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FICTION PROMPT – LONESOME

I am not a poetry writer but I do love playing around with the magnetic poetry blocks found here (free):

http://play.magneticpoetry.com/poem/Poet/kit

So I decided to make a mini-story for a bit of fun. Todays mini-story is based on the theme of LONESOME.

The Lonesome Father by KL Caley

Short and sweet this one but I quite liked the twist.


What story will this week’s tiles have in store for you?
Have a go! Please link back any creations you make, I’d love to see them.

#TFI = TODAYS FICTION INSPIRATION
#poetrywordkit

Photo by Julissa Helmuth on Pexels.com

Take Care Everyone and Stay Safe.

Much Love,

KL ❤


HOW TO PLAY:

  • Create a marvellous creation using the prompt word
  • Link back here so that I can read your marvellous works of art!

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FICTION PROMPT – GUEST

I am not a poetry writer but I do love playing around with the magnetic poetry blocks found here (free):

http://play.magneticpoetry.com/poem/Poet/kit

So I decided to make a mini-story for a bit of fun. Todays mini-story is based on the theme of GUEST.

The Unjovial Guest by KL Caley

I think we’ve all been at parties we would rather not be at for one reason or another.

It’s always a worry of mine, that guests don’t have a good time. I think I overthink or over-worry about it. I try to make sure there is something for everyone. Even down to food, last year we had a small gathering for my little one, and I made the buffet including several vegan and vegetarian options (despite only knowing one guest was vegan), and a ton of baby/toddler safe foods to accommodate for the children (including a large bowl of babybells which I knew was a favourite of one particular party-goer – obviously they weren’t vegan). Maybe it’s my upbringing but it’s always nice to be nice and to have everyone feel involved and welcome were you can.


What story will this week’s tiles have in store for you?
Have a go! Please link back any creations you make, I’d love to see them.

#TFI = TODAYS FICTION INSPIRATION
#poetrywordkit

Photo by Julissa Helmuth on Pexels.com

Take Care Everyone and Stay Safe.

Much Love,

KL ❤


HOW TO PLAY:

  • Create a marvellous creation using the prompt word
  • Link back here so that I can read your marvellous works of art!

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Happy St. George’s Day

Happy St. George’s Day everyone! Are you doing anything to celebrate it?

St. George’s Day image

As a Scot, my family love St Andrew’s Day, yummy food, sometimes questionable music – haha, and most importantly time spent with family and friends. My English friends don’t seem to do much for St. George’s day, hence I thought I would extend the question out there. I’m thinking cream tea or fish and chips should become the St. George’s Day dish (unless there already is one I am unaware of).

Do you have a patron saint or equivalent, with a special day for celebrating? Does your family do anything special, or even do you eat something specific to celebrate?

I think it’s sad St. George’s day and the flag has become somewhat synonymous with right-wing groups and football hooliganism and ruined it as a day just to celebrate with family and friends. I am very sympathetic to those who would like some form of celebration but feel they can’t. Some of my family are Irish and the thought of not celebrating St. Patrick’s day is practically sacrilege – lol.

St George’s story cards.

A bit about the legend of St. George:

St George is most widely known for slaying a dragon. According to legend, the only well in the town of Silene was guarded by a dragon. In order to get water, the inhabitants of the town had to offer a human sacrifice every day to the dragon. The person to be sacrificed was chosen by lots. On the day that St George was visiting, a princess had been selected to be sacrificed. However, inevitably he killed the dragon, saved the princess and gave the people of Silene access to water. In gratitude, they converted to Christianity.

It is thought that the dragon represents a certain type of pagan belief that included the sacrifice of human beings. Possibly Drivel but who can really tell.

Source of: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/st-george-day


Included Prompt words inevitablesympathetic, and drivel.

Whatever you chose to do, I hope you all have a great weekend.

Much Love,
KL ❤

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – World Earth Day Mash-up

As some of you may be aware, Thursday is Earth Day. In recognition of this, this week, I’ve decided to dedicate a post each day with information I have found inspirational or helpful. I’m a big believer in small changes can make a big difference.

This week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge topic is Nutrition or Nourishment. It seemed too good an opportunity not to combine them both. One of the best quotes.

Lorax – Earth Day Image – Dr Seuss

Over the last few years, I have made small steps to change my habits for the better. Here are some simple things I have done:

  • Rechargeable batteries: Almost every battery in my house is now replaced with rechargeable batteries. Simple, easy and will probably save you money in the long term. Actually, even the pound shop rechargeable ones are pretty good for stuff like tv remotes.
  • Fold-up shopping bags: Obviously, we all know to take our own shopping bags with us, which I think most people do these days for a big shop. But what about when you just pop in somewhere for a quick shop (bread, milk or the emergency bottle of wine)? Fold-up shopping bags. You can buy these from Wilko. The fold-up ones are great to shove 1 or 2 in the glove box of your car for in case of emergency. They fold to about 6cm x 6cm so take up no room at all. Stops those emergency or excessive bag purchases.
  • Meal Plan: This is probably one of my favourite things (fit’s my OCD habits nicely). I like to meal plan as much as possible. The UN Environment Programme’s Food Waste Index revealed that 17% of the food available to consumers – in shops, households and restaurants – goes directly into the bin. Some 60% of that waste is in the home. The 923 million tonnes of food being wasted each year would fill 23 million 40-tonne trucks. Bumper-to-bumper, enough to circle the Earth seven times. If it were a country, food waste would be the third-highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.
    • My problem with meal plans is I like to do a big shop, then little top-up shops. Most meal plans are weekly, but I don’t have the time to generate one each week. So, I have created a monthly meal plan (attached). It’s fairly straightforward but basically, I write out my cupboard, fridge and freezer stocks. I write a list of favourite meal ideas. Combine the two. Write out the plan. Fill in the shopping list. Hey presto. Then each week I am only getting top-up shops; like bread, milk and fresh produce.
Printable Monthly Foodplan by KL Caley
  • Meat Free Monday: This is regarded as the easiest way to help save the world. I try to incorporate one meat-free meal a week into my food plan. Check out this website for your impact calculator. For those wondering how to get started, I highly recommend slow-cooked sweet potato and lentil curry, one of our favourites.
  • Switch to the Slow Cooker: I try to use the slow-cooker at least once or twice a week (often the meals portions make it more than once meal also). Popular wisdom says that a slow cooker uses only as much energy as a light bulb. The numbers back the theory: seven hours of crockpot cooking uses 0.7 kilowatt-hours of energy, whereas baking the same meal in an electric oven for one hour uses 2.0 kWh. In terms of CO2, if a meal requires one hour to cook on an electric oven it uses 2.7 pounds of C02, whereas a crockpot uses 0.9 pounds of C02 for seven hours. The numbers vary depending on the source but all are in agreement Slow Cookers, save you time, money and energy. Check out this website for some more info.
  • LED Bulbs: This one is obvious, and I think most people will now have changed all their normal lightbulbs for lamps etc. But every now and then we notice some additional bulbs we haven’t switched, such as the cooker extractor fan and kickboard lighting.
  • Grow your own: Super simple and interesting to do with the kids. It’s amazing how much you can grow with very little effort. We started off a few years ago with crops in pots on our patio, we now have an allotment. Growing your own is so rewarding, relaxing and interesting. A water butt is a cheap way to collect rainwater too, for those (rare as they may be in the North East of England), dry spells.
  • Switch Soaps: There are a lot of businesses now doing soap and shampoo bars. These tend to last a lot longer than plastic bottles and are often used with local and sustainable products. A friend of mine runs Soap out of the Garden (although there are probably companies more local to yourself). Her products are lovely, she uses all-natural products and avoids palm oils too. They also make lovely gifts.
  • Tassimo Coffee Pods: I wrote to both Tassimo, my MP and my local council last year over concerns about the lack of recycling in the North East of England – yes I am that person now! Anyway, I was delighted to be informed recently that Tassimo has introduced a free return service meaning they are now recyclable… called PODBACK. Tassimo is already quite a clever little machine, it reads each cartridge individually, knows exactly how much water is needed, how long it takes to brew your drink and the optimal temperature. This way, it only uses the minimum amount of water and energy, no waste. Now the pods are easy to return to be recycled.

I’m sure there are many, many more but those are the ones springing to the top of my mind now. Is there any you can think of?

Much Love
KL ❤


Originally written in response to Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (WQWWC – Nourishment). A wonderful prompt hosted by Marsha Ingrao at Always Right.

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FICTION PROMPT – NEW

I am not a poetry writer but I do love playing around with the magnetic poetry blocks found here (free):

http://play.magneticpoetry.com/poem/Poet/kit

So I decided to make a mini-story for a bit of fun. Todays mini-story is based on the theme of NEW.

The New Chapter by KL Caley

Sometimes in life you just need to start afresh. Job, partner, town, friendships. Whatever it is sometimes life just kicks you and the best thing for that individual to do is to break the cord and start again. This happened to me in the not so distant past. One of my closest friends really, really hurt me. I was pregnant at the time, incredibly ill, in and out of the hospital, fearing I would lose the baby, terrified in every sense of the word. There is an old saying that it is during your lowest moments you find out who your true friends are and it unfortunately that was true for me. I came out the other side, my baby and I both survived, but I was one friend down.

I realise my image above is about heartbreak but I can tell you, in all honesty I was heartbroken. To some extent I still am. I love my friends dearly and would go to the ends of the earth for them. With that friend, what we had felt like more than friendship, we were more like family, in fact closer than that. But as with all things in life, I take each day as it comes. I am happy and each day I find more and more joy with my new life and each day I find more and more peace with what has happened. Time is the healer.


What story will this week’s tiles have in store for you?
Have a go! Please link back any creations you make, I’d love to see them.

#TFI = TODAYS FICTION INSPIRATION
#poetrywordkit

Photo by Julissa Helmuth on Pexels.com

Take Care Everyone and Stay Safe.

Much Love,

KL ❤


HOW TO PLAY:

  • Create a marvellous creation using the prompt word
  • Link back here so that I can read your marvellous works of art!

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It’s Question Time

I have discovered a new blog series – Questions hosted by Rory at “aguycalledbloke”.
You can check him out here!

Are you ‘mostly’ a short content or a long content reader and how many words within those defines can you comfortably read per post?
I think I am ‘mostly’ a short content reader, although equally I love a good story and will get hooked in and continue reading longer posts too. I think around 1,000 words is probably my comfort level but it really depends on the content. Some of my favourite bloggers post longer stories and I will read to the end once I am invested (especially those that I know often put in a good twist in the ending – haha).

How many blogs do you read per day?
This varies every day. I would say I read around 5 or so blogs over reader on a normal day but over the weekend I read quite a few more as responses to the #writephoto challenge I host tend to mostly come in on a Thursday – Sunday. When I check out the responses I always like to have a browse around their blogs to read latest posts (or just anything that jumps out at me).

Are you a short, long or varying length content writer and if so what is your preferred length for a post that you create?
Depends again on the content. I think I am a varying length content writer. I mostly write fiction but don’t mind if that is a flash piece or a short story. I have done a few serials in the past but I think that’s a little off-putting to the readers so I tend not to do that any more.

What kind of relationship do you have with the blogs that you follow – in so far as Like Only, Read-only, Interact only, Comment only or a combination of all?
I tend to always like a post if I have browsed it. I think it’s great for a reader to see who has stopped by and is enjoying their content. I like to comment too, I love when my followers comment as I think it’s great for a writer to get feedback so I try to do the same with the blogs I read. I like to let bloggers know I enjoyed their post or even what I enjoyed about it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Much love,

KL ❤

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Faith

“I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Self-confidence is that ever evasive commodity that most of us desire. Difficult to capture and when one is lucky to do so, even more difficult to maintain. I took a dip in my self-confidence during pregnancy, I was unwell almost the entire time with a condition little understood. All Mums-to-be will experience Mum-guilt, but for those fighting through an HG pregnancy the guilt may be more specifically related to whether the baby is getting enough nutrients when being so sick or eating the ‘wrong foods’. Or whether you will connect with the baby after enduring months of feeling so unwell. I felt all this and more. In the darkest moments being certain, my pregnancy would end with one of us not surviving. During this time, the person I regarded as my best friend told me she was desperately jealous of my pregnancy. She could not see or understand my fears or suffering. She chose not to be there for me, to walk away from our over 10 years of friendship. My confidence, already in spiralling decline, fell further.

When one door closes, another one opens. I shared my hospital room with the most charming lady. She soon became a friend. I pushed myself way out of my comfort zone and attended (alone) many mother and baby groups, finding, more friends. I had always been a bubbly, chatty person and slowly I was finding my way back to that.

I read a few self-help books. Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffries and The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michaels (reviews can be found on my blog under I LOVE BOOKS). I kept going. Each day, I would keep going. I set myself challenges, little easy things such as cook a new recipe at least once a month. With each one I conquered, I have felt more in control, more me. My next hurdle, get back into writing. My passion. It has never left me but has definitely taking a back seat, yet it is one of the places I feel equally most fearful and most free.

My faith is this. Keep going. There’s a Scottish (at least I think it’s Scottish) saying “What’s for you will not go by you” and meaning what is meant for you will not pass you by. I think that’s true. Keep going, you’ll get wherever you are meant to be, even if it’s not the path you expected.



Originally written in response to Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge (WQWWC – Faith). I used to take part in this wonderful prompt many years ago when it was run by Colleen and Ronovan, so I was pretty pleased to have recently come across it again now hosted by Marsha Ingrao at Always Right.

I looked at this prompt with the intention of writing fiction (after all, that’s my thing), but instead it’s turned into more of a memoir, but that’s sometimes the best thing about writing. It grasps you and you just run with it.

Much love
KL ❤

P.S. For those looking for a quick way of making prompts into images – check out:
https://allauthor.com/tool/

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FICTION PROMPT – WAITING

I am not a poetry writer but I do love playing around with the magnetic poetry blocks found here (free):

http://play.magneticpoetry.com/poem/Poet/kit

So I decided to make a mini-story for a bit of fun. Todays mini-story is based on the theme of WAITING.

Awaiting the Sailor by KL Caley

I love to have a good daydream, especially at the seaside. I could stand and watch the waves for hours on end. There is something about getting lost watching that horizon that is so bewitching.


What story will this week’s tiles have in store for you?
Have a go! Please link back any creations you make, I’d love to see them.

#TFI = TODAYS FICTION INSPIRATION
#poetrywordkit

Photo by Julissa Helmuth on Pexels.com

Take Care Everyone and Stay Safe.

Much Love,

KL ❤


HOW TO PLAY:

  • Create a marvellous creation using the prompt word
  • Link back here so that I can read your marvellous works of art!

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FICTION PROMPT – A CHILD’S VISION

I am not a poetry writer but I do love playing around with the magnetic poetry blocks found here (free):

http://play.magneticpoetry.com/poem/Poet/kit

So I decided to make a mini-story for a bit of fun. Todays mini-story is based on the theme of childhood innocence.

I love to have a good daydream. I don’t stop and stare up at the clouds nearly as often as I probably should. Whilst working from home, when the weather is nice I have taken to having lunch outside. It really helps improve my mood and lift my spirit. I love seeing shapes in the clouds, that childhood past-time still holds something special to me.


What story will this week’s tiles have in store for you?
Have a go! Please link back any creations you make, I’d love to see them.

#TFI = TODAYS FICTION INSPIRATION
#poetrywordkit

Photo by Julissa Helmuth on Pexels.com

Take Care Everyone and Stay Safe.

Much Love,

KL ❤

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FICTION PROMPT – FATHER

I am not a poetry writer but I do love playing around with the magnetic poetry blocks found here (free):

http://play.magneticpoetry.com/poem/Poet/kit

So I decided to make a mini-story for a bit of fun. Todays mini-story is based on the theme of loss.

Memories are both our greatest gift and sometimes our biggest burden. My heart goes out to all those who have lost a parent, grandparent or sibling. Especially during the last 12 months with covid hindering so many crucial goodbyes. I always hope that some will find relief in the happy memories that they had together, and that with time, these become more memorable than the sad ones.


What story will this week’s tiles have in store for you?
Have a go! Please link back any creations you make, I’d love to see them.

#TFI = TODAYS FICTION INSPIRATION
#poetrywordkit

Photo by Julissa Helmuth on Pexels.com

Take Care Everyone and Stay Safe.

Much Love,

KL ❤