October 26th, 2021

Bo head on
  • agdhani

NaNoWriMo 2021! Day 11

Advice: Sometimes the right background sounds...be it ambient, nature noises, pop tunes, opera etc, can really help the muses flow and help us get into the right headspace to put words to a page. YouTube, of course, is an ideal place to find anything you want, as you can type in something obscure like 'dark post-apocalyptic soundtracks and come up with hit after hit. Or that one particular song on the radio or by your favorite band might imbue your scene with just the right flare to make words flow. You can also try sites like ambient-mixer to build your own collection of background sounds...creating anything from a crowded market to a pirate ship on a stormy sea to a monster-filled dungeon.
Beware though...as this phase can be a huge time suck because its as fun as it is helpful! This is definitely one of those things to do well before November 1st comes around.

Prompt: Prompt: Ripped from the headlines. Flip to a random page in magazine or newspaper. What did your eyes land on first? A news story about a kid who discovered a new species of dinosaur? An ad for deodorizing shoe inserts? A weather forecast for a record-breaking heat wave? A job offer for a paranormal investigator? Allow it to inspire a new scene with your characters.

roses::by any other name

Word of the Day 10/26/21 Vespertine

Vespertine (adjective)
vespertine [ ves-per-tin, -tahyn ]

1. of, relating to, or occurring in the evening: vespertine stillness.
2. Botany. opening or expanding in the evening, as certain flowers.
3. Zoology. appearing or flying in the early evening; crepuscular.

Also ves·per·ti·nal [ves-per-tahyn-l].

Origin: 1495–1505; < Latin vespertīnus, equivalent to vespervesper + -tīnus adj. suffix

Up Broadway Chandler moved with the vespertine dress parade.

The vespertine hour was nigh, and over this iron landscape there floated the moon, an opal button in the sky.

Odors from strong bacon and boiling coffee contended against the cut-plug fumes from the vespertine pipe.

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.
good coffee
  • kaige68

Numbers Challenge

Here’s the rules:
1) 100 words or 1 graphic.

It’s that easy.
There is no need for your work to all connect. There is no need for them to be in order.

If you are stuck or would like a random word to use, poke me and I will provide.

Now everyone tell me about



Really Random Tuesday

Late again.  *sigh*

For today's video, I'm going to channel my older child.  Which is funny because, when she was younger she was a total Belieber and HATED One Direction.  Now?  She's a Harry Styles fangirl.  Go figure.  Anyway, she was watching a 1D show on Netflix one day when I came home and this song was playing.  It's fun, catchy, and wound up on Zayne's playlist becuase it just sounds like him.

This cracked me up when I read it. I'm all for exercising and being healthy but... run?  Nah, not unless something's chasing me, boo.


Lastly, your book quote:

Déjà vu. Déjà su. Déjà vécu. Already seen. Already known. Already lived. - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
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  • haldoor


OMG, I almost forgot I was on this again! And it's Tuesday here in NZ, but still Monday in some places so phew! How are you all doing? I am having a great week so far, because yesterday was a public holiday (Labour Day), and I am on leave from work for the rest of the week, so yay! While we are still in lockdown here in Auckland (Week 10 ends today), I have been working fairly constantly on financial assistance-related stuff for lockdown for the whole time, so I am more than ready for a break!

It's very much looking like it could be a lockdown Christmas here, although I am hoping not as my hubby and I were planning to go visit our older daughter in Christchurch a week before Christmas. It could still happen as our vaccination rates go up. At our place we are fully vaccinated, and my Auckland-based daughter has had her first jab, so we are hoping the rising vax rates will mean we can open up soon.

Right! On with the show. I can't do links today, so please check out all the usual tags or scroll back through previous entries to find all those great prompts you missed!

The current long challenge is Nano/original fic, so be sure to check out the entries and get something going if you can! agdhani is doing a marvellous job with suggestions and advice! She is a longtime Nano entrant and novel-writer so she knows what she's talking about!

If you're doing Big Buddy, you should be on about 84% now. How are you going with it?

Your flash challenge for today is: Caught in the Act
Do what you will with it, then give yourself a big ol' pat on the back! I'd love to see what you did with it, so don't forget to link us if you can!

We are getting close to the end of another month so don't forget to update your numbers before the end of this week! And remember, there's only two months of 2021 left now, and we haven't got to the 3 million yet, although I feel it in my bones! We'll get there this month! The big question is... can we push hard enough to get 4 million by the end of December? Personally, I think it's doable, but we need your help!

Sign up for the annual Swap of Joy before it closes, and ensure you're on board to helping push those numbers up by Christmas Eve!

Okay, that's it from me! Over and out, and let's be creative out there! ;-)