Welcome, Writers and Wannabe Writers in
Poetry or Prose!
Some day I’ll figure out how to make the jump links work to take you directly to the #vss365 responses. Again, apparently, this is not one of those days. Grrr-rrrr-rrr)
LET’S GET STARTED!
The Thought / Motto for This Week
“Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” ~Khalil Gibran
SUGGESTION to GAIN Followers and Customers
CONSIDER PUTTING YOUR ART (paintings, illustrations, collages), BOOK COVERS, LOGOS, ETC. ONTO PIXELS (aka FINE ART AMERICA) PRODUCTS TO USE FOR YOURSELF, AS GIFTS FOR OTHERS, OR IN PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS.
Special Collections for Writers and Poets
Please, let me explain.
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, politics, quotes, love, etc.).
You Can Do It, Too
But, if you like the idea, think creatively!
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 wonderful small to large gifts for ourselves, family, friends, co-workers, and events.
Since I don’t have your book cover,
I’m using mine to give you some examples.
Gifts and Promo Items for Your Book
You can save money when you buy your own products while potentially increasing sales of all your art, books, and services as people start to follow you. In addition, you might generate a small income from the items you feature on Pixels. It gives you a small commission for those sales.
Think of how you can put your art, logo, book covers, or a personal photo on these items listed below. For example, you could pair a copy of your book with a coffee mug, spiral notebook, t-shirt or sweatshirt, and a tote bag – all of which have your book cover image – in gifts to loved ones. Even your gift card can match! If you just need a small gift, give only the cup with a greeting card.
How Could This Help You?
For Others as Gifts and/or Promotional Items
Whether for adults, teens, or budding child authors, they make great gifts. You also can choose matching items for men, women, and children. This is great when a family is hosting an event, such as a book signing or gallery exhibition.
These items make great, inexpensive gifts for
- “secret Santas”
- people in shelters, medical, or other care facilities
- regular event promotional gifts
- swag bags
- place settings, etc.
For Your Personal Use – Getting Organized
Are you feeling scattered? Do you have “stuff” “everywhere?” Pixels products also are useful in helping you get organized easily – especially if you are the author of multiple works.
Pretend you can find everything about each book or project in one place (like contained within a weekender tote bag) that has room for your laptop and that you easily can take with you anywhere at any time.
In addition, perhaps you just want to keep all the books you’re currently reading in one place, along with a pad of sticky notes, pens, pencils, and bookmarks.
On the other hand, imagine that you can find what you want readily from among mixed and scattered items – simply at a glance – based on the image of the book cover (for example) that you see before you.
Writing about Equal Rights Issues?
History and African Heritage?
How about a cookbook?
You get the idea!
A Side Bar to Help With Time Management
I have a different-cover notebook (from my Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels Products collections) for each kind of writing project, so I can find them fast without looking inside to know which topic is in those notes!
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.
Romance Novels, Advice Columns, Journaling About Relationships
Are you writing a romance novel to rival the success of Sex In the City, or an advice column for people in relationships? Perhaps, you’re just keeping a journal about online dating. This cover says, “Meet Me for Coffee …. on Zoom.”
Wouldn’t this be a fun image for your spiral notebook, tote bag, and coffee cup?
Maybe you are collecting or creating inspirational quotes for use in future writings.
Here is a link where you can find all the (over 500 designs and counting) on spiral notebooks available in my Collections of Nancy’s Novelty Photos on Pixels Products.
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. Notice how the size of the image and the color of the background can be changed to match or to mix and match.
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 zipping 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.
Fine Art America / Pixels Keeps Adding Goodies!
To keep current and creative, Pixels added face masks once the pandemic started, and – later – puzzles – and, recently, holiday ornaments. Love it!
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!
Separate Blog and Web Page So You Can Find Info About This Without Searching Here In the Future
I created an entire blog post for artists and authors on this subject so that I could describe it less here. Click Here to go to that educational piece about how you can do this, too. Alternatively, Click Here to see my web page for more ideas (not just for authors) and instructions about how to do this.
Below, I’ll provide a list of the many and varied products to help you decide whether to try doing this.
THE POINT of Putting Your Stuff on Pixels
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 142,00 people have viewed my site! (BTW: I forget to ask people to like, comment, and follow me on my many websites! Please follow me here and there if you visit.) Again, this could work for you, too.
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, it could be a way in which to attract new customers to your work.
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.)
Now, Drum Roll, Please ~ The List of Goodies
When you click on each link, you can see all of my over 500 images in each category on each item of merchandise. These items are the same items your images will go onto when you participate in Fine Arts of America / Pixels.
Are Available On The Following Merchandise
Yours will be too if you decide to do this!
- 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 the Benefits of Participating and
How Daily #vss365 #prompts Work
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 delicious and 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
#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 for laptop and writing materials
...and then let’s get started!
(I post from a pc – it’s so much easier on the eyes!)
More #vss365 Tips & Tricks
- You can write something humorous, elegant, scary, or abstruse. We don’t do porn or hatred, but, except for that, 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).
- I don’t know about you, but I rarely have more than 5 – 10 minutes to do almost anything. Unfortunately, that includes finding the day’s prompt, thinking of a response, and finding the corresponding image I want to use, PLUS posting. Therefore, comma, as I would say, it’s okay to go back later and refine the work to make it better – particularly, if you plan to publish it. I have done that with a few of the things I post here.
- 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 #vss365, #prompt, and #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.
This Week’s #vss365 Samples
Followed by More Things You Can Do and How You Can Ask Questions
December 5, 2021
When an animal
Or a person leaves the earth,
An empath knows that
The shift is perceptible
Before the event occurs.
December 6, 2021
December 7, 2021
The crude construction
Of the mountain mining town
Exposed a Gold Rush
December 8, 2021
December 9, 2021
We each think we are the center of a Universe.
We subscribe to the Zodiac
As if #constellations revolve around earth and us,
Not the path of the sun.
I think we must use Ego, for
Only in failing to recognize our abject insignificance
Can we survive this hell some days.
December 10, 2021
Lousy Poem, But It’s The Thought That Counts – Literally
EMOTIONS RUN AMUCK.
Once we’ve allowed ourselves
to feel them fully,
The solution is to #starve those elves,
so they can’t bully.
WE CAN CHANGE OUR LUCK.
Once we’ve disallowed ourselves
to conduct constant instant replays
Which reinforce those neural pathways
that entrain drama and trauma.
Literally, Change Your Mind!
December 11, 2021
Your great beauty
Gives me pause.
You say you love me,
And I think you do.
But can one so beautiful,
Attracting mobs of groupies,
Be monogamous for long?
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).
Remember the BREAKING NEWS!
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.
Follow Me On Other Social Media
Click Here to see the options!
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.
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!