Weekend Writing Prompt #36 – Begin

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take one of the challenges below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt


Photo Prompt



Prose Challenge – Write a story inspired by the making – or breaking – of a New Year’s resolution.

Poetry Challenge – Write a haiku on the theme of new beginnings.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

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  10. Belated Happy New Year Sammi, Namaste 🙂

    How are you? 🙂 My first chance this year to head on over to your Blog to say hello 🙂 How was Christmas and the New Year…did you celebrate in style? What might Santa have brought you this year? I should ask if you’ve made any resolutions or have set your intentions for the year ahead – I am curious to know what you might wish for or hope to achieve/gain/acquire?

    Sorry to have missed the last two Challenges…I’ve been bogged down writing a long poem, which got grubby and needed to be concluded. Thankfully I finished today shortly after you came visiting 🙂 I am so pleased to leave the poem behind with intention of getting Wizard Of Wans back on the writing desk for Book 2. I’ve enjoyed taking time away from the Wizard Of Wands – about a year or thereabout – but feel a pressing need to meet up with Merlin once again and have Archie keep my intentions honest and true. As usual I’ve no real storyline at this stage but will just carve it out one stanza at a time and see where the adventure goes.

    There are some excellent entries here for the Challenge this week and a good turn-out as well: so leased to see the Challenge being well supported. It’s a great mix of styles and perspectives, keeps me enthralled and keeps getting better! Will you be collating entries and publishing anthologies?

    Here’s my feeble attempt, thanks Sammi.

    ~ Begin ~ By ~ Dewin Nefol ~

    Fuse lit Star ship
    Rocket fuel


    I’ll call by over the weekend…perhaps even in the morning and see what entertaining prompt you have spoilt us with this week. Enjoy your evening – thanks for stopping by Castle Deeply Dewin and reading my scribble – catch ya later alligator! Hugs for the grimalkins – (I’ve missed Scriblette and Niblette and Snow Melt whilst I’ve been away from Merlin) so am in need of a furry purry friend 🙂

    Love and Peace. Namaste 🙂


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    • Hey Dewin! I actually headed over to your blog yesterday to wish you a Happy New Year but got side-tracked by all the amazing poems I read. I thoroughly enjoyed them all, and the accompanying artwork, but I still need to catch up with Piper at the Gates of Dawn 🙂 So, Happy New Year, Dewin!

      I had a lovely Christmas and New Year, thank you. I hope you did too. I saw lots of family, baked enough mince pies, Christmas cakes and Christmas puddings to last a lifetime and made a whole pile of handmade pressies too.

      One of my intentions this year is to try and keep up with the blog. The last quarter of 2017 I just tailed off, thanks to a spell of mental exhaustion which I’ve still not really got over yet. It’s just a question of time management and finding the right balance. What I wish for this year, which might be a bit of a longshot, is to get a book of poetry published or a novel, or both if I’m feeling extremely greedy / lucky! What about you? Any resolutions, intentions or hopes for 2018?

      Excited to hear that the Wizard of Wands saga will be continuing shortly with book 2. It’s such an imaginative tale, filled with enchanting characters 🙂 I’m looking forward to find out how the next adventure unfolds 🙂

      Will I be collating entries and publishing anthologies? That sounds like a great idea. I would have to look into it further when I have a bit more time on my hands, but it would be an interesting project for the future.

      I liked your poem for the challenge – it’s not feeble at all. It actually made me think of the Fireball XL5 theme song, which I just had to find on youtube and listen to 🙂

      Have a great weekend, Dewin, and all the brightest blessings for 2018!

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      • Hey Sammi, Namaste 🙂

        Yes indeed, Happy New Year! may it be the best ever bursting brim-full with the wondrous and the wonderful. Your worthy intentions suggest that you aim to make this your year 🙂 So pleased to hear you’re taking the bull by the horns and focussing on novel publication. It is time to stretch your wings, and in that regard I sincerely hope you will make your novel a priority and bring that fantasy to reality. You deserve to be given that chance. Good Luck, I’ll fingers crossed for you 🙂

        Your Christmas and New Year appear to have left you refreshed renewed energised and back in the writer’s saddle. No doubt having chance to stop and remove yourself temporarily from the writer’s fray has been beneficial. You speak of achieving a better balance in your life and I hope you are successful in doing that: it is all to easy to burn the candle at both ends and have it catch up eventually. I also appreciate how difficult it is when so driven creatively to let go of that passionate force every now and again – the muse can be merciless and unrelenting but she needs an element of control else she gallop the horse of one’s mind to destruction.

        I thought you would have indulged your culinary skills over the festive period…all creations would have been tasty treats well-received and digested with enthusiasm, so it would be a foolish question to ask if there’s anything left in the cake tin Sammi? lol 🙂

        Thank you for popping over to Dewin’s yesterday, it was a timely visit and I grateful for the distraction of a WP notification: I needed such a moment to pull me out of the grubbiness of a poem. Pleased you enjoyed my scribbles and artwork. My output was quite prolific for three or four weeks from early December and I am quite pleased with the diversity of artwork and the flexibility of the verse – although I need to learn how to prune my lines more thoroughly. Overall, it was a generally successful month. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn degenerated into a sticky mess towards the end during a period when my focus was disturbed by external reality: I was not directly involved but I was the recipient of someone’s evil-eye and deliberate haunting together with feeling sensations of suffering and pain. Again, none of these emotions were truly mine: I was however caught up in this metaphysical reality and made to see what was going on behind the darkest veil because there was a child involved who needed help to be heard. I was not successful in doing anything to help….when people are blinded by their ego and only want to destroy themselves and everything else in their life there is no magic that can stop that from happening. It’s a long story and you wouldn’t truly believe the half of it if I shared everything. What is awkward is the fact that I have to now be around certain people whilst knowing what I know. It still makes me feel grubby. Intuition is a wonderful sense but it is very difficult to ignore, cast-off, or dispel by other means. Intuition never switches off, it’s always open and receptive, and the more receptive we are the harder it becomes to keep distance between the ugliness we intuit and the beauty that keeps us alive and buoyant. I am grateful to have the Alkemi series completed.

        I’ve set few intentions for the year but I’ve made no resolutions. The Wizard Of Wands Book 1 will get published this year – I will have to learn how to do that or I’ll seek a publisher who will facilitate my wishes. Either way I like to hope it is a priority, but yet I feel such urgent need to get Book 2 written as well. I was contemplating finishing Book 2 this year: which is possible, Book 1 took 18 months yet I feel better able to write and believe if I threw everything at it could knock out another 5 thousand lines before Jan 01/2019. If I don’t succeed, then I want all but closing chapters finished so that it’ll be ready to publish early in 2019.: I am happy to be flexible. Other than Book and Book 2, I’ll be supporting Gallybloggers in all ways I can and trying to maintain WP friendships in the process. Blogging is a wonderfully shared experience yet also very time consuming: like you I shall have to find a balance between competing pressures. Thank you for your enthusiasm regards Book 2 🙂

        I too have been listening to the Fireball XL5 tune but had not related it to the poem until you mentioned. I am sitting here giggling 🙂 My poem is still feeble but the song is still awesome lol 🙂

        I’ll pop over and take a peek at today’s challenge. Rumour has it, it is a tough ask this week. I shall just have to see for myself 🙂

        Saturday comes to a close leaving about 24 hours available for writing, commenting, catching up and buzzing around WP whilst attending to the last of the weekly chores. I have maintenance carrying out some urgent work on the flat this week and need to clear areas in the kitchen and bathroom. I hope they won’t drag out the improvement work…I hate feeling disrupted at home. The work needs to be done and the flat will be better for it, so if I must I will grin and bare it.

        Enjoy your weekend, your Saturday night and opportunity to chill and relax. I hope all is well in all ways with you, the royal we, and the grimalkins. Take care of y’all 🙂

        Love and Peace. Namaste 🙂


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