Creative Every Day – Stories

March 10, 2010

Theme this month at Creative Every Day is “Stories”. I haven’t kept up with every post, and I’m not an active participant – but I love her posts, her themes, and how she is all about bringing more creativity to our lives!

The starting post for March, guest-written by Elizabeth Halt, I found to be thought-provoking and inspiring – about the stories we tell ourselves, and how we can create change.

© 2010 writingreading

Creative Every Day – Key to Winter

February 2, 2009

Today is the first prompt for the month of February at Creative Every Day. This is a bonus day, because Leah (of CED) is sharing her artwork at Pictures, Poetry and Prose to use as a writing prompt!

I love this picture Leah has created, and although I have not really explored it, yet, I really like what I am seeing at PP&P, too! If you are ever in need of a writing prompt, take a look. And if you really want to put the Every Day into your Creative – that’s another reason to visit the PP&P site.

I posted my writing, there at PP&P, but I will post it here as well. It might be interesting to read the writing, first, and then go visit the site to see the image that inspired it. I’d be interested in hearing from you about what you think about what I’ve written, as it relates to the image.

I’m being a little more literal here than I would like, but I do like some of the turns of phrase and expressions that came out of this.

The lotus blossomed at her feet, and flowers surrounded her. Thistle, daisy, chrysanthemum. Tree branches stretched out their arms to envelope her, but she remained just out of their reach, pristine, cool, and dignified. Frozen sunlight danced through the morning air, splintering into prisms as she glided across the earth. A shadow-bird ruffled his feathers nearby, keeping watch over her shoulder. A woodland thrush chirrupped his perky greeting as he nestled in the loose leaves and twigs at her feet.

She was a striking image in the frozen landscape, bundled in her blue velvet bodice, warm beneath her long heavy wool skirt. Subdued, but festive, the blue-green accents on her charcoal skirt gave her a lively air, though her quiet respect for the land around her permeated her every step.

She breathed deeply of the morning air, letting its freshness fill the corners of her lungs. She exhaled, watching as the fog created by the warmth of her breath shone in the morning sun.

“The key to winter,” she had said to her husband, as she walked out the door, “is enjoying it while it is here.” She savored these days of brightness, of fresh snow and pastel twilight. She knew winter was a rare gift of sapphire, of frozen heat, and unacknowledged life.

© writingreading, 2009

Playing with Words

February 1, 2009

Since it is February 1st – and even though the Creative Every Day prompt won’t be coming out until tomorrow, I thought I’d start by picking up the theme from January and combining it with February. That gives me Play + Words – and I knew exactly what I wanted to do!

I came across Wordle some time back, and marked it to use in the future. Because the opening lines of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky had recently come to mind, I thought I’d Wordle his poem. This seemed like a perfect poem to use for the idea of playing with words.


I like the results!

© writingreading, 2009

Creative Every Day – February

January 25, 2009

I just recently discovered this site, but I like what I see. It is called Creative Every Day, by Leah Piken Kolidas and each month has a “theme.” Although her blog is more for visual art, she makes it clear that CED is for everyone – not just visual artists, but writers, creative homemakers, cooks, and anyone who wants to use, cultivate, or discover their creative gifts.

The upcoming theme for February is “Words” – so I think I’m going to sign up to join in. I’m not sure what I’m in for, or even how it will work – or if anything I post here will be related to prompts she posts there. But I’m going to give it a try. Maybe you should too! :-)

© writingreading, 2009