I took a one day break from Sunday Stills to celebrate the Independence Day holiday. My good friend Marsha is busy with her new property as they prepare to get it ready for its new AirB&B status! So I offered to return the favor to host her weekly blog feature Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge (aka) #WQWWC for her this week!

WQWWC Requirement

More About Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge

I have been participating lately…I originally misunderstood the prompt thinking it was more of a writing prompt responding to a chosen quote. Just shows you how wrong I was. Like my Sunday Stills photo challenge that has a prepared weekly theme, WQWWC also has a weekly theme. This week is writer’s choice!

If you think this is still a writer’s challenge, you would be right, sort of. As bloggers, we are all writers to some degree. Many of us focus on different types of writing, whether the subject and focus is poetry, photography, DIY, lifestyle, food, travel, and others. Most bloggers share their craft in several creative ways, combining photography with some form of writing.

Many bloggers also combine their posts into several challenges or prompts—i.e. photo, poetry, flower-of-the-day, color challenge, and more. Hot this month is Becky B’s square trees challenge. Need more inspiration? Check out Cee’s page For the Love of Challenges and click on the challenge of your choice.

If you were planning to share your trees anyway, why not search for a quote about trees?

For Writers Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge, the sky is the limit. Especially this week as it is writer’s choice—that’s YOU, the writer.

WQWWC Suggestions

Now that you have the hang of it, let me take a moment to provide a few examples and illuminate the prompts.


As host this week, it is my sworn duty as a patriotic American to mention culture with a word or two about USA Independence Day, July 4th and what it has morphed into. While freedom and pride are the overarching themes, Americans love a party!

While many cities solemnly celebrate Independence Day with speeches, parades, and a little pomp, as it should be, most Americans are happy to have a summer holiday and blow off fireworks!

Erma Bombeck says it best…

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

Erma Bombeck

Do you have a favorite culture quote from your own country?

Writer’s Choice

From here we explore writer’s choice, so share your creativity… c’mon, you can do it! I’m back outside to enjoy water and trees.

Like Marsha, who loves to combine photo and writing challenges in her posts, I’m linking some images to other photo challenges today.

Last week, hubby spent the week traveling back to Sacramento to bring back the rest of the items in our storage unit—bicycles, BBQ, random outdoor furniture, his tools, etc. Once he was done, he celebrated by doing his favorite activity—windsurfing!

Hans Schrandt Executes Big Jump
Hubby with a Big Jump!

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

Shared for John’s On the Water LAPC and John’s CellPic Sunday

While hubby was camping in his truck and hanging with friends in the windy and cool Sacramento delta, my dogs and I endured the record heat by rising early. At 4am I was greeted by this amazing sunrise over the ridge.

Colorful dawn in the mountains

John Muir says it best with this quote:

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!”

John Muir
Painnt Filter Forest
A serene walk in the forest. Image enhanced with Painnt

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”

John Muir

These wonderful Ponderosa pines that surround me are shared for Becky B’s squaretrees.

Now It’s Your Turn

What inspires you more, your images or quotes? Now you will be doubly inspired. Your choice or culture…maybe both?

Create a WQWWC Post

Post it on your blog and link to this post. Leave me a comment to make sure I see it. I will respond to your posts while Marsha is busy! For more information on the writer’s quotes challenge, visit Marsha’s page. Themes for the next few weeks are posted for those who love to plan in advance.

Last Week’s Freedom WQWWC Links

Marsha and I thank you for linking your freedom posts last week. Please visit if you can!

Sunday Stills is Back on July 11 with the Theme: Under the Trees

In the meantime, there is no reason for me to wait to share all the amazing Great Outdoors Bloggers links until July 11th. With 32 link-ups, you ‘all seem to love the great outdoors!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for linking to all the wonderful blogging prompts and challenges available.


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57 thoughts on “Writer’s Quotes Wednesday Writing Challenge: Writer’s Choice or Culture

  1. Thank you for the pingback. It is great to be back!

    The photo of your hubby is really cool. Great waves! Looks like fun.

    It is always inspiring to be reminded of some wonderfully inspiring John Muir quotes. He is a favourite of mine.

    Have a wonderful rest of your week ❤

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      1. I don’t see that much ads on IG? When I think about it, I probably see less when I’m not in the US, I haven’t thought about that before..I bet that canvas is amazing 🙂

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  2. Thank you for joining me in this week’s “on the water” challenge. I’ve just recently started reading some of the stories that Marsha started with the #WQWWC challenge.

    Windsurfing looks like a lot of fun, but I think I’ll have to enjoy it from afar (and use a long lens.) Nice photo, and a perfect fit for this week’s topic.

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  3. Thanks for hosting this week, my friend. You created a beautiful post and did a fantastic job of explaining the challenge. I’ll be checking in from time to time to also follow up with links. 🙂 Have a fun week. Maybe we can kayak when you come here.

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    1. It was a fun post to write an a departure from ye old Sunday Stills for a change. I booked our flights and we will be in the Phoenix area on Sat/Sun 8/21-22. We’re renting a car and are free those two days. I’ll PM you later with details!

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  4. awww such a lovely post, and thank you so much for the incredibly warm and generous #TreeSquare mention. You are so kind. I am loving your trees in this, and the quotes are just perfect

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    1. Glad to hear SD is still mild. Got hot in our old Sacramento neighborhood, sadly breaking heat records here in Spokane area, although we saw a short rain shower at 8am this morning. I always thought Erma was a scream–great humor writer!

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  5. FIrst off…I totally forgot marsha wasn’t hosting this week and kept checking so I could add my link…lol. Secondly, I love all your posts and photos. The path in the forest could totally be framed. That sunrise was stunning and wow, your hubby really got some air. That has to take a lot of strength I’m sure. Here’s my link.

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  6. Fabulous post Terri, your words and photos are just lovely. Thanks for sharing the Sunday Stills posts as well. Marsha is lucky to have you fill in for her and vice versa.

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  7. Beautiful post, Terry. I hope your Independence Day was wonderful. Beautiful photos and quotes (I’ve been reading a lot of Muir quotes lately.) I’m inspired by both images and quotes, I think, without a preference. They offer a different kind of beauty. Have a lovely midsummer!

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  8. How my mother loved Erma Bombeck. Read her column faithfully. She hit the nail on the head about the 4th and patriotism.

    The photo you took then edited with Painnt is incredible. I love it so much. We have trees in paintings, prints, metal art in our den. That piece would make a breathtaking addition to our tree collection. Just wow!!

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