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2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 6

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 6!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is: Brainstorming for Effective Titles – “Brainstorm for the title of a short story or magazine article you’ve recently begun.  Be inventive!  Come up with several possible titles.”

Brainstorming, eh?  Well, I am currently working on editing a draft of a commentary piece for a writing course, which I could perhaps title “Wear a Mask, dammit”.  Or maybe “You like the Lone Ranger?  Try being a Lone Maskman!”  Or how about “Holy People Who Don’t Care about Anyone Else, Batman!”  Don’t like these?  How about “Learn a New Skill:  Learn to Read Lips without Lips” or “A Mask for All Seasons”.

Well, I’m about done with my brainstorming.  I know the perfect title for this piece is out there (and I’m sure you’ve figured out the subject of my rant, I mean Commentary.)  I will take any and all additional suggestions, and if yours is the “winning” title, I’ll make sure to credit you, on my mask 🙂

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 5

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 5!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is:  Reverence for Books and Reading:  “Describe your favourite kinds of books.  Or better yet, think back to a childhood experience with one special book.  How did it affect you?  Which characters were the most memorable?  What did you learn?  What long-term influence has it had on your life?”

So, I had thought a lot about this a month or two ago when my book club (which I have been lucky to attend again since they started Zooming – it’s the book club I left behind 13 years ago when I moved) had a theme of YA or children’s books.  I chose to dig up books I read when I was younger, so re-reads, but definitely trips down memory lane.   Now, the books I chose for this club meeting were Little House on the Prairie, Are you There God, It’s Me, Margaret, The Secret of the Old Clock, and all the Harry Potter books (ok, I confess that I did NOT read these as a youngster…but they took me back to younger days).

But, you know, thinking back, three books come to mind which really affected me when I read them:  Black Beauty (I remember crying when one of the horses died), the Narnia books (I remember babysitting and seeing the one book in the series I had NOT read and spending the whole night reading it), and The Lord of the Rings, which had a huge impact on me as I really got into fantasy books for a long time.  In all honesty, it’s hard for me to pin down specific books that had an impact on me as a child.  I read everything – the librarians had to limit how many books I could take out at a time, and I would always read ALL the books I took out.  I can see in my head the children’s library I used to frequent, and can even see the inside of the book mobile we used to have in the neighbourhood over the summer, back in the days when those  were still a thing.

So, I think my biggest memory is just reading, being encouraged to read by my parents, and endlessly hanging out at libraries (public, school, bookmobiles) to find something new to read.  And, of course, I still read all the time now, just not on paper or at a library.  It’s all Kindle app on the iPad now.  Purists will hate that, but it’s so easy to make the text bigger and these days, well that’s a deal breaker.

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 4

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 4!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is:  Thinking about your readers – I’m supposed to draft a poem or letter addressed to my fellow citizens in which I share one idea for making the world a better place.  And be as detailed as I can about what I propose.

Dear fellow Blogging Citizens;

I have an amazing plan for making the world a better place.  Take more pictures of kitties.  Yes, I could tout a plan for getting (encouraging) people to wear masks (come on, it’s not just all about you…) or for voting for someone other than a giant Cheeto (cheetos really don’t make good presidents … just saying).  But really, who would listen?  Those who already subscribe to those plans would smile and nod, and those that don’t will just keep making it worse for the rest of us.

So, that is why mt plan for making the world a better place is

That is all.

Zombie Flamingos (they make good presidents!)

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 3

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 3!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is: Acting upon Resolutions, meaning my resolution to write something every day, and by doing so, improving my writing and increasing the amount I actually write.

Now, obviously this isn’t a New Year’s resolution.  Or maybe it is – it kind of feels like a new year given the current 2020 circumstances.  Although I guess we still don’t know if or when this pandemic will subside, or if it will take off again over the next few weeks.  I do know work, which begins for me again tomorrow…sigh…, will be crazy given most of our courses are moving online for the Fall, and I am not convinced most instructors really know what that means.

But, I digress.  My resolution/goal for the month of August is to write more, and write more coherently, and write more words, and while I continue to do my morning pages and journal, I need some accountability for my writing, which is why I am writing here for all of you to read.

Finding space and time is not a problem.  The problem is making the time and sticking to it.  Even when things are in my calendar, unless they are connected to events involving others, I am not the most consistent with task mastery.  Maybe this time will be different (hope I didn’t just jinx it by saying that).  It’s really just up to me.  One day, one week, one month at a time and we will see.  Can’t do any more than that!

And now, here is a picture of a kitten to send you on your way.

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 2

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 1!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is:  Contemplating Art – “Spend several moments contemplating a work of art of your choice, and then write a one-page tory in which you enter that work of art.  Describe how you interact with your surroundings.”

In our foyer is a painting of a jazz trio. Entering that work of art is easy.

The room is dark and smoky, because this painting pictures a club from the time before the banning of smoking in public places.  I never liked smoke, but something about a smoky jazz or blues club, well it just seems right.

The music is relaxing, and I hear the clinks of glasses and low chatter of people asking for another beer or a plate of nachos. Yes, nachos. It’s my fantasy.

The sax player starts his solo, like the room, smoky and a little sexy. It’s not a ballad, something bluesy. The drummer brushes lightly on the hi hat, a light bass drum kick in the background, and the bass player, well, his eyes are closed and he just swings.

The trio picks it up the main melody again, ending the set with a flourish. Applause sprinkles across the room, and I sit back and sigh in contentment.  It’s been a long time since I’ve been out to enjoy good jazz. That pandemic really took it out of all of us, and it’s good to get back to something normal.

With that I flip off the 3D glasses and return to reality, a whiff of smoke still haunting my memory.

2020 Daily Writing Challenge: August 1

And now, from Jo Hawk, the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge, for August 1!

For my writing challenge, I am going to be working with daily prompts from the book “The Daily Writer: 365 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life.”

So, today is:  Uses of Allegory – Compose an allegory, keeping in mind that each of your characters represents an abstract trait. Give your main character a goal she struggles against powerful obstacles to attain.

Hmmm…I’m not really good at this writing prompt thing, but this is why I’m doing this challenge.  I’ll probably keep it short for the first few and see how I do.

My allegory is a story of Ms. Mask and her fight against the nefarious triplets Complacency, Denial, and Hoax.  The divine Ms. M. dutifully protects others when she goes to the Den of Foodsuffs, or to the Place of Disease Fixing, or anyplace Hoards of People might hangout.  Listening diligently to Science Guru and to Doctor Pandemic Expert, she continues persistently even in the face of Mr. Ignore the Problem and Mrs. No One Can Tell Me What To Do.

I think I have to work on this…  Anyway, that’s what I got for today!  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s adventure.

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