No Flash Spotlight words were given at the Annual Workshop in March.  Come to the April meeting for the next challenge words!​​

February 2024 Words -- only two brave souls submitted! It could have been YOU published on here!

                Prompt words: crosspatch, evaluate, whistling, crab, substitute

                           The Wink, by Linda Gordon

The man they called Crosspatch.

His dog they called Dispatch.

Each passerby, the crab would crossly evaluate.

His dog would growlingly punctuate.

Until a beauty with a poodle came walking by whistling,

Which interrupted their bristling.

With thoughts transmuted, they substituted

Stunned silence for a wink and a tail wave. 

                         Crosspatch's Cuisine Discovery, by Nancy Forbis-Stokes

Crosspatch growled and approached his supper bowl when he heard Jack's whistling.

"You can substitute crab for Purina tonight, Crosspatch.  See if that improves your grouchy mood."

Crosspatch took a bite of the strange meat and licked his chops to evaluate it. Then he gave a doggy smile.

                        January 2024 Words...what a variety of submissions! 

                Prompt words: grapple, build, challenge, multitude, calendar  

                                                   Tanya, by Nancy Forbis-Stokes

Tanya looked at the multitude of "must-do" tasks on her calendar and grappled with her decision to participate in the body-building challenge at her gym.  Two months later, she was tripping over laundry piles and filing an income tax return extension, but her arms had never looked so buff. 

                                                                       Panama Canal, by Diane Lyell

The Panama Canal, built in 1914 to lift ships over the Continental Divide, required challenging engineering and medical breakthroughs to defeat Yellow Fever and Malaria.

Today's drought requires a multitude of railroad workers grappling with shipping containers lifting them off and back onto ships while watching the rainy season calendar.


                                                    The Challenge, by Linda Gordon

The challenge: grapple with this year's calendar of irretrievable time to build writing dreams with a multitude of waiting words, with artistry born of aptitude and attitude, originality born of interludes of solitude, success born of fortitude and habitude, all liberally laced with a magnitude of gratitude. Write on!

                                                      Deadlines, by William Lyell

I looked at the calendar. Time short. No help from friends or relatives. Grappling with my conscience. Ennui sapping my motivation. I never built relationships to help with these dark days. Four assassins coming. Not a multitude but challenging. Add four dead to my tally.                           

Allergies, by Chuck Webber

How can I fill i my scented calendar

So this year will challenge my soul?

How can I stand July's smell of lavender

While hoping the May page is rose?

Grappling with multitudes of smells

Seems like building a road to hell.  

Poetic Thoughts, by JH Meares Frybarger

A new era, a new calendar year

I grapple with my writing fears

My challenge is to build

A multitude of poems

Into one cohesive tome

...yet time is fleeting

With the feeling

My pen is preventing the revealing

The verses are in knots

And thus interrupting smooth poetic thoughts



Member Flash Spotlight

At our monthly meetings, members and guests are given five words with which to write and submit a story or a poem  in 50 words or less using those five words.  If you want to participate in the fun, be present at our meeting: your submission might be published here and/or on our our Facebook Page!


Objectives:   To study methods of writing and research,
      To develop our talents as writers,
          To promote interest in writing, and
                       To encourage our fellow writers at all times