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H*O*T*--Using Picture Prompts to Stimulate and Improve One's Writing

Updated on June 3, 2013

Oddly Enough, This Looks Familiar!

An Uprooted Tree Trunk Along the Fort Walla Walla Trail
An Uprooted Tree Trunk Along the Fort Walla Walla Trail | Source

This is the latest installment in my H*O*T* niche series. H*O*T* is an acronym for Hawaiian Odysseus Tutorial and represents a collection of my personal writing experiences, tips, and niches. These hubs are dedicated to the hard-working writers of the HubPages community and to our readers.

What Comes to Mind When You Look at the Picture Above?

While walking along a trail one day, I came across the above object in an open field. It was such an oddity that I just knew I had to take a picture of it. I remember thinking, at some point, I can make use of this.

A few weeks later, I'm making good on that hunch.

It's more than just a curiosity, this uprooted behemoth that raises more questions than it provides answers.

It's a cognitive stimulant. A penman's laxative. A writer's prompt.

Even the most prolific and creative minds get bound up at times. When that happens, there is absolutely no shame in reaching for and using a cheat sheet. Except, in this case, the crib notes aren't what you stealthily pull out of your pocket...or your sleeve...or your ear.

They're found in albums on your coffee table or on your bookshelves. They sit in frames on top of your piano, entertainment center, hearth, shelves, headboards, and office desks. Their digital cousins reside in the Dropbox at the upper left of your desktop monitor, in the heart of your computer's C Drive, or in the turquoise blue 16 gigabyte flash drive you brandish like the second coming of Steve Jobs.

In short, they're your photos.

And you're using them now to prime the well that's temporarily gone dry.

Because you can't afford NOT to write.

So, to answer the question, I see Tremors...the monster, not the movie. It's had a close encounter of the reptilian kind with the Gorgon, Medusa, and its petrified form lies in the open field as a reminder to never gaze upon a woman with a perm of slithering snakes.

See how easy that was? I'm not being condescending. It really is that easy. You look at a picture and you just let 'er rip--your imagination, that is.

Now, let's get some pictures out and get our creative juices flowing!

Kalau and Ryder at Costco on Kaua'i
Kalau and Ryder at Costco on Kaua'i | Source

Sitting on a Lot of Talent

Ha ha! Hee hee! (Snort!) Hee hee hee hee! Kalau...did you just whiffle?

Well, uh...yeah, I sorta did!

Good one, brah! You startled the lady in the next aisle with that one! Ha ha! You shoulda seen her jump!

Yeah...I been practicing.

It shows. Keep training, Cuz...the Kauai Keikis' Olympics is coming up. I'll be your trainer. For sure you're gonna win!

Yeah, I guess I'm pretty good at it.

Yep, let's see...gonna put you on a strict diet of taro and coconut milk. That'll get the fermentation going!

Sure. I'm game. They give money for the prizes?

Better yet, Kalau, they award the winners with Starbucks Coconut Milk Frappuccino!

Alright, Ryder! Let 'er rip!

No, braddah! That's YOUR forte!

Rallying the Troops
Rallying the Troops | Source

Sawyer's Landing in Oregon

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Rising Hostilities

This just in...

Advancing Dungeness tank divisions are threatening the normally placid waters of the Oregon estuary fondly known by locals as Sawyer's Landing.

The bordering country of Red Rock has called up all available draftees as it scrambles to organize a wall of defense along the perimeter of Sawyer's Landing.

Both sovereign nations have limited adult populations at this time of year, so the respective presidents are calling for all available female crabs to take up arms alongside their male comrades.

Red Rock has always practiced a DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL policy, but there is a small but growing uprising of gay crabs in the Dungeness nation in protest of that government's discriminating policies. This factor may be of huge significance if war breaks out and the Dungeness gays join forces with the Red Rockers.

You'll catch the latest update on this breaking story on the 11 o'clock news right here on the Pacific Northwest's innovative television station--KRAB.

Looking Smart in the Emerald City
Looking Smart in the Emerald City | Source

Upward Mobility for Cinderella

Apparently, contemporary Fairy Godmother doesn't use pumpkins.

She uses M & M's!

Working It to the Bone
Working It to the Bone | Source

Munching to the Meat of a Different Drumstick

Ryder! Time for bed!

Be right there, Daddy! I'm working on my drumstick!

Hmm...I saw Arnold do this in a movie once. Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!

RYDER! One...two...don't let me get to three...

COMING, DADDY!

Shoot! I'll have to hide this buggah in my shoe and work on it after lights are out...good thing I got my Angry Birds night light.

This is Too Good to Put Down!
This is Too Good to Put Down! | Source

Give me six more months and a couple of molars, and I'll have this bird all torn up!

So There You Have It!

As you can see, the process is quite simple and could very well turn out to be fun and entertaining. The constructive association of images and words is a powerful and dynamic writer's tool. Liken it to a massive logjam at a bend in the river. Nudging just one or two key logs a few inches can suddenly release the entire pileup, thus enabling the current to carry the unimpeded timber downstream.

Similarly, picture prompts can provide you with just the right amount of sensory stimulation and cerebral energy to get those creative juices flowing fast and free once again.

Here's to your massive consonant and vowel movement!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Suzie HQ, for sharing in this hub experience. I absolutely love and adore my siblings' grandchildren, and from time to time, I'll call upon them to give me a helping hand with a loving hub. Aloha and blessings to you, and may you have a wonderful new week!

    Joe

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    HI Joe,

    Love it! You have done a great job on this with these gorgeous photos showing us how easy it is to get "prompted" by visual things. Your two grand-nephews are just ADORABLE and no doubt full of mischief! Loved your opening shot of the burnt bark and reminded me of some similar pics I took and have several I wanted to write a story around as I was so fascinated by how they came to be. Congrats on your 30/30 challenge and for this great piece, Aloha my friend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    TIMETRAVELER2

    I think this may be the third attempt at responding to your second comment. There must be another HP glitch going on. Anyway, just wanted to share with you that with your moxie and drive, you'll be back to the full swing of things in the minimal amount of time. Rest your body, and be well, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Thank you. It's going to take several months, and I can use all of the good thoughts available to help me get through this.Yours are especially appreciated, my friend.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @TIMETRAVELER2

    Oh, no! I'm sorry to hear about your fall! I do pray that you are resting and recuperating well. That is so unfortunate. I appreciate you all the more for painstakingly sending me your beautiful comments. Thank you for your encouragement, especially in light of your recent mishap, and please know that special thoughts are going up for you! Get well soon! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha! That was cute, Heidi! Now that our photos are digitalized, it's so easy to pigeonhole them somewhere and then forget about them. The joy, though, is that when we re-discover those hidden photos, the joy and exhilaration accompanying the taking of those photos come rushing back to us. That's exactly how I felt about these. Thank you so much for stopping by, my friend! Aloha, and have a terrific weekend!

    Joe

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Can't write much as I injured my wrist and hip in a fall..broke them both! I see you are using some of my formatting ideas and hope they work well for you. Good luck with the new series!

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    Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

    So if a picture is worth 1,000 words this hub is, what, 7,000 words long? That should make it Google-worthy. ;) Great idea about using our photo pile for inspiration! I'll have to look through mine. I tend to file or post 'em and forget 'em. Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good morning, Sheila!

    You are spot on with those observations, my friend! I take a look at these guys and the ideas are flowing. They're at that age (although I hardly get to see them in person) where they get into a lot of mischief, all in the name of the search for grand adventure, and say the most surprising--and often amusing--things. Thanks for sharing in this hub experience, Sheila! Aloha, and have a memorable weekend with your loved ones!

    Joe

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    You could write about anything, put the pictures of these two little ones in it and would would have to be a hit! They are just adorable! I take a lot of pictures, it's just my hobby. I do go through my pictures from time to time and get ideas from them. This is a great hub, I love your writing and your pictures! Voting up, useful, interesting and sharing! Aloha my friend! :)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Karen! Thank you for the uplifting note. Actually, I am four days behind, having just published my fourth in 8 days. So I'm already playing catch up. Like I shared with another Hubber, I'm falling behind but not falling down. I'm giving this the old college try! LOL! Have a wonderful rest tonight and a memorable Sunday!

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    Interesting ideas here. I once wrote a hub about using pictures to prompt new ideas for hubs, BUT my subjects weren't as darn cute as these guys in yours!!! Keep it up...I see you are progressing along nicely with the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Shelley! My fear of success, as I'd just written about in another response to you a few minutes ago, has taken me down a path of procrastination. I feel a bit frozen in my literary endeavors, so I'm going for a nice walk this morning after a few days of finding other distractions to keep me from doing what I need to be doing. Invariably, something will un-jam the areas where I'm creatively stuck during my walks, and I'll return with sharper focus. I never know what I will be penning later this morning and refining throughout the day...like choosing to go a new way at the fork in the road and getting lost in the revelry of it all. Thank you for gracing this hub with your presence, Shelley. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Shelley Watson 4 years ago

    You are such an entertaining writer Joe, I am so glad to be following you. I will keep up with you on your 30/30 day challenge which can only do great things for you! Shelley

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Oh, Mary, so that was it, huh? Okay, because I've been on your end of things, too, wondering what might have happened! Makes sense because I don't approve until I know I have time to respond. Good! One more mystery resolved...

    Now, as to the fascination with the word, EXIT...hmm, that's a Cold Case, for sure. Speaking of which, there's this classic play written by the existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre (I might've spelled his name wrong). It was translated into English as NO EXIT. If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend that you read it. You write the best reviews, a very strong niche of yours, and you're so good at spotting not just details that most people miss, but the nuances of those details. For these reasons, and the EXIT thing going on, that play came to mind.

    Well, I'd best be going. I'm in the process of going through two storage lockers trying to find two items my wife and I sold on eBay, and it's like an Easter egg hunt where the person who hid the eggs forgot to tell us that he left the ones we're looking for back home. Yikes! And I have so many hubs to be writing! LOL!

    Thank you, Mary, for your attentiveness...and I apologize for the lack of it on my part lately. I really do want to meet this challenge and for several reasons. I do have a fear of success thing going on. I also am O-C and thus want to be sure to channel it in constructive ways. Writing, walking, connecting are all great ways to do so. I'm grateful that you understand. Lots of aloha!

    Joe

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Aha, now I know, its the "permission process"...I promise to be more patient and not double comment any more my friend. Take your time, I know the 30/30 is a CHALLENGE.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Mary, it makes me wonder if I'm causing that by not responding to your comments in a more timely fashion. Beginning tomorrow, I'll try to do better. You know how it is...in the midst of a 30-30 challenge, there is so much going on. I'm feeling the pressure all the time, and so I tell myself to take a deep breath and let it go. Anyway, let's see if my prompt response makes this unusual glitch you're experiencing go away. In the meantime, let me know if you're getting my responses to your comments.

    TTYL!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you so much, Arun Kanti, for grasping the significance of this hub. I can share tips in a straightforward, scholarly, or professionally journalistic manner...but every now and then, why not make it fun? The point still gets across, and everyone gets to exercise their faces with smiles. I love the flexibility HP affords, even within what initially appears to be rigid guidelines yet still enables a creative writer to do his or her thing. Thanks for stopping by to share your wonderful thoughts, my friend. Aloha, and have a wonderful Thursday!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha! Thanks, Jaye! These grand-nephews are so much fun! I rarely get to see them, but when I do, I love 'em to pieces. I really appreciate your loyal support and your generous sharing of my work. Means a great deal to me, my friend! Aloha, and have a wonderful evening in Jackson, Mississippi!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Mary!

    I'm such a plodder. Only three hubs so far, with a hint of a fourth one but so little time, it seems, to get going on it. Will definitely have to burn the midnight oil again. July 1st should find me to be a very fatigued and word-weary HP traveler. I cracked up to see that you didn't miss my purposefully placed toilet references. I love being a goofball because it's a great way to keep me from taking myself too seriously. Have a great night, Mary!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    This is scary...I know I left a comment because I just got a notification that a hub I was following (this one) had a new comment, and yet, I can't find mine. So, as I eerily read this again to remember my comment, here goes;

    First, your nephews are adorable, then, to you and your marvelous imagination, kudos. You crack me up with some of the things you come up with but they are always interesting and mostly amusing. What a great way to tell people about picture prompts!

    I didn't realize you were doing the 30/30 so I went back to catch your other hubs. I hope my comments are there at least! This is going to be a fun 30/30 for us!

    Great job. Voted up, useful, funny, interesting and shared.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, DDE!

    Thank you for your visit and kind comments, my friend. Writing from the heart is my favorite niche of all. Blessings and aloha to you!

    Joe

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    ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

    Joe-Each photo tells a different story and I have discovered, belated though, that an image is an amazing tool to arouse creativity. You have shown us the right way to look around and capture the scenes and let our creative juices flow uninhibited. Thank you for sharing the excellent hub with great advices.

    Aloha.

    Arun Kanti

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    This is a delightful hub--good advice, tremendously inventive descriptions, adorable photos and a big chunk of humor! Voted Up+++

    and shared (once I was able to stop laughing)...Jaye

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    So you ARE doing a 30/30...how lucky we are! Thirty hubs from you in thirty days, that's gonna be great and this hub is a perfect example of how great. Niche or no niche this is a fun hub. Your nephews are adorable and your imagination is captivating! Of course the subject is a good one for writers to pay attention to too.

    First you write about "A penman's laxative".... then you end with "Here's to your massive consonant and vowel movement!" Hysterical! I'm gonna have to vote all the way across on this one Joe, I can't help myself. And now I'm going to have to look for the other hubs I've missed.

    Voted all the way across and shared!

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    You always surprise me with something different and certainly have a way with writing and the photos are so perfect. Good luck on your challenge!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Bill D! Thank you for your heartfelt and uplifting thoughts! Thought I'd have fun showcasing my two rascal grand-nephews! I'll do my very best with the Challenge. Thanks, too, for wishing me well! Have a great week, Bill!

    Joe

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Joe. First of all I love the pictures. Those are some cute kids there. Secondly, you could write about anything and keep your readers attention. Good luck with your 30/30. I have no doubt that you will be successful.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Alex! I'm going to do my very best! I'm already slipping and working on Hawaiian time, but...'a's why hard, yeah? I was in Safeway yesterday trying to find pineapple slices or chunks that didn't come in a can...I was going to try your cottage cheese, pineapples, and blueberries concoction at one of the coffee shops. Ah, too bad, couldn't find the pineapples nor the blueberries. Next time, I'll try a different store. That thing sure looked ono, the way you presented it in the photos AND in the article. Well, gotta check in with the wife, have supper, and then work on a few projects before watching the very macho series, The Bachelorette. Yeah, I'm whipped! LOL! See ya, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Kathryn!

    I'm worried about Karen. Haven't heard from her, and I hope she's okay. She's usually very good about keeping in contact, especially with those involved in the challenges she hosts. Hopefully, it's just a matter of maybe being somewhere where she doesn't have access to the Internet.

    Thank you very much for your kind comments. My great-nephews are the coolest dudes! Always up for a photo shoot.

    Yeah, that Bill is a phenom! And how he maintains quality over quantity, I'll never know. His hub today was awesome and explains his drive. Congratulations to you, too, for doing so very well here on HP. Your recipe hubs and other articles are absolutely appealing! Have a good evening, Kathryn! Time to check in with my better half who just got home!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Yes! Keep the challenge going. Cool to see what you come up with when pressed to make a hub. Also, funny pictures of your kids. Writing a story for a picture is one of my favorite things to do. "It's a cognitive stimulant. A penman's laxative. A writer's prompt." Agreedo. Write on!

    -Alex

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    Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    You sure are creative with your photo prompts! Of course it must be so easy to come up with material when you see those two little cuties (the little boys).

    I like photo prompts. They do get the creative juices flowing.

    I'm laughing at Bill's comment about getting carried away with his 30/30 challenge. Haha, there should be a "Billybuc 365/365 never give up challenge"!

    Thank you for another wonderful hub, and good luck with your next 28! I know you can do it :)

    ~ Kathryn

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Pearl!

    I can be uptight as I walk, worrying about deadlines, the Challenge, etc. So I tell myself, "Relax...calm down...enjoy the walk and the view...your hub is already done...you just need to walk until you find where you put it..." You know, the zen of walking and writing stuff. And it really works well for me.That's how this hub came into being. It was already there, and I just had to travel as far as I needed to go in order to come upon it. Crazy...but that's how I roll! : ) Thank you for stopping by to visit and for your kind and gracious words, Pearl! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hey, Jim! The 30 Days Challenge is a formidable one, but if I can just stay on task and not get pulled away too much to watch The Bachelorette, I'll be fine. Any updates regarding the movie (s)? Eugene must be lovely, especially this time of year! Thank you, my friend, for the wonderful visit!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Tom!

    Thanks for your kind words and for cheering me on with the 30 Day Challenge. For some reason, we haven't heard from the challenge leader, Karen, since it started, so I hope she's alright. Yeah, I'd love to see a hub where you feature your photos. Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to the next time!

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Outstanding Joe! You are one prolific writer man. Keep on writing and walking and entertaining your growing fan base!

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Joe, well you are off to a great start on your hub challenge! I love how your mind works, and all the cool word twists and funny lines you come up with. Those little guys are more than cute..no wonder you are inspired by them! But the best of all was what you did with the dead tree laying in the field. Amazing stuff, my friend ;) Pearl

    Voted Up+++

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi my friend great going on the 30/30 challenge, love all your great photos and write-up on them, awesome. I use all my photos i take with my camera @ RedGage but might consider doing a hub using some of them if i could find the time to do that. Best wishes and Aloha !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Liz!

    I actually responded to your great comments hours ago, but I must not have pressed the Post Comment button. Sorry about that! Just came back from my walk and noticed an odd rather than even number in the comments section of my account for this hub, and that's when I found my error.

    Oh, yes, now I remember...I came across something you told Bill about what you earned from writing articles (on other venues), and I was totally impressed. When you have the time, please drop me a private line or two to teach this old guy a few new things. Thanks, Liz! Talk to you soon!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, sallybea!

    Actually, I have come across some great writing here on HP--yours included, Sally--that could easily stand alone without the wonderful complements of digital images. However, it is a requirement (or at least a strong suggestion) that HP puts out there for us to comply with, and I'm totally okay with that. Across the various cultures, especially, the photos and videos go a long way in facilitating translation and understanding. Thanks for your great comments, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Joelle!

    Whenever I'm at a temporary loss for words, I go over to Facebook to "visit" my loved ones in Hawai'i. Invariably, I'll spot a great shot of one of my rascal little relatives, and it instantly strikes a familiar chord with that little boy in me, and I'm off to the races with silly ideas.

    Yeah, the first shot of the piece of tree was quite the mystery. There didn't appear to be a hole in the ground nearby. And I have only seen one vehicle on that trail since I began walking it back in January. Maybe it came by way of helicopter...or UFO...or waterspout (as in the case of the frogs that mysteriously fall from the sky). In any event, it so reminded me of TREMORS. LOL! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your great comments, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Annette Hendley!

    Across cultures, the utilization of 2D images is both popular and pragmatic. Thank you very much for reminding us how important prompts are in engaging the imaginative and liquid flow of young people's writing...after all, these prompts address the very same facet within each of us adults.

    Aloha!

    Joe

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    Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

    Hi Joe, You really don't have a half decent Hub without the images to go with it I don't think - which is why I carry my camera nearly everywhere I go. Amazing how when you look back at the folders on your computer how you can feel a Hub coming on! Oh - Joe, I just adore those children! Good luck with the challenge.e

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Great pictures, Joe!

    The roots or pieces of wood can become a nice piece of art. I have a friend who collects them and it's just beautiful in her living room! The best one are the one who washed up at the beach.... maybe because the sand polish those pieces with time?

    Adorable picture of the kids! I love the one with the huge drumstick! A little someone has a good appetite :-) Just adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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    Annette Hendley 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

    Good idea. I used pictures a lot to help my students to write character profiles.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Bill H!

    Your writing prompts on the blog site are absolutely amazing and provocative! I want you to know that your liberal sharing of those lovely photos PROMPTED me in part to write this hub. The models were my rascal and lovable great-nephews, and they're forever a source of hub-worthy prompts. Have a great day, my friend, and--yes--thanks again for the beautiful hub you shared with us this morning. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, WND!

    I love that we all can share with, inspire, and in turn be moved by our writer peers here in the HubPages community. Yes, by all means, take your camera with you! Alabama must be so beautiful this time of year, and for those of us who lived on an island for much of our lives or don't get to travel as much as we'd like to, it is absolutely delightful to see the areas where other people live. This world is too amazing not to have a greater awareness of and appreciation for it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your kind words and writing thoughts, my friend. Aloha to you, the furry friends, and Alabama!

    Joe

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    Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Look at those boys! They are the epitome of excellent genes and a good diet.

    Forget about daily writing prompts--just look through your photos and find a pile of stories ready to be written. Another great tip, Joe!

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I love that you are taking the 30/30 challenge...I got a little bit carried away with mine and couldn't stop. LOL

    Love the writing prompts...as you know from my blog, I'm a big believer in these to stimulate creativity. I'll never understand writer's block.

    Full day ahead my friend so I will wish you a blessed day, and I will thank you for your friendship. Great suggestions here.

    Aloha,

    bill

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Great going on your H.O.T. and your 30 day challenge. The pictures are awesome and you got the right touch to add expression.

    I really do need to remember to collect my camera as I go out the door. I, too, see some unique stuff and the camera is at home. My phone camera is not that great.

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