Category Archives: Challenges

Word Power

Colleen Chesebro challenged us with using synonyms only for the words COMFORT and WORN. I chose to use FAMILIAR and FADES. Join us in the fun!

https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/03/10/colleens-2020-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-168-synonymsonly/

 

As I slip into

The familiar excuses

Their strength fades away

I am encouraged to change

To create a better life

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

Eyes Forward

Charli Mills, head of the Carrot Ranch writing community, challenged us to write about the open road this week. It reminded me of my own divorce ages ago. So, here is my 99-word story, somewhat fictionalized for your enjoyment.

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Nine years packed into a few boxes and an old steamer trunk. Was there nothing else to show for all the ups and downs of a marriage? In perspective, that which was her past was minuscule compared to the opportunities which comprised her future.

Getting behind the wheel of her car, she felt gratitude for the hard work she and her therapist did to get her to even consider filing for divorce.

She was figuring it out. Turn the key. Fasten the seatbelt and adjust the rearview mirror. Wow, check out the view through the windshield. The open road.

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

Everywhere a Sign

This week, I chose to use the words, JOLLY, and SPRING! Why? Because spring is a jolly time of year for me. I watch the land waken and all of nature brightens up in celebration! Follow Colleen Chesebro for all the fun her blog has to offer, including Tanka Tuesdays

Jolly fat robins

Worms are staying underground

Barren trees will bud

Temperatures on the rise

Spring is more than on its way

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

Choices Always Choices

Sue Vincent invited us to use the above photo and the prompt word of MEMORY for this week’s #writephoto challenge. I choose to fashion a 99-word tale in response. Consider FOLLOWING Sue and participating when the mood strikes in her weekly writing opportunities!

https://scvincent.com/2020/02/27/thursday-photo-prompt-memory-writephoto/

What, why and when we choose to remember is nothing compared to how we choose to remember. Lola leaned hard against her favorite rock and let out a sigh. Choices, always choices.

She didn’t want to be haunted by past memories. Lola wanted nothing more than to live in a world where she could make happier memories. Choices, always choices.

As she let out one last sigh, she realized there was someone on the other side of the rock.

Phil closed his watering eyes and gave out a sigh. He was ruminating so many haunting memories. Choices, always choices!

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

Somewhere Out There

The tale of Rainbow the library cat’s escape is what we were challenged with writing about this week. Charli Mills knows how to make a writer think! FOLLOW her for all the fun and excitement! http://www.carrotranch.com

Rainbow grew up in the library, having been left on their doorstep in a box of donated books when he was a mere three weeks old. Everyone doted on him to ensure he would survive. He grew up lazing in laps, being read to.

His favorite lap belonged to an elderly blind woman whose granddaughter brought her every day precisely at two. For a delightful hour, everyone was happily lost in a book.

Rainbow was confused, the old woman hadn’t been in for a week. Believing he could, when no one was looking, he slipped out to find her.

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

Indian Creek #writephoto Choice

 Sue Vincent gave us a peace-filled photo to inspire us to write a piece this week. It reminded me of a place in Temperance, Michigan, called Indian Creek and my friends who chose to build their home on property no one else seemed to want as the creek cut a rather strange swath through the land. Who chose who? perhaps, Indian Creek was just waiting for them, eh? Choice indeed!

Join the fun, with Sue, https://scvincent.com/2020/02/06/thursday-photo-prompt-choice-writephoto/

They chose to live on Indian Creek. It wasn’t particularly beautiful property. In fact, most people didn’t give the space a second look. But Lisa saw the qualities this quiet palace of nature possessed with its untamed brush and clear, running waters. She chose to stay home and tend to the land, while her husband worked in the city.

As night began to fall, the two of them sat on the rocks in the creek, sipping coffee, watching fish swim and appreciating in silence, the beauty of Indian Creek. Honored the creek chose to allow them to live there.

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

Here Boy

My response to Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch weekly challenge to write about a dog in the daisies. Have fun with the other ranchers by following her blog!

http://www.carrotranch.com

She’d been out wandering the better neighborhoods all day, hoping to find something special for her new home. One last house on the block, just one last shot before calling it a day. Then, Wanda couldn’t believe her luck. Right there, in the middle of all the bric-a-brac, was a cast-iron statue of an Irish Setter! Yes! Those garage sale finds were the best.

All the way home, she imagined pulling into her driveway each night and seeing this magnificent creature waiting for her, standing proud. What a wonderful way to be welcomed, by a dog in the daisies.

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben