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Shame and inspiration

I pot plants (succulents, geraniums etc) and sell them to help raise funds when there’s a shortfall in subs to cover printing and postage costs for Positive Words and earlier this week delivered 20 to a sweet lady in her 80s who had just dug yet another garden bed in her yard (she has quite a few!) and needed plants to fill it. I’ll call you again soon, she told me, I’m sure I’ll be making more.

I’d been feeling a bit tired and overwhelmed after a busy weekend and she put me to shame! I certainly hope I’m up to digging new garden beds when I’m in my 80s 🙂

I came home singing High Hopes (Oops, there goes another rubber tree…) and if I feel a bit tired in future I’ll remind myself of that lady planting all her plants 🙂

What an inspiration!

Has anyone inspired you lately?

Short Story & Poetry Competition Reminder

Don’t forget the Positive Words Short Story & Poetry Competition 2015.

Entry numbers are down this year so please support the competition to help keep this great writing opportunity viable 🙂

You can find the entry form here entry form-2015 or use a cover sheet with all the relevant details.

Entries need to be posted by 23 April – it doesn’t matter if they don’t arrive by then as long as they are on the way 🙂

Thank you everyone for the support!

Brave Blooms


Today’s prompt…

Despite attacks from cockatoos and rabbits, heat and less than half the average rainfall for the past three months . . . a couple of Agapanthus are flowering, although much smaller than usual 🙂

New South Wales is preparing for potentially the worst heat/fire conditions in history and parts of other states are also on alert. I hope everyone stays safe!

Black Swans

Today’s writing prompt…

Black Swans on Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia.


The Year of the Dragon

A writing prompt for today…

Sun Loong, the World’s longest Imperial Dragon, emerges each year for the Bendigo Easter Festival Parade. A truly amazing sight and one with special meaning for me as my daughter-in-law is Chinese and my grandson’s middle name means ‘dragon’. It really is The Year of the Dragon for us 🙂

The parade and the festival activities were wonderful and I would heartily recommend a visit 🙂

Writing the Negatives

I read an article this morning about a UK writer who wrote a column about the trials of being too beautiful. Not surprisingly, there’s been a huge response with thousands of comments on the Daily Mail website (many with negatives about her beauty) and a twitter campaign trying to deflate her ego. Although I would love to see as many comments on this blog, I have a feeling the writer might be wishing she had worded her thoughts a little more tactfully. Then again, perhaps she has enough confidence not to worry about the daggers and is revelling in the any-publicity-is-good-publicity response.

I don’t think everything should be sugar-coated but most people tune out or avoid whiners and complainers and for writers that could mean losing your audience. I’m sure there is a down side to being beautiful but it is awfully hard to convince many of us mere mortals who shun mirrors and camera lenses. I think a little humour and tongue-in-cheek is probably one of the best ways to complain without sounding like you are whining but, of course, I’m not the one with mega-hits on my blog 😦

Have you got something you’d like to get off your chest? Try writing about it but with a twist; show, don’t tell! And please send them in – although the magazine is called Positive Words, it doesn’t mean everything has to have a positive slant to it. The positive refers to the act of doing something positive with your work, sending it out instead of hiding it in a drawer.

From the Park Bench…

An inspiration/prompt for today…

Something to getting you started on a great writing week 🙂

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