500-Word Challenge: Six mini-lessons

a. When I finished the longer piece, I gave myself five minutes to do a light edit. Yes! Finished with 30 seconds to spare!  b. During my 30-minute exerbike sessions, inspiration generally kicks in after ten minutes of pedaling and reading. At that point, I’m generally reaching for a pen and Read more…

Today’s theme: Disappointment

  I’m disappointed that I haven’t yet finished the 500-Word Challenge because I promised myself a nice little reward once I post on January 31. Previous tolerant [Sympathetic? Long-suffering? Now homicidal?] readers of some of my –happy place alert!–Pulitzer-winning posts will probably guess what the reward is–something techy. Looking through Read more…

Posting without serious editing…

Not a pretty thing. Throughout this January 500-Word Challengee’re we’ve been encouraged to publish without minndful editing, which I think is just fine because, in my eyes, the goals are to rise above fear and resistance and, in the process, build our ‘blogging muscles’. However, at 1:00 on Thursday morning, I knew Read more…

Aiming for Justice–Part II

Reminder to readers: This is a continuation of the ‘assignment’ to write an ending. Here is Part I of the ending. *** We both stopped and looked at each other. “Really?” I asked. “We at least need to check,” said Maeve. We slid the rolled up banner away from the Read more…

The Eclectic’s Journal [Intro]

Introductory Pages for Eclectic’s Journal [Note: I’m ‘honoring’ Jeff Goins’ [the writing challenge’s point person] suggestion to not edit.] Write It Down, Make It Happen is the inspiration behind my ‘Put It to Paper’ section. Henriette Klauser’s strategy of jotting down those long-term goals keeps them on the front burner. Read more…

Aiming for Justice

Today’s challenge: Write an ending. This is the first half of the ending. *** “But what are you gonna do about it?” I hated when she asked me questions like that. They made too much sense. And they put me on the spot. And I had to take action. “You’re Read more…

List Your Fears

Today’s 500-word topic: List your fears. So I fear that I’m not going to finish this January 500 word challenge. I fear that I won’t finish the projects I’ve started and that Jon Acuff will send out his procrastination police to drag me in front of a vicious, closed minded Read more…