Category Archives: Blogging 101 Assignments



we always fear the most
what we don’t understand
women’s intuition,
wombs, life-giving power,
wisdom of the ancients,
we are fools to cry witch
when their gifts could heal us



This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.

Background of the Pleiades: The Pleiades is a star cluster in the constellation Taurus. It is a cluster of stars identified by the ancients, mentioned by Homer in about 750 B.C and Hesiod in about 700 B.C. Six of the stars are readily visible to the naked eye; depending on visibility conditions between nine and twelve stars can be seen. Modern astronomers note that the cluster contains over 500 stars. The ancients named these stars the seven sisters: Alcyone, Asterope, Celaeno, Electra, Maia, Merope, and Tygeta; nearby are the clearly visible parents, Atlas and Pleione. 

The poetic form The Pleiades is aptly named: the seven lines can be said to represent the seven sisters, and the six syllables represent the nearly invisible nature of one sister.


Final Blogging 101 Assignment

Final assignment: Create an Editorial Calendar. As a way to promote consistency and discipline by sticking to a schedule for a particular blog feature.

I do blobber frequently when left to my own devices, but this new assignment will allow me to assess what is working, what is not, running themes that might be cropping up and will provide me a place to vent on current events. Keeping that blabber in one’s head could drive one loonie! 😊

I haven’t settled on a title yet but here are the particulars…

1. A review of my previous week’s posts…my thoughts, themes (is there a pattern happening that I missed), and links to interesting other blog posts that inspired me. 😉

2. A review of world events during the previous week, particularly the stuff that grabbed me. 😳

3. A brief look at the week ahead.

See next Sunday then for my first week in review.  Have a great week yourself!


Friday Word of the Day Haiku Challenge! “Laconic”

As part of my Blogging 101 Day 15 Assignment: Creating a New Posting Feature, I have decided to give myself a challenge (and of course anyone else may join in!) by using’s Word of the Day each Friday in a Haiku.  (A haiku is a three-line poem with 5 syllables in the first and last line and 7 syllables in the middle.)

Today’s word is PERFECT!


Laconic Haiku

When braggarts are urged
to keep comments laconic…
silence is golden

~ kat ~ 21 august 2015

The Six Word Story Challenge

I was intrigued by a word challenge I found at Ben Nicholson’s blog, A Hopelessly Wandering Mind.

Create a Six Word Story…Topic is Loss

My friends, it is not as easy as it sounds!

At any rate, this is my story and I’m sticking to it!

The serial lint trap struck again.

Blogging 101Assignment Day 11 – Sink or Swim…Literally

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Sink or Swim.”


Learning to swim takes a certain amount of preparation and practice. There are basics that must be taught to ready one to venture past the wading stage, past the buoyed line to the teetering floating dock anchored firmly in the murk below.

It was my during my 5th year that I learned to swim. Weeks 1 and 2 were easy enough. I was taught to dip my face into the water while holding my breath. At first for only a few seconds and then eventually for an entire 10 seconds. This skill required a considerable amount of home practice. I plopped myself in front of my dresser mirror, holding my breath with eyes bulging, while counting to 10 (in my head of course, because I was holding my breath). I remember feeling the heat of anxiety flush my neck to my ears to my cheeks as the count neared 10, finally bursting with hot breath when I was finally allowed to exhale.

At the beginning of class on week 3, I proudly passed the 10 second test. The next lesson would prove to be a bit more challenging. I would learn the art of floating in just enough water to support my rigid body but close enough to the sandy bottom to catch my rear when my waist buckled. I spend the entire hour, stiffening my body on the surface, buckling and sinking to the bottom in a thump, until I finally realized I was trying too hard. Once I allowed myself to relax into the water a bit, I floated!

I spent week 4 and 5 home, sick. When the sixth week arrived and I walked to the water’s edge to join my class, I was excited to find that we had props in the form of paddle boards. After studying everyone else as they launched from the shore, I figured out how to propel myself by kicking my feet while holding the board just under my chest. Our destination was the floating dock! I easily maneuvered my paddle board and arrived without lagging too far behind my classmates.

Once on the dock we were gathered around the instructor who told us we would have the chance to test what we had learned the previous week…treading water. Treading water? This was a new term, but I was confident that I would figure it out after watching a few of my classmates, just like I had mastered the paddle board. Except for one small problem. I was in the front, nearest to the instructor, who chose ME to go first!

Before I could get so much as a, “Wait! I missed the last few weeks of lessons. I don’t know what treading water is!” out of my mouth, I was hurling through the air toward the middle of the lake!  I remembered as I hit the water to hold my breath (thank goodness for all the practice of week 1 and 2!) And as I plunged to the bottom, landing ankle deep in muck, I’m sure pure instincts kicked in as I started to kick my feet. Once free I remembered what I had learned about floating…to relax into it and my body slowly rose to the surface. But there was one more thing I needed to do to stay afloat, and I had not had the benefit of learning that lesson.

With my head just above the surface I managed to yell to the instructor, “What do I do now?” His reply was no help. “Tread Water like you learned last week.” With my feet still kicking before dropping completely below the surface I managed to respond, “I missed last week!” Then through the turbulent gurgles around my ears I heard the instructor say “Wave your arms!”

With feet kicking and arms waving I managed to resurface. The instructor had tossed my paddle board to me, and was getting ready to jump in after me when I shuttled myself over to the board and paddled my way back to the floating dock.

Some would say, I almost drowned that day. But I am an optimist. In fact, I learned to swim that day and I learned a few more things…that it is usually not a good idea to “fake it until you make it”, but if you insist on doing that, it is wise not to sit in the front (you need a bit of space and time to observe your peers if you are going to pull off the “faking it” part)…but the most important thing I learned was that I am a survivor.

%d bloggers like this: