Link: “Dead Poets”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

cover pic of 'Dead Poets...Once Removed' by Walter J. WojtanikDead Poets, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 26 September 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

Think of your favorite poem, then head over to Flashy Fiction Friday and share a story based on is title of a line from it.

Write Something!

Interested in reading some great poetry?  Check out Walt’s new poetry collection, “Dead Poet…Once Removed“.

Link: “The Overturned Tricycle”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

poemThe Overturned Tricycle, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 25 April 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

Think up a setting for a story then click on over and share it as succinctly as possible.

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Link: “Just Poem It!”, the Flashy Fiction Friday Writing Prompt

poemJust Poem It!, the Flashy fiction Friday writing prompt for 18 April 2014 is waiting for you at Creative Bloomings’ Flashy Fiction Friday.

It’s National Poetry month.  Check out the prompt and share a poem or a story about a poemized well-known saying.

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Link: “In a Disused Graveyard”, the Saturday Writing Prompt at Flashy Fiction

Flashy FictionIn a Disused Graveyard, the Saturday Writing Prompt for 10 August 2013 is waiting for you at Flashy Fiction.

Read the poem, get inspired, and share a story.

Write Something!

Music Monday – Life’s a Beach

Today is the start of the “Life is a Beach” Gauntlet on a poetry site to which I contribute now and then.  The gauntlet is a month (July) of writing a poem a day that will have some focus on a beach, vacation, etc.  My poem (below) for today was a Cinquain.  Taking my cue from the poem for this Music Monday, I’m posting videos about the beach.
Lazy Days

sand, surf,
warming sun rays,
gentle ocean breezes,
welcome to the beginning of

Circle in the Sand by Belinda Carlisle
(released 1988; peaked #4 UK, #5 Canada, #6 Ireland, #7 US Hot 100, #9 Germany)

Circle in the sand, ’round and ’round
Never ending love is what we’ve found
And you complete the heart of me
Our love is all we need
Circle in the sand, circle in the sand

This is my favorite song from Belinda’s Heaven is a Place on Earth album.  I love everything about it…the instrumentation, the lyrics, her voice…it just creates a mood that works for me.
Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts
(released 1972; peaked #6 US Hot 100, #4 US Adult Contemporary)

Sweet days of summer, the jasmine’s in bloom
July is dressed up and playing her tune

Just close your eyes, listen to the music, and you can almost feel the summer breeze they’re singing about.
Summer Nights by Grease (movie cast)
(released 1978; peaked #1 UK,  #5 US Hot 100, #6 Australia)

She swam by me, she got a cramp
He ran by me, got my suit damp
I saved her life, she nearly drowned
He showed off, splashing around

Summer sun, something’s begun
But, oh, oh, the summer nights

From a great movie, this is a fun, full-cast song that gets it all going.
Velzyland by Kalapana
(released 1989 on their album Walk Upon The Water)


Velzyland is part of a larger stretch of famed surfing area along the Kamehameha Highway on the Hawaiian island Oahu.  This is a jamming tune with some good sax by a talented Hawaiian group.

A Lot of Writing Going On

I’m not exactly sure when November became THE month for writing, but the number of month-long events seems to increase every year.

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, has been around for over a decade.  I’m participating in my 2nd Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge, and now WordPress is “advertising” NaBloPoMo –National Blog Posting Month.  There are others out there, as well.

If you’re inclined to read poetry, here are a (very) few poetry sites:

[I know there are many more that I’d like to include, but I’m trying to hurry this post off into the ethernet.]

So, hit some sites and do a lot of reading or hit some sites and join in the writing…either way, join writers everywhere in celebrating the written word.

“Piano playing is a dying art.” -a quote by Jon Bon Jovi

“Piano playing is a dying art. I love the fact that I can be one guy with one instrument evoking an emotional and musical experience.” – Jon Bon Jovi

I love the sound of a piano with a rock band, especially on ballads, and even more so on bluesy numbers..  I can also empathize with the idea of a guy with one instrument evoking an emotional experience.  After all, that is the essence of poetry…drawing out an emotional reaction to the one instrument:  words.

Here’s two videos from Bon Jovi with heavy piano…

Bed of Roses

It’s My Life (acoustic)

Those “Oh, Wow!” Moments

At first, I thought this topic would be a better fit for my “Wanna Get Published, Write!” blog since it was going to be focused on writing, but I decided to expand it to include more than that, to be more general…so here it is.

Within the last couple years, I’ve begun posting poems to the Poetic Asides blog on Writer’s Digest website.  I try to post at least one poem each Wednesday when the blog owner posts the weekly Wednesday Poetry Prompt.  Last year, I participated in the April Poem-A-Day challenge and the November Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge, although I never submitted a chapbook –the final step in November’s challenge.  So, over the last two years, give or take, I’ve been writing a lot more poems than I used to, with the exception of a poetry class I took at the college at which I worked back in 1999 and a flurry of poems I wrote over seven or eight months starting around January of 1995.  Because Poetic Asides is a blog, many poets contribute poems each week in the form of comments and also read the poems others have posted and comment on them.  Last week, one of the more prolific poets on the blog, commented on my blog about getting in touch with me about a closed poetry group on FaceBook and possibly working with some of the others on an anthology.  I thought this sounded very cool and jumped at the chance.  Part of the anthology includes poet bios and tonight, I had one of those “Oh, Wow!” moments while reading through the ones already posted.  The first four or five poets to post their bios have been published numerous times in multiple publications, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction.  They’ve won awards.  They’ve done stand-up comedy and performance poetry, written TV screenplays, and a host of other noteworthy activities.  And I thought…”Oh, Wow!  [the originator of the group] thinks my poetry is worthy of appearing with theirs.”

When you’re creating…poetry, art, games, websites, interiors, etc… as a hobby, you may think your stuff is okay, sometimes good, and now and then, a wower,  but when someone else includes you in a group of folks who’ve been recognized, it’s pretty cool.

I’m looking forward to seeing this anthology published and having a copy for my coffee table.  I’m sure you’ve all had these moments and I’m hoping you’ll share your “Oh, Wow!” moments…so, c’mon…’fess up!

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