Welcome back to Sunday Sit Down. Since I have exasperated my old archive of short stories and poetry, and now that I need to brush up on my writing skills if I want to finish that novel of mine, I have decided to change Sunday Sit Down just a little. The series will now be fortnightly and based on writing prompts, or little challenges I set to get the creative side of my brain working again. Every fortnight I will share a Writing Prompt – a phrase, idea, image or word. Based on that prompt I plan on spending 15 minutes, no more, no less, writing anything and everything that comes to mind. It’s a great writing excercise that clears out the cobwebs and encourages a level of free, unedited and raw writing. I hope you will join me and take part in these writing prompts also. And if you want to share you’re raw writing in the comments, I would happily read them and give you feedback.
Blogging has been an amazing experience for the past six months. One aspect of Over Heaven’s Hill, which I’m very proud of, is Sunday Sit Down. The feedback and encouragement I have received for my creative writing has been overwhelming. You have all encourged me to keep writing and to keep this segment of the blog going when I was considering ditching it. As 2016 nears its end and as I wind down the blog for, if I do say so myself, a well deserved Christmas break, today’s post is a round of my personal top five favourite pieces of writing I’ve shared with you.
Welcome to another week of Sunday Sit Down. I have written many poems and short stories over the years. The majority I can recite perfectly, word for word, with the correct and perfect tone for the mood required. My poetry stays with me whether I wrote it recently or fifteen years ago. There are a handful of poems that mean something more to me because of where I was in my life or instances that occurred that stayed with me forever. Behind this Garden Wall is one of those poems.
After a silent Sunday last week, I am back this week with another poem for Sunday Sit Down. This weeks poem was roughly written in 2009 during a free writing session at a writers group I used to attend on my lunch hour from work. I perfected the poem over a few weeks and I’ve always been very happy with the descriptive narrative and the message it conveys. I think for the week that is in it, it’s a perfect time to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it.
Welcome to this weeks Sunday Sit Down. Grab a cuppa and a comfy chair and sit down to read. I’ve always had a fascination with the supernatural, with something that is there but shouldn’t be there. I wrote this short story, or rather lines of prose, almost ten years ago and I’m still wondering who this ghost is. Happy Halloween!
This weeks Sunday Sit Down is a bit of a teaser. It is the beginning of a short story which is as yet unwritten. I found this piece after a frantic week of thinking my hard drive was busted and that my writing archives would be gone for good! Luckily for me, we have an awesome I.T. department in work and the wonderful Derek worked his magic and brought my hard drive back to life. Thank you Derek! You’ve kept Sunday Sit Down going for a little bit longer! I love the imaginary of the storm in this short introduction piece and I promise to finish this story and see where it takes young Alison.
Reading back through the archives of my creative writing has been an interesting experience for me. Most of the writings I’ve published on Over Heaven’s Hill were written by me when I was between 15 and 26. A lot of the themes I explored dealt with old age, aging, hardship and lost loves. This weeks Sunday Sit Down is a short character piece on yet again another aging and suffering figure. There are a lot of elements of darkness and shadows. Now that I have a bit of distance from my early writings, I wonder why I was so enveloped in such themes and issues to create characters, situations and stories that are profound and humanizing. Once again I hope you enjoy this weeks piece and if you like, have a look back through the archives for older posts from Sunday Sit Down.
Welcome to a new week of Sunday Sit Down. Grab that coffee and find a warm chair, curl up and sweep into your imagination for a few moments. Ancient Hollow is one of my favourite poems which I’ve written. It sits somewhere in between real life with real feelings and a dream like world that wanders with the ebb and flow of the ocean. I hope you enjoy this one.
Welcome to another week of Sunday Sit Down. Grab a cuppa, fluff up the pillows, sit down and have a read. This week I have another short poem for you from my writing archives. I remember enjoying creating this character and envisaging her life. Reading back through my old poems and short stories, I realise that there is a common theme with age or aging. I find the idea of a long life and the endless possibilities that life entails quite interesting. Pondering the opposite end of the scale is equally fascinating. This poem most certainly covers the idea of a life unlived. I hope you enjoy it.
Welcome to another week of Sunday Sit Down. You may remember, I also have my own Etsy Shop called Timeless Avenue which I’ll admit I have let slide since I started Blogging, after all, writing has always been my first love. Just like naming my blog, I had to come up with a name for my jewellery shop and, of course, my inspiration came from my past writings and used the name of one of my old poems. Timeless Avenue is a short poem about lost friends, how life takes over, and inevitably distance grows between friends. I hope you enjoy it.