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Melting we were but it was worth it…

August 25, 2013

Deliquesce – definition: 1) to melt away or to disappear as if by melting 2) (chemistry) to dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.

Strathconaph-FAC-artintheplaza-2013Not sure about chemistry but my fellow Writers Foundation members, Dream Write Publishing staff and I were melting yesterday at the Arts in the Plaza and Strathcona Celebrates. It was a pageantry filled day (my English is showing!) Tanks and military vehicles paraded through the streets and then the horse guards, which were my favorite. Bright red uniforms and gold helmets with tassels flowing.

Horse paradeLord StrathconaLord Strathcona – Sir Donald A Smith. 1st Baron of Strathcona, who was born in Scotland.

If you are interested here is a link to his biography.,_1st_Baron_Strathcona_and_Mount_Royal

Lord StrathconaMayor Linda Osinchuck and horse guard.

Luckily we had canopies to shade us and displays of the Writers Foundation history were very popular. I managed to hand out quite a few Rumble coloring competition pages so hopefully there will be lots of entries to judge.


What do you Exude..?

August 3, 2013

Exude – definition: to secrete or produce a liquid or odor; to display conspicuously or to send out


I can share a piece I wrote for Friday Fictioneers:

If you want to join in, here is the link and rules.  This prompt was a photograph of a bike leaning against a tree.

“Whose bike is that anyway? It’s been there for days.”

 “No idea. Did you manage to get hold of the exterminator? The smell from the cellar is getting worse, bound to be something dead down there.”

 The rats nibbled at fingers and toes. The body squeezed behind the large deep freeze oozed dark fluid.

 “Good morning, Dan the Exterminator at your service. Where’s this smell then?”

 Police tape surrounded the café a couple of hours later. The bicycle’s owner found at last.


As some of you may know, I love prompts and even set a prompt every Saturday on my writing circle’s website :  Click on the calendar and choose from any Saturday. Have a go!

As writers we like to evoke a reaction from our readers and how better than making them go Yuk…! Alright maybe that’s just me then.

The second definition reminded me that we also exude enthusiasm for our craft, our stories or poems and our fellow writers. We display ourselves and our written word to whomever will take a look. Are we shameless exhibitionists? Well, actually yes we are, in order to share our words, thoughts and delight in this wonderful craft.

Photo: Devil’s Tooth Fungus…gross but fascinating.

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