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10/1 Weekly creativity contest winner & new prompt

Lots of great stuff for the weekly creativity contest prompt “the notebook.” Our winner is Brittany Vandeputte, who pulled a selection of snippets from her notebook and created a poem. Below, she shows us the snippets in the first list; after, the finished poem. It’s so satisfying to see snippets woven into a new life. (I know you have a collection of snippets too!) Brittany, your $10 gift certificate has been sent.

12:01 airlines
Tuesday groceries
summer electronics
fall appliances
winter exercise equipment

no stalking no amorous advances
revise well
write fast
read constantly
be open to suggestions
submit to the right people
be gentle with publishers

Rome really looked like it was being sacked.
Who was the woman supposed to be?
I don’t remember her character.

Eyes like Ireland after storm. Blue-green dotted with rocks.

Fix carseat
install toilet lock
swif bathroom
work on porch
install baby gates


provolone or muenster


Husband, Read Her Mind

Eyes like Ireland after storm. Blue-green dotted with rocks.
Who was the woman supposed to be?
Her character really looked like it was being sacked.

No amorous advances summer fall winter.

Remember groceries.

Provolone or muenster

Fix carseat
Install toilet lock
Swif bathroom
Work on porch
Install baby gates.

Be open to suggestions.
Be gentle.


From Aimee Dolich, a series of beautiful notebook pages. Aimee writes: “i loved your notebook prompt for this week, so i thought i’d join the fun. these pages are my contribution to a traveling journal project. we were permitted to write on any theme we chose, so i decided to write/draw a few bits about the history and the quirks of the crazy little college town that i live in. i’ve so enjoyed reading the creative construction blog. it’s wonderful to hear from other mothers that balance the delights and demands of creativity and parenting.” Thanks, Aimee! It’s wonderful to have you here. (Don’t miss Aimee’s full entry at the link above.)


From Lisa Worthington-Brown, a prose poem. (I love the immediacy, Lisa!)

The Notebook
A tattered red cover with a heavy crease along the spine. A coffee ring on the right hand corner from last Wednesday’s use as a coaster. Stray ink marks along the pages from the pen-twirling that signifies thinking. The outside is worn and faded. The casual observer might think that it is unimportant or uncared for. Flipping through the unlined pages one might assume that the writer was bored — with all of those doodles — and messy — with uneven lines of prose, incomplete (and sometimes incomprehensible) sentences, poor grammar and spelling, and even made up words. But to the writer the book is a treasure. A place where dreams exist and ideas are born. A place where anything is possible — or even likely. A place where the world makes sense — or the chaotic nature of it is celebrated. A place to live. A place to be. A home. A haven. Me.


From Cathy Jennings, a digital image created in Twisted Brush:



From Cathy Coley, a haiku and image pairing:

The notebook

We may disagree
what constitutes art at least
my son makes his own



From me (Miranda), an image and free-form poem:

An Unexpected Parallel

Notebooks are full of possibility
smelling faintly of hope and dreams.
A notebook in my hands reminds me of who I am.

Babies are full of possibility
smelling faintly of hope and dreams.
A baby in my hands reminds me of who I am.

No wonder I seem to collect them both.



This week’s prompt: “Autumn”

Use the prompt however you like — literally, a hint for colors, or a tangential theme. All media are welcome. Please e-mail your entries to by 8:00 p.m. eastern time (GMT -5) on Tuesday, October 7. 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.

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  1. i love brittany’s snippet poem! it really captures that “no boundaries” stream of consciousness that so often goes through the minds of creative people.

    lovely summary of entries – and it was an honor to see mine here. thank you, miranda 🙂

    October 1, 2008
  2. Cathy #

    me, too, great one, brittany!

    aimee, love your bright snippets of conversation, too. you silly hot dog…

    lisa, only a writer loves a notebook like you said. i know it well!

    cathy j, i love the swashes of color over lists and reminders, seems more hopeful than mundane. and i read ‘ham pants’ so got a good laugh, too!

    miranda, maybe a future prompt – ham pants!
    like your pairing, i used to collect both, too, but at least the babies i collected were other people’s – friends, daycare clients. i’d like one more, but not at this stage. i would like my latter days to myself! although it hardly seems possible…

    re: next prompt: i have so many big and little old poems with titles like september, october after rain, november morning…every year, moreso than any other season, though spring is abundant in poems, too.

    October 1, 2008
  3. Thanks guys!

    Just in case you wondered… that first list is something I saw on tv about the best times of the year to buy different things. The next is notes from the last writer’s conference on the author/publisher relationship.

    This is proof that any bit of writing can be repurposed. Recycling at its finest!

    October 1, 2008
  4. congrats brittany! and i can’t believe where your lists came from! too funny.

    i love all of these, but i have to admit i’ve been stalking aimee’s blog lately so i’m very happy to see her journal pages (don’t worry, aimee, i’m harmless!)

    been a very crazy couple of weeks for me but i hope to have an entry for next week!

    October 3, 2008

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