#SoCS October 20/18 – Can

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “can.” Use it any way you like. Bonus points if you start and/or finish your post with it. Enjoy!

Can you believe it is nearly the end of October?

This year has whizzed by so fast, I can’t quite keep up!

I’ve experienced my second child hitting double digits, my firstborn becoming a teen, seeing my Pops fall very ill but recover amazingly, our family growing with my second Finndian nephew – so many amazing events!

I’ve had some wonderful get-togethers with friends an family, including the Annual Blogger’s Bash.

Big one – I FINISHED my first draft!!!!!

And I still have Diwali and our anniversary to look forward to, then Christmas too!

Yes. I mentioned that word.

Christmas!

More or less two months to go before the festive season is upon us.

I love Christmas. Maybe it’s because, being a teacher, the build-up to it is always electric, with nativity plays, and glitter-encrusted classrooms, as decorations and handmade cards are created.

So, how’s your year been? Let me know, and tell me something you still have to look forward to, if you can!

Catch ya later Peeps! Happy Saturday!

https://lindaghill.com/2018/10/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-oct-20-18/

Lorna’s Gin-spiring Prompt #7 – Prep #Ginspired

The lovely Lorna over at Gin & Lemonade With A Twist Blog has started a new writing prompt.

She hasn’t named her challenge, so I have – Lorna’s Gin-spiring Prompt!

Gin-spired

This week, we have the word: Prep

When I was at school, I used to have a prep book.

What was prep?

Well, in my school, which was an independent institution (Private), homework was referred to as prep.

I wondered why it was called prep, rather than homework, so did a little research.

Obviously, the class connotations are there. The boarding and private schools tend to use the term prep, whereas your regular state schools say homework.

See, posh I am! 😉

Then there was a whole debate on what the terms meant.

Nowadays they do essentially mean the same thing, but if you dig back, Prep – short for Preparation work, would be getting ready for the next stage of learning – because as a boarder, you wouldn’t be going home to work, as you stayed at school!

Homework is work that has been sent home to consolidate the learning that has already taken place.

Makes sense, really, doesn’t it!

I actually hadn’t thought of the term ‘prep’ for years, but the last book I read, ‘The Art Of Hiding’, by Amanda Prowse, was about a woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband dies and leaves her and their sons reeling, not only by his demise but with the news that they are actually bankrupt. Her sons are forced to go from an extremely expensive private school to a local comprehensive school.

The eldest son is really upset, as he asked about what prep they would have for that night and he had the mickey taken out of him by the rest of his classmates.

At school now, we definitely don’t assign prep, but homework.

Strange how words that mean the same can have such different connotations…

https://ginlemonade.com/2018/10/19/friday-reads-a-writing-prompt/

 

#WritePhoto – Glimmer

Sue’s #WritePhoto Prompt this week:

It is there.
It may seem far away.
But if you believe, you can see it.
A glimmer of hope, like an oasis in a desert.
Shining through in the darkness of the world we live in.
Peace will reign one day, in the future. We just can’t lose our faith.

Ritu 2018

#writephoto

https://scvincent.com/2018/10/18/thursday-photo-prompt-glimmer-writephoto/

#writephoto

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #223 Fall & Rise

Lovely Ron with his Haiku Challenge prompt words this week:

Fall & Rise

Autumn, Fog, Forest, Tree Trunks, Away

Pixabay Image


The leaves are falling
The sun takes it’s time to rise
Signalling Autumn

Ritu 2018

Man, Woman, Composing, Dispute

Pixabay Image

Rising and falling
My chest betrays my feelings
Lusting after you

Ritu 2018

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge Image 2016

https://ronovanwrites.com/2018/10/15/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-223-risefall/

Dark Visions: an anthology of 34 horror stories from 27 authors: Volume 2 (The Box Under The Bed) Dan Alatorre and 26 others! #BookReview

A short while ago, I was approached by Robbie Cheadle, a great blogger buddy of mine, with a request.

She is branching out into writing horror fiction – another string to her already impressive bow, wife, mother, children’s author, baker, blogger, financial whizz… and now this too!

Robbie has had two stories chosen to be included in a new collection of spooky short tales, the second volume of Dan Alatorre’s collections, named Dark Visions: an anthology of 34 horror stories from 27 authors: Volume 2 (The Box Under The Bed)

She wondered whether I may have the time to peruse this collection, which includes 34 short horror stories, perfect for this time of year, and possibly leave a review.

And I have to say, I jumped at the chance! I have had the first volume on my TBR pile since it was published, and haven’t been able to read it yet, but I cleared my schedule last weekend and got reading.

I wasn’t disappointed!

Alongside Robbie’s tales are stories from other familiar indie authors, many of whom I have followed, admired and read for a while. You will have heard of them, I am sure!

Dan Alatorre, Jenifer Ruff (Everett), Allison Maruska ,  J. A. Allen, MD Walker, Juliet Nubel,  Dabney Farmer, Sharon E. Cathcart, Heather Kindt, Bonnie Lyons, Sharon Connell, Geoff LePard, Anne Marie Andrus, Christine Valentor, BA Helberg, Ernesto San Giacomo, Alana Turner, Nick Vossen, Robbie Cheadle, Betty Valentine, Frank Parker, Bonnie Lyons, Lori Micken, Chuck Jackson, Ellen Best, Victoria Clapton

It was truly a (spooky) pleasure to read!

My Review:

If you like to be able to dip in and out of a collection of spooky stories at your pleasure, then this is definitely a book for you!
A wonderful anthology filled with various delights ranging from the ghoulish to the gruesome!
I especially enjoyed the tale of a troublesome mother who helped her son’s business in a truly bloody manner, thanks to Geoff LePard, titled Ice Cream.
Robbie Cheadle’s tale The Haunting Of William was another that left me spooked out! For the record, that William deserved to get haunted!
Ellen Best’s entry, The Documentary is a short, sharp shocker too!
If I could, I would review each and every story, but that would defeat the purpose of you reading for yourself, so I urge you to take a chance on this fantastic collection of tales, perfect for the month of October, and Halloween!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Review: here

Amazon Review: here

Available to buy on Amazon now! Click here to buy.

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