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From time to time, one of our writing group activities is to create a new word. It’s never easy to find the right combination of letters and have something that sounds reasonably plausible, but I came up with ‘Nocarmaritum’ . Once we had written the pronunciation and explanation, it had to be put into a short story.

Here goes……

Nocarmaritum.  Knock-ar-mar-it-um.   Night time musings of a ship on a vast ocean. Thought to aid relaxation and sleep.

 I had tossed and turned for hours attempting to fall asleep. Flexing my limbs and relaxing did nothing to bring slumber and my flock of sheep grew beyond the care of any shepherd.

On morning radio, I had recently heard about a new sleep theory called Nocarmaritum and it involved the vision of a sailing ship rolling on the oceans horizon.

Willing to give anything a go, I closed my eyes to see sails flapping with a gentle breeze, framed by a moonlit evening. Stars shone brightly and the rocking effect seemed to bring me a sense of calm.

All seemed to be going well, until my night-time imaginings took over and I swear I heard the words ‘Abandon ship’.

I don’t think this will ever be put into a dictionary, but it was a fun exercise to do and there was lots of laughter as we listened to all the other new words that had been created. You might like to give it a go too.


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It is Wednesday today, the day I attend a writers group in my local library. This group has been a huge stepping stone for me, as I have come under their wise guidance and counsel.

Having played with words for years my imagination has the potential to run wild, although memories of school days have always haunted me. The horror of red ink, correcting a mass of spelling and grammar mistakes, with the suggestions I could do better or try harder.

Along with a close friend, this group has allowed me to explore possibilities that were once a dream. Spelling and grammar are still a struggle, but a computer helps iron out some of those issues.

Below is one of our Writers Groups activities. ‘Write a short piece on the tools of writing’.


The Tools of Writing

The tools of writing could read like a recipe book.

Take one blank piece of paper and a pen of your choice.

Blend the two together with a lot of inspiration, until head and heart are mixed to form a short story. Gather additional sheets of paper if you desire to write a story longer in length.

Now it is time to place your masterpiece into the computer. It is at this point you may discover the need to add extra seasoning in the form of grammar and spell check, to bring out the flavour.

Motivation can add to the taste of your finished product.

The hot oven of refinement comes with the help, support and encouragement of your peers. Some of whom may recommend a rewrite or a side dish to accompany it.

Now I am off, for a creative morning of writing. Let’s see what I can cook up today. 🙂

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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Early 2012 I received a newsletter from a writer who used a quote from Byron. ‘There is pleasure in the pathless woods’. It has had a profound affect on me. Over the years I have sought to navigate the rough road we often tramp, wondering which direction, if any, to take. It struck a cord for me as I experienced my first ‘Light Bulb Moment’, for the year. I reflected that as I have journeyed my 55 years, there has been a striving for the unknown, searching for that unidentified thing always just around the corner.

Two years ago I joined a Creative Writing group in my local library and have very much enjoyed the experienced of putting words on paper to create a story. The pressures of life seemed to dictate that I should be doing something with the creations I had scribed. As I came to the end of the year I did some serious soul searching, only to discover I wanted to enjoy life for the pure pleasure of it and not have to have a purpose for everything I do.

Trying to explain this to friends and family left me feeling guilty that I should be seeking for once in my life to just be and enjoy the moment. Byron’s quote reminded me of endless photos I have captured, with twisting paths and roads leading to the unknown. I always wondered what was around the corner and desired to reach my imaginative destination, believing it would be a better place than the one I was in.

Having read the article, I had a childlike sense of sitting in the middle of the Australian Bush, surrounded with a wall of vegetation. It was a soothing place, peaceful, with a hint of emotional healing whispering into my heart. I thought I would rest there awhile, hidden from view, looking up to the heavens where the warming sun could thaw a lifetime of experiences.

There was no path to lead the way out at that time, but I am now ready to pioneer a new track, discovering the route my life should take, to best navigate the future.

So here I am. Blogging, and wondering where this new road might take me.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012


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