Weekly Writing Challenge: Easy As Pie

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Stage Fright: Opening Night (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)


The players slowly mushroom forth
Into their characters and into their places
Upon a field of dreams cleverly designed
To create complete illusion of the script writer’s reality

Every actor, a field player,
Breathlessly anticipates the one night
The one night where a heart races like no other
As the heavy burgundy shade rises
It is opening night

Stage fright panic soon appears
As the well-rehearsed lines
Perfected by the director’s million and one cues
Suddenly disappears
It is a memory loss on opening night

Suddenly, like magic
Bright spotlights move the lines all together
Field players, realize all too quickly,
The final curtain calls
Bringing the heavy burgundy shade down
To bring a close to opening night

This Weekly Writing Challenge: Easy As Pie…was a study on similes and metaphors. My study (definitely) continues but do check out below creative writers who met up to the standard of this challenge:

Rest in Peace Donna Summer and Guess Who Came to Play Tag?

Hey guys, it’s me, Chuckles, the farm dog/staff writer.

I was resting my eyes.tag blog game, Chuckles the farm dog, nature, creative writing, event

My best bud, Roose, was also resting his cockle-doodle-doos!

Suddenly, out of nowhere, Cedric, from Implicado runs over and tags me! He was in a hurry, said something about a Popocatépetl Volcano erupting and quickly ran off again!

Thanks Cedric for the game of tag!! See ya!

Of course, my boss, Sunshine, heard all the commotion and told me to stop napping and get writing for this tag game post.

“Pronto,” she yelled!

Humph. She’s waaay too bossy, guys!

I decided to just rest my head down for a few minutes and boom, Claudia, from Pathfinder: MotherWifeStudentWorder, gently shakes me awake and whispers, “tagged, you’re it!”

What?? Who? Again?? Wha . . . am I dreaming? But . . .??

Erm, thank you, Claudia for waking me, really, and I appreciate your game of tag too!

Oh-oh. Now I’m hearing threats from Sunshine that my dinner is on hold until I get this game back out to you!

Oh, dear me . . .  NOT hold dinner!!!

Better get going. Here are (my revised) rules for  Tag – you’re it!’

  1. You must post these rules.
  2. Each person must post 11 five things about him/herself on their blog. Answer the questions the “tagger” listed for you in their post, and
  3. . . . create 11 five new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  4. Choose 11 one to five people to tag and link to them in the post.
  5. Let each blogger know that you have tagged them.

11 5 things about us (me & Sunshine) you simply must know: 

1. We both breathe in oxygen.

2.  We love our junk food.

3. We enjoy breaking  revising tag game rules . . .

4. We delight in drinking coffee (her) and me, I LOVE chasing down skunks, rabbits and birds . . .

5. We simply enjoy every sunrise and sunset that come our way.

Cedric’s question for us me, Chuckles:

Do you have an unfulfilled wish, what is it, and do you plan to reach for it?

Yes, Cedric, my unfulfilled wish is, I hope to catch a skunk before it sprays me with its gosh-awful perfume! All I want to do is play a decent game of tag!! You got any nice skunks over there in Mexico???

Claudia’s question for us:

1 Without three things you would be lost?

air, food, water … we need these 3 things and so do you!

2 If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be?

horse jockey for Sunshine and me, famous rock singer in a famous rock n roll band. 

3 If you only could listen to one song for the next month, what song would that be? **Update** The classy and beautiful singer, Donna Summer, passed away on May 17, 2012…may she rest in peace and God’s blessings and peace to her family.

4 What started you blogging in the first place?

We both love and thrive on attention and suffer from the awful disease called, Need Constant Attention, NCA, for short. Our physician and vet prescribed blogging at least once a day. 

5 If you could have your own tv channel, what would it be about?

Hmm, maybe something about charming folks who make life easier for other people? We could call it, LifeGivers.

6 What is your favorite season? And why?

Summer. We love the sun and water.

7 Do you like flowers better or trees?


8 If you could own a famous painting (or any other art object), which one would that be?

Since it’s Sunshine’s last dance, we would need Renoir’s beautiful painting:

last dance, tag game, random, image, painting,event, renoir,

–Dance in The City by Renoir

9 There is only one person like yourself. Name something about you that makes you unique!

I’m a simple farm dog and I blog.

Sunshine is a simple person with a simple farm dog that writes on her blog.

10 Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous?

We both are very, very, free-spirited. So, let’s dance!!

11 Would you rather be a movie actor or a (rock)star on the stage?

If you heard my singing barking all night, you would sign me onto your rock band.

If you heard Sunshine singing, you will beg her to be a non-singing, movie actor.

Our 11 4 tag players:

1. Ansuyo



4.Third Culture Children

Taggers, you have the choice to answer as many questions from this list or make your own set of questions. It’s all good. Just be happy. 🙂

Do you prefer . . .

1. cats or nice dogs like me? hehe . . .

2.to use a red, a blue or black ink pen to write a love letter?

3. to use a mechanical or an old-fashioned wooden pencil to sketch a picture?

4. to ride a horse or drive around in a  car?

5. to drink hot or cold beverages during the day?

6. to find a nice flower or nice rock?

7. if you lost one of your senses, to keep your hearing or vision?

8. to swim or run for exercise?

9. to listen to music really loud or at normal hearing range?

10. blogging in silence or with music or other sounds playing?

11. horror, comedy or musical movies?

Okay, guys, I’ve had a simply charming time putting this tag game together. Thank you Cedric and Claudia for the opportunity to exercise this fat body of mine, but now, I must go and rest before dinner. 

tag game, Chuckles, the farm dog

I woof (luv) you!

Chuckles, the farm/staff writer dog.

ATTENTION, Please Feed Me

If you want to know, I’m totally in need of attention. Perhaps this obsessive neediness is why I adore acting in theater productions. You don’t realize how much I crave and actually start to have withdrawals if I fail to get my fix of at least one theater acting role per season over at the community town theater.

Yes, I’m an attention starved actor and blogger who is feeling a bit insecure at this moment.

ATTENTION, please feed it to me!

It’s Friday night, well Saturday early morning now, since I can’t seem to press the publish button yet and everyone I know is busy! Busy doing their own world and I’m here . . .  with you, and in need. Well, you, meaning my computer screen and keyboard. A glass of beer is here too. Well, that’s been way gone a long time ago. Sigh.

Wait. I’ll be right back. My automatic rice cooker just beeped done and I guess that means I need to eat something. Hmmn . . .  I wonder what would go well with the need for attention?

Come along if you like and you can see what a flourishing  starving actor/ blogger eats.

The audition

The audition: "You know I'd be the perfect leading lady, Mr. Director!"

You know, in some ways, blogging is a lot like going through with an audition. You hope the director will cast you for the lead role and if not, at least get a minor role-playing any character you can land! (I’m both starving and desperate!)

And here I type away at my blog and secretly hope, when I press the publish button, that many, many readers will enjoy my posts.

You see, once you’ve auditioned for a part or pressed the publish button after putting your heart and soul into the one post you feel will get the view numbers for your stats skyrocketing beyond your wildest dreams, you have to wait. Wait, I tell you!!

Wait for the director to call you with the good news that you landed a lead part!

Wait for the blog readers you know will pour in at any moment now.

Then, after a zillion thoughts of how you should have written this or read the part in a different voice for the audition, the phone rings.

“Yes, this is she. Oh, I see. You were looking for an older female lead? I see. . .”

(This is what’s really going on in my brain:  Umm,  is the director really telling  me the truth or did I totally fail during auditions?? I must have failed! I didn’t bring the character to life so the director has a better actor to play the part! I knew I should have . . .)

“You would like me to play a minor role as a, what??

Did I hear you say, you would like to cast me as the hooker in your play?

Erm, uh, gee, okay?!”

Hey, a part is a part, right??

Well, this attention hungry, wanna-be-famous actor/ wanna-be-famous blogger, is doing what she has learned best from lots of rehearsals–acting the lead role of waiting for that golden moment to arrive . . . it should be any minute now.

Fame is only a day away . . .really. No lie.

What can I say. I’m a bit ashamed to have told you of my insecure mental gymnastics I perform after every audition and after every published post. Perhaps I should remind myself of the famous words by Harold W. Dodds, that,

Each one of us requires the spur of insecurity to force us to do our best.   ( brainyquote.com)

Have you felt a need for attention or the knock of insecurity lately? 

Cheers to the insecurities we each face and the best that comes from it!

Sunshine xoxo

Way Back Wednesday: Davy Jones, Entertainer

The Way Back Wednesday Series, features Davy Jones, who passed earlier this week and a Private funeral for Davy Jones was held today. A public memorial will be held in several locations with dates still pending.

What’s not to like about this classic video, Daydream Believer:

REST IN PEACE, Davy Jones (December 30, 1945 to February 29, 2012)

Official Davy Jones Site

Get Ready! It’s Showtime!

There’s a knock on the dressing room door . . . “Hey, are all thirty-nine of you actors ready to roll?? The director needs to see everyone on stage now!”

Ten minutes before the show opens . . . get READY-- time to break a leg!

Traditionally, if you want to wish someone good luck before a theater performance, do not say good luck but instead, say break a leg!

During a summer performance at our community theater, thirty-nine young cast members waited nervously backstage . . .

try keeping this many children ages four to fourteen quiet and ready for the house lights to dim and curtains to open! ( I won’t mention how long it took to get each child ready with make-up and costumes–just believe me when I say, it took one helluva time!!)

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts . . . William Shakespeare

Last minute scene, make-up and prop adjustments and finally, all actors are ready and on stage for The Great Cross-Country Race. 

The lights go down, the curtain opens . . . the audience is ready– let the show begin!!!

Inspiration: Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready

Weekly photo challenge