WRITER’S WORKSHOP I, Week 1, The Fastball

The Writer’s Workshop is live with our first prompt! Come sharpen your pencils and your prose at the godoggocafe.com. Share your thoughts and prompt responses in the comment section, and I will grab all the responses on Friday to link in next week’s post. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Go Dog Go Café

Something to think about:

My stepfather, a custom home builder, taught me the basics of carpentry: “measure twice, cut once.” Sounds simple enough, but it takes discipline and an investment in time to slow down and repeat the measurement, and the power saw can be unforgiving. Many are the boards wasted by a few mismarked millimeters. The lesson stuck with me, and I think about the concept often in other areas of my life, including my writing and editing.

For this prompt, I encourage you to slow down and measure twice. We are writers. We have stories to create. That creation requires an investment in ourselves, a belief in our ideas, a commitment to the hard work of writing so that we may communicate our creative babies effectively to others. In the words of Henry Miller, “open up…discover what is already there.”

Every man, when he gets quiet, when he…

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A little teaser for the Writer’s Workshop I am hosting beginning next Saturday at godoggocafe.com…

Hope you will all join me there!

Go Dog Go Café

First Draft

I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you all to join me Saturday of next week as we start the Writer’s Workshop at Go Dog Go Café. Get your pencils and your prose ready and come prepared to be challenged and have fun.

(44 words. Never start with “I” and every knows this is the Go Dog Go Café. Needs tightening. I am cringing reading it out loud. Never a good sign.)

First Rewrite

Join me on Saturday of next week for challenging fun as the Writer’s Workshop is kicked off here in the cafe with the inaugural prompt. Don’t forget to sharpen your pencils and be prepared to sharpen your prose.

(38 words. Starts with “you”…better, but still clunky. Needs stronger verbals. “Kick off” is a mixed metaphor…we have a baseball theme. “Inaugural” is wrong imagery…feels political. Passive tense “is kicked off” should be changed to…

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Human Dreamer

The poet’s soul bleeds words onto the page. I believe our most powerful words flow when that bleeding comes on behalf of others. I am a Human Dreamer. I dream of a day when we love our global neighbors as the human family they are.

born of earth
and water
into air
to breathe
and form thoughts that reach
to clouds
free of walls

into raindrop tears
that fall
closely gathered pools


collected fluid
penetrates the soil
pleading with the ground
to swallow whole
the barrier
that restrains



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Honey Bees

In my corner of the world, the clocks have moved forward and the weather is following. Welcome Spring…

calmed by smoke
allow the theft
gather the honey
in pots
melt the wax
add the wick
light the candle
it smokes


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The Gift of Friendship…and Books

🎄 Looking for a present for the book lover on your list? 🎄

Special thanks to Patty for including The Legend of the Lumenstones on her list of books that make great gifts.

You can read Patty’s list here.

Her support, enthusiasm and friendship are gifts I treasure. 💕

A Showering Haiku

Blessings to all my blogging friends and wishes for safety and gentle healing, especially for my family and friends in California. 💕

now fall warm showers

liquid drips off bodies, drenched

splashes lap our feet


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