Book Tag – The Result!

Book Tag 3: No Convensional by Perdida entre Libros

@sandeept252, @pamkirst2014 and @colettebates

The link above takes you to the result of the book tag (although it’s all in Spanish!). 🙂 In this case we both had to answer the same set of questions, not about one specific book but more about what sort of books we liked and that sort of stuff. I think it’s quite an interesting idea, it’s basically an interview and you link up with the other blogger.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all – and since we’re not meant to publish loads of pictures here in order not to slow the site down, here’s a link to my Christmas photo post:

Christmas Lights on the Cutty Sark

This forum seems a bit dead recently…

…so in addition to wishing you all a merry Christmas, this is a wake-up call – in case any of you would like to continue here, it might be a good new year’s resolution to return here to post and chat again.

So I hope you will forgive me for tagging you all (I will not keep doing this):

@21timetraveler @adriennea3 @anandartist @ananyabha @anushababbar @anwyn84 @arpitastravelblog @avenscent @aventuraroxy @beckyaluoch @beckybwinch @bethanyaharvey @bharath10291 @brendablagdon @camelliasentry @cathylynnbrooks @colettebates @continuingwithme @createtoenchant @cthisnthat @dalees107 @darshith0000 @devilrockz @dawnmarie823 @divorcinganarc @drmegsorick @feelings161 @fictionalkevin @foodeezjunction @fjjjuneau @francescabergamasco @freakreborn @garthmr @garyloggins @getyourlenson @graceanneoscar @gutsy4 @haripriyakm @himadas @iamabloggertoo @hlindschinger @iamdonovan @icerene01 @insomniacbee @indira2412 @ishitarc1908 @ivanproust @jahnavichintakunta @jaipurthrumylens @jdjung @jenmotivates12 @jennifernicholewells @jessmcombs @joseelavallee @jsackmom @justdreadfull @koolitzable @kristinavanhoos @laduchessederat @laikassuvaikais @lilacsky22 @lulaharp @lyndapoysor @maddy1953 @maidsdayoff @meloheart @missams35 @mkjackie99 @mumbletymuse @myesteriousgirlneerja @myusername432 @nandininautiyal @niciacruz @niyati16 @notionlux @ohmyglai @oliveole @onetarhayes @pamkirst2014 @piyushavir @raforbeginners @ranu802 @revrumblefish @robertmgoldstein @rugwed @sadhanacs @sandeept252 @santoshnc @sashay909 @sasmiths1112 @sheridanj2015 @shinepositivepower @sirtonix @srinathtk86 @stanito @startingtheclimb @sumitagrawal01 @surbhisachdeva89 @suzannebowditch @theanonymoustalker @thedesivagabond @thegeneviever @thepreciouslifeofprecious @vellissima @vikrambishla @vnajac @wanderlaur @wanderlusteternal @welshshortbread @whatsandrathinks @wordsfromarifa @worthinessambassador @wynstep @xaranahara

If I missed anybody out, my apologies, you all were meant to be included!

Write Where We Are

To be known by another person–to meet and talk freely on the page–to be close despite distance. To escape from anonymity and be our own sweet selves and express the music of our souls.
“How to Write a Letter,” Garrison Keillor

We work so hard on our blog posts. We think about the big themes we want to interpret. We write about books and what they mean in today’s world. We interpret prompts, and we present real-life issues. We advocate and we recommend, and we coach and we support. We reveal, and we suggest.

It’s good. It’s wonderful, in fact, and our voices merge and blend and we create something amazing, a greater whole from our sum parts.

But every once in a while, it’s nice, isn’t it, to just write from where–and who–we are?

This week I went chasing for a prompt, or a theme. I was taken, at a talk last weekend, by the thought that what we accept as history–as real, immutable fact–is often a distortion…or maybe, not even based in truth at all.

What IS history? I thought perhaps I could write about that.

I wrestled with that subject, but somehow it just seemed too weighty, too scholarly. I’d need to do research. I’d need to get the opinions of people far more learned than I.

I’d be writing, in essence, a kind of research paper, and this week,–ah, THIS week–I just wasn’t up to that.

So I went scrolling through WordPress’s daily prompts, and there I found ‘generous.’ And that same theme turned up on a ‘prompt-your-writing’ message I get in my email, and, so: THERE, I thought: that’s the ticket.

I have (you’ll be surprised to learn…) quite definite opinions on what the real meaning of ‘generous’ is, and that definition has more to do with the giving of time, and the giving of kindness, and the gift of really, really listening with all your heart, than it does with donating the money to have a hall built in one’s honor. I started writing about REAL generosity, but it was like grabbing a wriggling fish. I’d think I had a firm grasp on the topic, and then it would writhe away.

I’d look at what I’d written and I would think, Oh, no. NO. That’s not saying it AT ALL.

In the meantime, though, I couldn’t keep my eyes away from the window.  Outside the wind was whipping thrillingly, and leaves were plastering onto glass and pavement. Acorns were falling and exploding. Squirrels scrambled and deer hustled, and the first real cold day of autumn was unfolding with a roar and a drench and a howl. It made me want to run outside; and when I did, the changeable, exciting weather sent me running back inside to cook.

And that finally, is what I wound up writing–not a weighty, thoughtful treatise on the scholarship of history, or a morally uplifting essay about what it really means to give wholeheartedly. I needed, this week, to write about the comfort provided by baking a pie on a cold, season-changing day.

That’s what Garrison Keillor advises us to do in his lovely essay on letter writing. He says to reach out to the person we want to touch, and let them know where we are, who we are, how we are. Paint a picture:

I am sitting in the kitchen, tapping on my IPad, as the oven warms up so I can put the chicken in. The house is cluttered and the dog is antsy and Jim has an idea in his head for a story that won’t let him rest. And the sky is gray, and a serious black cloud is scudding toward us, and I think it’s a great night for a pot of mac and cheese.

Sometimes, we need to write the right now, not the lofty thought or the future tense, but the who-I-am, where-I-am, why-I-am, right now.

Because aren’t our blogs, really, a kind of letter to the world? And don’t we hope that kindred spirits will stumble on our posts, cry out with delight, hit ‘follow’ and stay with us on the journey?

It’s important,–it IS,–that we say the things we have shown up to say. People of passion, writers with firm principles, we share our urgent beliefs with the world. And we enlarge the discussion; we introduce our fresh voices; we move things a little further along the continuum.

But every once in a while, we need to honor the persons we are behind the voices we present. Every once in a while, we need to write from exactly where we are.


Where are you this week? I’d love to hear your story.

Happy blogging, my friends!


(“How to Write a Letter,” by Garrison Keillor,

Shutterbug Showcase – Smoke

Thanks @niyati16 for the prompt.. Had me thinking for a long time and hence a very late submission too!


This photo, although a very simple interpretation of the word “smoke”, brings back a myriad of memories. Burning of the effigies of the demon king “Ravana” along with his brother and son, a quintessential part of Indian festival “Dusshera”. The burning symbolises the victory of good over evil.

One of the most awaited times in our childhood. 🙂

Hoping I have done justice to the prompt given out to me..

For the next week’s post – “an element of mystery” is the prompt for @adriennea3.

#photopost #weekly

Nominations for Tuesday Trivia

Hello everybody,
I have been given the opportunity to be the Schedule Incharge for Tuesday Trivia. I can’t explain how excited I am.
So, this is a shout out for all you beautiful members of Bloggers world. Please nominate yourself for the Tuesday Trivia feature. Since I try to nominate myself every month for this feature, I should confess it is really fun trying to find a few fun facts. Everybody should try it once.
Awaiting your response and nominations for 6th, 13th,20th, and 27th September.
Have a great week ahead.
@anwyn84 @ananyabha @anandartist @ishitarc1908 @feelings161 @graceanneoscar @myusername432 @drmegsorick @sashay909 @piyushavir @pamkirst2014 @meloheart @colettebates @myesteriousgirlneerja @darshith0000 @surbhisachdeva89 @haripriyakm @lulaharp @iamdonovan @vikrambishla @cthisnthat @mkjackie99 @arwen1968 @niciacruz @yentll02 @robertmgoldstein @21timetraveler @thelink19 @adriennea3 @raniamanda @infobloomer @agord2015 @beckybwinch @kokoboocro

Hi , I am sending…

Hi , I am sending the link to my most recent post on shaping your story. I’d appreciate any #feedback.Thank you.

Here is a Haiku for…

Here is a Haiku for you to enjoy #haiku, #poem, #poetry, #song

Some thought’s on the US elections

It’s been a long time since I posted anything.. But finally a new post for you guys to check out. I hope you all like it! Feel free to leave a comment. Let’s get those discussions going 😉

Calling Volunteers for Author Story Weekly Feature!

Hello, Everyone!

This post is to call for volunteers for Wednesdays Author Story feature for the months of August and September 2016. We have 2 remaining slots to fill for August 2016.

We need volunteers for:

August 3 – Rashmi @sashay909
August 10 – Colette @colettebates
August 17 – Grace Anne @graceanneoscar
August 24 – Bharat @bharath10291
August 31 – Vandana @feelings161
September 7 –
September 14 –
September 21 –
September 28 –

Please nominate yourself in the comments section below! Thank you!:)

@cathylynnbrooks @onetarhayes @colettebates @jahnavichintakunta @feelings161 @anushababbar @ananyabha @brendablagdon@cathylynnbrooks @dawnmarie823 @darshith0000 @graceanneoscar @haripriyakm @iamabloggertoo @iamdonovan @indira2412 @jennifernicholewells @kristinavanhoos @kmmyrman @kokoboocro @lulaharp @mylittlespaceinthesun @mkjackie99 @niyati16 @noorainsobiya @nikissimplelife @pamkirst2014 @piyushavir @raforbeginners @sirtonix @thebrunetteinthepinkscarf @vnajac @whatsandrathinks @wanderlusteternal @xaranahara @yentll02 @zenaidawheels @surbhisachdeva89 @niyati16 @ananyabha @bharath10291

#weekly #schedule

Confirmed Schedule for August Weekly Features

Here’s the Confirmed Schedule for August Weekly Features

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#feedback, #schedule, #weekly