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My front porch post – © Tracy Campbell


Let me finish.

This is my last blog post because…I’m moving!


To a self-hosted, WordPress blog. Actually, I’ve moved and you just didn’t know it.


Features were missing on WordPress.com that I wanted.

Like What?


  • I wanted a unique blog

Imagine a world where all blogs were the same. Boring! So that’s why my patient, tech savvy designer, Karen Behne implemented my quirky ideas to create a blog and a website that reflects my wacky style. (Don’t peek yet!)

Unfortunately, I can’t take you with me and that means I run the risk of losing many of you.

Now What?

You’ll have to sign up again. Perhaps, after you visit my new blog and website you will,—sign up that is! I can only hope. 🙂

If I’ve piqued your curiosity, you’ll just have to pop on over and check out my new blog. And on my website, you’ll find a project I’ve finally completed, and I have another project in the works–details to be revealed at a later date.

Now that I’ve spread my wings and I’m soaring, I leave you with my butchered rendition of So Long, Farewell from the Sound of Music.

So Long, Farewell

There’s a sad sort of clanging

From the tractor in our barn,

And a gray field mouse squeaks, too.

Peering out the window

From my cozy studio,

A furry Crested yaps

along with me to say,

So long, farewell,

Auf Widersehen,


So long, farewell,

Adios, Adieu, Au revoir,

To you and you, and you!

I leave and sigh.

Oh no, I’m glad to go,

I must not tell a lie.

So long, farewell,

Auf Widersehen,


Don’t forget to visit me at my new and improved blogging homeclick here

Thank you! 🙂

Please leave your comments on my new blog.

P.S. Happy Birthday, Terrol!

So Long, Farewell – This Is My Last Blog Post!


Summer, Short & Sweets – Week 3 – Are You Up For The Challenge?


The 3rd installment of Summer, Short & Sweets was tougher. At least for me.

Did I harbor thoughts of backing out?

No way. But I admit it’s taken me longer to come up with something half decent. I’m blaming it on my wacky, whirlwind, weekend.

Now then, are you ready for this week’s Summer, Short & Sweets?

We’re on the honour system again—no scrolling down the page.

Wait! Grab a pen and paper, and then we’re off.

I’ve posted Susanna Leonard Hill’s instructions, hoping my non-writer and writing friends might be tempted to jump in the ring and give it a whirl.

Take it away Susanna!

“Write down the following things in a list bearing in mind that everything below is supposed to be related so it can hang together:

1.  A noun (you know, a good old person place or thing)

2.  A color that describes that noun or some part of that noun you’d like to highlight (e.g. red, or, lavender, or, cerulean)

3.  A comparison to that color (in the manner of simile or metaphor e.g. summer sunset, or, shadowed snow on a January evening)

4.  Something that belongs to your noun written as adjective, adjective noun (e.g. wide, feathered tail, or, slim, brown limbs, or brass ratcheted gears)

5.  A verb ending in -ing that is something your noun could do (e.g. soaring, or, stretching, or, grappling)

6. Another verb ending in -ing that is something else your noun could do (e.g. sailing, or, reaching, or, frowning)

7. A place written as: preposition [a/an/the] adjective adjective noun (e.g. over [a] broad green valley, or, across [the] shimmering shining stream)

8. A description of something your noun could do in relation to something else, written as:  verb ending in -ing preposition adjective noun (e.g. scouting for silver salmon, or, basking on sun-baked sand, or, digging up acorn jewels) – (yes, I realize “for” is a conjunction, not a preposition, but you can use it if you want.  The reason I didn’t put conjunction is because the others – and, or, nor, but, yet – won’t work.  But use “for” if you want.

9. Repeat #8 with another description (e.g. plunging toward immovable earth)

10. Repeat #8 with a final description (e.g. hoping for sweet success, or, diving for delicious dinner)

11. A simile for the action in #10 (e.g. like a rocket ship, or, like a bow drawn across singing strings)

12.  Your original noun from #1

Okay! Got your list? What we are accomplishing here is part Madlib, part poetry, and will hopefully result in lots of descriptive poems (ha-ha – like how I tricked you into writing a poem?) that will also serve as story sparkers by giving all the devoted readers specific, detailed, poetic descriptions of characters, settings, or objects that they could use in a story! For those of you who write picture books, there are a lot of similarities between picture books and poetry, so this is good practice.

So do you get the idea?  You may of course tweak a bit.  If you need a different verb form or fewer adjectives or an extra word or one less line or two colors, etc. feel free to change it up.”

Use the template below, type in your poem, and then post your comment on Susanna’s blog.

I am [a/an/the] noun from #1
Color from #2 as [a/an/the] comparison from #3  
With [a/an/the] adjective adjective noun from #4  
Verb from #5, verb from #6
Preposition [a/an/the] adjective adjective noun from #7  
Description from #8
Description from #9
Description from #10
Like [a/an/the] simile from #11
I am [a/an/the] noun from #1

Here’s my example:

I am a gymnast

Brighter than a twinkling, yellow star

With muscular, lean limbs

Leaping, lunging

Before cheering, crazed fans

Striving for the elusive, glimmering gold medal

Tumbling toward the Olympic dream

Nailing tough, bare soles

Like a hammer driving in a stake

I am a gymnast

I couldn’t find a photo of a gymnast wearing yellow. Oh well.

I’m sure you can do better than this. So join in the fun.

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Do You Think English is a Wacky Language?


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Last week, I wrote how one word can potentially be a lethal weapon. So I though I’d switch it up and offer a lighthearted post.

Do you think the English language is wacky?

I sure do. And I pity anyone who has to learn our wacky English language. Check out these examples.

  • The bandage was wound around the wound.
  • The farm used produce to produce.
  • The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  • We must polish the Polish furniture.
  • He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  • Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  • When shot at, the dove, dove into the bushes.
  • I did not object to the object.
  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  • Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.
  • I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

The wacky examples continue:

  • There is no egg in eggplant.
  • No ham in hamburger.
  • No apple or pine in pineapple.
  • English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France.
  • Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
  • Boxing rings are square.
  • A guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

Why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing?

  • An grocers don’t groce.
  • Hammers don’t ham.

If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth?

  • One goose, 2 geese.
  • So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?

Doesn’t it seem wacky that you can make amends but not one amend?

  • If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
  • If teachers taught, why don’t preachers praught?
  • If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think English speaking people should be committed to an insane asylum for the verbally insane.

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?

  • Or ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
  • Have noses that run and feet that smell?
  • How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

Do you marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down?

  • Or you fill in a form by filling it out.
  • An alarm goes off by going on.

English, invented by people, reflects the human’s race creativity, which of course, is not a race at all.

That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this…

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

  • At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?
  • Why do we speak UP?
  • Why are officers UP for election?
  • Why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?
  • We call UP our friends.
  • We use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.
  • We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.

At other times, the word UP has special meaning.

  • People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
  • To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.
  • A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.
  • We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
  • We are pretty mixed UP about UP!

Are you UP to building UP a list of the many ways UP is used?

  • It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
  • When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.
  • When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.
  • When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.
  • When it doesn’t rain for a while, things dry UP.

I could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so…….it is time to shut UP!

Now it’s UP to you what you do with this post.

Thanks goes to Belinda Burston for sending this my way.

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Tracy’s Published Designs – Finally Updated




Today’s post is short and sweet.

I’ve added two tabs at the top of my blog–“Published “How To Paint” Articles” and “Published Designs”.

I’ve also shared my story of how God opened doors. And I’ve showcased some of my published designs.

If you like what you see, leave a gentle comment or two and sign up to follow my blog.

Thanks for reading.


Has Your Writing Been Rejected?


Bah-Humbug! No, I’m not Scrooge, but I feel like him. You see, I entered a 500 word short story to a writing contest. The theme was to recount a childhood experience about Tales of Winter. I polished and submitted ‘Marbles in a Squeaky Snowsuit.’ Then I crossed my fingers and toes.

A week later I pounded my desk. “Rats!” No, I’m not referring to those furry critters. I didn’t even place in the darn contest. Then I vented my frustration on Marcy Kennedy who has won numerous writing contests. Visit her website www.marcykennedy.com to read her winning entries.

Then I was all set to include my story on my blog when Marcy said, “hold the presses.”

She didn’t really say that but she offered the following advice:

“Contests are funny things because the winner (and others who place) is sometimes determined by the judges’ preference. Not always, but that certainly can play a factor. A set of articles that Lisa and I co-wrote won an award from the Canadian Church Press but didn’t in TWG’s Canadian Christian Writing Awards. When we got the feedback from both contests, it seemed like what one set of judges really liked (the informal tone and focus on our personal experience) the other judges didn’t (they wanted to see more research and stats).

Don’t post the story on your blog, at least not yet. I’d suggest submitting it a few more times before you give up on selling it. Sometimes it takes 4-5 submissions before a short story or essay will find a home. If you’ve sent it out numerous times without a personal response (a personal note added to a rejection is actually a positive thing), then it will be time to give it a new life on your blog.

I was writing for years, trying to get published or win contests, before things finally clicked into place. Keep your chin up. You’ll get there. – Marcy”

So I’ve decided I’m not going to post my story. I know you’re disappointed. Don’t cry. You’ll just have to wait until I win or you see it pop up on my blog.

Wait! Before I go I’d like to encourage other writers. Don’t give up!

Dare to Dream Large

P.S. If you have a similar story you’d like to share or if I have encouraged you in some way, please leave a comment. Well, I’d best get back to writing.