So Sorry

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with this site.  My intention was to post a new writing prompt weekly, hoping that some of you would respond to them and we could have a flow of ideas bouncing back and forth.  That did not happen.  For the time being, I am closing down this site and working on something new.  I hope that all of you who have followed it will contiune to do so when the new site is constructed.   I’ll be in touch.  thanks for following and your many, many good comments.  -eileenbirin-

Invoking your guardian angel

If you had a guardian angel, what form would your angel take (human or not)?  On what dilemma in your life right now would you most like guidance?

This is the 2nd call for entries.  If interested, please contact me at Neeliepubl@aol.com.  Could use a few more essays; no time to be shy, just get into that writing mode and jot down some ideas.  Thanks much.

Neelie Publishing is seeking essays that capture the essence of writing.  In 850 to 1000 words explain why you write.  It could be a general overview of your writing experiences or the inspiration behind a specific article, story, book or poem; the things you experienced emotionally during its writing, and the hopes you had for the piece after you were done.  You may even include an amusing anecdote about that first rejection slip.  First deadline for the entries is September 1, 2014.

If interested in participating in this project or for more information, contact Eileen Birin at Neelie Publishing, neeliepubl@aol.com.  Thank you.

I Write Because…

Neelie Publishing is seeking essays that capture the essence of writing.  In 850 to 1000 words explain why you write.  It could be a general overview of your writing experiences or the inspiration behind a specific article, story, book or poem; the things you experienced emotionally during its writing, and the hopes you had for the piece after you were done.  You may even include an amusing anecdote about that first rejection slip.  First deadline for the entries is September 1, 2014.

If interested in participating in this project or for more information, contact Eileen Birin at Neelie Publishing, neeliepubl@aol.com.  Thank you.

80 +

For now, I have put my Reflections book idea on hold — only have a few entries, not enough for a book.  So here’s my new idea. I am looking for at least 6 octogenarians who have started a new adventure in their eighties. For example, someone who decided to learn how to play the piano, guitar, etc. when she/he turned 80.  Or decided to take an acting class, Readers Theater, adopt and train a first dog, first time yoga, cake decoraing, hosting high tea, etc.

It would be great if the person would tell his/her new experience, but also a child’s or grand kid’s remembrance would be acceptable.  Or the 80 year old could tell the story to a grandchild who would do the actual writing.

Essays should be 850 to 1000 words; submissions due by September 15.  If interested or need more information, contact Eileen Birin at neeliepubl@aol.com

Thank you

What’s in a Date?

Today’s date is important.  Why?  If you can’t think of why, invent a reason.

What’s in the Pot

List 9 good reasons to eat your mother-in-law’s cooking.

Still need submissions

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with these writing prompts, but I have been trying to get more submissions for this book on Reflections.  Please read the directions listed below and maybe you will want to be part of this project.  So far I have received only 6; need at least 15 to create the book.  Thank you for your help.

Call for Submissions: 

Neelie Publishing is looking for submissions for a book project tentatively titled Reflections: Stories that Celebrate Life.  A reflection is not necessarily connected to any singular memory, but rather it is more a sense of well being, a moment of truth, or expanded self knowledge.  Reflect on the following – which ones have you experienced:

  • an amazing event or miraculous happening;
  • an awakening of self understanding;
  • a change of attitude;
  • the meaning of life;
  • understanding death;
  • an unexplainable incident;
  • a profound feeling of recognition;
  • a turning point;
  • an unforgettable impression;
  • special gifts of understanding and wisdom;
  • the gifts of grace and love,
  • an unsolved mystery;
  • More: proudest moments; embarrassing moments; humorous times.

The beauties of nature often help reveal these special moments of self and understanding to us – an early morning walk, a sunrise or sunset, spending time in a rustic mountain cabin, along with ordinary life experiences like falling in love, fear divorce, illness, depression, or death.  It can be a solitary experience or one you went through with a group; come to you suddenly or over a span of years.  The important factor is that you are in a better state of mind and body today, and have a greater sense of respect and appreciation for yourself and others because you have experienced this single moment of truth and self-knowing.  This may be a difficult piece to write because it will require deep soul searching and may even reveal a part of you that you never knew existed

Spend time reflecting – permit this special moment to come to you, it may even take the form of a poem, and that’s okay.  The mysteries of life are often found in poems.  Don’t expect too much at first, but as you sit quietly and reflect that sense of well being will arrive, and you may be surprised at what you discover about yourself.

Reflect on that single moment– then write from your heart and senses, from your feelings, inner-self, and visions.

If interested:

Contact Neelie Publishing for more directives: neeliepubl@aol.com

Goldilocks in Court

Create a Law & Order script about the arrest and trial of Goldilocks for vandalizing the Bears’ house.

Granddad’s Ghostly Visit

In a dream, you’re visited by the ghost of a deceased great-grandparent.  Write down the conversation that takes place.

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