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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Carolyn Wilhelm's Dec. 15 Writing Prompt Is Here

It is December 15th on Sharing with Writers and Readers, so it is time for the new writing prompt freebies. Holidays will be front and center in most people's minds, even (or especially) in 2020. Staying at home? Wearing masks? Shopping by mail or going to the store? Whatever plans and preparations are underway at your house will give you some ideas for writing. 


This month, I am going to share a little quick-write story of my own. Family recipes sometimes have stories with them, so here is mine. 


Potica Just Like Grandma Used to Make, Only Store-Bought


Oh, how fun to find Potica at the store today! Usually, we can buy some near Christmas time. The price has climbed a bit since we last purchased any, but as the Pope has referred to Potica by name, what could you expect? Grandma would be so happy the Popa mentioned Potica, but I'm sure she would disapprove of "store-bought" bakery items. 


Grandma baked all her own bread and pastries, grew substantial vegetable gardens, canned the vegetables, washed clothes in a wringer washer, hung them on the line to dry, and did everything that needed to be done whenever anyone asked. She was no stranger to hard work. 


I'm sure we managed to visit when it just happened to be a baking day more than once. I remember everyone fussing about Potica, but I don't remember much about it, just that it was a lot of work and very special. I do remember liking pie crust cookies made from leftover pieces of pie crust and shaped every which way. They were baked in the oven for a few minutes with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top. As a child, I thought those were extremely special! 


I remember that Grandma made a salad from dandelions. She made her own oil and vinegar salad dressing. She could can venison meat! She could do anything. I am good at buying Potica from the store, so I hope she forgives me. 


As usual, there are six picture prompts with a few words to help some writers get started and six without. Images are enough for some people to begin writing immediately. I hope some people find this useful! 


Thank you for reading, Carolyn Wilhelm


Carolyn Wilhelm is a veteran educator and the owner of Wise Owl Factory LLC .  She reviews for Midwest Book Review  and
New Book Review and is the author of the award-winning Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE . Learn more about her here: 
A Medium article About Carolyn

PS: A reminder; Here are six picture prompts for you to use, perhaps in a classroom. Perhaps on Zoom. Perhaps around the kitchen table! 



 Howard-Johnson is the multi award-wining author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered by Modern History Press in its third edition. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon: http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.

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