#AprilPrompts Blogging Challenge

Having just completed Terri Giuliano Long’s challenge #BlogFlash2013, Donna L Sadd and I have decided we want to do another one and have decided to organise it ourselves.

The posts will be published every weekday throughout April and publicised using the hashtag #AprilPrompts. There will be a daily prompt posted on both our blogs (see list below), and each post has a maximum count of 200 words.

We would love it if you’d care to join us! This is a great way of getting the creative juices flowing and can be used as a writing exercise to warm up the muscles in the brain. It’s a lot of fun and a fab way of meeting new people.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t post every day, just do what you can. Post the links to your blog on this or Donna’s site for each prompt you write and we’ll publicise it.

If you’d like to take part, please reply to this post.

Donna and I look forward to blogging with you.

~ Carlie

Daily Prompt List:

1st – ARROW

2nd – MUSE


4th – SIN



9th – TRUTH

10th – HEART


12th – LOSS

15th – GAME


17th – THRONE

18th – PROMISE

19th – STOLEN




25th – GUILT

26th – LOVE


#BlogFlash2013 Day 21 – Success

Another #Blogflash comes to an end. This is the final prompt. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts on the various subjects we were given. I’d like to say a big thank you to Terri Guiliano Long for hosting the event – I’ve really enjoyed the challenge and have made some great new friends!

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Success. How do you quantify it? Society defines success differently to ‘ordinary’ people; if you haven’t got millions in the bank, a high-profile career, your face on the cover of magazines, or a title, you haven’t ‘made it’. That, to me, is superficial crap. Here are my thoughts on the subject:


Everyone has their own yardstick for measuring success. For some it’s having enough money to do as they please. For others it’s gaining a promotion, winning a competition, passing an exam, or having a long and happy marriage.

I measure my success differently, and on two fronts:

The most important to me is having raised a daughter who is beautiful, talented, and clever, but above all kind, generous, honest, loving and giving.

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My secondary success, but still important, is my writing. When I look at reviews written by readers about my book, and I see how much they enjoyed it, I feel successful.

” 5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down, 10 Oct 2012

By Pat JonesSee all my reviews

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This review is from: HEART SEARCH – book one: Lost (Kindle Edition)

I started to read this in a waiting room at the hospital – nurse had to call my name three times before it registered – I was so deeply engrossed in the book. I found I was hooked, wanting to kick Remy and say “dont waste your time looking up the M6″. To me a sign of a good book is one where you are in there with them and in this case I was right in there.
Totally enjoyable and addictive – cannot wait for book 2 – hope its soon!”

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#BlogFlash2013 Day 6 – Island

When I first saw today’s prompt, it conjured the image of a tropical paradise, palm trees, golden beaches, sun and exotic blooms, and I guess that’s what most of us would think of, dream of even. But then the title of a world famous poem came into my head and I felt compelled to read it. Afterwards my thoughts were deep, philosophical and I began to write . . .

Inspired by the title, “No Man Is An Island” by John Donne.


island1 Just think how lonely we would be, if each of us was our own island. We would stand a solitary figure, isolated by sea, imprisoned in our thoughts.

In our aloneness, would we recognise the beauty surrounding us? Would we reach out to others and find solace with them?

Even an island needs to be shown love, be free to accept love and give love in return. An island has to interact with the world around it to stay strong and healthy.

Your island is deserving of wonderful things, but most of all the unconditional love of friends and family.

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#BlogFlash2013 – Day 5 – Health

Don’t you find that good health is something we often take for granted? A large number of us will do all the things we’re supposed to, like getting fresh air, exercising, eating sensibly, not drinking to excess, stopping smoking, watching our weight, etc. But it’s not until our health, or the health of a loved one fails, it brings home to us how frail our bodies can actually be.

I hope today’s post emphasises that point.



“He has something wrong with him from head to toe,” they joked, but for me it was no laughing matter.

Dad had always looked after himself and had a physique most men of twenty would kill for! Mum looked after his health, making sure he ate sensibly despite his rampant sweet tooth. But as he grew older, the ailments increased.

Narcolepsy, Gout, Ankylosing Spondylitis and six major heart attacks – and he survived them all!

I remember the phone call, walking into the hospital room, seeing him with tubes everywhere, and weeping at the words, “terminal cancer”.

Now he’s gone . . .


#BlogFlash2013 Day 4 – Books

Today’s prompt is one of my favourite subjects, ever – books. Enjoy!



Ellie, with pearly tears trickling down her cheeks, ran to her bedroom and threw herself on the bed. Another horrendous day at school; the bullies were relentless and she sported the bruises to prove it.

She wanted to rail at the world, lash out and sob yet knew it wouldn’t change how wretched she felt. Only one thing did – her books.

Grabbing a tome, Ellie dived into the wondrous world depicted on the pages. Enveloped in the magical lands of fairies and elves, her imagination soared and she began to find peace. The agony dissolved and wrapped in enchantment, she smiled.


#Blogflash2013 Day 3 – Innocence

Innocence is the prompt for Day 3 of the BlogFlash. The first two things which instantly spring to mind when you think of this word is babies and puppies/kittens. This is closely followed by angels. I decided to approach this subject from a different standpoint so I hope you like it.



The young woman stared from the barred window. Outside the sun shone brilliantly in a perfect azure sky and carpets of colourful blooms edged the lush grass. Her eyes followed a small bird in flight until it became a speck in the distance. She sighed.

She didn’t like it here, confined inside these four walls for most of the day. But then again she was locked inside her own head and had been since she was four. Autism, they called it – a severe case – but they didn’t try to reach her.

She was held captive in her innocence and intellect.


#BlogFlash2013 Day 1 – Laughter

Last year I took part in the BlogFlash run by Terri Giuliano Long and I loved every minute of it. It really helped me to explore writing in a different way, especially being limited to 100 words. Now she’s running another one and I’ve signed up again. So every weekday in March I’ll be posting what I’ve written from the prompt supplied. Day 1’s prompt is Laughter. I hope you enjoy it!



Tinkling chuckles, loud guffaws and huge belly-laughs echoed around the hall. The comedian drew satisfaction as he continued his act. He lived for this. It was his destiny to brighten people’s days – or that’s what his mum always said.

Even as a child he was always joking around. “My boy will be a famous comedian one day,” his mum often bragged to anyone who would listen. And they nodded and smiled.

Fame was elusive; there was too much competition, but he didn’t really care. He made a modest living doing what he loved – making folks laugh was enough.