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Weekend Writing Prompt #36 – Begin

Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #36 is “Begin.”

Word Prompt: Begin

Photo Prompt

I used to hand write journals for years. Then I had laptops at home and in the office, it was so easy to flip them open and move my fingertips. In addition, my husband bought me an iPad, I could take note and email the notes to myself. With auto-correction of the spelling, I totally depended on the technology. Occasionally when I do need to write, my handwriting doesn’t look like my calligraphy anymore.

The beginning of this year, I started my old habit again. When I have my coffee and quiet time in the morning, I hand write my thoughts in a new journal.

Surprisingly, I pay more attention to the spelling, because the paper and pen don’t have the auto-correct ability.

I used to be a “phone directory” of the family. I memorized a lot of phone numbers. Right now, I  am not confident if I remember my husband’s cell phone number correctly. Perhaps I should begin to memorize phone numbers again!

What do you think about handwriting notes and memorizing phone numbers!

Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #36 – Begin

Weekend Writing Prompt #34: Christmas – Silent Night

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend. The prompt is “Christmas.” – Sammi Cox

“Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas Carol. The lyrics were written by Joseph Mohr in Salzburg, Austria. The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf.

Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment. The first performance of the carol was on December 24, 1818, in the Christmas Eve mass.

Over the years, because the original manuscript had been lost, Mohr’s name was forgotten and although Gruber was known to be the composer, many people assumed the melody was composed by a famous composer, and it was variously attributed to Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven. However, a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr’s handwriting and dated by researchers as c. 1820. It states that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr’s handwriting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night

I selected this version of the Silent Night sung by Plácido Domingo. He has been the hero of my music endeavor.

By January 21, 2018, Domingo will be 77 years old. His singing and conducting performances are all scheduled for 2018. His motto, he claimed, was “If I rest, I rust.”

Domingo has been described in the international press as “the King of Opera.”  He is well known for his versatility, regularly performing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English, and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world.

Domingo served as the artistic director (1996–2011) and general director (2003–11) of the Washington D. C. Opera, and from 2000 he was the general director of the Los Angeles Opera. In the early 2010s, he transitioned from the tenor repertory into almost exclusively baritone parts. He has sung – as of 2015 – over 3,800 performances of 147 roles.

Wow, at 70s years old, he continues to memorize singing in new roles!

 Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #34: Christmas – Silent Night

Weekend Writing Prompt #23 – Taste

Prose Challenge – Write a story in 35 words, inspired by the theme of taste, without actually including the word “taste” in it. – Sammi Cox

Sandwich Cookies

My saliva gushed out by looking at the macadamia nuts shortbread, strawberries, and marshmallow sandwich cookies. I could eat them for breakfast. They are not too sweet, but eating them late would keep me awake.

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Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #23 – Taste

 

Weekend Writing Prompt #21 – Day and Night

Prose Challenge – Write a story in 150 words that is set in both the day and the night or mentions both the sun and the moon. – Sammi Cox

When I saw this prompt, I was excited. I love taking photos of the sun, especially sunset. I’m also interested in the moon phases and have taken photos of the full moon in different months.

We love walking on Laguna Beach visiting tide pools. During the high tides, the waves bring sea creatures to the beach. The water recedes during low tides and leaves the creatures in the tide pools. Each day, there are two high tides and two low tides. The tides are affected by the gravitation of the sun and moon.

When the moon is full or new, the gravitational pull of the moon and sun are combined. The force makes the high tides very high and the low tides very low. During the moon’s first and last quarter phases the sun and moon work at right angles, causing the bulges of the water to cancel each other. The result is a smaller difference between high and low tides.

We went to Laguna Beach once when the tide was 10 feet hide. Such a high tide also makes the beach a surfing parade.

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Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #21 – Day and Night

Weekend Writing Prompt #20 – Resting

Poetry Challenge – Write an acrostic poem, where the first letter of the first word of each line spells out “resting” as it is read from top to bottom. – Sammi Cox

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Rejoicing in Your sanctuary

Elevating my mind, heart, soul and

Spirit with doubts and heaviness left behind

Trusting You for my today and tomorrow

It may be rainy, stormy or sunny day

Never ever You would leave me alone

Grace and mercy always carry me through

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Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #20 – Resting

Weekend Writing Prompt #19 – Abundance

Prose Challenge – Write a story of 150 words that focus on a quality that you think the world could do with in abundance. – Sammi Cox

I would like to approach this challenge from the viewpoint of being individuals of this world; we try to be responsible for our living and spending so that we are not wasting the world’s resource.

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Cordoba, Spain

My husband has retired for a year. I have retired for seven years, even though I would have worked for two more years. Due to the unexpected but timely discovered cancer, I retired a year after the treatment was over.

I’m grateful that we are retired with abundance. We lived frugally throughout the years. Keeping up with the Jones didn’t come across our mind. When our neighbors borrowed money to do remodeling, we only did it when we had money. We didn’t buy many “toys” to show off our lifestyle. We shopped wisely and bought only what we needed. We also made wise decisions on investments.

Our retirement is filled with plenty. We have the freedom to continue our life style, dining out with friends, relaxing at home or going on trips.

We are blessed with prosperity and I’m proud that we have been good stewards of finance.

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Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #19 – Abundance

Weekend Writing Prompt #18

Weekend Writing Prompt #18: Poetry Challenge – Write a sonnet on a theme or subject of your choice. – Sammi Cox

Walking Around Laguna Lake

 I love walking around Laguna Lake

Stillness of reflection in the water

Evergreen trees and plants soothed my headache

Mothers enjoyed strolling with their daughters

Fishing lovers rewarded with plenty

Kids cast fishing lines along with brothers

Ducks snoozed under the shade joined by many

Birds perched on Myrtle trees of bright colors

Descending sun cast long shadow of me

Trailing behind the same speed as my feet

Walking for two miles bent and stretched my knee

Sweat and tiredness asked for water and treat

I couldn’t resist the pleased invitation

Sat on the beach, admired the creation

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The Shakespearean or English sonnet follows a set of rules of three quatrains and a couplet and follows this rhyme scheme: abab, cdcd, efef, gg. The couplet arrives in the form of a conclusion, amplification, or refutation of the previous three stanzas. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/sonnet-poetic-form

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Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #18

Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness

 

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Photo credit – Sammi Cox

Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness

Prose Challenge – Write a 50-word story inspired by the image above.

Poetry Challenge – Write a haiku on the theme of “emptiness”. – Sammi Cox

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Caged in and dared not touch the screen for fear of electrical shots caused by piercing words. The sun looked bright with warmth and freedom, yet desires were suppressed. His eyes were dark, black, and bottomless with emptiness. Satisfied his craziness was impossible. Legal bondage was dissolved, no more cage.

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Unmeasurable

Deep void of heart’s emptiness

Refuse fulfilment

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Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness

 

Weekend Writing Prompt #13 – Light

Weekend Writing Prompt #13 – Light

“Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.” – Sammi Cox

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Villanelle Poem – Light and Dark

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The end of tunnel was finally in sight

Travel of a long journey found in no vain

Energized my weary body moved toward the light

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The road taken was not one I had chosen

Unexpected trail and body half frozen

The end of tunnel was finally in sight

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Trotting in darkness with heavy feet

Hope, my only strength to pick up the beat

Energized my weary body moved toward the light

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Long hall of darkness with pain in veins

Comfort in heart stopped me from faint

The end of tunnel was finally in sight

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Throbbing pain head to toes subsided

Medication and nutrition worked two-sided

Energized my weary body moved toward the light

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Six months of cancer treatment had completed

Only follow up appointments needed to be repeated

The end of tunnel was finally in sight

Energized my weary body moved toward the light

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Hi Sammi, The Villanelle poem is a 19-line poem, sorry for writing more than 15 line.
The highly structured villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines.  https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/villanelle-poetic-form