A Fatal Thing

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. This poem I created from my rescued book is titled A Fatal Thing.

 About the Black Out Poem and A Fatal Thing

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

A Fatal Thing

The talent
Poster child 
Of the future
Gone belly-up
A spectacular disaster
Incompetence
Corruption
The gurus
Consulting
Insisting
There are naturals
Maintained
Huge checks
Outsized talent
Spared no expense
Recruiting
The secret weapon
The key 
New orthodoxy
The blueprint
Culture
Sowed the seeds
Big talent
With fancy degrees
Big money
A fatal thing


Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Complacent
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road …
Character
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for daily. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 338 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 338 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful I got everything done during this very busy day. We managed to make it to the gym and get our 10,000 steps in, which I didn’t think would be possible. We weren’t late picking the granddaughters up from school. There was a ten-minute time gap for us to catch up with a friend we hadn’t seen we ran into while at the grocery store. It seemed like we accomplished a lot without feeling like we were running out of time. It’s nice when things work together and don’t interfere with our plans. I am grateful to get everything done without feeling rushed.

This old lady is glad we got everything done.

I have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

A Fatal Thing
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Complacent
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road …
Character
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Complacent

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. This poem I created from my rescued book is titled Complacent.

 About the Black Out Poem and Complacent

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Complacent

On every occasion
Complacent
It was a disaster
They were crushed
Everyone 
Meaning to comfort
“Well, just hang in there.”
Thinking they wouldn’t
That night
For the first time
They gave all
They invested
Still lost
“Get your hands up, 
Fight like this.”
Beware of success
Success can infect
You never stay the same
Go one way or the other
Our legacy
Our responsibility

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

A Fatal Thing
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road …
Character
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …

2 thoughts on “Complacent

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for daily. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 337 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 337 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful that I’m starting to feel like I am finally back to my normal again. I spent the morning responding to Tweets and reading blogs. I lost touch with people during NaNoWriMo. The morning felt like I was reconnecting with old friends. Today I didn’t franticly type away to achieve a certain word count or edit ten chapters to catch up with my goal for the year. It is nice to have a goal, but sometimes a person needs a break. I am grateful that today I caught up with the things that are going on with my online friends.

This old lady is glad things are back to normal.

I have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

A Fatal Thing
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Complacent
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Character
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Character

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. This poem I created from my rescued book is titled Character.

About the Black Out Poem and Character

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest in with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Character

Some naturals
Seem to have it
Sometimes 
It’s a curse
Stretch themselves
Easily fall
Dyslexia
That would have come easily
Life is hard work
Carried away
Cope with setbacks
Self-destruction
A story 
About character
We were devastated
We need hope
Lived through
Injured and exhausted
Nothing left
Dug down deep
Bringing back to life
More hope
 Valiant run

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

A Fatal Thing
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Complacent
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road …

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for daily. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 336 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 336 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful Rooster and I spent the day binge-watching every version of the holiday Charles Dickens classic A Chrismas Carol. Okay, I will admit that we fast-forwarded to the end of most of the versions. The redemption of Scrooge is our favorite part of the movie. You can only take so much grumpy old man before it becomes redundant. The three ghost parts of the story can only go so far. It is the ending that makes this story worth watching. I am grateful we spent the day watching these versions of Dickens’s story.

This old lady can relate to Scrooge.

I have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

A Fatal Thing
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Complacent
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road …

2 thoughts on “Day 336 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Just Become

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. This poem I created from my rescued book is titled Just Become.

About the Black Out Poem and Just Become

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest in with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Just Become

Stop harping.
Yet it’s almost as if
People prize
Our culture
Deep down
We revere the naturals
Idols
Superheroes
Born different
Extraordinary
More amazing
This really hit me
Just become
Incredible
Why are we?
Why are they?
That question
Never stopped asking why
Probing deeper
Unsatiable curiosity
As a gift
Flawlessly
Innate
Intelligence

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

A Fatal Thing
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Complacent
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road …

6 thoughts on “Just Become

      1. Of course! I enjoy these, you pick the best words . . . I’ve taken to trying now and then, but this isn’t an easy exercise.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Day 335 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for each day. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 335 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 335 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 335 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful to watch a UTub video of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from the comfort of my living room instead of a New York City street corner. The grandkids were over, and we decided to watch the parade. I know Thanksgiving is behind us, but it’s always fun to watch a parade. Rooster and I used to visit our son in New York City before COVID made it hazardous to go. We’d land Thanksgiving morning and rush to the parade. It was always a cold and crowded experience. I am grateful to watch the activity in a warm living room this year.

This old lady is happy to watch the parade from the comfort of my home.

I have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

A Fatal Thing
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Complacent
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road …

2 thoughts on “Day 335 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Little Hope

I have a confession to make. The Black Out Poem has captured my imagination. I find it interesting to take a page filled with writing and turn it into something often contrary to the original meaning. It’s like playing with someone else’s words and making them become my own. Free verse is the best way to write this form of poetry. I ran out of pages in Rebecca Hunt’s Mr. Chartwell. I decided to step things up in my adventure with black-out poetry.

Before I retired, I worked in a small university police office. Part of my duties centered around processing the lost and found. At the end of each semester, students often left books on table tops they couldn’t sell back to the bookstore. We kept them for a long time before placing them in the trash. I brought Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset home because it caught my attention. This poem I created from my rescued book is titled Little Hope.

 About the Black Out Poem and  Little Hope

Poet takes a black marker and redacts words until a poem is formed. It is important to note the text and redacted words form a visual poem.

Method to use

1. Identify source text. The source can be a newspaper, a book page, or written text.

2. Draw a box around keywords or phrases.

3. Make Connections between boxes. (This is optional.)

4. Color the rest in with a marker. You can use any color. The most common color used is black.

I found this style of creating a poem unique from anything I’ve ever tried before. The words are already provided, and the challenge is to make something poetic out of the text. I’m excited to see how the different textbook writing style found in Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset translates into poetic form.

Little Hope

Pies for dessert
Wash up
Really committed
The finest display
Rose like a rocket
Resented or wanted
Practice everyday
Rookie pitcher
Banned from a game
That really hurt
No one cares
It didn’t matter
How to control
Hunks of meat
The fastest women
Long struggle
Gave her little hope

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

A Fatal Thing
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Complacent
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road …

2 thoughts on “Little Hope

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Day 334 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road to express thankfulness. This adventure sometimes becomes challenging, but I’m discovering many things to be thankful for each day. Focusing on the positive despite all the tragedies in the world makes me happy. It motivates me to work toward positive change. Being grateful drives away fear. I can see so many potholes in the road, but I start my day searching for the blessings in my life. These events or things might seem small and insignificant, but they add up to a giant pile of happiness at the end of the road. I am inviting you to come along for the ride. Why don’t we all travel the road of gratefulness in June? This post covers day 334 of my 365 days of thankfulness.  

Day 334 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

On day 334 of my 365 days of thankfulness, I am grateful I have a few ideas about the challenge I will take on for 2023. My 365 days of thankfulness will end in January. Over the past year, my blog post allowed the person reading a glimpse into my life. I am not a big fan of sharing. I tend to try to keep things light and airy. I let the characters in my books walk through the dirt while I keep my feet clean. My mind is currently wrapped around creating an online writer’s journal. We all know that a writer’s mind is a dark place to enter willingly. Plus, I tend to get wordy when tackling subjects like this. I must put my big girl panties on and follow through on the idea. I am grateful for the idea.

This Old lady is thankful for ideas.

have learned thanksgiving is a matter of choice. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even in dark places, it is good to seek the light. My blessings may not be the same as yours because I’m old. I bet if you dig deep, you can come up with something to be thankful for today. Don’t neglect to see the good things before your face because you hear the world is falling apart. Let me tell you a secret. The world always falls apart when you focus on the doom and gloom. You won’t always find thankfulness an easy road, but it’s an adventure we can all take together. What are you thankful for today? Leave a comment, and bless my heart. I  am not being sarcastic when I say that. I could use the encouragement as much as the next person.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

Be sure to follow Molly on Twitter!

A Fatal Thing
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 338 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Come along for the ride. Why don't we all travel the road …
Complacent
I brought Carol S. Dweck's Mindset home because it caught my attention. …
Day 337 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness
Another month in 2022 is in my rearview mirror on my road …

2 thoughts on “Day 334 of my 365 Days of Thankfulness

  1. I’m thankful that I’m sitting in my house right now and mildly stable enough to function and privileged enough to have my space and comfort.

    I’m also thankful that I have the ability to draw and think because if I didn’t, the tasks that I do would become 300% harder.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.