Writing challenge: The Devil is in the details

Your challenge this week is to practice your powers of observation. Take any person, place, or event, and write three paragraphs describing your subject in great detail. Here are three scenes to get you thinking — feel welcome to choose one or more of these scenes and riff off of it, or create your own:

This is what I came up with. You can join in here.

2. A boy plays in his front yard. You have three paragraphs to help us imagine this boy. What country are we in? Which details help communicate this? Is there an elm tree or an olive tree in his yard? Maybe there is no tree at all. How old is this boy? What color is his hair? What is he wearing? You get the idea.

The little boy is playing in the front yard. His name is Dennis. Dennis is 10 and has a short buzz cut haircut, with a cowlick piece of hair, right in the middle of his head that won’t lay flat for anything. He is wearing thick black glasses with a piece of tape in the middle because he breaks them once a week. He has on blue jeans, with holes in the knees and dirty knees. He has on a plaid button down shirt, and dirty red shoes, that used to be white, but the red dirt stained them.

He lives in Oklahoma and his front yard has a big oak tree in the middle, that shades almost the whole yard. The roots are all over the ground, which makes it hard for Dennis to make his dirt roads to push his toy cars all around. Dirts roads weave around the tree and the front yard.

The cars are big plastic cars and maybe a dump truck or two, filled with the red dirt, dripping over the sides. He sits there and pushes the truck full of dirt over to another truck, sitting on the side of his plowed road. Making the roaring sound of the truck with his mouth and lifts up the truck bed and dumps the red dirt over the other truck. Then he has his GI Joe doll run around the truck and yells “Hey, what are you doing?”  He sits there for hours playing in the dirt with his toy cars.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

The Weekly Photo Challenge is Beyond.

This is a big open field. Beyond that creek, to the left is a big group of wild horses.beyond

Today we woke up to Frozen Fog. You could not see much “Beyond” the fog. It was weird, like being in a dream. The trees were all froze white.


Here are the horses that I zoomed with my camera. Beyond the first group of horses, up on the left is another group of horses.



Weekly photo challenge: Resolved

The weekly photo challenge is Resolved.

I was watching a cooking show on Cooking TV. This lady made a from scratch banana cream pie. She poured cream in a bowl and took a whisk and beat it around a bowl and made whipped cream. I went to the store and bought some cream and bananas and printed out the recipe. The more I read it, the more I thought my banana cream pie would come out terrible. I bought some banana pudding and a ready made cookie pie crust and made my pie and put cool whip on top. I still had my box of heavy cream. I decided to use the cream in my coffee. Problem resolved with my box of cream. The coffee tastes great with real cream in it.


Another “resolved picture I have is of birds….2 quails. I has been really cold outside. I looked outside and there were 2 quails sitting on my fence. Their feathers were all fluffed out making them look like two big balls. I watched them for a little time and after sitting apart for a while, they moved closer to each other, right beside each other to get a little warmer. I think they resolved their problem of the cold weather.


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