Thought Spinning

My thoughts are spinning. Each with emotional images swirling, overlapping, and fracturing. I blink and exhale. My mind begins to pace my breath. My breath slows, my thoughts calm.

Tonight, I created this image using Silk Paints while thinking about the cycle of life and the promp: “Why am I doing the things I am doing right now?” This post is the eighth in what I hope to be a series of 30 posts in honor of NaBloPoMo.

Special thanks to Eliza David Lady Writer, for sharing her writing prompts for NaBloPoMo. See her list of 30 prompts at http://elizadavid.com/nablopomo2020/.

My Creature Feature

Childlike fear returns
Watching The Unkown Terror
My Creature Feature
Dangling Modifier by Steph Abbott

I created this image using Art Rage and published it with Dangerous Modifiers a few years ago. Tonight, I wrote this haiku in response to this prompt: “What is my worst fear?” while watching The West Wing. This post is the sixth in what I hope to be a series of 30 posts in honor of NaBloPoMo.

Special thanks to Eliza David Lady Writer, for sharing her writing prompts for NaBloPoMo. See her list of 30 prompts at http://elizadavid.com/nablopomo2020/

Doing the Right Thing

Doing the right thing
Matters--Count all the votes!
Shouldn't be so hard
Silver State

© 2020 Steph Abbott. All rights reserved. On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, I created this image while binge watching The West Wing. This is the fourth in what I hope to be a series of 30 posts in honor of NaBloPoMo.

Special thanks to Eliza David Lady Writer, for sharing her writing prompts for NaBloPoMo. The prompt for Day 4: “What if everything is as it should be? How would that make me feel?” See her list of 30 prompts at http://elizadavid.com/nablopomo2020/.

Hopeful to the End

Looking for flowers
She stepped, skipped, and lept
Hopeful to the end

© 2020 Steph Abbott. All rights reserved. On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, I created this image using ArtRage and wrote this haiku while binge watching The West Wing. This is the third in what I hope to be a series of 30 posts in honor of NaBloPoMo.

For at least a few posts this month, I’m following writing prompts for NaBloPoMo. The prompt for Day 3 was “How would I like people to remember me when I am no longer here?” See this and other prompts at http://elizadavid.com/nablopomo2020/.

Existential Hope

I hope today isn't my last day, because I want to see when "us" realize that we are "them" too.
Cosmicswirl by Steph Abbott.

© 2020 Steph Abbott. All rights reserved. On Monday, November 2, 2020, I created this image using Silk Paints and wrote this open verse while binge watching The West Wing. This is the second in what I hope to be a series of 30 posts in honor of NaBloPoMo.

Specialthanks to Eliza David Lady Writer, for sharing her writing prompts for NaBloPoMo. The prompt for Day 2: “If this was my last day, would I be satisfied with my life?” See her list of 30 prompts at http://elizadavid.com/nablopomo2020/.

Surreal Agave

Squatting in rosettes
She prickles on surreal land
A scape to bloom bright
Surreal agave by Steph Abbott.

© 2020 Steph Abbott. All rights reserved. On Sunday, November 1, 2020, I created this image using Artrage and wrote this haiku in anxious anticipation of the general election. This is the first in what I hope to be a series of 30 posts in honor of NaBloPoMo.

Let it Go

Does your mind, heart, and soul move in concert to make your world dance on its axis? Or does your mind take over? Grasping to lead you towards an assumed position? Distracting you with each dip, lunge, sashe, twirl, kick, ball, and step? Tilting your axis only to wobble your will? Losing your focus finally to fall down?

Don’t get carried away. Learn to let it go.

Take a deep breath. Pull back, square your shoulders, follow your heart, and let your soul dance.

Or listen to a song that tells you to let it go. My favorite rock and roll song for that is “Jenny Says” by Cowboy Mouth. Check out their video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/NEfpoUuKFOY

These are my silly thoughts late on a Sunday before returning to the frenetic dance of the work week.

My thoughts are inspired by this quote:

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.”

-Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 48, as translated by Raymond B. Blakney (1955)

About this post: I am trying to create daily this month. Today, I followed a prompt posted by the NaBloPoMo Revival group on Facebook: “Choose a quote, picture, song, etc that you feel epitomizes something important to you. Tell us why.” I created this image using ArtRage a few years ago.

#NaBloPoMo18 #Create30

Still Window Shopping

She strolled the congested streets of her cluttered memory. She recalled plenty of perfect places to shop for the holidays. Her mind hummed with a variety of concerns as she browsed through windows.

“Should I bother to brave the crazy crowds of the big box store to shop for the holidays? Where in my area are there small shops to browse to find a unique item? Will I choose a trite trend or a brilliant gift?”

Suddenly, the house hushed. She looked up from her keyboard to find herself sitting alone. Her family had just departed to get shit done.

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About this post: I am creating something every day this month as part of a personal challenge and the NaBloPoMo Revival group on Facebook. This morning, I wrote “Still Window Shopping” before getting ready for a day of errands on the last Saturday of November. I limited the length of today’s story to 100 words upon inspiration from a piece of flash fiction posted at Failing Haiku. See https://failingathaiku.wordpress.com/2018/11/23/vengeance-ff/.

Years ago, I created this doodle of how I like to remember the small frontage of the vast cavern of a popular bookstore in Berkeley. (It doesn’t look anything like my doodles.) If you can’t pull away from your computer to shop small businesses locally, consider shopping a small business like Lynn Cobb Silver or Moe’s Books online. See my past posts related to this particular image (or Moe’s Books) as follows:

#NaBloPoMo18 #Create30 #SmallBusinessSaturday #lynncobb #moesbooks

————–©2018 Stephanie Abbott. All rights reserved