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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Changing Gears

It pains me to do so, but I must lay down my poetry for a time.

NaNoPrep and NaNoWriMo consistently take a lot out of me because I put so much of myself into writing a novel. The exercises in October, usually require between 200 - 500 words a day, and sometimes up to 1000. November is a goal of 2000 words a day because I typically aim at 60,000 words for the month.

The point remains, that it's a challenge for me to write my daily goals in these two months while maintaining a poem five days a week in my blog.

May the Lord give us His SHALOM as we gear up for a new book.


Happy Writing, Everyone!


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Thanks for the encouragement, Angelific Frankenstein. I trust you will be successful in the dentist's office with no pain in the days, that follow.

Much success to you with your writing as well.
Best wishes for a successful write. May your muse stay evere near:)
Thanks for the encouragement, tucknits.
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "The Day of

The word, "day" has so many meanings.
It can mean 24 hours.
It can mean an entire epoch of Time.

When Time has finished its length of life,
then Day will mean Eternity.

I pray you've given attention
to the important Place of Choice Accommodations.
(John 6:37,44; John 14:6)


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Note to Self

Have you ever done something, that in hindsight seemed silly, but at the time it felt devastating because you couldn't fix it without help?

That's what happened to me, today.

I got myself locked out of my Jay O'Toole profile, realizing after the fact, that the email connected to my profile had been deleted by the server for lack of use.

It's a big ol' hilarious story, now. It just wasn't funny at the time.

Thanks to our good friend, The ScaryMaster , I am up and running, again.

I won't bore you with the details, here. After all, that's what blog posts are for. *Wink*

However, I now have personal experience. "Old dogs can learn new tricks."

May all your log-ins work. The alternative is not pretty. *Laugh*


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You are not even kidding!!
News we can use! Thanks for sharing!
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Unwelcome Voices. Uncommon Answers.

Today's poem has been written in response to this week's challenge from
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A place for discussion on poetry, reviews, contests, etc.
#1937709 by Gravedigger Dave


We've been enjoined to address the subject, "What negative voices or beliefs attack you as a writer in the attempt to keep you from writing?"

I've written the poem in my traditionally oft-chosen quatrain verse composed of two couplets each of iambic tetrameter/iambic trimeter lines. I'm having a conversation with my doubts in order to be always motivated to continue on, even when the way becomes challenging.

I'm learning, that the Lord is my loving Father, Who trains His child to be the best version of which, I was created to be.


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Most excellent answers!! *HeartP* *BigSmile*
Thank you, AmyJo.
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Climbing the Precipice

Starting a new job often has a learning curve, that looks like a precipice.

Finding foot holds and hand holds can feel treacherous,
but once we learn the process, there is hope at the top.

I'm learning one day at a time.

May your new tasks be filled with hope from the Lord.
May you be made new in Him.


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Why thank you for the accolades on my spelling acumen, Jody. I must confess, Grammarly helps. 😉
Or was that Spell-Check? 😂
Can they spell MY word for me? *Bigsmile* I couldn't get close enough for them to figure it out. *Think*

blase
blaise
blaize
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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "When the Road Hits You Running

New paths in life are often tough to walk,
but the Lord knows what He is doing.
It truly is for our good.


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Sometimes that's hard to see.
Agreed.
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Made to Wait

The transition from customer to store employee can often be fraught with speed bumps, that cause times of waiting.

Thus, has been the past week of my life as I have prepared to start this new job.

Today, was no exception. Some of my orientation tasks were stopped by issues with the computer at the store. However, tomorrow is scheduled to be my first regular shift.

Amazingly enough, I've felt peaceful in these delays. I've waited patiently, and when the person in charge of my training was forced to admit, that we would just have to do some of today's work later, I thanked, that individual, and left.

I don't want to "pat myself on the back." I want to focus on what the Lord has done in my heart. Whether it's aging, years of experience, or the Lord's SHALOM permeating my core, I would like to hope and pray, that seeds of peace and good success have just been planted for the future aspects of this job, and the people connected with this place of business.

May your life in Time and in Eternity be filled with The Lord's SHALOM, which causes the peace of God to flow out of our hearts because of peace with God.

Be truly blessed, always.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Searching for a Book

Starting to get the feeling, that some way, somehow, I've got to write a new book this year, even with a new job. I've got to fit it in around the cracks in between responsibilities, whether or not I can pull the same amount of overnighters, that I often have, during NaNoWriMo.

Today's post is a great spark for me to begin thinking about a subject, title, plot line, and all of the other important aspects of writing a novel. I hope this poem can be an excellent prompt for you, too.

There is something mentally stimulating about writing a book, that is absolutely essential for the mind, whether the writer is young or old.

Will I collect my 30-Day Posting merit badge, during November? Only the Lord knows, and only He can help me do that this year as always, but I'm about to sign-up for NaNoPrep. Please, join me at
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October Novel Prep Challenge  (13+)
A month-long novel-planning challenge.
#1474311 by Battywyn🎶PrepMaster


Battywyn🎶PrepMaster , here I come!




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You got this!
Have fun with that! I'm afraid that's wayyyyy over my head at the momment *FacePalm*
Thanks so much, Battywyn🎶PrepMaster .

AmyJo, I’ll admit it seems intimidating at first, but I felt the Lord nudge me early in November, 2017, “I’ll bet you can speak 50,000 words in a month. Just write them down.”

NaNoWriMo is a very rough draft. For the month of November the writer spews words. (Sorry for that graphic.)

The fun comes in the editing process. When I reread the NaNo novel, I will invariably find a great thought. I start talking to myself. “That’s a great line. Did I actually write that?”
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Monchielle: "A New Day Has Awaked"

This poem was created for the weekly challenge from
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#1937709 by Gravedigger Dave


Jade Amber Jewel graduated from high school back in May. My life has turned the page into a new chapter. Yesterday, I was hired for my first job outside the home in nearly two decades, since college has no need for a parent to be an official learning coach.

I've said all of that to say this, "My writing might be a bit spotty over the next few weeks as I learn how I fit into this new job, and how writing fits into my new schedule."

Bottom Line: Writing is still the language of my heart. I've just got to learn how to spin all the new plates. I will be checking in as I am able. NaNoPrep & NaNoWriMo look a little hazy at the moment, but I'm holding out hope since their beginning is still at least a couple of weeks away. Let's pray, that I can learn my job quickly.

As always, Blessings, Everyone.


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Awwwww. She is a young adult now. I've always wondered how she's doing. *Heart* She will be a fine young woman.
Thanks, Elycia. She is a fine young lady. Thank you for your kind thoughts.
When I last spoke to her, she was only 14.
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "The Silence, That Roars

This weekend past we visited Fort Frederica on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. Much of what we know of this town and fortress has been gathered from the artifacts left in and around the foundations of the buildings, that used to house the people's homes and places of business.

It's quite a big space. So, if you need to walk your daily 10,000 steps, that can be easily accomplished on the acreage of this state park.

If, however, you need a break, like I did, then park benches are provided for that restful purpose. While sitting on a bench, I could still hear people talking in the distance, but the main sound I heard was the gripping silence, that literally roared in my ears, due to the absence of the typical sounds I hear in my smallish city, and hometown.

Something to think about.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "A New Road

A new road can seem scary when the "normal" road it's all we've known for years, but I have heard it said, that "a rut is merely a grave with both ends kicked out." (Vance Havner) https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/vance_havner_152363

A new career road is on the horizon for me, and I need to trust the Lord Jesus for He "knows the way through the wilderness."



Blessings, All.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "Noel, and Other Misspellings

Today's homage to Dr. Seuss, Lewis Carroll, and other great writers of nonsense stories has been craftily crafted or mercilessly contorted in response to the current challenge about the Epizeuxis from
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#1937709 by Gravedigger Dave


Epizeuxis is a literary device, which can be used in prose or poetry. It is quite simply the repetition of the same word for emphasis. One of my favorite Christmas carols is a great example of this device. If you don't mind, I'll post it right here.




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Love this piece! Sang it in two different choirs and beautiful both times. Thanks for sharing!
I'm so glad, tucknits . You are most welcome. *Smile*
I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "A Prayer for the King

Tonight's poem is a second entry into this week's challenge from
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#1937709 by Gravedigger Dave


It is my prayer, that the experiences of his years as the Prince of Wales, and his exposure to his godly mother's influence will bring King Charles III into renown as a godly monarch in his own right in short order.

We all do well to learn from the wisdom of our forebears, especially those, who have a personal relationship with The Creator God, Who has been crowned King, Savior, and Lord in the hearts of believers. (I John 5:1, KJV)


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "The Queen

Today's poem was written in response to this week's challenge from
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#1937709 by Gravedigger Dave


The subject of today's poem was taken right out of the headlines of world news.

It staggers the mind how gracefully, joyfully, and nearly flawlessly Queen Elizabeth II served her country in specific, and the world in general for 70 years. Her smile was genuine. Her ability to walk within the constraints of monarchy was incomprehensible. Her personage was nearly superhuman.

Whoever follows in the crown has shoes to fill, that are almost unfillable.

May the Lord place His Hand on Great Britain, and the world in the days, that follow this unspeakable loss.


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I've added a new entry to my book, "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2:
         "More Than Six Years of Days

Well, here's my last offering for Writing.Com's Birthday Party this year. Some of my wonderful friends will know soon, that they got a friendly little poke in my poem, which is posted here in my blog, here in a static item
 
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More Than Six Years of Days  (E)
It's nearly 2 months after my 6th anniversary with WDC.So much to see, and do on the site.
#2280357 by Jay O'Toole
and for the contest,
 POET: KNOW IT, SHOW IT CONTEST WDC 23  (E)
Celebrating 23 years! Happy birthday, WDC!
#2278081 by dogpack:howling, haunting, boo


It took a lot of words to do it. So, the rhythm is spurious in places. Actually, I felt a little like a rap star thanks to Winnie Kay I'm not sure Lin-Manuel Miranda has any need for concern, that I'll give him any real competition, but the anapestic meter does have the benefit for me of being able to use more words while keeping a rhythm going.

I hope you enjoy this. It was fun to write.

Blessings, All.


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Thank you, Lilli & AmyJo. 😃
What is anapestic meter?
LinnAnn, anapestic meter has a triplet feel, whereas iambic has only two beats. The iambic “foot” is short, long (aka “We walked.”) The anapestic “foot” is short, short, long (aka “What a day!”)

Dr. Seuss is my reference point because he used anapestic meter so well. It’s litling, which makes it fun to read to children, and has an undertone of humor, like being “tongue-in-cheek.”

Hope that helps. Truest blessings.
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