Merry Christmas from our house to yours. May all your holidays be filled with good tidings, comfort, and joy.
It’s a busy time of year and I’ve not written much as of late. I’m hoping that will change, come the end of January. I will be driving south with my mother-in-law (a snowbird) to Florida in January to make sure that she is snuggled in for the winter and then I’ll fly home, then I’ll be able to get back to doing what I enjoy which is writing.
So until next year, I wish you all well.
Christmastime is near
Sweet aroma of shortbread
Fresh out of oven
One pound of butter
One cup of powdered sugar
And four cups of flour
Christmas baking has begun and the first batch of shortbread cookies are out of the oven. Many more to bake over the following few weeks along with other goodies. If you’d like to see the three recipes that I use every year please click here.
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Lost and alone in his misery.
This was written for Saturday Six Word Story.
Honoring the brave people
Serving our country
On November eleventh
Silence, two minutes
Those who died for us
Did not die in vain at all
For our wellbeing
The ones that returned
And ones that died are heroes
We thank all of you
We wear the poppy
Each and every year
© Susan Zutautas 2019
This haiku is for a weekly challenge over at Ronovan Writes.
Word prompt: Smoke&Water
Smell of smoke lingered
Odorous for many weeks
© Susan Zutautas 2019
This is what’s happening over at Carrot Ranch.
Tall tales are the stuff of dime-store novels and pulp fiction.
What is a tall tale? One that openly exaggerates and magnifies the truth to the point of being unbelievable. The story itself is hyperbole. But we want to believe it because it’s humorous, melodramatic, or sensational.
This contest asks you to give a tall tale a modern bent. Don’t rely on the stories of Pecos Bill or 19th-century dime-store westerns. Go past the early sci-fi and detective stories of pulp fiction. Write a tall tale that is recognizable set in the present time.
Have fun, exaggerating!
- Write a tall tale and exaggerate something that happens to someone somewhere.
- It can be fiction or fictionized BOTS (based on a true story) but must be exaggerated to the point it couldn’t possibly be true. It’s okay — tell a whopper of a lie as a story!
- It can be humorous, sensational, or melodramatic from any genre.
- Use original details to express your tale.
- Make the judges laugh or gasp in surprise.
- Every entry must be 99 words, no more, no less. You can have a title outside that limit. Check your word count using the wordcounter.net. Entries that aren’t 99 words will be disqualified.
- Enter this contest only once. If you enter more than once, only your first entry will count.
- Do your best to submit an error-free entry. Apply English grammar and spelling according to your country of origin style. As long as the judges can understand the language, it is the story that matters most.
- Use the form below the rules to enter.
- If you do not receive an acknowledgment by email WITHIN 3 DAYS, contact Charli at email@example.com.
- Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 9, 2019.
- You may submit a “challenge” if you don’t want to enter the contest or if you wrote more than one entry.
- Refrain from posting your contest entry until after November 28.
Charli Mills, Lead Buckaroo at Carrot Ranch, will collect stories, omitting names in order to select the top ten blind. Please refrain from posting your contest entry on your blog. A live panel of judges from the Keweenaw will select three winners from the top ten stories. The blind judging will be a literary event held at the Roberts Street Writery at Carrot Ranch World Headquarters in Hancock, Michigan. After selections are made, a single Winners Announcement with the top ten in each category will be posted on November 28. All ten stories in each contest will receive a full literary critique, and the top winner in each contest will receive $25 (PayPal, check, Amazon gift card, or donation).
via Rodeo #1: Modern Tall Tale
So sorry for my absence of late. As some of you know I’ve been taking care of my mother-in-law since April when she had a total knee replacement. She was doing great. We were walking long distances and she was improving day by day. A week ago she had a bad fall and broke her hip. The right hip, the same side as her knee operation. She’s been in the hospital since falling. She’s had surgery on the hip and hopefully will recover quickly. I’ve been spending a lot of time with her at the hospital and today she is being released. YEAH!
Hoping that I’ll be able to get back to writing and blogging soon as I miss it and all of you and your writing.
Take care and hope to see you soon. __________________________________
All I saw were stars
Someone help me out
The vast universe
So many constellations
Are ours to explore
Wonderous night sky
Truly beautiful to see
During a clear night
© Susan Zutautas 2019
This was written for I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #34.