What I am writing in November

November is a month when there are traditionally lots of online writing challenges. Once I took part in Blog Every Day in November. This year I have signed up to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), not to write a novel, but to carry on writing my childhood memories, which I started many years ago. I shared some episodes here on Sue’s Trifles back in 2013.

At the end of October Linda Kruschke announced that she will not be setting any more Paint Chip Poetry challenges. It has been fun and has taught me a lot. My Paint Chip Poetry page will not be updated again. I need to change my pinned tweet, which has been a link to that page for some time.

Sue’s Words and Pictures is still a participant in Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge on Wednesdays.

I also take part in #WildflowerHour on Twitter. During the darker months I am unlikely to Tweet every week with flowering plants I spot. The challenge through the winter is to find 10 plants in flower each week. On Sunday I found 22 different species growing wild. I saw two others, which had been planted for educational purposes.

On Wednesdays I sometimes tweet with the hashtag #WildWebsWednesday to show how other organisms depend on plants.

The writing group I belong to is still meeting on Zoom. There is an assignment to write for that every two months.

I am still writing poetry. I have joined an online poetry group which meets once a month on Zoom. We are given a topic to write about between meetings.

I intend to post on Sue’s Trifles every Thursday.

If you are a writer, what are you writing?

If not, what are you reading?


Reflections on a rainy day

After an exceptionally sunny and dry start to the autumn, November arrived with mist, rain and gales.  No wonder it is the month when so many writers in the Northern Hemisphere settle down to take part in blogging or writing challenges.

Having decided in October that I was probably trying to do too much, I resolved to write as much as possible in November without committing myself to any specific targets.  So I am not attempting to write a novel – that is not one of my ambitions in any case – or to blog every day in November, as I did in 2013 or to write a poem a day.

I did venture out on a miserable day to the writing group.  Fortunately it was hardly raining as I set off to the station.  There were reasonable views from the train, if not long distance ones.  There were plenty of trees, birds and farm animals to look at.  I might have thought I was imagining things, but the young man sitting in front of me expressed surprise on seeing four herons standing around a small pool.  On earlier journeys along the same route I have seen at least three stationed at intervals along a river.

To pass the time quietly on a noisy weekend train taking many people to a beer festival I made notes of the trees, flowers and birds I saw.  I didn’t bother about the sheep and cows.

Previously I have blogged from the point of view of the train and published a list of what I saw from a train.

I am hoping to write a poem soon about the autumn colours and share it with a group of poetic people on Facebook, who respond to seasonal prompts.  My notes may help.  (I did this on Wednesday, having drafted this post on Tuesday.)

I knew my homeward journey would be after dark, so there would not be much to see.  Fortunately the passengers were not quite as noisy as earlier in the day.  The train was not quite as busy.  Perhaps that was the only reason, but I think not.

A city in the pouring rain has a different atmosphere from on a fine day.  Everyone (including me) seemed to be self-absorbed.  I thought I heard a busker outside in a street, but didn’t bother to look where the music was coming from.

I stood outside in the rain to take a couple of photos for the Daily Post photo challenge.  A lady apologised for walking in front of me, but she had to get out of the rain!  (Perhaps she was less self-absorbed than I was!)

The shopping mall was full of people; were they preparing for Christmas already?  I have to admit I have already bought my Christmas cards among other advance purchases.

Do you plan in advance or are you more spontaneous?




If all else fails, Read the instructions!

Yesterday I read a little about Blog Every Day in November on Twitter and thought that would not be a hardship.  I had a post already prepared for the Daily Prompt from October 31st otherwise known as All Hallows’ Eve or Halloween.

I already had another post with that date on, so I tagged my new post #BEDN and scheduled it for the early hours (well just after midnight UK time so that it would appear on 31st October in the USA.)

This morning I noticed the post on Elizabeth’s blog (she is hosting the #BEDN challenge).  She chooses a subject for each day and today’s is Introductions.

So here I am introducing myself as someone who sometimes rushes in without finding out what is involved.

My blog for challenges and fun is tagged “Tasty writing surprises (non-fattening)” as Trifle may be a rather rich dessert.  I have been known to take a challenge prompt and turn it into a different subject.  I really do not have time at present to research what happened during the similar challenge in May.  We’ll all have to wait and see how this challenge develops – hence surprises.  Tasty and tasteful do not have the same meaning, but I hope my writing will be both.

So here I am.  One of the “sandwich generation”.  (Food again!)

I am taking part in the UK Blog Awards #UKBA as someone who expects nothing better than humble pie.

The Badges down my sidebar indicate other challenges I have lapped up and churned out posts for.  My other blog (Sue’s considered trifles) is about the English Language and explains some of the well-worn phrases such as I have used here.  It too is entered for #UKBA.

So, “Hello #BDEN hopefuls and other readers, I’m Sue!”  I’ll be introducing some of my interests and passions as we go along.