Finding Gratitude

I am grateful. Peace, baby.

About this post: I am creating something every day this month. That is, until yesterday when I felt overwhelmed by so much technology. I did not have the energy to complete my personal challenge to post for Day 9 of #NaBloPoMo18 or #Create30. And today’s prompt is Day 11 Prompt: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, don’t you think?”

My post today may address both of those prompts visually.

The photos are from my a bloom-filled day touring the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas yesterday.
Day 10 prompt: “Social media has become our measure of worth. You wake up to find out society has evaluated you based on social media’s feedback. Write to tell us how your typical day is based on this new form of evaluation.
Alternative topic: is technology going too far based on that system?”

Morning Fowl

After last night’s hen party, I felt a bit peckish. I scrambled for something to eat, and found a single egg laying in the carton. Before the rancid yolk hit the sizzling surface, I cringed from the foul smell. Turns out, my simple task wasn’t going to be over easy.

About this post: I am creating something everyday this month. For Day 9, I fear I may have ran a foul of the writing prompt: “What is your favorite weekend breakfast and why? Tell us a bit about the memories you have associate with it. And maybe share a recipe if you have one?” courtesy of Lis of the NaBloPoMo Revival group.

I confess this was not my favorite breakfast. But I just spent the day trading bad puns with good friends, poaching their ideas. Now, I fear I will have to eat crow.

©2018 Stephanie Abbott. All rights reserved.

I Wonder to Fly

I dream of flying. I envision soaring across the skies without the aid of an airplane and powered by my own sheer will. In fact, my overactive imagination wonders about this scenario far too often.

Empowered with the ability to fly, I would search land and sea for opportunities to protect and serve. I would spot the villains, fight for those less fortunate, uphold my falling bosom, measure for justice, and broker world peace.

Of course, to achieve these great feats, I would need the ultimate set of practical yet stylish amenities. A state of the art communications satellite would be disguised as a jeweled crown with matching bracelets. Those light yet sturdy metallic bracelets would be connected to a state of the art defense system. That cleverly designed system would include the latest editions of that handy lasso of revelation and sturdy shield to repel and amaze any antagonists. The package would not be complete without a smart yet commanding uniform.

My dream to fly may not be unique and perhaps derivative. And catching a flight on a major US airline may be an easier way to travel. But I continue to wonder what it would be like to command this super power, if for only one day.

About this post: I am creating something everyday this month. For Day 8, I wrote “I Wonder to Fly,” from the prompt: “If you could have a superpower, even for one day, what would it be and why?” courtesy of Lenn of the NaBloPoMo Revival group. I captured the video during a recent flight to the southwest.

#NaBloPoMo #Create30 #WonderWoman

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

Mellowing Mimosa


About this post: I am taking part in #NaBloPoMo18 #Create30, #NationalStressAwarenessDay #WordlessWednesday. I created this GIF from a photo I took of this lovely mimosa plant with the harvest moon in the background.  Today’s post is inspired by the prompt for Day 7: “Describe a moment you felt at total peace” courtesy of Kathleen of the NaBloPoMo Revival group. Check out her moment of zen at

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

Activities for My Perfect Day

Today, thinking for a short while and not nearly as hard as I should, I have determined for my day to be perfect it could entail certain activities. Here is my list for said day:*

  1. Waking when and where I want rather than when and where I always do
  2. Savoring a rich cup of coffee (or tea) in a lush garden
  3. Walking the neighborhood rather than running errands
  4. Reading creative tales of adventure and intrigue or writing creatively
  5. Listening to classical music played live by a full orchestra while sitting cello side
  6. Eating sardines on saltines with iced tea on the back porch on a hot summer day
  7. Watching the sun set over Lake Tahoe on a clear night in June

I’ve enjoyed all these things at one time or another. Were they all to happen on the same day, I would smile, shrug, and dream about the next perfect day.


About this post: I am taking part in #NaBloPoMo18 and #Create30. I took this photo while watching the sun set over Lake Tahoe on a clear night in June. I wrote using the prompt for Day 6: “Describe your perfect day” courtesy of Angela of the NaBloPoMo Revival group. Check out her blog at
*This list is not inclusive to all activities or conditions to occur and make my day perfect. I could also attain spiritual enlightenment, broker world peace, feed the world, traverse the space-time continuum, discuss dialectics (but for no more than a few minutes), or binge watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer (again).
©2018 Stephanie Abbott. All rights reserved.

Drawer Monster Waking

My eyes flutter open to the dim lights of a strange room. I find myself lying on my back looking up at a slat of wood. Reaching out, I scratch the underside of the drawer above mine. My eyes search toward the light and my leg kicks inside my blue footie. Music plays and laughter emanates from afar. I hear their breath. My nostrils flare for savory scents. Saliva drips as my fangs emerge. I howl for food.

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

About this post: I am taking part in #NaBloPoMo18 and #Create30. I doodled the image of my view from a drawer using Artrage. I wrote the using the prompt: “What is your earliest memory?” I kept to my earliest memory, though I may have embellished a bit.

Finding Steph

Dear Steph…

I love you. Your vast patience for others who carp tends to get you lost in circles. Continue to swim using your scales to weigh, measure, and cope with the fluidity of life. Lively as you can, resist the urge to eddy in the still waters. Stream through the flotsam and jetsam bobbing for your attention. Focus on the horizon and stroke with the reserved power of your creative soul.



P.S. Yes, I know you are stuck in the pond. Just keep swimming.


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

About this post: I am taking part in #NaBloPoMo18 and #Create30. I captured the image of my Aunt B’s koi pond a few years back. I wrote the letter this morning using the prompt: “Write a letter to yourself a year from now. What things are happening right now that you don’t want yourself to forget?” courtesy of Hareem of the NaBloPoMo Revival group. Check out her blog at

Clawing Hope

What wily bittersweet wall weakens your rational heart? Look past the burning skyline constantly broadcast from that box. Find my blue mood exhausted yet clawing hope.


Clawing-Hope-cropped-by-Steph-Abbott————– ©2018 Stephanie Abbott. All rights reserved.

About: This is my entry for day #3 for #NaBloPoMo18 and #Create30. I doodled this image “Clawing Hope” (#daddyissues) using ArtRage this afternoon, then I wrote the (overly) emotional post using two prompts:

  1. “What are you hanging on to? A belief? A person? A situation? Your past?” a prompt courtesy of DaniJane of the NaBloPoMo Revival group. Check out her blog at
  2. “Skyline” – just that one word – using the timed, prompt from oneword™ at


Sacrament, Oh!

“Look at that!” said her sister. Pointing, she looked over at the garden. “That tree is looking directly at you.” She gasped, “Oh!”
I captured this image while walking the streets of Sacramento a few weeks ago.
©2018 Stephanie Abbott. All rights reserved.
About: This is my entry for day #2 for #NaBloPoMo18 and #Create30. I captured this whimsical image while walking the streets of Sacramento a few weeks ago. I wrote the post today in under 60 seconds using the timed one word prompt over at oneword™. See

Ten Simple Lunchtime Activities to Amaze and Annoy in Downtown Las Vegas

  1. Walking outside downtown Las Vegas during the week day
  2. Looking for flowers in the desert
  3. Dodging bees when they buzz past your bright colored shirt
  4. Weaving past purposeful people and tireless tourists
  5. Circling traffic light poles waiting to cross the street
  6. Headbanging on headphones while watching tourists on the Strip
  7. Crossing the street with the lights and in the crosswalk when the traffic is clear
  8. Smiling back at people who look at you funny and laugh
  9. Finding peace of mind at the end of …
I spotted lots of seeds on lots of palm trees while out walking the other day. Photo by Steph Abbott.

©2018 Stephanie Abbott. All rights reserved. I snapped this photo while walking the other day. Today’s post is the first of what I hope to be daily posts during November 2018. Let’s go #NaBloPoMo18! Also, I found inspiration by these two creative prompts:

  1. “Lists help people organize their lives. Write a list of ten things that amaze you” from Mark Bialczak’s Hot Pepper Prompts. See
  2. “Something Unfinished” from Grayson Queen’s Somethingist Challenge (originally for #Instagram) See