Writing Prompts and response DIY/MFA

I have been answering writing prompts from DIY MFA.

One word to describe my year’s goals.  “Positivity: the practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude. I am expanding it ti all areas of my life slowly.

Writing Prompt 1

Number 1 Prompt: How did you become a writer?

      I have a vivid imagination.  I also read anything I could get my hands on from an early age.  I had to get my parents’ permission to read the books I wanted to read in the adult section.  It went from reading stories to enjoying writing assignments throughout school.  I still have writings from a high school creative writing class. 

I think my teachers thought I over did it sometimes.  One comment was “Very creative thoughts, but a bit unrealistic” when we were asked how we would spend $1000 dollars.  As a sixth grader I had no idea what a thousand dollars looked like.  We were dirt poor.  I immediately bought a horse ranch and horses.  I wrote my dream. Ever since then I try to write out dreams.

Writing prompt 2

Prompt: Tell a story about a time when you had to honor your reality.

I have ESRD-end stage renal disease.  I have dealt with it most of my life.  Reality hit in 1998, when I started dialysis three days a week.  I have been on hemodialysis for twenty years now.  My reality is going to dialysis three days a week, without fail, no matter what. 

Writing prompt 3 What type are you. Take the quiz.

Result: The Disruptor

You’re drawn to larger-than-life characters who rebel against the status quo. Your stories champion people who will do whatever it takes to change their societies, overcome all odds, and defeat tyranny. Whether your character makes a small but significant personal choice or starts an all-out revolution, at the core your stories are about sharing your ideals with the world.

I am totally a Disruptor. I have to tell my self I am not Wonder Woman and to take off the gold bracelets periodically.  My mother said to me one time “You always followed your own drummer.” “Yes, Mom, what did you expect?” was my answer before I ran off to find the drummer.  My usual nickname with friends is “Trouble.” They see me coming and know things will rumble eventually.   I bring it into my writing.  Most of my characters are trouble makers.  They do not think anything about putting on those gold bracelets, walking out the door into a thunderstorm and changing their lives forever.

Art Journal 11 An Award for you

You cannot quit dialysis if you want to live. I made it twenty years in November and no one really celebrated it. I hoped for a card or something from the dialysis center, nothing. I brought in cookies and chips to share with patients and staff. I should have made this sign and marched it through the center.

Day 10 Art Journal

Today’s art journal asked for advice we have heard and used. I was watching Oprah Winfrey one afternoon. They were talking with women about men. I do not remember who was on the show with Oprah, but I have never forgotten their advice.

Men don’t change. If you think you are going to change him after you marry him, it will not happen. Men only change to please themselves, or if something forces the issue. You, as his wife, are not one of those forces. So what can you do? You change, or you make changes to work around or with him, or you change your attitude towards what bothers you. If you find you cannot live with the changes you have to make, then seriously reconsider your relationship.

Married 33 years now. I use this advice regularly.

Number 1 Prompt: How did you become a writer?


I have a vivid imagination. I read anything I can get my hands on from an early age. I had to get my parents’ permission to read the books I wanted to read in the adult section. It went from reading stories to enjoying writing assignments throughout school. I still have writings from a high school creative writing class. 
I think my teachers thought I over did it sometimes. One comment was “Very creative thoughts, but a bit unrealistic” when we were asked how we would spend $1000 dollars. As a sixth grader I had no idea what a thousand dollars looked like. We were dirt poor. I immediately bought a horse ranch and horses. I wrote my dream. Ever since then I try to write dreams.

My newest project is to practice writing and I found an online class that will hopefully focus my writing and put it to good use this year.

Art Journal L 5- Song Lyrics

This art journal idea was to make a page about a song lyric that mean something to you. This song saved my sanity through my husband’s work injury, amputation, hospitalization and rehab. I want to thank Rodney Atkins, who sings this song. It was the right song, at the right time.

My Ode to Missy

I adopted her at a rescue event at a local Petsmart

It was in the hottest month of August, 2001.

She was lying down, calm, looking a little lost

Amid a brace of barking crazy. little dogs.

I asked about her.  We met.

A mix between whippet and Labrador.

Long legged, slim, coming mid-thigh in height

She was what could be called a tan and white mongrel.

Around nine months to a year old.

A mutt.

I fell in love.

I hoped my husband would accept

The newest in our menagerie.

She needed reassurance and love.

In addition, boundaries were necessary

Plus, those necessary lessons in manners

That dogs so desperately need.

We formed a bond of friendship:

Owner to dog, Pack leader to pack member

After she learned and knew

This was her permanent family.

It took six months.

To finally relax and stop worrying.

She was our girls’ dog during their teen years.

Missy put up with Santa hats on her head,

reindeer antlers during Christmas time.

Pictures were taken

Memories were made

We would make up nicknames for her.

Mine was Mishugunna an old word

Meaning crazy or silly.

One nickname got so silly

We would hysterically laugh

As we tried to add to it.

Missy Von Whipp Lichtenstein the First.

Also known as the famous model

Miss Maybelline

Due to the black encircling her eyes.

She always wore makeup.

Fireworks beyond her comprehension

Thunder booming during storms

Would send her shivering in fright

To a couch or at a desk

I ended up with a dog close to me.

Our couch potato chose one

 to make herself comfortable on

We called it Missy’s couch

I lofted a blanket over it for her to lie on.

The first day in our house

One of our cats walked up,

Rubbed across Missy’s legs.

Missy took off whining;

Scared out of her wits

She later made good friends

with Nanny Cat

So many memories

Such fun times

Dog parks, walks in the neighborhood,

Playing with her girls,

Spending time with her family.

This is still Missy to us.

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end

One weekend she would not eat, not even special treats.

I knew we would end up at the vet.

Examinations and X-rays taken

We were given sad news.

Kidney and liver disease had crept

into our loyal friend

We chose to let her go

Before the hurting and pain

became all her reality.

We stayed saying love tidbits

Through to the very end.

 A sympathy card full

of condolences from the vet staff

arrived with a pawprint.

Another arrived from our groomer

telling us she would be missed.

Her cremated remains are in a box

On a bookshelf in my library

Along with a red collar

license still attached

A ceramic pawprint rests on top

Written by K. Soto  1/17/2019

Journal Art Class #4- Things I Like

The question was to look at things in your childhood you liked and then find the ones you still like as an adult. I made a list of things I liked since I could remember.’See if you can find Farm, Zoo, Dog, Cat, Books, Write, Explore, Disney and Beach. I used an old catalog I had laying around my office for pictures and some clip art. It is a collage on a base crafting page with tape holding it all together. I put together each section first then put it all together on the page.

Things I Like

From 2nd to 6th grade my parents decided to have a farm to raise their own meat. We raised pigs, cows, rabbits and chickens.

I love to go to any city zoo to see the animals and learn new things.

I have always had a cat or a dog or both as part of my family. Currently we have Trinket- the dog and Pumpkin- the cat as our pets.

I love reading, especially science fiction.

Writing is a passion with poetry being a specialty.

I like to go explore new places and see new things. I can also explore new worlds held within books.

Disneyland holds a place in my heart as a favorite place to visit. I used to collect Disney dog statues. Eeyore is my favorite Disney character.

The beach is an all time favorite place to go. I stand at the water’s edge and can let everything go.

Art Class L.2

This my latest art work. I am currently creating an art journal from Determine to Shine. It is one question a day to think about and give some sort of response. This is my response a question that asked what would you say to your younger self to give encouragement. This what hit my brain and stayed with me all day.