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Monday, June 22, 2015

Abstractions, The Monday Muse, A Win, and Being Thankful

Welcome to my Crazy Quilt.

An abstraction is a concept that acts as a super-categorical noun for all subordinate concepts, and connects any related concepts as a group, field, or category. (Clear?) An abstraction is a word like love, hate, joy, beauty, cunning, disgust. In this game we turn them into a kind of poetry or a piece of flash fiction. They also make excellent writing prompts. Try it on, leave one in the comments.

The rules are simple. You can change them around.
 1: Abstraction + verb + place
 2: Describe what the abstraction is wearing
 3: Summarize the action


Delight, wearing tinkling tinsel, danced through the flower beds, and left laughter trailing in her wake.

I can see a fairy-like creature, pirouetting on flower petals, leaping from leaf to leaf. I see her inspecting for aphids and calling in the ladybug troops wherever needed. She carries with her a magic crystalline vial that holds within it all the scents of all the flowers in the garden where she lives.
See how the Abstraction turned into The Monday Muse?

This has the possibility of becoming a fairy tale, but something would have to go wrong. Perhaps Delight's vial loses its power, or the garden is threatened by a huge invasion of thrips that her labybug troops can't handle. Either way she has to find help. Which means she has to leave her garden for the first time in her very long life.

What will she find beyond the privet hedge and rose bushes? Who or what is she looking for? What adventures will she have? How will her experiences change her?
A Win!

From Natalie over at Literary Rambles I won Sarah McQuire's debut novel, Valiant.
Saville despises the velvets and silks that her father prizes more than he’s ever loved her. Yet when he’s struck ill she’ll do anything to survive–even dressing as a boy and begging a commission to sew for the king.

But piecing together a fine coat is far simpler than unknotting court gossip about an army of giants, led by a man who cannot be defeated, marching toward Reggen to seize the throne. Saville knows giants are just stories, and no man is immortal.

Then she meets them, two scouts as tall as trees. After she tricks them into leaving, tales of the daring tailor’s triumph quickly spin into impossible feats of giant-slaying. And stories won’t deter the Duke and his larger-than-life army.

Now only a tailor girl with courage and cunning can see beyond the tales to discover the truth and save the kingdom.

Valiant is a rich reimaging of "The Brave Little Tailor," artfully crafting a story of understanding, identity, and fighting to protect those you love most.

Natalie regularly gives away books by the authors she interviews. I hope you stop by and check out her informative blog.

Being Thankful

Today I'm thankful for clouds. My Sweetie and I call them decorations.

They give us something to hang our imagination on.

 They bring us rain.

They break up the vastness of a huge blue sky, perhaps helping to make us feel less small.

They make a fabulous canvass of which to paint a sunset.
Today I'm thankful for clouds. 

What are you thankful for? Has an Abstraction danced into your brain? Is your muse being prompted? Tell me all about!


  1. Thanks for the shout out. It's great to appreciate and be thankful for nature. I loved your pictures.

  2. Congratulations on winning the book.
    I think you have the beginnings of a fun story there.
    And excellent cloud photos!

  3. I love the clouds.

    Congrats on your win.

  4. The cloud shots are spectacular! And congrats on the win :) The Abstractions make me think of Inside Out--cute film that takes the idea and runs with it!

  5. Apprehension, claws it's way up from the depths of my unconscious, only to take a sharp left and morph it's way completely into terror.

    I like this idea of abstractions. Something I may have to start using.

    Congratulations on the win. The last time I won a book online, I was a little disappointed at first, because it looked like the last thing I would normally pick up to read. After it arrived, I stuck it in the TBR pile nest to my bed. The night I picked it up, I found that I simply couldn't put it down and finished it off in a few hours. Just goes to show...who knew?

    Today I'm thankful for family. They have the ability to drive me absolutely nuts, but at the same time I wouldn't trade them for the world.

  6. Congrats on winning the book. I also like clouds. Especially on cloudy days. :-)

  7. Congrats on winning that book! Cloud/sky pictures are awesome. If I could paint, then I'd like to paint sky scenery, especially sunsets and sunrises.

  8. I love clouds! so beautiful. and congrats on the win! a freshly won book is always awesome!

  9. Pardon? I’m very glad you explained that as I was completely lost! I’m afraid nothing is dancing in my brain, but I am thankful for many things. First and foremost family and friends followed by sunshine and a good cup of tea.
    PS I enjoyed the cloud photos.

  10. Congratulations on winner.
    Oh, I love those cloud pictures. They make sunsets so much more amazing.

  11. Hey Bish,

    Well done on the win, Bish. I shall duly go over and check out her site.

    I'm thankful that you're thankful for the clouds with silver lining decorations :)

    My brain is always abstract. Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar can vouch for that.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Gary :)

  12. Clouds of different shapes and size, drifting across my eyes. They are so beautiful and stunningly fruitful. Thank heavens for these rain makers, who fill our lakes and water our acres!


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