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Prompt Contest – Treed House

January 30, 2016

I came across this image and could not resist using it for this week’s writing prompt.

house with trees

Hemsedal, Norway.  ~odinsraven

Reply with your inspired poem or short story (1000 words maximum) and I will pick the most voted one from the first quarter’s list for the quarterly prize.

Have fun. Looking forward to your responses.


Alternative Living: Housing Cooperatives…

January 27, 2016

To continue my investigations into alternative living options, I found out about this particular option several years ago. There are co-operative’s in the city I live near. I feel it would be beneficial not only financially for all ages but also would allow inhabitants to get to know each other well as they all have a say in the ‘running’ of the community.


A housing co-operative, unlike a commune, is a legal entity, and is a membership-based corporation, which owns residential real estate. With a share purchase in the co-operative, each shareholder has the right to occupy one housing unit. This means member’s resources are pooled giving them buying power leverage. The members also have, through elected representatives, the ability to select who will live within the co-operative. There are two options for the tenure a) non-ownership and b) ownership – with the former a lease is written out for the resident and is subject to the corporation’s bylaws and rules.

Many co-op housing is run by non-profit organizations and some are funded by governmental grants. However, they are not all for low income families or the elderly and benefit from not having a landlord but a Board of Members.


Co-operative housing works well for many people and gives them an option for home ownership they possibly would not have had otherwise.

Have you heard of cooperative housing?

Do you know anyone that lives in one?

Lost Words – Scribes By Another Name…

January 25, 2016

Again my thanks to Stephen for allowing me to share his wonderful glossary of lost words. If you are curious why not go and check it out!


Today we have many words that mean writer. They are categorized by the genre or type of writing we do.

author. biographer. columnist. correspondent. critic. dramatist. editor. essayist. journalist. novelist.  poet. reporter. screenwriter. contributor. freelancer. ghostwriter. scribbler. scribe. stenographer. stringer. wordsmith. newspaper person. person of letters. scripter.

These lost words should stay within the writing realm, don’t you think?

archigrapher                                                   1656 -1656

principal or head secretary or clerk

The archigrapher efficiently designated transcription duties to her underlings.


artigrapher                                           1753-1753

writer or composer of a grammar; a grammarian artigrapher

Today’s prescriptivists are no better than the artigraphers of the Renaissance.

kalotypography                                                         1834 -1834

beautiful printing


Medieval manuscripts are attractive, but modern kalotypography surely surpasses them




Writing Prompt – UFO House…

January 23, 2016

Use the image as your inspiration for a poem or short story (1000 word limit).

UFO house

Has an alien landed? An architect experimented? Ecological housing of the future?

What springs to mind when you look at this photo? Have fun writing about the structure, who lives in it and why or start an invasion. You choose.

Remember submissions will be entered for a quarterly prize. The top voted entry wins!

Have fun.

Chinese Communes…

January 20, 2016

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Our idea of communes favors more hippy movement than governmental control, however, that is exactly what happened under the Chinese leader, Mao Zedong’s administration from 1958 to 1983. The People’s commune model was part of the Great Leap Forward, which demanded the mobilization of peasants in huge water projects during the winter slack seasons and thus improving agricultural production. These communes had political, governmental and economic functions and were divided into production teams and brigades.

Made up of a combination of smaller farm collectives, these communes consisted of 4,000 – 5,000 households and in some cases were as large as 20,000 households. Within the communes everything was shared – private cooking was banned and all kitchen furniture, pots, pans, and utensils were contributed to the main communal kitchen for communal dining. The peasants had no private property.

Assignments of household items, private animals, stored grains and other food items were made available for the commune as a whole. Every morning all farming activities were assigned centrally by cadres and commune leaders assigned each member of the commune with a job or task. In some places, money was outlawed. Even when bad weather hit the communal lands in 1958, 1959 and 1960 and famine became widespread the food resources were still being exported to urban areas.

Decades of governmental turmoil had these communes reconstructed, severely oppressed and eventually disbanded.

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