word play




Make a list of all the words that come to mind as you look at this photo.

Now, combine two words to make a new word. Here is an example:


+ flowers

= frienders

Now you try.



Creativity, word play

another name

Thank you for the puppy name suggestions!

Here are the suggestions: Rocky, Woof, Danny Boy, Chloe, George, Bruce, Bishop, Hickory, James, Harvey, Louis. Bond… James Bond. Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, John Wayne, Mr. Fluffykins, O’Neil, Shaemus (Shae for short), Hasselhoff (just no), Lord Voldemort, Bilbo Baggins, McTavish, Fluffy McFuzzleface, more votes for Bond, Shae, Donut, Bingo, Prince, Trig, Dan, Jimmie.

Finally, after three days and trying out three names, (Shae, Bo, and Bond), we gave up and my son named our puppy Luke. It fits. My son discovered the name after searching his feelings.

He had a stuffed puppy named Luke when he was little. Now, in his very own Velveteen Rabbit tale, his puppy has come to life!

The two Shelties are getting along fantastic.

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What do you call those amazing lights in the photo below? Officially, they are called Northern Lights and Aurora Borealis. Can you come up with a unique name? If you can guess what I call them in my new picture book, Winter North Coming, I’ll post it online.


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  • This cute little guy is a Shetland Sheepdog (also called a Sheltie), just 11 weeks old. He is a discount puppy, as he was the last of a litter.

He had two strikes against him. He was the runt of the litter, and he is a boy. Most puppy buyers ask for female pups, thinking they are calmer. That may be true, but we were looking for a little spitfire to be friends with our 1 1/2 year old Sheltie, O’Malley, who is a busy, playful furball. (We also have an 11 year old Labradoodle, named Cay. She sleeps a lot.)

The dog breeder had to bring this pup into her kitchen and hand-feed him, so he would get his share. His big brothers and sisters weren’t giving him a spot at the milk-bar, or the food bowl. Since then, he has caught up to his siblings in size. We are so happy he had such a good friend to help him get a good start!

As we were driving home, I posted on Facebook, asking friends and family to help us name him.

Do you have any suggestions?

After you think of a name, write a short story about what it must have been like for him as a little puppy pushed aside by his big brothers and sisters. If you send it to me, I’ll post it on this site. 🙂



Creativity, writing prompts

Stubbs the Lizard

This is a picture of Stubbs, my younger son’s bearded dragon lizard when she was younger and smaller. (Please excuse the slightly messy countertop, as I think she enjoyed a bath just before this scene.) Here, she has just received a wonderful new gift… a (fake) ant hill. My son loaded it with crickets from the pet store, and Stubbs is munching them down when they crawl out. There is a stopper in the foreground, which plugs the hole, to save some snacks for later.

If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? (Please don’t say crickets, as then I would have to feel really sorry about feeding them to Stubbs.) What would you like to give your pet, so he or she enjoys living in your habitat? Write out your story and send it to me. 🙂






Do you ever feel as though you are falling through no fault of your own, and there is nothing you can do to stop it?

You do all of your tricks to grab onto the sides, to get a handle-hold onto something, anything, but you keep falling anyway!

Use this as a jumping off point to write your story.

Who is the child falling? Who caused her to fall? Where will she land?



Happy Writing!

Fiction, writing prompts



Think of a story or article you have recently read. Think about how the piece was written from a particular Point of View.

Now, re-write the piece from another point of view.

Using the photo above, you could write from the woman’s point of view: how she met the guy, why they’ve taken this trip, and how she’s feeling and thinking about all of this.

Next write the scene from the guy’s point of view. How does he feel about her? What are his hopes?


Did you think of this as a romance?

What if the man is her father or long-lost brother and she’s just met him?

The possibilities are endless.

Things to keep in mind with point of view:

  • Imagine you (as the writer) are inside the mind of just the one character at a time. No jumping around. You also cannot say things or write down things unless they are what the character would think and feel.
  • When switching points of view, there must be some sort of break. When it’s conversation, but everything else is one person’s point of view, just a new line will suffice.

Now write something.

Have fun!


same but different


lie down on the floor and close your eyes

imagine you have something growing around you

what is it?

flowers (as the girl in the photo)







you are the same person inside, but everything is different on the outside

which did you choose from the list above?

now construct a world around yourself

what is your world like?


in your imagined world, you have a family

they are completely different than your real family

what are they like?


there isn’t school or work in your pretend world

what does everyone do?


it may be winter in some parts of the world, but in others it is summer

still in others, there is something which is completely different than seasons

what could it be like?




i m a g i n e .                   w r i t e .             s h a r e    y o u r    w o r k .


Art, Creativity



These children just received a gift of sidewalk chalk.

Where do they live?

What are their names? Make up names… don’t use common ones.

Are they in school or not?

What will they create?

How will their art change something about their world?


After you are finished, send your story to me and see it published on this site!


Art helps us to transcend our circumstances.   ~db