Well, to be honest, it’s been almost two months since I got back from my really long and relaxing vacation but by the time I settled in, after all the unpacking and jet lag, it was time for another vacation, a very short one though.. Finally, I’m here with no plans to go anywhere for a long long time.. :-) And with lots of photos to share and stories to tell, one post at a time!
Also, many thanks to these soulful blogfriends (Soumya, Gege, Carolyn, Neenslewy, Myspokenheart) who thought of me while I was away and nominated me for awards. Very sweet and gracious of you all.. :-) [** If I’ve missed anyone, it isn’t intentional, just that I’m still sorting all the pending comments and will be replying to them soon so please bear with me.]
As much as I enjoyed my time away, I’ve been itching to get back here and see all the updates. Can’t wait to read all the lovely posts I missed. So see you on your space soon.. :-)
All my bags are packed… I’m ready to go…
It’s that time of the year when we go on an annual vacation. It isn’t to any extra ordinary place (although to me it is the best place in the world) but just back home to our parents. And this time around I’m going for a longer duration. Well, I figured I have the time and the opportunity so why not. However, this means my presence here will be very limited and I won’t be reading or commenting on your lovely posts as often as I’d like but promise to come back rejuvenated in a few weeks. :-)
Until we connect again, keep writing/reading and stay happy. See you on the other side of my break :-) Also, a very Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovey dovey souls out there.. :-)
PS: Earlier I wasn’t going to post this but then thought I should let those few wonderful souls know who might wonder about my disappearance from here.
* Pic is from the net.
This week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is to show off a few photographs of Black and White or Sepia toned photographs.
I choose to showcase the prominent landmarks in Washington, D.C. A quick history lesson of sorts! :-)
The Treasury Department
Library of Congress
Library of Congress
Every week Rochelle posts a pic and encourages everyone to write a 100 word story based on it. The photo prompt for this week is:
Photo Copyright: David Stewart
Antilia was a sore loser so winning was her addiction. Be it academics or sports, she outshone herself. The winning streak continued even when she started swimming, crushing her opponents in a heartbeat each time.
However, her recent poor performances at the state level sealed her fate. While everyone saw 15 glorious years, she was devastated by her defeat.
Last night, inebriated, she jumped off the diving board and the water turned red soon after. Her intention wasn’t to die but then she wasn’t living either.
Like I said, she was a sore loser. And winning was her only addiction.
PS: This is one of those photo prompts where my story has no clear link with the pic but this is all I could think of.. :-) For all other interpretations of this pic, please click here.
Hop, skip, slide and swing
Be impish to heart’s content
The world’s their playground
With no logic or convention
Laughter all around
In their loud, mighty empire
* Written for the Love of Haiku.
As clichéd as it sounds, home is where the heart is. Indeed. But my heart is a conflicted organ.
While a major chunk of my heart is where my family and loved ones are. So, home means being with family, wherever they are – out in the wilderness or in the comforts of four walls.
A piece of my heart, a wanderer, is where my peace of mind is. So, home for my wandering heart means either soaring high in the sky amidst the dancing clouds or finding solace in the lap of the majestic mountains, far far away.
On the top of a hill
Under the blue sky with a dollop of clouds
Is where I reside
And that’s my home
* For the Weekly Photo Challenge: Home.
I choose these 33 words from one of my favorite books, Conversations with God (Book 1), by Neale Donald Walsch.
“The point of life is not to get anywhere – it is to notice that you are, and have always been, already there. You are, always and forever, in the moment of pure creation.”
* Written for the Trifextra Challenge.
Lying on the bed, draped in satin sheet, I gaped at the ceiling and the ludicrous blue color. The hotel room needed a serious makeover and yet here we were every Wednesday. The warmth of his breath made me feel alive. Even in deep slumber, he looked so appealing. Normally, I’d fall asleep in his arms and go our separate ways in the morning but tonight sleep eluded me.
“Wake up.” I couldn’t resist and shook him up.
“What do I mean to you?”
“Ugh! Seriously. At this hour? Let’s talk in the morning.”
“I want to know now.”
“You’re the air I breathe. My oxygen. Every moment I spend without you, I die a little.”
“Then why can’t we be together? Marry me. I want to be yours forever.”
“You know, I love you. I really do. But I can’t divorce her. Please don’t ruin what we have. This was our pact when we started seeing each other.”
After a long pause, he continued.. “Now come, show me some love.”
I lay there staring at the flickering candle and the melting wax. A tear made its way to the ear from the corner of my eye.
Love faded. Hope died. One more night.
Melting by his touch
Succumbing to his strong hold
My heart sank again
* Written for the Haibun Challenge:
Haībun is Prosimetric writing. The haībun format here for the Līgo Haībun Challenge is as follows ~
A paragraph (more than one paragraph is fine, or just a few sentences) in prose form of either
- a descriptive passage , or excerpt from a story/or previously published post
- an explanation
- a tale
- a travelogue
- a news item
- a recipe