls

3           novel detection you will be part of uneven performance spoken word …wrap round world fabric8 hung UN chain timedblate global village graviTate

4   labelled and listened recorded and glistened struck lightning and dove lion roaring………………above german shepherd IN ruff leap of faith totem LOVE

5 mirrored waves ripple gently passed away over surface under depth monologue an reflects a long broken path obsolescence

6 The hunter stands tall, glass-caged, upon layered sands of drifting time. Armed, equipped and ready to report, longso…,… longso, … before the egg eating egret.

7     i stomped, aye stampede, eye stamped – every minute attended N seconded: classified taxonomy… snap, picture, shot; journeyed pepper pot: price user group relief – truth tabled.

8   profile, profound, provincial providenceglorious colour swathed carnivalesque curves capture audience gaze in endearing embrace.

NB:-I’m afraid we couldn’t resist eating chocolates 9, 10, 11 and 12 – it was only two each as we shared – Summar says she’ll replace them tomorrow, honest! (Summar’s a bit of a Letter/word player for her “art form”, and another of our colleagues describes our city’s contemporary art gallery as her chocolate box – so we made this in thought of her while she’s a bit unwell).

Each piece is unique because they’re flavoured by elements of exhibitions we’ve seen there between us over the last few years and not in any particular order but each piece containing only elements relevant to that one particular exhibition, not mixed.

We were supposed to be getting some other articles together for our project blog but never mind, this was a fun collaborative task to play with for a bit longer than we should have. Apparently if I’m stuck for something to do i can expand the article and provide reference information for each piece relating to each different exhibition that we’ve represented! I might take a while doing that, if at all, but perhaps will have a go at re-presenting it differently and perhaps completing – once we’ve got a full box of chocolates again rather than a third scoffed.

It is a tough task writing over a box of chocolates and resisting consumption – and I’d hoped 25-35 words each would be a quick task or I might not have agreed to tackle that challenge tonight. By the way, one or two of the chocolates only has 18 or so words but we’ve not cheated and nibbled that’s just the design…

Chocolate box… All Gold …

re-finding my way back (own goals)

Originally this blog started as my “working it out” space, to play and learn, as  a fairly new blogger. I’m not sure I meant to make the whole blog private for so long and have hopefully put that right. Mostly it’s an excercise in simply practising writing as I’m very out of the habit. i surprised myself with writing something resembling a short story for the first time in decades and might extend and expand that start at some point (in the next year being a snail…)!

I’d been stuck in the muddy shallows, up to my neck in it, unable to enjoy any hobbies or past-times for so long that a belated resolution for the new year became to start blogging, pick up new skills and try and escape being so bogged down with impossible life circumstances. It doesn’t work like a magic wand to solve all, but is some escape. Although I’ve lost track somewhat for other challenges arising I’ll have to make more of a focussed effort to pick up the threads and carry on.

At the moment I guess every blog I’ve started is “a practice blog” but each with a different focus (was the idea!) This arena is my wide-ranging writing space, mostly creative writing and free-writing. I keep forgetting the golden rule of frequently hitting “save” and losing my writing so i’d make that goal number ONE – remember SAVE and lose less (and trying to squeeze in an extra goal, I’d edit better at time of posting to correct typos and grammar and save trawling back to correct!)

I don’t write much at all off-line or in hand-writing – for one I don’t like using paper any more, it’s become almost a phobia – and I also enjoy writing live on the wire more than putting things down on a dead page. I tend to be quite disjointed and distracted so the ease of writing with a computer is preferable and I get less RSI than using a pen. I do keep a paper based journal but it’s mostly  a non-creative list of the time the day starts and ends and all the mundane achievements and notes of the day’s (limited) activity. if I tried I might discover a few hidden starters in there but my creative outputs there are extremely seldom.

I’ve probably missed keeping up with a number of goals I’d already mentioned in my writing here so far (so identifying those and planning is goal number TWO). I don’t retain information well and keep forgetting where to find things in the menus and how to do things (and even what I’d intended or set out to do) –  that makes the process frustrating and cumbersome. But it was meant to be a learning experience and it was intended to be enjoyable so I’ll not waste energy fretting over it.  I do however need to organise myself better (so that’s goal THREE , develop a routine within and without other routines) and try and keep my writing fresh and refreshing rather than forced. I’ve a small number of free-writing drafts tucked away in private view to revisit and work on if and when I choose and some rough ideas that haven’t emerged yet.

I’m also not sure I’m entirely happy with the way this blog appears and need to experiment…but stuck in reluctance and resistance to change… I’ll probably forget about trying blogging 201 tasks here for the duration of this current course and concentrate more on content, practice and just sustaining writing, free and easy, learning as I go (hopefully)… from next week I have the challenge of learning poetry and hope to respond to those tasks more efficiently than I am for blogging 201 but using the “practice blog” I created for that (failed) learning project https://pathwayhalfwayhome.wordpress.com/ as  a dedicated space for poetry 201, hopefully having settled it’s appearance and features with some planned improvements by the weekend and hopefully keeping up with task responses better than currently for blogging 201.

Focussed writing for purpose (eventually) takes place over at (…mantra Earth…) in development over the next few weeks and a group blog project currently on hold looking at a likely three to six month development timescale (while I learn to organise content and while offline participants provide some coherent group content for me to organise!)

re-finding my way back (own goals)