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8/6 Weekly creativity contest winner & new prompt

Just like packing for “vacation,” a flurry of last-minute activity for this week’s prompt! Our winner is Lisa Worthington-Brown, who submitted a dreamy painting. Lisa writes: “A secluded house on the water, surrounded by trees. A quiet retreat, where good books will be read, writing will happen, naps will be taken, and telephones will not ring. That is the vacation I want right now.” (Read more at Lisa’s blog.) Congratulations, Lisa! Your $10 is “in the mail.”


From Kelly Warren: “Perfect timing on this one! I just finished this piece as part of the Fat Book swap I’m participating in. Our overall theme for the swap is ‘Women,’ with 10 subthemes. This subtheme was Retro, and it’s entry number 4 of 10. I thought of Retro 80s, and the Go Go’s ‘Vacation’ immediately popped in my head.” (Read more at Kelly’s blog.)



From Cathy Coley: “My daily walks are my mini-vacations. This is ‘my’ bench by the lake with my tote which holds notebook, camera, Wreck this Journal and currently, Alice Walker’s In the Temple of My Familiar, one of my favorite books of all time for a re-read, cellphone, keys and pen. I take baby C in stroller, and our little dog Lucy. When baby C sleeps, I read, doodle, jot or snap and drink plenty of water — it’s ‘hoddernhades’ here — while Lucy pants under the bench. I gaze at the rings or the turtles breaking the surface of our little neighborhood finger lake. I watch birds, too, mostly waterfowl, but this is the mockingbird mama who yells at me as I pass everyday, protecting her young who must be in the bigger tree next to this one.”



From Cathy Jennings: “just back from a mellow day at the beach. off to do some knitting.”



From Bec Thomas: “I’ve been out for a week do to my kids’ showing poultry at the fair but I caught your post today…”



From me (Miranda), a haiku and image pairing. I reached into childhood for this one — my annual camping trip with my mother. An only child and a single parent — but we never lacked for companions, seeing as all of our cats came with us every year. My mother (hands-down the most creative person I know) even made a six-sided “cat tent” (not pictured), a huge rectangular tent made from old fishing net, where the cats could hang out during the day, when they weren’t clipped to a run or sleeping in “our” tent at night. For an added feline treat, the old fishing net reeked of old fish had a certain “maritime” odor.  (I did take this photograph, although I was about ten at the time! Hence the missing head — which today I can re-cast as “edgy” photography, right?)

Camping with Cats
An unusual
challenge: Meow Mix al fresco
and pets in a tent


This week’s prompt: “Circles”

Use the prompt however you like. All media are welcome. Please e-mail your entries to by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12. The winning entry receives a $10 gift certificate to Writers should include their submission directly in the body text of their e-mail. Visual artists and photographers should attach an image of their work as a jpeg. Enter as often as you like; multiple submissions for a single prompt are welcome. There is no limit to how many times you can win the weekly contest, either. (You do not have to be a contributor to this blog in order to enter. All are invited to participate.) Remember, the point here is to stimulate your output, not to create a masterpiece. Keep the bar low and see what happens. Dusting off work you created previously is OK too. For more info, read the original contest blog post.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cathy #

    my oh my! just look at all that beautiful watery imagery! i’m having a little vacation right now 😉

    miranda, your natural eye in evident in 10yr old’s photo. you must have had the coolest mom, to take the cats with you camping!

    August 6, 2008
  2. cathy jennings #

    i love the camping cats! i want to do that too! how many cats would go camping?

    i love the gogos and the retro ……fun!

    beautiful painting lisa!

    cathy, love the texturey bench. it looks hot and is making me thirsty.

    and i love the fisherman on the rocks. it reminds me of an e.b.white book i bought 2nd hand while we were on vacation in maine one year.

    August 6, 2008
  3. LOL — Cathy J., we started with two cats and ended up with five! They were all indoor cats, so the “great outdoors” was a real adventure. (Oh, and Siamese cats are especially fond of riding in the car.)

    Thanks, Cathy C.!

    Everyone, I am continually impressed by what you guys do every week. I also love that even if a given prompt doesn’t necessarily grab you, you’ll create an entry anyway — which is exactly the point.

    I hope that some of many our silent readers will join in too!

    August 6, 2008
  4. Just wonderful inspiration! Thanks for posting those creations – I’ll get busy and submit an entry this week. I can do SOMETHING with circles . . . . . I”m thinking, I’m thinking!

    August 7, 2008
  5. How fun! Kelly just told me about this creative prompt and I did a painting this week that will be perfect for a submission. I’ll be emailing!



    August 9, 2008

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