#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 30: The End of November Challenges is Only the Beginning

A white flower in bloom
Winter Flower by Maria L. Berg 2021

This morning I went out to get a picture of my first winter flower, and took some shots into the house.

A cat on a yellow and white striped towel that looks like it's floating in rhododendrons and red berries.
Magic Blanket Ride by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s final prompt of the challenge is a two for Tuesday:

  • Write a the end poem, and/or…
  • Write a the beginning poem.

Only the Beginning

This is not an end
but a pause to attend
to bending light and hours
dead, then begin again
to render hope and engender
excitement in shadow
never ending contrast
to blend and send
a whirling

Flower Cat by Maria L. Berg 2021

If you’ve enjoyed the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun. Sale on Now! Get 20-60% off when you use code CYBER5.

NaNoWriMo

I won! 50k words but that’s only the beginning of this draft. I’m going to take time tomorrow to look over what I’ve written and take notes of important props and plot points and work on writing a complete outline before continuing the draft.

Congratulations to everyone who wrote a novel draft this month!
November Daily Prompts by Maria L. Berg 2021 Please leave your links in the comments. I hope you will join me.

I have enjoyed the one word prompts every day for two months now, and I plan to continue. Tomorrow I will post a new calendar of December prompts. I find it fascinating that one word can help me see in new ways. I rewarded myself for winning Nanowrimo with some new lights, and I’ve reconfigured the mirror world, so I’m excited to see how my techniques build on each other through December.

Happy Reading and Writing!

#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 29: The Next Slant

On the Slant by Maria L. Berg 2021

This morning the sun came out and did my work for me. Mr. Kitty is known in the biz to be an uncooperative model, but he didn’t know today’s theme was slant.

It’s a good day to reread Tell all the truth but tell it slant by Emily Dickinson.

Telling It Slant by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a next poem.

What’s Next?

Doesn’t help to ponder
only think up possible
contingencies, or plan
escape routes aplenty
I mean pretense
dictates portance
but I’m pretending
while planking
that all will remain placid

Pondering doesn’t help the
possible up-link only
plans contingencies, a
plentiful route, escaping
pretense and mean.
People don’t average well
Portance, though archaic, dictates
pretending. I am but horizontal,
planking while placid.

Slanted Shadow Cat by Maria L. Berg 2021

If you’ve enjoyed the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun. Sale on Now! Get 20-60% off when you use code CYBER5.

November Daily Prompts by Maria L. Berg 2021 Please leave your links in the comments. I hope you will join me.

Happy Reading and Writing!

#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 28: Reclaiming My Time

Reclaiming the Light by Maria L. Berg 2021

For today’s images, I crumpled up the photos that I tore up for my visual poetry and let them reclaim the light in the mirror world. I love the way the lights reflect off the crumpled glossy photo paper.

Beyond the Curtain by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a slow down poem.

To Reclaim My Time

To reclaim it,
first it must be taken,
or in an undesirable state,
displaying wrong or improper
conduct to be recalled from,
before rescued, subdued, or tamed
My time runs wild and wanton
How will I demand to obtain its return
and regain possession, to slow
its exponential speed, and hold it still,
still while I breathe
still while I think
no ticking, no tocking
no hands, or faces, or digits
only the hum of the space heater
and the warm, soft, micro-fiber blanket
holding me to the couch
and plush blue socks
holding me to the thick carpet
and the wine, and the wine couch
cushions, supporting my weight,
seconds, minutes worth of seconds
squirm under those cushions, but
I won’t let them escape
eventually they will tire themselves out.

Box of Needles by Maria L. Berg 2021

If you’ve enjoyed the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun. Sale on Now! Get 20-60% off when you use code CYBER5.

November Daily Prompts by Maria L. Berg 2021 Please leave your links in the comments. I hope you will join me.

Happy Reading and Writing!

#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 27: Burn to Memory

Burn to Memory by Maria L. Berg 2021

I have been wanting to play with candles in my mirror world, so inspired by today’s prompt “burn,” I thought I would give it a try.

Burning Bright by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a remix poem. It’ll be a fun day of looking back over the poems I’ve written this month and finding connections.

Burn Blue by Maria L. Berg 2021
Burn Brighter by Maria L. Berg 2021

Burn to Memory

Memories are malleable
innocently altered
but upon condition
I could finagle
to enable a feeling of wild abandon:

as wild as a huckleberry
after the first frost
a crisp, tart-sweet burst
as wild and fresh as raindrops
collected in the yellow petals
of a buttercup among ferns
as wild and fresh and vibrant as light
breaking through the thick gray.
You won’t be as pleased
as I am with my display

It’s not that you were unexpected
or unwelcome, or unwanted
we found a balance
exceedingly vague
Did you notice
the gravity pulling
you into orbit while it was there,
or only after it was gone?

Memories are malleable
innocently altered
when recalled
you’ll be at a loss
for a cause.

Memories are malleable
innocently altered
they sit in corners
lost in dark shadows
because they are haunted
by my touch.

Burn Hot by Maria L. Berg 2021
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Happy Reading and Writing!

#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 26: Digging a Deeper Well

Deep in my Heart by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to title the poem “Well (blank).”

Guiding Lights by Maria L. Berg 2021

Well Digging

He likes to dig
he digs potatoes
he digs beets
but he’s also
just digging a hole.
If it fills with water
will it be a well?
Or is it already a well
full of ideas and potential
that at this age doesn’t
need refilling, but
only deeper mining,
a wellspring of
rocky soil, worms
and pill bugs
that need to be excavated
and piled in other places
deeper and deeper he
will dig until one day
it is no longer fun.

Looking Deeper by Maria L. Berg 2021
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Happy Reading and Writing!

#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 25: Thankful For

Corrupted by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today’s images were inspired by the happy accidents created by digital video stutters and glitches. This thanksgiving I am so thankful for digital bokeh photography. The instant images and limitless possibilities of exploration bring be so much joy.

Twisted Paths of Corruption by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a thankful poem.

The Little Things

uninterrupted time in
new combinations of light
captured and frozen
to match images pre-seen
once figments now creations
to bring elation on repeat
simple and healthy activity
free except electricity
and time, precious time
rationed commodity
of juggled priorities
I give thanks
to this place
where there is space
for creating worlds
temporary, but not
put away while still
inspiring daily
growth

Digitally Corrupt by Maria L. Berg 2021

NaNoWriMo

I’m very thankful for the inspiration NaNoWriMo is giving me on this re-write. I’ve come up with a lot of new ideas that make my characters more interesting and relatable, and connections between the characters that are fun and unexpected. None of this would have happened this month without NaNoWriMo. My most interesting ideas have come during the regional write-ins which is convincing me that I’m a more social (digitally social) human than I like to believe. Getting today’s words in might be a little tough, but there’s always tomorrow. Good luck everyone who’s trying to write around family gatherings today.

November Daily Prompts by Maria L. Berg 2021 Please leave your links in the comments. I hope you will join me.

Happy Reading and Writing!

#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 24: Where the Dark Goes

Darkness Falls by Maria L. Berg 2021

Waffling in the Dark by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write a response poem. I thought I would write my response to the only poem I posted last year in November “Imagination’s Playground.”

Logic’s Office

the unimaginative death
is an office of impossibilities

until the doors open
and the windows let the light in
and the focused light ignites a spark

then there are only two impossibilities:
inertia and acknowledgment

then there is only
to walk into the light

.

A Black Hole by Maria L. Berg 2021
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Happy Reading and Writing!

#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 23: Unplugging and Finding My New Palette

A Galactic Find by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today I thought I would find a new palette for my new filters in the mirror world, so I strung some new lights and moved the mirrors, but by a happy accident, I found that I really enjoyed the effects I found with no filter at all.

Warm Web by Maria L. Berg 2021
Cool Web by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s two for Tuesday is:

  • Write an unplug poem, and/or…
  • Write a plug in poem.

Today’s Detachment

You never know what you’ll find
when you unplug:
today I found my neighbor
who I haven’t seen in what
seems like forever
at the grocery store.
Unplugged I found
she’s been dealing
with pain and change
in diet and places
and patterns, practices
and expectations
as if life mostly
happens unseen.
When I got home
I plugged in
to share a recipe
and tell her
it was so nice
to see her
when I was
unplugged

.

A New Palette by Maria L. Berg 2021
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Happy Reading and Writing!

#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 22: An Animal Bent

Bent by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Today’s prompt is to write an animal poem.

Bent Bass
The human animal desires
pleasure in the form of escape
clawing at his own senses
to tear away reality’s pain
bliss found in the kiss of death
permanently polluting neurons
and nerves, then rivers and streams
making addicts of bass and perch
junky fish forgetting to spawn
swim to exhaustion for one more taste
think of the eagle and osprey that dive
their talons into that water to catch
and fly away with meth-addict fish
And let’s not think about the bears
wading in those rivers to feast
What a mess we make of this place
once bountiful now a chemical waste

Bending Space and Time by Maria L. Berg 2021
A Bent For by Maria L. Berg 2021
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Happy Reading and Writing!

#NaNoWriMo & #NovPAD Day 21: Cracking the Code

Is It Too Late? by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today, I finally got to another process I’ve had in mind. I used “crack” to come up with some Yes or No questions for my Oracle, and wrote the questions with oil pastels on butcher paper. It was sunny, so I thought I’d try my concept outside before putting it in the mirror world.

A Cat With All the Answers by Maria L. Berg 2021

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

Laughter Is the Answer by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today’s prompt is to write an ekphrastic poem. I chose to write an ekphrastic about today’s photographs.

I Opened the Door a Crack

Begging the universe
to give me answers,
we found a balance
exceedingly vague.
When I asked,
Will I crack?
I was answered, box
which was no,
but upon condition
I could finagle,
and when I asked,
Is it too late?
laughter was the answer
which was yes,
and with derision.
As the ether laughed
its mocking laugh
at me, I crawled into
my box, but left the lid
open a crack
and laughed back
secure in secret
wisdom.

Will I Crack? Box by Maria L. Berg 2021

*A little bit of fun serendipity occurred after I posted this. I went to MasterClass and took a look at the new class with Cornel West on Philosophy. The course discusses “What It Means to Be Human,” and Mr. West says we are “cracked vessels.” I thought that was a fun tie-in with my work today.

November Daily Prompts by Maria L. Berg 2021 Please leave your links in the comments. I hope you will join me.

Happy Reading and Writing!