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Prompts For The Promptless: Cryptozoology

For The Promptless – S. 2, E. 8 – Cryptozoology
Posted on July 2, 2013 by rarasaur
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cryptozoology is the search for legendary animals, usually in an attempt to evaluate or confirm the possibility of existence. This includes looking for living examples of animals that are considered extinct, such as dinosaurs; animals whose existence lacks physical evidence but which appear in myths, legends, or are reported, such as Bigfoot and Chupacabra; and wild animals dramatically outside their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats. The animals cryptozoologists study are often referred to as cryptids, a term coined by John Wall in 1983.

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◾Tell us about your favorite cryptid

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My favorite cryptid would be Bigfoot; Sasquatch. The term ‘sasquatch’ is a derivative of the word ‘Sesquac’, meaning “Wild Man”. Native American tribes have more than sixty different terms for ‘sasquatch’. Many different terms have been used by pioneers and later non-native inhabitants of North America, including “skookums” and “mountain devils”. “Bigfoot” was a journalistic term generated in the middle of the last century during a rash of sightings in Northern California. The word has come to be recognized widely.
Is there any physical evidence of ‘Bigfoot’? Yes. There have been hairs, scat, tracks, and tree damage. The assertion that there is absolutely no physical evidence is absolutely false. There is more physical evidence than most people realize. Physical evidence is found every month in various areas across the country. Distinct tracks that do not match other animal tracks, hairs that match each other but no known wild animals, and large scats that could not be made by any known species, are all “physical evidence.”
Prominent reported sightings:
About a third of all reports of Bigfoot sightings are concentrated in the Pacific Northwest, with most of the remaining reports spread throughout the rest of North America. Some Bigfoot advocates, such as John Willison Green, have postulated that Bigfoot is a worldwide phenomenon. The most notable reports include:
1924: Prospector Albert Ostman claimed to have been abducted by Sasquatch and held captive by the creatures in British Columbia.
1924: Fred Beck claimed that he and four other miners were attacked one night in July 1924, by several “apemen” throwing rocks at their cabin in an area later called Ape Canyon, Washington. Beck said the miners shot and possibly killed at least one of the creatures, precipitating an attack on their cabin, during which the creatures bombarded the cabin with rocks and tried to break in. The supposed incident was widely reported at the time. Beck wrote a book about the alleged event in 1967, in which he argued that the creatures were mystical beings from another dimension, claiming that he had experienced psychic premonitions and visions his entire life of which the apemen were only one component. Speleologist William Halliday argued in 1983 that the story arose from an incident in which hikers from a nearby camp had thrown rocks into the canyon. There are also local rumors that pranksters harassed the men and planted faked footprints.
1941: Jeannie Chapman and her children said they had escaped their home when a 7.5 feet (2.3 m) tall Sasquatch approached their residence in Ruby Creek, British Columbia.
1958: Bulldozer operator Jerry Crew took to a newspaper office a cast of one of the enormous footprints he and other workers had seen at an isolated work site at Bluff Creek, California. The crew was overseen by Wilbur L. Wallace, brother of Raymond L. Wallace. After Ray Wallace’s death, his children came forward with a pair of 16-inch (41 cm) wooden feet, which they said their father had used to fake the Bigfoot tracks in 1958. Wallace is poorly regarded by many Bigfoot proponents. John Napier wrote, “I do not feel impressed with Mr. Wallace’s story” regarding having over 15,000 feet (4,600 m) of film showing Bigfoot.
1967: Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin reported that on October 20 they had captured a purported Sasquatch on film at Bluff Creek, California. This came to be known as the Patterson-Gimlin film. Many years later, Bob Heironimus, an acquaintance of Patterson’s, said that he had worn an ape costume for the making of the film. However, Patterson and Gimlin claimed that they sought various experts to examine the film. Patterson claimed to have screened the film for unnamed technicians “in the special effects department at Universal Studios in Hollywood … Their conclusion was: ‘We could try (faking it), but we would have to create a completely new system of artificial muscles and find an actor who could be trained to walk like that. It might be done, but we would have to say that it would be almost impossible.'”
2007: On September 16, 2007, hunter Rick Jacobs captured an image of a supposed Sasquatch by using an automatically triggered camera attached to a tree, prompting a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Game Commission to say that it was probably an image of “a bear with a severe case of mange.” The photo was taken near the town of Ridgway, Pennsylvania, in the Allegheny National Forest.
I have long been in awe of these creatures. I love studying evidence and reading writings on Bigfoot.

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For the Promptless – Logomania

For The Promptless – S. 2, E. 7 – Logomania

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Logomania is defined as an obsessive interest in words or, alternatively, excessive and often incoherent talking.

“I just talked and talked, unstoppably, as if possessed by logomania.”
– Imre Kertész; Kaddish for a Child Not Born; Hydra Books; 1997.

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Myrtle 1956

I’m going to have to tell a tale about my maternal grandmother for this prompt. My mom’s mom was a great lady. She loved reading and writing. She always read stories to me when I would stay with them; which was quite a lot. Some she would recite to me from memory. As I got older, she would give me vocabulary words to look up and then she would quiz me on them.
She had a Webster’s Dictionary that was never far from her side. You could find her in the afternoons, after all house work was done, sitting in the front porch swing reading her dictionary. She would read and study. She wanted to know the correct pronunciation, and would often correct me if I mispronounced a word. She would get her dictionary and show me, then make me say it correctly several times; until she felt like I had it.
She knew all the root words and from whence they came. She knew the different meanings and when to correctly use the word according to it’s different meanings. She may have been poor, but she was a well spoken lady. She read her Bible, but read the Dictionary more.
She passed in 1994. The family was feuding at the time and nobody had any in-put into her burial arrangements, except her only son. I was too tore up to notice, but I bet they buried her with her Bible. That’s fine, but I would have added her Dictionary.

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For the Promptless: Monomyth

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Monomyth is also known as “The Hero’s Journey”. It is a concept coined by Joseph Campbell who argues that classic myths from many cultures follow a basic pattern.

“In a monomyth, the hero begins in the ordinary world, and receives a call to enter an unknown world of strange powers and events. The hero who accepts the call to enter this strange world must face tasks and trials, either alone or with assistance. In the most intense versions of the narrative, the hero must survive a severe challenge, often with help. If the hero survives, he may achieve a great gift or “boon.” The hero must then decide whether to return to the ordinary world with this boon. If the hero does decide to return, he or she often faces challenges on the return journey. If the hero returns successfully, the boon or gift may be used to improve the world.”

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Show a hero’s journey in photographs or images
Write a story following the classic monomyth pattern
… or make up your own related prompt!
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The nature of the monomyth may not be appealing to everyone, but it is very interesting to those who actually take the time to learn about it and how it applies to stories and movies in today’s modern world. Take for example, popular movies, stories, and comics such as the Matrix, Star Wars, the Ender’s Game, and the Lord of the Rings. The protagonists in these movies go through the same stages: Departure, Initiation, and Return.

I. Departure
1. Call to Adventure: The hero’s journey begins when the hero becomes aware of the world outside his home or town where he/she has lived for his entire life. His journey is usually given to him by a herald who helps the hero by acting as a guide.

2. Refusal of the Call: The hero may actually refuse the initial call to adventure, usually from their fear of change. The hero will eventually go on his journey, either from “encouragement” by a supernatural force or by an event that almost forces the hero to move beyond his home.

3. Supernatural Aid: As the hero travels on his journey, he may meet with an old man, a god/goddess or a messenger who gives the hero a weapon or some magical powers.

4. Crossing the First Threshold: This “threshold” the hero must cross is what separates the hero from the comforts of his home to the adventurous new world filled with mystery and danger. Sometimes the threshold is guarded by a gatekeeper whom the hero must defeat.

5. Belly of the Whale: As the hero crosses the threshold, he finds himself alone in the darkness of new world. In the darkness, the hero may find his purpose to go on the journey and can emerge from the “belly of the whale” as a new person.

II. Initiation
1. Road of Trials: In the new world, the hero must confront a series of challenges and tests to help the hero improve his character and skills to become more self-reliant.

2. Meeting with the Goddess: During the Road of Trials, the hero may encounter the goddess of the new world, who could be viewed as a beautiful, motherly figure or as a queen. The goddess can bring complete fullness to the hero’s character, helping him realize what awards await him when he finishes his quest.

3. Woman as the Temptress/Temptation from the True Path: Women in a hero’s journey can sometimes be represented as a temptress, rather than a goddess, and also acts as another step in the Road of Trials. The hero must overcome his selfish desires to return to the rightful path and also build his character.

4. Atonement with the Father: Eventually in his journey, the hero may encounter a fatherly figure with much authority. The father figure (like the goddess) can be portrayed as a man who feels threatened by the hero or as a man who helps the hero in his journey. Either way, the hero must reconcile with the father to understand him and himself.

5. Apotheosis: A hero’s apotheosis is achieved when he comes to a realization about the purpose of life and himself. With an expanded consciousness, he views the world in an entirely different way than when he first started his journey. Usually, the hero at this point becomes a selfless person who always cares for others before himself.

6. The Ultimate Boon: With the new knowledge the hero acquired in his apotheosis, he now wishes to share it with the rest of mankind. Usually, the knowledge the hero obtains is related to immortality, where an indestructible live continues after the death of the body.

III. Return
1. Refusal of the Return: Once the hero finishes his quest, he may not want to return to his home and stay in the new world. The hero may believe that the old world won’t accept or understand what the hero has learned on his journey.

2. The Magic Flight: The hero may rather decide to return home after finishing his quest. He may be accompanied by a protector who helps him overcome the obstacles the hero might face as he returns home. With the prize in hand, the hero must flee from those he angered on his journey.

3. Rescue from Without: While on the return journey, the hero may need to be rescued from death or from a state of helplessness and bliss.

4. Crossing of the Return Threshold: As the hero travels to return home on his journey, he must once again cross the threshold separating his home and the new world. He may have to defeat another gatekeeper, and in the process become “reborn” with his humanity after his “death” from crossing the threshold the first time.

5. Master of Two Worlds: Once the hero crosses the threshold, he comes to realize that there really is nothing separating his home from the new world. He now understands the differences and the balance between the comfortable safety of his home and the new world. With this understanding, he has also balanced his character and mind.

6. Freedom to Live: Now with the journey complete, the hero has reached an understanding with himself and can now live freely between his home and the new world. With his new-found knowledge, he can now be beneficial to the world.

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For The Promptless – S. 2, E. 5 – Gezellegheid
June 11, 2013 By rarasaur

Gezelligheid is a Dutch noun meaning the comfort and coziness of being at home, with friends, with loved ones or general togetherness.

Gezellig is an adjective that the noun is based on.
From wiki:
A room can be gezellig. (meaning cozy or inviting)
A person can be gezellig. (meaning entertaining or pleasant)
A party can be gezellig. (meaning fun)
A visit to ones grandparents can be gezellig. (meaning togetherness)
A set of curtains can be gezellig. (meaning pretty or nice).

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Describe something in your life where you have a gezelligheid
Write a story featuring a gezellegheid
… or make up your own related prompt!

Baby Nursery

My youngest daughter and I have been working on getting her, soon-to-be-born-son’s, nursery ready. We want it to be a gezellig room. The room is small, but has a large closet. We intend to make the most of the closet space, as he will be sharing the room with his 3 year old half-sister. I think she is going to try for 3 of these:

Closet Organizer

My daughter and her husband have finally decided to go with a safari theme.

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Once we get the glider and ottoman placed in the room, I think the room will be gezellig.

Glider and Ottoman

There will be a toddler bed and toy box added for Sister; probably both a Dora design. The cozy, comfortable room will be ready.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2013

“A total Monet” is an expression used to someone or something that looks good from far away, but up close is a total mess.
•This expression comes from the movie, Clueless.
•It refers to the impressionistic styling of Claude Monet

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•Write a story featuring a Monet
•Defend impressionistic art

Claude Monet was a founder of French impressionist painting. The impressionist’s philosophy was to express one’s perceptions before nature.
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Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) by Nadar in 1899

The term Impressionism is derived from the title of Monet’s painting Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant) painted in 1872. Impression, Sunrise hung in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. Art critic, Louis Leroy coined the term ‘Impressionism” from the painting’s title. He intended it as a ridicule, but the Impressionists devoted the term for themselves.
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Impression, Sunrise focuses on the calm feeling of a misty sunrise over a foggy harbor. Shadows of beauty are incorporated into the painting, mixing cool, dull colors with splashes of warm colors.
It is my opinion that one would have to be ‘clueless’ to suggest a Monet looked better from a far, rather than up close. Only upon close examination can one find and appreciate Monet’s artistic style. Claude Monet was known for capturing viewers’ attention with meaningful design and simple, casual scenes. Monet captured the true nature of his subject’s; the natural effects of an outdoor scene.
Over time, Monet’s painting techniques evolved and matured from the type he implemented in Impression, Sunrise to that seen in his later, larger paintings such as his water lilies. Monet spent the last thirty years of his life painting water lilies in different compositions, a series of 250 paintings.
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Claude Monet painted many paintings during his life time, but Impression, Sunrise remains his most famous painting.

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ForThePromptless – S. 2, Ep. 3 – Running Gag
Posted on 05/28/2013 by rarasaur

A running gag is a literary device (usually a funny reference, or silly joke) that appears repeatedly throughout a work.
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•Specific Examples at TV Tropes:

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•Make a list of your favorite running gags in entertainment

This would be my personal Running Gag
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Seriously, if I did run, or if you run, this is a good list of running gag songs to listen to while running, (I think I just made a funny!):
1. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses
2. Survivor – Eye of the Tiger
3. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2
4. Dream On – Aerosmith
5. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
6. Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. Grease – Frankie Valli
8. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
9. Right Now – Van Halen
10. King of Pain – The Police

Happy Running!

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Prompts for the Promptless – Vision Board

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A vision board is a collage or collection of images of tangible and intangible things you want in your life.
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Suggested Prompts:

•Make a vision board and share it (Compile images and explain what they represent to you)

My technology illiterate self does not know how to do this to make it look like a board, so it is going to have to be straight down and pretend. 🙂

My Vision Board is about my ambitions and visions from this point onward. No nostalgic looking back, just good things to come. First in foremost I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and a daughter. Family is very important to me.
I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich. ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, “Identity Crisis,” M*A*S*H
Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown
If you don’t believe in ghosts, you’ve never been to a family reunion. ~Ashleigh Brilliant
I chose to put pictures of my Paternal Family because that is where my Cherokee and Choctaw Blood comes from.
My Granny, Dad, Me, My Girls, and my granddaughters (5 Generations)
5 Generations
Granny, Grandpa, Aunt Polly, and my Dad
Granny, Polly, Dad, Preston
My Grandpa with his mom and dad
Jim, Preston, Della
My Daughter’s
My Oldest Granddaughter
Dessa Dress
Conner Smiling
My other Granddaughter
Alliyah and Rachel
Aaliyaha with paw paw
My youngest Granddaughter
We all love to Fish
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My Heritage
ABC Dancers
Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. ~Welsh Proverb
Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent. ~Donald A. Norberg
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Ask Granny I
Aromatherapy I
1 Writer I
1 Writer I
I would love to Win one of the many Writing Contest’s I have entered!
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I would love to see one of my Novels published!
1st Novel I
Living Quietly on the Lake
Weiss Lake
Growing Old Gracefully
A Growing Older I
Doing Yoga
1 Yoga I
All is Well I
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Final Quote
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