Tag: Blogging Challenge


Recently, Visionkeeper challenged me to find one word that would encompass all of the emotions I have included in my little array of posts earlier today.

The emotions I tried to describe in less than twenty words each (give or take – I was sleepy when I wrote them!) were, in no particular order:





Happiness. (Always end on a high!)

Such different emotions, on both sides of the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ scale. The good ones make you feel fabulous, the bad ones less so. The thing is, every emotion is needed. We can’t only have the good ones, as we’d have nothing to compare them to. We wouldn’t know whether anything needed improving if we felt perpetual happiness, however appealing that sounds.

The first word I wrote about was Rage… I don’t know whether that came across in the posts, as I deliberately posted them out of order. Being tired, I was slightly cranky, and even slightlier more so when I couldn’t come up with a decent rhyme to describe the emotion. Even a shockingly terrible rhyme would have done, but no – there was nothing! So words had to do.

Now, as there are many, many emotions that we feel throughout the day, I didn’t want to go on and write about all of them. If I had, I’d have probably reached my blogging goal tomorrow and been well on the way to my 3,000th post, so I stopped at five.

As we need all emotions, and they all exist within us (whether that’s within our minds, our aura, our presence, our thoughts or our bodies – wherever the emotions sit with us!) they become part of us. They probably make us, to some extent… we all know or have heard of people who are ‘emotional wrecks’, haven’t we? (I fit into that category at times, I don’t mind admitting… hi, other emotional wrecks out there!)

So therefore all emotions need each other as much as we need them. We need the balance – or imbalance, whatever the case may be. We need the fear at times, to keep us safe. We need the rage to stoke our fires (but not too much and not too hot!). We obviously need the happiness and the joy and the occasional surprise is nice as well. Fear can lead to surprise sometimes… surprise can turn into rage or happiness (depending on the surprise!) Folk who love terribly scary movies get joy out of fear – as I suppose those who take part in extreme sports… although I feel fear just watching them, and then feel joy when I look away.

Every emotion working within us.

There can be only one word, in my mind, that fits in this analogy.


Dictionary definition: the quality or state of not being multiple.

A second definition: a condition of harmony.

The odd thing was, I was flicking through a book as I was getting ready to settle for this evening. I put the book down, and it fell open, as books do from time to time. The word ‘unity’ jumped out of the page at me.

And I felt very happy. I had my word that covers every emotion, including the five I decided to ‘showcase’.

A condition of harmony – sounds like paradise!

Leaping In!

Happy Leap Year Day (what’s left of it!)

And moving swiftly on…

Here’s a quick screenshot of part of my dashboard:

I don’t like showing my dashboard very often, but felt it absolutely necessary for this post. And, for this post, I apologise. And ask for your help and support.

As you can see, the screenshot shows I have posted 1,601 times now, and mixed in with those posts are 21,367 comments (and a big hello and thank you goes out to all who have called by over the past few decades to comment! It’s only been since 2010, truth be told, but sometimes a day feels like a decade, so there you go.)

I’ve actually posted more times than 1,601, but on my other two blogs, so their count doesn’t count within this count.

I’ve set myself a goal. A specific goal to reach 2000 posts on Beyond the Sphere (or whatever name this blog goes by if it changes along the way!) by midnight on December 31st 2016. That’s only 399 to go – no wait! 398 including this post. A quick reckoning of the number of days left in the year tells me that there are 306, so I need to include an extra 93 posts along the way to fit them all in. Posting every day with an extra 9.3 posts every month from March onwards.

It’s a bit like when magazines increase their cover price and promise to fit more in within their pages for your money – only this blog is free.

Expect more waffle!

Expect more drivel!

Wait! I’m not selling it very well.

Expect more quality blogging, the type of which you have never seen before, and the type that is only available on this blog! The type that makes you stop and think. Usually “Why?” or “What was all that about?”… but there you go, you still think.

I mentioned earlier asking for your help and support – and this is where you come in. As you probably know, every now and again I slam headlong into the solid wall that is known as Blogger’s Block. I get despondent. I want to curl up and never return to the computer ever again. But I have to push through it. During those times, I may mention it once or twice within my posts, could I ask that you provide me with a little push? A little blogger’s energy to spur me on? Maybe even a post idea or two? I know it’s cheeky to ask, but sometimes a little cheek can go a long way in a challenge. I’ll smile nicely and say please – but that goes without saying. And obviously, I will be eternally grateful.

It’s only 398 posts. I’ve posted 1,601 already. Have I mentioned that?

So. Please join with me – stand beside me – cheer me on – pick me up when I fall at the kerbside – pass me bottles of water along the way – throw me orange segments when I appear to be drying up – massage my aching muscles when I get cramp – no, no massage, thank you anyway. Too time consuming.

I’m pushing myself to achieve this. I started this blog as an experiment to see if I can do it, and I think, after 5 years, I can say that I can. It’s now time to up the ante. Get writing properly. Give myself a deadline and meet it.

It’s time to move up to the next level. See what I did there? That’s my theme for March. This post doesn’t count though, as it’s still February at the moment. Well, it counts toward the big count, so everything counts in the end.

Onwards and upwards… and the countdown has begun!

Did YOU see the light?

My OneWord365 word for this year is ‘Light’.

I’ve been referring to it recently in subtle ways through all of my posts, and I wonder if you realised?

Starting with my post 12, where I complained about my problems actually posting my post, the post (and others that day!) was meant in a LIGHT-hearted way.  See: subtle.

The next day, I posted Dillop in Training which made reference to traffic LIGHTs and the dark (obviously the lack of light!).

The next post was Super Supernova, where I referred to the light reaching us from a distant star that had gone supernova, and also the fact that we will have ‘two suns’ if and when Betelgeuse blows (which indirectly referred to 24 hour dayLIGHT for a while).

Almost a Full Moon was next. Now, this post didn’t reference MoonLIGHT, but that is the second thing you think about, after the Moon itself, when you see the word ‘Moon’. Traffic lights were mentioned here again, as were fluorescent green tops which somehow appear to have been lit up from within. I did say I was subtle!

In the following post, It tried to snow, then it did, the word LIGHT was very cleverly hidden within the word ‘slightly’ in one of the paragraphs. Look, I know it’s a flimsy link, but it’s there!

In The Cold by TLMerriman, I made light of Winter, and reference to Spring where the days start to stay lighter longer. And in The Dark by TLMerriman, I referred to a spark to try to clear away the darkness (once again, the lack of light!)

In Left Hanging, I wrote about stars who lit up the silver screen.

The following post was The Planets Align, wherein I explained the distance of a LIGHT Year. I also made reference to stars and planets (and, incidentally, I saw three of the planets with my own eyes this morning in alignment just above the horizon. I was really pleased with myself to see them, as regular visitors to this blog know that I always tend to miss such astronomical events!)

In The land that no one remembers, I was referring to ancient civilisations where their lights had long been extinct, but modern day finds shine a new LIGHT on things.

Half-baked time saver was a light-hearted jaunt across the length and breadth of the UK. Lunar Magic was all about the magical power of Lunar Light. All Alone? shone a light on our planet, with Moonset Magic depicting a setting Moon doing the same thing, and reflecting off the Lake in the Grinds to boot.

Down at the Dark End of the Lake was merely about the end of the Lake that doesn’t get much light, apart from the odd ones on the opposite bank, that is.

And yesterday’s post, Blog Automation, made light of the robotic answering services that are all the rage a the moment. Oh, and I may have highlighted my new blog somewhere in the middle there. Just subtly, I must add.

That was sixteen posts that linked in one way or another to the word LIGHT.


Now, I shall shine a light onto the real reason for THIS post.

I like connections. I like themes. I like writing. I want to set up  – not a challenge, exactly – but a monthly theme and invite other bloggers to take part by writing something, anything, that ties into the theme for that month: short stories, poems, fascinating facts – anything really, the more diverse, the better – and then link to the post on this blog for the current month’s theme so that other bloggers can see who has written what all in one place. And then, at the end of the month, I shall publish a post similar to this one, linking back to the posts on the author’s own blogs.

By the way, when I say ‘month’ I don’t mean that every post has to be about the current theme – only one post will be fine; I’ll keep the theme open for a month, is what I mean, and then change it for the next month. So there’s plenty of time to get a post written. (There’s also plenty of time to forget as well, so it may become fortnightly down the line!)

My ideas for challenges or events such as these tend to go down like a lead balloon (which aren’t very LIGHT at all…hehehe!) but I’d like to have a go at this.

The themes will be different every month, and I’ll post the theme on the post – where the incoming links can also come to – a couple of days before the end of the previous month… together with a clearer set of instructions. I babble after typing more than five hundred words.

So, will the spark I had with this idea, light another creative spark inside your mind? Let’s see, shall we?

I’ll post February’s theme tomorrow. Can you believe it’s almost February already?

The Music Ends

The music starts – its tempo and rhythms define the dance. He approaches her table, and extends an inviting hand. She accepts. They take to the floor. He offers a hand and a frame. Again, she accepts, but looks away while in hold as if to say, “I’ll dance – but I’m not interested.”

They move to the music’s sharp, fiery rhythms that are intertwined with sensuality. Their eyes continue gazing in opposite directions to avoid a visual connection – yet, their bodies touch.

They dance – they move – sometimes slow – sometimes fast – but always sharp and to rhythm.

He rolls her out – they flick in unison. He tugs to rolls her back into his arms. She shrugs him off by returning to hold with her head turned away. Their steps continue.

He steps back – a lunge – a corté. She steps forward and raises her leg against his, and slowly moves it downward as a caress. He notices – she’s got his attention. As he returns her to upright, their eyes connect through a glimpse – yet each looks away.

The pace seeming hastens. The musical beat remains steady. Their moves remain sharp. Their eyes are starting to communicate to the other through glances.

She leans her body into him and her head is no longer facing away. They lock their eyes for the first time, and her eyes and face speak to him when. She places her head on his chest.

The normally sharp fans are now slow and smooth – yet still to the music’s rhythm. As she turns, his right hand slides naturally along her sleek frame. He notices the curvature of her hips. His head is not as high as he looks toward her with hopes of connecting again.

To him, her face displays desire. Her eyes are closed, but only she knows why. They are now in another place. To him, they are in the midst of passion. To her, she is the seductress who has succumbed to his fantasy.

He responds to the music’s fire with 8 fast steps down the floor. He rolls out as before, but on her return, she is close – and her right hand slowly caresses his face. The music ends.

Caught up within the moment, the burning passion created through the music and rhythm continues to course throughout their entwined bodies. They ignore the silence.

He outstretches his arm, she takes his hand and spins away.

He pulls her back and stands behind her. His hand caressing her stomach. They continue to sway in unison. Circle in unison.

And they stop in unison.

He goes his way, she hers.

No words. Just an acknowledging glance.

Frank recently challenged me, well lots of folk actually and I was one of them, to write an ending to one of his stories, in 75 words or less. I kind of did it in 75 words. Well, I added an extra 75 words at the end which actually left the story open, rather than ending it, but the scene ended. I’ve highlighted my bit in blue for clarity.

Who were they? Would their passions be reignited again? Will they meet again for that matter? I suppose Frank will have to be the person to provide these details at a later time.

I must admit I’m not a gracious dancer. In fact, I fall over with more grace than I dance. I have two flat left feet, you see. And because of the heat, a couple of swollen ankles thrown in to the mix… but I digress. I hope my lack of dancing prowess didn’t completely show through as I tried to show the couple’s extended dance routine.

By clicking on the image at the beginning of this post, you will go to Frank’s site.

Quick Edit: The image above links to the details of the challenge, click here to go to the challenge post itself!

And finally, an apology.

Frank, I’m sorry, but I’d somehow managed to un-follow you, goodness knows how or when, and as such I haven’t been receiving notifications of when you posted. I’ve rectified that now, so I should be able to catch up with your postings from the next time you post.

I follow through the WordPress reader, so from there I click through to the latest posts to appear… I’m wondering now if I’ve un-followed anyone else.

My Inner Detective is leaping at the chance to investigate this further…