Friday, June 29, 2012

Poetic Captions: Blog Party and a Contest

Party On!



As some of you know I’ve been participating in a picture book challenge –12x12in2012 hosted by the wonderful Julie Hedlund.Today, I’m celebrating along with my fellow 12x12ers the completion of six manuscripts. Since joining the challenge I’ve completed six manuscripts with the last two being part of a series. I met my wonderful critique group (Kirsten, Jennifer, Julie, and Jodi – you ladies rock). I’ve been exposed to a multitude of resources and have daily access to a wonderful group willing to encourage me every step of the way.

So in celebration I’m reaching out to all my creative friends and asking you come up with a caption for the illustration below. I’ll pick a winner and use the winning caption to write a poem. I will post the poem next Friday. The winner will receive a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. Leave your name and caption in the comments below.  Contest closes on July 1 at 11:30pm (mountain time). Contest is open to everyone. 

Party on!


Can you come up with a caption for this image?

If you liked this post please let others know.  Come back next Friday and enjoy a poem by me and illustration by Bill. On Ouch Monday, I’ll be sharing revision tips. I hope you come back for that. Until then dare to write the impossible.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Poetic Captions: Sock Monster

It's Friday and you know what the means POETRY! Today we are visited by the mysterious and perhaps even dangerous sock monster. 

Sock Monster

The door was open
For only a second
But that’s all it took
For it to slide out
Leaving its partner behind

Inch by inch
It crawled
Across the laundry floor
Inch by inch
It went
Down the hall
To my bedroom door

Knock. Knock. Knock.
“Who’s there?” I squeaked.
I didn’t dare get out of bed

Cr-e-e-e-a-k
Was the only reply
Then that horrible sound started again…

Pee-Yew!
Inch by inch
It crawled
Across my bedroom floor

Inch by inch
It went
Up the wooden post.

I shook and shook
Under my blanket of fleece
I didn’t dare uncover my head

Inch by inch
It crawled
I reached a hand out
Turned the lamp on

Plop!

There it lay
At the foot my bed
My brother’s smelly out sock

Pee-Yew!

I hid under the covers again


What kind of sock monster lives at your house? What does he/she do all day?
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Poetic Captions: A Blast From the Past

I’ve been busy all week sorting through boxes of books and boxes full of old stories. I didn’t get a chance to write Monday’s post (sorry about that).  While digging through years of writing, I came across a poem that I wrote as a teen for my grandparent’s 50th anniversary.  I wanted to share that poem with you today.  There won’t be an illustration or an activity this week.  Stay tuned for next weeks’ Poetic Caption, in which there will be an illustration by Bill and poem/activity by me.


Happily ever after...

True Love

Once upon a time
You met each other
You started an everlasting bond
That’s kept you together

Once upon a time
You had your first date
And everything else
Was left to fate

Once upon a time
That fondness grew to love
Deep within your hearts
You knew you would never be apart

Once upon a time
Vows were exchanged between you
Now 50 years has come
And that love is still true

Do you have any old poems/stories lying around?

If you liked this post please let others know. Join me next Friday for another Poetic Caption. On Ouch Monday, I’ll be talking about networking. I hope you come back for that. Until then dare to write the impossible.
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*Photo by Soul Slate Photography 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Poetic Captions: Grocery Store

Today's poem was inspired by Catherine Johnson's poem Monkey Business.  I think this poem is something many of you can relate to. Enjoy. 


Grocery Shopping 
--By Rena J. Traxel


He's jumping up and down
I want cookies!
Like a hyper kangaroo
He’s going through a phase
That is what I’m told

He’s nagging at my side
Like a buzzing little fly
He is grabbing all the junk
Every time I turn away

He’s reading all the labels
Like a seeing eye dog
He’s driving me insane
I should have left him home 

So what do you do
With a hyper kangaroo,
A buzzing little fly,
A seeing eye dog,
I’ll tell you what to do
I’ll try it next time
Leave him in the car
Like every wife should do…(he’s thirty-seven after all). 

If you liked this post please let others know. Join me next week for another Poetic Caption, featuring a poem by me and illustration by Bill. On Ouch Monday, I’ll be talking about networking I hope you come back for that.
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