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Their disappearance inspired this attempt at an uncommon poetic form

Sky thick with what looks like clouds but is actually a smoke plume from a forest fire. A small red shiny dot is visible in the center of the photo, which is the sun.
Photo by author, Susan Foster, taken of the sky near White Sulphur Springs, Montana, on July 25, 2021.

I’d never heard of the form of poetry called “Dizain” until Will Hull tagged me in a poetry challenge. He learned of it from this article by Adelia Ritchie.

I traced back a number of links and I think the challenge actually originated here, written by Somsubhra Banerjee:

According to Somsubhra, the basic rules for a Dizain poem are clear:

One ten-line stanza
Ten syllables per line
Employs the following rhyme scheme: ababbccdcd

I am not a poet. I’m embarrassed to admit that it took me a few heartbeats and a flashback to an elementary school classroom to remember that ababbccdcd is the code for how the words at the end of…


The Red Ants Pants Music Festival 2021; Image by author, Susan Foster


Image by author, Susan Foster


“House Guest”, Image by author, Susan Foster

6-Word Photo Story Summer Challenge

Sweltering summer night;
breeze-induced shadow.

Our daughter’s cat is staying with my husband and I for a week. When she crawled up behind the blinds in our bedroom to sniff the breeze coming in the window. I didn’t know she was there until I saw this silhouette.

Thanks again to Mary Chang Story Writer, for this fun photo/story challenge, and Will Hull, for tagging me as an invitation to participate. Also, thank you Snapshots, for publishing these stories.

Per the guidelines for this photo challenge, I’m adding links to the following writers, who may also participate in this challenge. …


Editing our own work is tough, but would a good writer make these glaring mistakes?

The word typo written on a brick wall
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

I have been working my way through the questions posed in the writing challenge, Ask Yourself Empowering Questions. This brought forth a searing question of my own: How can I possibly have missed not one, but three enormous errors in the titles of two of the responses I wrote last week? This question framed my answer to prompt #6: What are you measuring right now? I am measuring my worth as a writer.

While working on an essay for my personal blog, The Most — of Every Moment, I linked some of my challenge responses there. It wasn’t until I…


“10 pm sunset,” Image by author, Susan Foster

~ 6-Word Photo Story Summer Challenge

Sunsets like this make artwork superfluous.

Thank you, Mary Chang Story Writer, for this fun photo/story challenge, and Will Hull, for tagging me as an invitation to participate. Also, thank you Snapshots, for publishing these stories.

Per the guidelines for this photo challenge, I’m adding the following tags.

Hollie Petit, Ph.D., Ching Ching, Bingz Huang, Sandi Parsons, Cindy Shore Smith, Sandy Gold, Juanita Nieuwoudt, Rosalind Pagan, Catherine Lee, Leo Sharp, Shaya Sy-Rantfors, Michael Burg, MD (AKA Medium Michael Burg), Phil Truman, Susan McCord, Betsy Denson, Alice Goldbloom, Kristina God, Christina, Agnes Louis, Ryan DeJonghe, Terry Mansfield, Terri Carr, Wendy Scott, Hannah Hottenstein, Jaylee Reign, Carly Clev


Juicy, cold, and tasty; this ticks all the boxes for what to eat on a blistering-hot day.

Ingredients for watermelon salsa, in bowls placed on a black and white checkered cloth.
Image by author Susan Foster, via The Most –of Every Moment.

One of my favorite summer recipes one year was a Watermelon Salsa recipe I found on the website Eating Well. One hot day, with a watermelon in the fridge, I decided to make the salsa. Imagine my dismay when I realized I didn’t have the other ingredients. It is a 15 minute trip to town for us, so rather than drive to the store, I decided to experiment. I am so glad that I did!

I created my own version of Watermelon Salsa. It was inspired by but is quite different than the recipe I just mentioned. I actually think…


AN “ASK YOURSELF EMPOWERING QUESTIONS” WRITER’S CHALLENGE RESPONSE

Prompt #3: What is your worst flaw and why are you keeping it?

Photo by Simon Watkinson on Unsplash

Why would anyone refuse to give up a flaw?

Prompt #3 of the Ask Yourself Empowering Questions is, “What is your worst flaw, and why are you keeping it?” I hardly thought about this before I knew my answer to the question.

There may not be a single word for my worst flaw — it is caution all wrapped up in fear, anxiety, guilt, and hesitation. Probably the best description of my worst flaw is that I worry too much. Yet, despite this flaw, I have lived a life filled with joy and adventure.

I worry about everything. All the time. Fearful thoughts run like background music through my…


An “Ask Yourself Empowering Questions” Writer’s Challenge Response

Prompt #2: What experience do I want to create now?

Image by author, Susan Foster

When I first saw the question, “What experience do I want to create now?” which is listed as the second prompt of Tree Langdon’s “Ask Yourself Empowering Questions” writer’s challenge, all kinds of world-improving and lofty goals came to my mind. What surfaced amongst my thoughts, however, was what I’ve been most preoccupied with this week. The experience I am currently working hard towards and which I’m determined to create is the satisfaction of growing a bountiful harvest in my garden this year.

A successful garden is an ambitious task for me this year. Especially so, because until just a…

Susan Foster

Susan enjoys life in Montana with her husband, a cranky old cat, and a pleasant, smart dog. Author of a lifestyle blog, she writes fiction and non-fiction.

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