Welcome, Writers and Wannabe Writers in
Poetry or Prose!
You also can scroll beyond this week’s #vss365 entries to learn about a few additional writing prompt challenges plus other opportunities, as well as my services and how to contact me.
Again, you can scroll fast to This Week’s #vss365 Samples if you don’t want to see the thought-to-contemplate, the idea to increase followers, and/or the intro to #vss365 #prompts.
The Thought / Motto for This Week
Actually, I have two for your contemplation. One is on this throw pillow.
AND, SERIOUSLY, the REAL Quote for the Week:
“Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.”
KEEP SCROLLING For Instructions and my #vss365 posts
Later, you can Click Here to get the above image on coffee mugs, spiral notebooks, and many more products listed below.
Why Am I Digressing?
To Introduce You to Something That Might Help You Gain an Audience for Your Work!
Special Collections for Writers and Poets
I’m in the midst of adding to the special collection for writers and poets. However, I’ve created many more themes (flowers, sports, activism, children, tech, landscapes, humor, fantasy, quotes, love, etc.).
You Can Do It, Too
If you don’t have time or the inclinations – or, if you just like one of the images in my collections – you can choose from my – or other artists’ – collections. But, if you like the idea, think creatively. Imagine …
mugs to shower curtains,
notebooks to yoga mats,
phone covers to beach towels,
t-shirts to greeting cards,
posters to puzzles,
all of them make great small to large gifts for ourselves, family, friends, and co-workers.
Importantly, they also work beautifully for visits to people in medical or other care facilities and for event gifts, raffles, and swag bags. I’ll give more examples below, but imagine if you put your logo, book covers, or a personal photo on these items, too.
For example, you could pair a copy of your book with a coffee mug and tote bag – all of which have your book cover image – in gifts to loved ones. Similarly, you could use some combination of items for promotional materials. More ideas follow.
I’m sprinkling many examples while spending time and space on this now to show you that it might be both fun and worth it for YOU to do something similar with your own photos.
As of this writing and without my advertising, over 135,350 people have viewed my site! (BTW: I forget to ask people to like, comment, and follow me on my many websites! Please follow me there if you visit.)
I’d love for you to buy some of my offerings – even as a “thank you” for teaching you this. However, if you participate with your own images, think of it as a way in which to attract new customers to your work.
You could put your logo, or your book cover, or other promo materials into images that go onto all the products listed below. They make great, inexpensive gifts.
You can use them as event gifts (as part of meal place settings, networking giveaways, raffles, swag bags, etc.), as well as in other promotional ways.
To truly class up your act with a professional theme, you also could combine the images with my presentation infographics for speakers and events, but that is an entirely different subject covered FAR below.)
It’s Easy and Fun
All you do is supply the image (which you own or for which you have usage rights). Pixels handles everything else (the financial transactions, manufacturing, and shipping.) It’s a great deal.
We’ve shipped over 1 million items worldwide for our 500,000+ artists. Each purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee
For your information, Fine Art America (Pixels) is the largest art site in the world with millions of paintings, photographs, and illustrations for sale from hundreds of thousands of living artists plus iconic brands.
If you scroll WAY DOWN, you’ll learn more about putting your images on these products. Now, though, let’s look at what all those products are.
Nancy’s Novelty Photos Are Available On
- wall art (prints)
- canvas, metal, acrylic, wood, framed
- posters, tapestries
- home decor
- t-shirts, tank tops, and sweatshirts for people of all ages, including infants
- coffee mugs (2 sizes)
- face masks
- beach towels (rectangular and round)
- yoga mats
- tote bags, weekender tote bags, and carry all pouches
- iPhone covers, Galaxy phone cases, and portable battery chargers
- jigsaw puzzles
- spiral notebooks
- greeting cards
- holiday ornaments
OK, that’s enough about photos on Pixels for now!
At Last, Let’s Talk About
How #vss365 #prompts Work – for Your Daily Enjoyment!
Just scroll fast to This Week’s #vss365 Samples if you already know how #vss365 #prompts work.
#vss365 #prompts Start on Twitter
The facilitator on Twitter gives us a mind-exercising word #prompt that we are to use in creating poetry or prose.
The prompts get our creative juices flowing and help us start each day with something deliciously new to contemplate.
It is also a great way to keep your brain active and healthy.
So, I hope more of you will join us in the
- #vss365 (which means ‘very short stories – 365 days a year’)
- #prompt (the word you use when you create a Twitter-sized response in poetry or prose)
challenges on Twitter!
All Are Welcome To Play With #vss365
Some of us need to be reminded of tropical-style beauty on cold winter days and nights. Thus, I’m going to use this image for my bullet points below. My purpose for including more of my Pixels images is to trigger your imagination with respect – not only to my photos and products – but to ones you might choose to create for yourself in the future. Click Here to get this image of Nancy Ayanna Wyatt’s “Best Cattleya” Orchid from Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels.
#vss365 #prompt challenges are for everyone – from people who never have written poems or prose before – all the way to real Pros!
Put on your writing clothes.
Get your tea or coffee.
Grab your writing tote bag
Find your spiral notebook and your phone if you use it to post,
...and then let’s get started!
(I post from a pc – it’s so much easier on the eyes!)
A Side Bar to Help With Time Management
The Organizing Principle
This uses the same principle as color-coding file folders and labels to promote efficiency and save time. (You don’t have to use my goodies, of course, but thank you if you do!)
The cover clues me as to what’s in each. For example, “quotes,” or “research snippets about an XYZ subject” or “#vss365 #prompt,” “notes for a winter sports documentary,” “romance novel concepts,” or “WIP#3,” etc.
Using different subject matter notebooks was a tip for aging minds.
To help me get into the mood for writing, I often match my notebooks with mugs and tote bags.
Here is a link where you can find all the (over 500 designs and counting) mugs (2 sizes) available in my Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels collections.
I can “lug all my writing stuff around with ease.”
Then, I put all my writing stuff into a tote bag of the same style, so I can find everything fast and get to work! If I want to include my laptop in the collection of tools, I use a “weekender” tote bag. Here is a link where you can find all the (over 500 designs and counting) weekender tote bags in Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels. Smaller tote bags also are available here.
I keep the pens, pencils, sticky notes, page tabs, etc. in one of the zip carry-all pouches. Here is a link where you can find all the (over 500 designs and counting) on zip carry pouches in Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels.
If I want to give items as gifts, I add a matching greeting card. Here is your link for Greeting Cards.
LoveBirds for you Romance Novelists and
Missing You Now for Holiday Loved Ones.
(Note: you can change background colors and image sizes.)
Tote Bags and Carry Pouches
In case you want to keep all your writing stuff in one place and take it with you, here are 3 links where you can find all the (over 500 designs and counting) matching or mixed on tote bags, weekender tote bags, and zip carry pouches.
Tote Bags Great for a variety of things and some devices will fit in these. (2 sizes)
Wanna Include Your Laptop?
Get a “Double-wide” Weekender Tote Bag.
Zip Carry Pouches – from Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels products. 3 Sizes. Great for pens, tissues, staplers, staple removers, cough drops, sticky notes, small notepads …. whatever.
More #vss365 Hints
You can write something humorous, elegant, scary, or abstruse – whatever you want to do will work! So, get your coffee and join us!
People don’t usually do this, but you may submit more than one entry per #prompt word.
Adding photos is not a requirement. However, I love color and images, so I usually choose to use them, unless no photo could depict what I wrote (like on esoteric and spiritual topics).
You don’t have to respond immediately. You have the whole day to figure out what you want to post.
Also, you can have the prompts emailed to you daily if you wish.
Meet Other Writers Online and Join the Communities
If you add #writingcommunity, #amwriting, and/or #poetrycommunity to your post, you can meet writers of all genres who may see your work. I find them to be very supportive of one another.
November 14, 2021
#vss365 #prompt #resolve
(I added #pain, given my response topic, and added the “footnote” at the top, “I’m not really into rhymes, so I’m just playing here.”)
Constant pain erodes my #resolve
To age gracefully and not devolve
I work out my mind so I’ll evolve
And engage with friends I like to involve
Even as the pain continues to revolve.
Nothing absolves me from trying.
November 15, 2021
#vss365 #prompt #plume #haiku
Its beauty haunts me,
So, I chose this nom de plume.
As “Peacock,” I pen.
November 16, 2021
#vss365 #prompt #normalize #tanka
Regroup and prioritize,
As the Golden Rule
Actually is Karma.
If we do not normalize,
Democracy will be lost.
November 17, 2021
He cannot see me. Classical, Meditation, African, Country, Jazz, Chinese, Blues, Zen, plus Digeridoo Music all waft to my #neighbor’s ears, Making him wonder who AM I! It matters in his culture wars. He’ll have to find an excuse to look.
November 18, 2021
November 19, 2021
Do you consult stars,
People with great expertise,
Family and friends?
Opinions are like noses,
And everybody has one.
November 20, 2021
At a stoplight in Washington, D.C., I saw the inevitable homeless person panhandling for money. As I handed him $5, I spoke #kind words and patted his arm. His eyes filled with tears even as he smiled. He said no one had touched him for 5 years. It mattered more than the money.
Come Back Next Week for More!
Keep Scrolling for Additional Ideas
and More Word Challenges on Twitter
Plus How to Be A Guest Contributor!
Other #Prompt Challenges
There are SEVERAL fascinating and fun word challenges in which you can participate, regardless of your skill level! Let’s grow together!
As you can see, I created a logo for my weekly posts in the category #vss365 (#veryshortstories #365 days a year). This is the logo I’ll use when sharing my responses to that challenge. (BTW, if you click on the picture just below, it will take you to a whole page of details about #vss365 prompts.)
However, I also participate in some other brain-teasing word challenges that you can join as well. If I’m sharing several of my posts to those sites, like I’m doing for the #vss365 #prompts, I’ll use similar logos, like these. The writing on the coffee cup will tell you which challenge the posts used.
When I create those posts, I’ll give more details about their specific requirements. Meanwhile, you can check them out, as follows: BraveWrite | Haiku (and other Japanese poetry forms) | Move Me Poetry Battle…(formerly known as Poetry Battle Friday #PBF).
Move Me Poetry has instituted a new feature in which people read one another’s poems on video and share them with credit to the author. I LOVE it! Discovered it “after the fact” though, so I’m just sharing the “handle” you can use to find them on Twitter. #MMPkickabout.
Do You Want To Be A Guest Contributor to My Website?
Join over 8,000 users on this site and keep reading to get some other ideas, including about being a Guest Contributor for #vss365 and #Haiku poetry. It is just a nice way in which we can share our work with more people and, perhaps, gain more followers.
If you want to be a Guest Contributor to my website for #vss365 or for #Haiku work, Click Here for details, and we can talk about it. (You keep the copyright; I simply have permission to publish on this website.)
#vss365 Guest Contributor Options
To get comfortable with the challenges and my website and to see only the #Vss365 #prompt posts in one place on this website, Click Here. It will give you “the rules” plus lots of examples to kickstart your imaginings. Of course, you can stop here, or…
Click Here to learn about the benefits of submitting some of your work as a guest contributor. (Again, you keep the copyright. We just agree that I may post the work on my website.)
You can always contact me for a free, initial consultation to get details about anything I present. It’s called a Sip & Share Session on Zoom, and I’ll set it up for us.
In the Meantime,
I Have Much More to Teach and Share
So Keep Scrolling!
Follow Me On Twitter
I hope you’ll follow me on Twitter @NancyKnowsLife. Of course, you should vet/screen me first to see if I post things suitable for your values and interests on this page.
To summarize, I post about:
- wellness topics (from Eastern and Western medicine, metaphysics, meditation, and holistic healing modalities (I have many certifications). These posts may be taken from experts or from my other website (My Get Well Guru)
- photography and other arts (dance, painting, music, etc.)
- motivational or philosophical quotes, writing, poetry, training, small business topics.
Nancy’s Novelty Presentation Infographics
for Speakers and Event Coordinators
Nancy’s Novelty Presentation Infographics for Speakers, Trainers, and Event Coordinators for Conferences, Retreats, and Training Sessions. These work beautifully on Zoom or in person, and as slides, table displays, and part of the handouts.
You don’t have to use a PowerPoint presentation to use them, but they are easily inserted into PowerPoint.
- Since I am a public speaker and conduct classes and consultations, I felt the need to use infographics to announce breaks, instructions for break-out sessions, and more, so I created these inexpensive collections to benefit others, as well.
- Most themes have several individual “slides” that can be bought separately or as a collection.
- These can be used online or in person.
- People who have used them came back for more! Some also asked me to customize infographics for them.
- Here are some quick samples. As you can see, there are different themes correlated to the kind of group that is holding an event.
Again, you can always contact me for a free, initial consultation to get details about anything I present. It’s called a Sip & Share Session on Zoom, and I’ll set it up for us. Easy Peasy.
Just email #MyPersuasivePresentations@gmail. com and put “Inquiry – Infographics” (or whatever you want to talk about) in the subject line. To see more samples first, Click Here.
BACK TO: Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels I’ll Teach You!
You Can Do This Also!
Put Your Images on Pixels Products
Yes, you could use your logo or book cover as photos on Pixels. A related concept is to create these images on Pixels for a few of your individual poems or #vss prose versus solely for your “business” as a writer. I can think of a couple of options:
- post a picture on Twitter with your poem and use that picture on Pixels products, or
- place either the poem as a stand-alone – or the poem with a picture on Pixels products.
Click Here to learn ALL the details on my website.
Fine Art America / Pixels Keeps Adding Goodies!
(I call my images “Nancy’s Novelty Photos … (followed by the image or collection name.”) You can click on “Click Here to Purchase” right below the scrolling pictures, to look over the entire collections, and make purchases there.
This link shows all the most up-to-date images for Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels Products. They show up here as “artwork,” but the images are on all the products listed way, way above.
Fine Art America | aka Pixels adds new items periodically. Most recently, they added “ornaments” to the collections. You get to select your markup on the items, and Pixels is kind enough to make recommendations regarding the current market rate.
When you join Pixels, it gives you a webpage in which to display and sell your products. There is a free version and a VERY INEXPENSIVE higher version if you expect to do a lot of posts. As mentioned, Pixels does all the financial, manufacturing, and distribution work. You simply provide the images that you own or have the licensure rights to use for commercial purposes. You also do your own advertising.
Again, you can do this, too, even if you just want to do it a few times for your friends and family to see. Don’t forget to click on the link I gave you if you want to learn more.
Again, you can always contact me for a free, initial consultation to get details about anything I present. Just email me at MyPersuasivePresentations@gmail. com. Put “Inquiry – Photos on Pixels” – or whatever your interest is – in the subject line.
Nancy’s Novelty Memes & Quotes
Similarly, I make memes, often using quotes, that people may purchase inexpensively. Click Here to learn more. (I occasionally include some of these in Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels also for people who would like them on t-shirts, mugs, spiral notebooks, or posters, etc.)
Once more, you can always contact me for a free, initial consultation to get details about anything I present. Just email me at #MyPersuasivePresentations@gmail. com. and put “Inquiry – Memes” in the subject line.
Writing/Editing, Public Speaking, Classes, and Consultations
I hope you’re having fun with #vss365 #prompts and that you’ll join us on Twitter. For other kinds of writing services and tips, Click Here.
I do so many things – from writing and editing services, to teaching and training and holistic healing services. You can always contact me for a free, initial consultation to get details about anything I present. To talk about classes, consultations, and/or writing and editing projects, email me at MyPersuasivePresentations@gmail.com. Put “Inquiry” plus your topic into the subject line.
I look forward to hearing from you! In the meantime, …
Do It The Write Way! Let My Fingers Do Your Talking!