WordPress Blogging U: Story Editing

I have participated in all the WordPress Blogging U sessions and this is perhaps the one I will benefit from the most. This session is Writing 201: Finding Your Story

I’ve decided to take this Blogging U opportunity to do a few things:

1) finish a story I started writing for the Blogging A to Z Challenge
2) tighten it up by doing some serious editing
3) get some serious feedback on it

A little background on the story. For the Blogging A to Z Challenge, I decided to write a short story 100 words at a time. I would begin each section of the story with that days letter and end it with the next days letter. Continue reading

The Savior

My take on this weeks Friday Fictioneers.

There it sat amongest the cobwebs and boxes, a painful but joyful reminder of years gone by.

Sarah didn’t understand why I kept it. I told her, “it’s a reminder that this ram gave its life to save Isaac’s.”

“Abraham,” she’d always say shaking her head and with a chuckle. “You don’t really believe this ram saved Isaacs life on that mountain, do you?”

“Maybe. Maybe not.” One thing is certain, if it hadn’t been there Isaac and I would have starved to death and Sarah never would have forgiven me for killing her only son.

PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright – Adam Ickes

Going Dark

Today is my birthday! Happy birthday to me.

I’m headed out of town and going dark for the next 72 hours. Camping and whitewater rafting and probably a little bit of hiking. No cell service, no internet.

I’m stressing this whole going dark thing. Haven’t done anything like this since I became a slave to my devices. Anyway, I guess it’s a device detox, too.

Anyway have a good week and I’ll see you when I get back. 

Day III – Writing 101 – Not Particularly Moved

Day 3 of WordPress’s Writing 101 is Commit to a Writing Practice.

Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?

When this assignment posted, I asked myself are there any songs that illicit any strong emotions or any emotions at all, and the answer then as it is now is: “No.” Having resolved myself to not being moved by songs, I thought I should take a look within to perhaps learn why.

I did go on a kind of journey, albeit a very short one. I got bored with it. Anyway, the bottom line is I still don’t know why there’s not a song I’m emotionally attached to. There are lots of songs that get me tapping my feet, snapping my fingers, clapping my hands, and singing at the top of my lungs (which ah ra um . . . you probably want to be clear across town for that). Continue reading

Day II: Writing 101 — A Beautiful View

So, I’m a bit behind with WordPress’s Writing 101. The challenge for Day 2 was to describe a view with the twist to organize it around a setting.

This task was a bit hard. I don’t usually write descriptors like this. Hope I stayed true to the task. To see the full Day 2 challenge description click HERE.

Feedback is always welcome.
“Beautiful,” I said. I never would have done this until I met Jackson.

He had been after me for two years. “You’ll love it,” he’d say.

He planned his vacation around mine. He told me that he wanted us to do something together.

He woke me long before sunrise, which I didn’t appreciate. After all it’s my vacation and I hadn’t planned on getting out of bed before noon. I begrudgingly stumbled out of bed and mumbled something inaudible even to myself. Once I had dressed I met him in the kitchen where he was waiting for me at the kitchen table with this ridiculous grin on his face.

“You ready to go sunshine.”

“Where are we going? And why do we have to leave so early?”

“It’s a surprise.”

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Day 1: Writing 101 – Unlock the Mind

writing101Today starts a new challenge, Writing 101, which is brought to us by WordPress. The thought behind this challenge is to get you writing every day.

Today’s assignment was to do 20 minutes of free writing. Now free writing and I have never particularly gotten along. I have taken many a creative writing class and belong to a creative writing group and when the time comes to free write, I always manage to feel the need to edit a few sentences in and then I just can’t go any further.

So, here it goes.

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