• A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

    April Challenges Bring May Recovery

    There is still a post in the Blogging A to Z Challenge to write, one to genuflect about our progress and how the month went. The final encore before the curtain is drawn for another year. When I began both April challenges I thought it would end up being a breeze. It was just another writing challenge and it’d be no problem. Oh, hindsight; how you get us every time. How was I to know the emotional toll writing every day would take? Incorporate life into that and it was more than a roller coaster. April is a hard month to get through for me in the first place. I…

  • A to Z Challenge,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

    Elvis Has Left the Building

    It’s done. The last day of both challenges. I’m going to miss it. I’ve met some new people, read some interesting blogs, and cemented current friendships. Not that we have to stop, but now we won’t be required to keep up with our blogs or visit others. It will be a change to sit down and realize that I don’t have to post if I don’t want to. But, I am proud of the work I’ve done. I stayed challenged and learned some new techniques. The last poetry prompt was to write a poem backwards. Make your ending first and your beginning last. For my final poem I chose to…

  • A to Z Challenge,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

    Penultimately Yours…

    I think I failed today’s poetry prompt. We are supposed to write a review. It can be about anything, which did open up a lot of doors to me since today’s blogging letter of the day is Y. Except, I’m not so sure mine is a review. Although, in my head I see it as one. But that may just be me reaching way far out on that limb. I wrote a villanelle. Think of Dylan Thomas’s Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. Y’all can sound off in the comments whether or not you think I met my task or not. xo Jesi   Yin and Yang By…

  • A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

    X is for…

    X and O By Jessica Scott     X and O. Kisses and hugs. You can have one or the other, Though in general they play Follow the Leader.   X and O. Easily missed when lost, They make the miles disappear When found at the end of a letter.   X and O. In tandem, they clear up grey skies, They can make the hurt go away When you are scraped raw, at least for a time.   X and O. Two simple letters with no meaning But when holding hands they spell L. O. V. E.   This was an easy one to do. Today’s poetry prompt was…

  • 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion,  A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

    Hay(na)ku! Bless You, Here’s a Tissue

    A hay(na)ku is a variant of the haiku, and was created by poet Eileen Tabois. It is a three line stanza that consists of one word on the first line, two words on the second, and three words on the third. You can write a simple hay(na)ku or try writing several and creating a hay(na)ku sonnet (created by Vince Gotera), which is more sonnet-ish and not a true sonnet. This was our poetry prompt for today. Mine is whimsical. After all the deep stuff, I needed some lightness of being. Today’s Blogging Challenge letter is W. My word is whimsy. Also, I’d like to give a HUGE shout-out to my…

  • A to Z Challenge,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

    The Evil of the Thriller

    Vincent Price’s name is synonomous with classic horror films. His characteristic voice sends shivers down your spine. When you hear him speak, you know something is waiting for you in the shadows. He is still very much missed. With today’s Blogging Letter of the Day being V, he came to mind. Probably also doesn’t hurt that I have been doing a lot of thrill reading lately. My current book is Anno Dracula by Kim Newman suggested to me by blogging/author friend Helena Hann-Basquiat (go check out her horror masterpiece Jessica-she’s writing a sequel-I can’t wait!!!) Today’s poetry prompt was to write a clerihew. A clerihew is a four line poem…

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    Where’s Weird Al When You Need Him?

    Today’s poetry challenge actually kind of made me smile a bit. We’re to write a parody or satire of a favorite, or unfavorite, poem of the past. So, when I saw the word parody I immediately thought of Weird Al Yankovich. Wouldn’t you? The man made a fortune off of his parodies of songs. My personal favorite is still Eat It. Even Big Son knows Weird Al. Oh my gosh, do you remember that he had a movie called UHF? A famous parody in poetry is The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd by Sir Walter Raleigh, an answer to Christopher Marlowe’s The Passionate Shepherd to his Love (click here to…

  • A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

    A Spring Pastoral for Earth Day

    Blogging Challenge: letter S Poetry Challenge: write a pastoral or a poem that engages with nature. Spring By Jessica Scott   I am the Earth sweetly singing, At the dawning of a brand new day. With leaves on trees newly budding, And showers that bring the flowers of May.   I am the fertile meadows With grasses growing fresh and tall, Where bees and birds greet the morning And every creature, great and small.   I am the voice you hear on the wind, The lullaby the stars whisper to you at night. I am the land softly calling- Hear me, and in me delight.   Happy Earth Day! xo…

  • A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

    Erasure Poetry

    Hehehe. I smiled at today’s poetry prompt. As a child of the 80’s the word erasure puts a smile on my face. I loved, and still love, the music group Erasure. (My favorite song is Blue Savannah.) That has nothing to do with today’s prompt other than the word itself. Erasure poetry, also called blackout poetry, is part of what is known as Found poetry. That means that you find poetry in things around you. Erasure poetry comes from books. You take a book, pick a page at random, then erase, or blackout, all but the words that stand out to you. You can create interesting poems from this. If…

  • A to Z Challenge,  Blog,  NaPoWriMo,  Poetry

    Shakespeare Had It Right

    You’ll be seeing two separate posts today. One for yesterday that I completely missed, and today’s current one (which may come later today). Yesterday was Tornado’s birthday and I was busy beyond belief. Plus, we have begun storm season in the DFW metroplex and lately we’ve been getting a lot of rain. I haven’t actually seen the weather act like this since I was in elementary school. We’ve had only a handful of sunny days since April began. April showers indeed. Alright, back to our regular programing. Yesterday’s letter was Q and the poetry prompt was to write what you know. What I know constantly changes; knowledge updates every decade.…