Johannnn Gustav Lange ( 1811-1887 “Winter forest landscape in the moonlight”

I hope it snows

because for a few days ( maybe ) I won’t see the needles, or human waste or the masks that homeless people use for toilet paper , I won’t see the trash and the clothes, I won’t have to clean up heaps of cardboard padded with bug infested garbage bags and sleeping bags that reek of rat urine, for a few days the world will look clean and bright

I hope it snows.

Charles Leaver (1824–1888)


Ghostly Prompts For The Christmas Season

Earlier this month I posted a story about my family telling ghost stories at Christmas- it’s a Victorian Tradition and one that I really enjoy taking part in. I’ve posted some links here for a little inspiration and if this Winter you have that feeling in your bones ( that can only be a ghost story trying to make it’s way into the world ) then you might find these useful too.


How To Write A Victorian Christmas Ghost Story

Best Thriller and Suspense Writing Prompts of 2021 (

Writing Prompts About Ghosts

Forget Me Not


Photo by Pixabay on

Sometimes Facebook pulls up a memory that I forgot all about and I am pleasantly surprised  with the find.

Sometimes they are funny, not in a funny ‘ ha, ha ‘ sort of way but in a ‘ those little facts you hear about memories that sound sketchy really aren’t so far fetched. I mean I don’t have a real sense of humor but apparently my brain does because my memory played a trick on me.

Here is the memory in question:

When I think back on bringing Hamish home when he was just over 10 weeks old, I remember my cats were really good with him. That he hung around them all of the time and that at night they insisted he  stay close to them ( that was something they learned to do from my older dogs who had since passed on and had raised them ).

Kolchak, Darwin and Hamish.
Photo A..M. Moscoso-2014

Apparently I have been looking back and not seeing the bumps in the road that they hit- like this one:

My cat peed on Hamish’s bed. Hamish buried my cat’s food bowl in the backyard. And the battle rages on…

Hamish Macbeth
Photo A.M. Moscoso
September 2014

From the way that reads, there was an on going power struggle and for some reason I forgot all about it. I didn’t run interference from the looks of it. You’re not supposed to dabble to much when you move new animal into the home, but some of this stuff looked funny and I still forgot about it.

I wonder why?

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Hamish and Micey

My Christmas Writing Challenge 2022

I was watching a Holiday Baking competition over the weekend  and one of the challenges caught my eye because I thought the themes would make a great prompts. 

I’m posting it now because I want to post my responses starting at the end of November and into December, so I’ll have lots of time to work on them.

There are four themes/prompts  listed below and I think they would make four great stories – as I’ve mentioned HERE before, my family is big on telling ghost stories over the Christmas holidays so that’s the direction I’ll go with these prompts.

Where would you take them?  Will you write stories, poems? Create a photo essay? If you take up the challenge post your links in the comment section I’d love to read them.

Anita Marie

Gothic Christmas

Antique Christmas

Roaring 20’s Christmas

Masquerade Christmas