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Writer on the Spot

by Davina on March 15, 2011

Creative writing exercise

This will probably be my shortest post ever! I feel like having some creative writing fun; how about you?

The latest spam comment on my blog has me feeling like writing a kid’s fable or a nursery rhyme, or something:

“From that day on, I ran from spot to spot.”

Any takers… a limerick perhaps? Or, a haiku? Maybe a poem or a short piece of prose….

Grammar topics

There have been some requests over the past few weeks asking me to write grammar posts on the following topics:

  1. Prepositions
  2. Dangling participles or parts of speech. Or, why it’s heinous to end a sentence with a preposition.
  3. Punctuation rules for dialogue; for example, use of punctuation with quotation marks.

I’m loving these requests and intend on following through as time permits.

If there are any other requests, feel free to inquire in the comment section.


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Mike March 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Since I don’t remember the rules of grammar specifically, I’ll likely read whatever you post on it, just for a refresher — and to see if I’m still doing it right.
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Davina March 16, 2011 at 12:05 am

Hi Mike.
Sounds good to me. I’m looking forward to putting these posts together… aiming to make them as interesting as possible. Glad you’re interested in following along :)

Hilary March 16, 2011 at 1:26 am

Hi Davina .. my knowledge of grammar is terrible .. how I write I have no idea!

Love the spam thing though ..

From that day on I ran from spot to spot
an ugly dot appearing in my wake
my breath becoming hot more hot
the body melting slowly as I plot.

Oh well .. something! Cheers – and I’m in the doldrums slightly .. but I’ll be fine ..

Spring is coming! and so is the blossom .. Hilary
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Vered | Blogger for Hire March 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

I’m with Mike – anything grammar-related is of interest.
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Alien Ghost March 17, 2011 at 8:00 am

Hi Davina,

A grammar refresh would be great, although in my case it’ll be the first time since I haven’t had any formal study of the english language, so I’ll be waiting for your posts. You make it very easy to understand what reading it from a book seems to be like rocket science!

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Chris Edgar March 17, 2011 at 9:43 am

Spam can be a source of inspiration, or at least entertainment, that way, can’t it? My favorite spam comment that my most frequently visiting spambot has graced me with like 5,000 times is “be happy ducks.” I don’t know whether it’s an exhortation to me, or the ducks, to be happy, but whatever its intent it always makes me smile.

patricia March 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I am up to my ears right now in books to read and review and more Memorial Services to write – I like the spam comment and it intrigues me also. I thought this post was going to be about periods or See Spot. See Sally and Spot. Did you have those books as a kid in school?

I love everything you write. And your twinkling humor…Oh yes and the sensual stuff too….

Did you see my cousin’s beautiful tapestry and story yet ? It is amazing and up on my blog…I wonder what you will think about it? What to know?
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Davina March 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Hi folks.

Just popping by to say thanks for all your comments. I appreciate each and every one. I’ve been extremely focused with billable hours these past couple of days, and unable to take the time to reply the way I would prefer.

I will be back! :-)

Davina March 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I love your poem! LOL… it is perfect for a writer on the spot :-)

“body melting slowly as I plot.” What are you plotting? ;)

Yes Spring starts tomorrow!

Good :) I enjoy the comments on these posts, too. There are a varied number of opinions and experience… especially in the blogosphere.

Thanks for the compliment :-) I’m *trying* to make it as easy and interesting as possible. I think, for bloggers it’s not as much of a concern, unless of course they are writing for clients. So perhaps from that perspective it’s easier to absorb because you’re choosing to read out of interest.

I have to agree that some spam is pretty entertaining. LOL – “be happy duck” – that’s too funny. Wow… 5,000 times?!!

LOL, I remember “see spot run” :-) from school. I read those books, yes. Thanks for your lovely words, Patricia. I’m glad you are enjoying the humour and the sensual. I like to try to mix things up a little when I can.

Thanks for letting me know about your blog post. I do plan on visiting blogs in the next couple of days. I will stop by for that one.

Hilary March 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Hi Davina .. not a jot!

Cheers .. lots on grammar for you though – I went to the British Library on Thursday to see the Evolving English public exhibition .. free – couldn’t see a lot – because not as good as the Map one I went to .. but bought the book .. and am watching something on Roman Britain .. did I know – no .. but of course the Romans brought the written language to Britain .. Latin granted!

But did pick a few interesting ideas up .. rather more than I can cope with probably .. my blog might be going in 100 years .. well perhaps I won’t be .. but there might be someone who’d take it forward .. ?!

Cheers – better go for now .. Hilary

PS hope you got a few things done ..
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Davina March 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

LOL… sounds like you’ve got LOTS of material there! Maybe you’ll do a guest post for Shades of Crimson? ;-)

Hilary March 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

Hiya .. yay of course I could do .. cheers …

April is a bit of a nightmare .. A -Z Challenge which I’m doing .. but I guess I could do one now .. looking at it ..

Cheers .. Hilary
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Barbara Swafford March 22, 2011 at 1:33 am

Hi Davina,

Keep those grammar posts coming. I need all the help I can get.

Another great topic would be ‘same words”, i.e. like here and hear, there and their, wear and where….. you get the idea. I usually catch myself before I make those mistakes but with the English language being so confusing, a short lesson could be very helpful.
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Sara March 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm


I’ll have to think about the prompt.

Regarding grammar,I have one: adverbs. I always get it mixed up whether the adverb goes in front of the verb or in the back. For example, is it: The rabbit quickly ran home or The rabbit ran quickly home.

I know this probably very simple, but I never know. When I read it to myself, I always put the adverb first, as in The rabbit quickly ran home. I never sure which is right.
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Davina March 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

That would be great, Hilary :)
No hurry. Take your time… enjoy April and the springtime.

Hi Barbara.
Okay I’ll keep em coming! Oh those are *great* topics! Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll add that to the list. :)

Hi Sara.
That’s a good question. Thanks for asking.

I would suggest rewording this to say, The rabbit ran home quickly. However, you can also say the rabbit ran quickly home, but it does feel a little awkward to say it that way.

In this case it seems to work if you suggest simply that the rabbit ran home… and then after making that statement you indicate how he ran home.

Does that help?

Delena Silverfox@Coupon Codes March 26, 2011 at 4:55 am


A Haiku for You, Davina:

Pigs fly here. Really.
Be sure to stay covered, dear.
Run from spot to spot!


Thank you. =)

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Davina March 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

LOL, Delena

This is great! I love it! I would definitely be staying covered if pigs flew :-)

Thanks for contributing your Haiku.

Delena Silverfox@Coupon Codes April 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

My best friend found out about my closet love for writing haiku, so she began the Haiku Challenge. She’d give me 3 random words and I had to come up with a haiku (that made sense) using all 3 words. The faster, the better.

It became a spectator sport at work. =) Thanks for the chance to write one more!

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Davina April 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Delana, that’s a neat challenge :) I love how these challenges kick us into gear and launch us over the bar… in a manner of speaking. Sounds like fun too! And, you’re welcome for the chance to write one more. Come back anytime and add to this one, if you like. I love seeing how creative writers can be.

Incidentally… I loved your haiku so much I shared it on Facebook :)

Delena Silverfox@Coupon Codes April 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Wow! You shared it on Facebook! I feel so special. =)

And yes, the Haiku Challenge was one of my favorite-est games, and it kept me on my toes. Some of the words my friend threw at me were really tough!

How about another one? (Oh dear, now you’ve got me started, Davina! lol)

From that day on? Well…
my prank made her think twice, and
run from spot to spot!

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Davina April 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

LOL… you’re a hoot, Delana! :)

Hehe… I like how this plays off the other haiku. What I love about writing them is the rhythm; having to fit so many syllables per line, in addition to making some sense of them. It’s fun when it all comes together.

Thanks for playing. :)

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