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Just Jot it January: January 19

“Your prompt for January 19th, 2018, brought to you by my dear friend and fellow Canadian, Kerry, is “Darkness.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Kerry at her blog, “Her Headache,” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:  https://kkherheadache.wordpress.com/(https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/19/jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-19th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Darkness

Darkness.  Darkness was what it was this morning when I left the house to walk down to the Harbour Air terminal in the Inner Harbour to catch my plane to Vancouver.

Darkness was what the city was still enveloped in when I reached the terminal.  Daylight Savings time, you know.  Well, not so much Daylight Savings time as Winter.  I mean, even if we didn’t change time, 7:00 am would still be dark at this time of year.  It’s the end of the day being dark I object to.  Dark when you go to work, dark when you go home from work.  I can hardly wait for March!

Darkness is a state in which float planes do not fly.

Thus, the first plane out of the city at this time of year is at 8:00am, and the last plane coming back from Vancouver is 4:00pm.  Makes for a tight day.  But a much better (and cheaper) way to get from Victoria to Vancouver when you are having meetings, etc. downtown.  Other ways to get to Vancouver include driving all the way to the big airport and taking a jet to Richmond and finding a way (cab? Bus?) to downtown Vancouver (and then back again). Or driving to the ferry terminal, waiting in a ferry line, taking a ferry for an hour and a half to Tsawwassen and the finding your way to Vancouver (driving your car, taking a bus…) probably during rush hour, since you are going into Vancouver for a meeting.  Oh, and the first ferry leaves at 7:00 am, which mean you need to get to the terminal one-half hour before it leaves (pay extra for a reservation if you’re worried you will not get on if it’s too busy).  All that as opposed to me getting up and walking for 20 minutes from our house to the Harbour Air terminal, checking in 25 minutes in advance, then a 35-minute flight downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver, then a quick walk to the meeting.  No driving, no parking.

Of course, this doesn’t work so well if you DO have to drive somewhere else in Vancouver.  So then, the ferry is a better bet.  But anything I can do to avoid driving in Vancouver (especially in the rain, or in the Darkness) I will do!  Even flying.  On a small plane.  That is very bouncy when it’s rainy and windy (as it was today for part of the flight).

Anyway, we made it back uneventfully, and without anyone losing their lunch (as far as I could tell), gliding into our Inner Harbour, and parking smoothly at the dock.  I disembarked, once again without dropping my bags (or myself) into the water (those stairs are NARROW!!).  And, thus ended my adventure, in the Darkness once more. An adventure of flying on a float plane for the first time, from downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver for a 6-hour meeting.  Commuting by plane, like some commute by car or by bus or by rail.

Just Jot it January: January 18

“Your prompt for January 18th, 2018, brought to you by the lovely Sandra, is “Revolt.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Sandra at her blog, “What Sandra Thinks” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:  https://whatsandrathinks.com/(https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/18/jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-18th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Revolt

Revolt is an interesting word to choose as a theme for Just Jotting in January.  I’m not really sure how I feel about this word, revolt, but let’s take a closer look at it.

If I think about it for a minute, I would say you can revolt against something, like a rebellion, or a strike are kinds of revolts.  Or something can be revolting, like slimy things, or raisins.  Yeah, I don’t think of many things as revolting (well, there are some politicians out there right now I would call revolting), but raisins?  They are just wrong.

Anyway, the word “revolt” has the connotation of not liking something so much that you have to rebel against it, even if rebelling just means your stomach loses its contents.  Or maybe you just don’t agree with something to the point where you have to try to stop it.

Well, now what do I need to say?  I don’t know that I have ever actually led a revolt against anything.  Well, maybe kind of, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to talk about that here.  After all, the Internet has ears.  So to speak.  I mean, not literal ears.  Unless you count Siri.  That chick is spooky.  Anyway, leading a revolt sounds like a lot of work.  Especially when you consider that revolts don’t always work.  I mean, even if you “win”, how likely is it that things will just eventually go back to the way they were?  People have revolted against the wealthy before, but look at how things are today.  Are we waiting for the next revolt?  Some people seem to think so.  And revolts are typically violent.  It’s kind of part of the definition of the word, as in “to try to remove the government of your country using force”.

I sometimes think I should raise a revolt against those people who put raisins in their muffins.  Yes, I’m back to raisins.  Mainly because I am having a hard time today with this prompt.  But there is nothing more revolting (see what I did there?) than taking a bite of a muffin, expecting no raisins (or expecting something different altogether) and getting a mouthful of raisins.  Or cinnamon buns.  Those are the worst.  Why would anyone ruin a perfectly delectable cinnamon bun with raisins?  Back in the days when I could eat glutinous food, I would have a cinnamon bun at work.  This was back in the days I worked with friend Susan.  She would remember well me piling up raisins on a plate on the days the buns had those revolting raisins in them.  I could do nothing else.  Eating them…well, just no.

Kevin once bought a loaf of bread he thought was olive loaf.  Turned out to be raisins. Nasty surprise for him, but he should have worn his glasses to the grocery store!  He knows better now.  Raisins are sneaky and pernicious.  Yes, pernicious.  Now THAT would be a good Just Jot prompt word!  Beware of those pernicious raisins!

And now, enjoy a picture of a gang of peacocks, just hanging out waiting to cause trouble (or perhaps to revolt!)

Just Jot it January: January 17

Today is One-liner Wednesday at Linda G. Hill’s site, but of course my one-liner will be a bit longer… (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/17/one-liner-wednesday-jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-17-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Oh boy.  No theme today, so now I have to decide what to write about.  The 500 word challenge suggestion is to write a manifesto – a statement of purpose that represents what I believe in.  And the Ultimate Blogging Challenge suggestion is to share something from the past – my personal past, my business’s past, or the world’s past.  Hey, is the possessive of business “business’ “ or “business’s”?  Does anyone really know how this works?  I mean, when you say the possessive of business, it sounds like the plural, right?  But in writing we are supposed to add that apostrophe thing, but when a word ends with one or more “s”’s (yikes!) what are we supposed to write?  Where does the damn apostrophe go?

So, since I don’t know what else to write about today, let’s do this.  It’s not a manifesto, but it might turn into a bit of a cause, depending on what I find out as I Google possessives and apostrophes.  Here goes!

According to APA, which is the American Psychological Association citation guide (something I know about all too well, working in academia and having suffered through APA citations for my Masters thesis…), you always add an extra “s” after the apostrophe.  Ok, nice to have a rule.  Of course, every rule comes with exceptions, so the exception here, according to APA, is you do NOT add an extra “s” when the word or name in question ends with an “s” that isn’t pronounced. Sigh.  Like “Decartes’ theory”.  (http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2013/06/forming-possessives-with-singular-names.html).

And to further confuse me (although admittedly, it does not take much to confuse me), words/names that end in “s”, where the “s” is pronounced normally, but the extra “s” of the possessive is NOT pronounced, you don’t add the extra “s” in spelling”.  So, Charles’s cat, as opposed to Bridges’ cat.  Stupid English spelling.  (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/punctuation/apostrophe)

Then, there is this helpful advice Many common nouns end in the letter s (lens, cactus, bus, etc.). So do a lot of proper nouns (Mr. Jones, Texas, Christmas). There are conflicting policies and theories about how to show possession when writing such nouns. There is no right answer; the best advice is to choose a formula and stay consistent. “” (http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp)

So, I guess in the end, just do what you like as long as you keep it consistent.  And never, Never, NEVER add an apostrophe to “it” when it is possessive.  It is NOT “it’s door”, although it is “it’s a door”.  It’s is for “it is” , it is not for the possessive of “it” (was that too many “it is’s” for you?”.  Please, for the love of whatever you believe in, DON’T add an apostrophe to “it” for possession.  Just…don’t.

And now, to end, and this had nothing whatsoever to do with apostrophes or possessive nouns, but I just watched Seth Meyers from last night, and I just had to say that I LOVE Leslie Jones (from SNL). She just make me laugh and laugh and laugh.  I love Seth too, but Leslie Jones?  Man – she is awesome!

Just Jot it January: January 16

“Your prompt for January 16th, 2018, brought to you by the multi-talented Cheryl, is “Contemplation.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Cheryl at her blog, “The Bag Lady” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:  https://rugby843.blog/ (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/16/jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-16th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Contemplation

Oh, you’re opening a whole kettle with this word, don’t you know!?!

So, it’s 6:15 am, and I’ve been up for an hour.  Drinking my coffee, eating my bagel, contemplating getting ready for my workout this morning.  Feeling awake now, contemplating a bit of a sore throat, but convincing myself that it’s just the dryness of winter.  Strange thing, living in a city on the ocean, but feeling dry all winter.  Even though it’s the rainy season.  It doesn’t’ rain for 4 months in the summer, but I never feel dry then.  That’s something to contemplate!

The early morning darkness of this time of year is a good time for contemplation.  No distractions from the outside world.  Even the kitties are … hmmm, I don’t know where they are.  That’s something to contemplate.  What are they getting into, or have they just gone back to bed with Kevin – the fireplace in the bedroom is on, after all.

I take a moment to contemplate the day ahead.  Mainly to make sure I don’t have any meetings at 8:30 in the morning.  I try really hard to avoid those.  Then I don’t have to rush after my workout.  I can take a bit of time to get ready for work and to take my longer drive along the ocean.  Contemplation time as I wend my way.

And now I contemplate what to do with the next 10 minutes before I need to head to the gym.  Trying not to contemplate too hard about what I want to do after work.  Running, yoga, meditation.  It will probably be a leftover night for dinner as I can’t contemplate adding cooking onto the list.  Ah, now I see Elliot.  He is contemplating, well, I am not sure what he is contemplating, but he looks like he is contemplating something.  Probably what mischief he is going to get into next.  Although, I am sure he doesn’t think of it as mischief.  Just his kitten duties.

I am close to leaving for my workout.  As I prepare to leave, I am contemplating if I should take some pictures on my way to the gym, and at the grocery store, which is right next to the gym – well, kickboxing studio – because there I could take a couple of minutes to contemplate flowers outside and which ones I want to take pictures of for my blog.  There are always many pictures to contemplate.  What is my flower of the day?  What is my colour of the day?  Today is Gold.  So, what pictures can I take that are “gold”?  Then there are pictures to take of kittens to prepare for Kitten Thursday.  Many, many things in life to contemplate.  Even before I leave the house.

Well, I think this will end my contemplative (yes, a real word!) morning of contemplating what to write for my 500 words today.  Time to stop contemplating and get out there to do some things.  Then, tomorrow morning, I can roll out of bed and begin contemplating for another day.

I leave you with a kitten contemplating the fire.

Just Jot it January: January 15

“Your prompt for January 15th, 2018, brought to you by the lovely Barb, is “Justice.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Barb at her blog, “Gallimaufry,” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:  https://barbct.wordpress.com/ (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/15/jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-15th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Justice

Justice.  What a word/topic/theme for a Monday 500 word writing challenge.  The word brings to my mind many, many concepts and expressions.  Supreme Court Justice.  Justice is served.  Social Justice.  Poetic Justice.  Justice League.  Taco Justice (a food truck here in Victoria, ok?).

The dictionary says that justice can be defined as “the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments”.  So, justice does not mean punishment, although I think we often think of justice as punishment for something someone did wrong.  So, justice is sometimes served by sending someone to jail.  But, justice can also be served by someone NOT going to jail – you know, when sending them to jail would have been an INjustice.  Sending them to jail when they are not guilty is also a miscarriage of justice, or perhaps could also be a travesty of justice.

Justice can also refer to a person, like a Supreme Court Justice, or a Justice of the Peace.  A Justice in this case is a judge or magistrate.  One thing I have always been confused by is how judges in the States are elected, not appointed.  Well, some are appointed, like federal judges who are appointed by the President.  Of course, I am sure it is much more complicated than this, but I’m Canadian, and don’t need to know all the ins and outs of the American Justice system.

Poetic Justice is ironic, so kind of like karma.  The example I read during my Justice search was a CEO of a cigarette company who claimed to not believe cigarettes cause cancer, dies of lung cancer due to being a smoker.  Poetic Justice.

You can also do justice to something, so for example, I could have done justice to this topic today, but I am not sure I am.  That is what happens when you wait until the end of the day to do your writing.  It’s much easier first thing in the morning.

Justice League is a movie, a movie that Kevin and I got to go to for free courtesy of VW, and were pretty glad it was free.  Last time we got to go to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which I would have paid to go to!  And speaking of Justice as it applies to superheroes, didn’t Superman talk about Truth, Justice, and the American Way?  Wonder what Superman would think of what is going on down south of my Canadian borders now?

And to give some final justice to this topic, I will leave you with a supposed quote from Martin Luther King Jr., who is being remembered south of our borders.  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Ok, I admit it.  I had no idea what I wanted to write about this topic today, and I think it’s fairly obvious that I still don’t.  Poetic Justice for putting off starting my writing until right before I need to start making dinner.  Swedish meatballs and rice, by the way.  Off to make dinner now!

Just Jot it January: January 14

“Your prompt for January 14th, 2018, brought to you by a new-to-me blogger, Itinerary Planner, is “Ultimatum.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Itinerary Planner at her blog, “Travel Itineraries: Travel the World for Less” (sounds good to me!) to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:  https://traveltinerary.com/ (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/14/jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-14th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Ultimatum

This topic made me wonder, what is an ultimatum anyway?  I mean, I know what it is, but I thought, hey.  I should look it up to make sure I really understand this word before I write about it.  So, I looked it up, and the dictionary says that an ultimatum is “a final demand or statement of terms, the rejection of which will result in retaliation or a breakdown in relations.”  So, basically, it’s someone saying that someone else had better do something or else.  Yeah.  I don’t think ultimatums probably work very well, if they work at all.  Kind of like a dare, or a triple dog dare.  I don’t do dare.  I don’t do ultimatums.  If you have to issue me an ultimatum for something, you’ve got a problem.  If I think something is worth doing, I’ll do it.  But if you have to threaten me to get me to do something, then I think you need to go back to the drawing board.

Also, the idea that an ultimatum is a “final demand”?  How many times have you heard someone say “do that or else”, and then have to change the “or else” because the something didn’t get done?  Does this mean then that it’s not really an ultimatum?  Can you up-ultimatum your ultimatum?  For example, “clean your room, or no supper” … ”ok, you can have supper, but no dessert if your room isn’t clean” … “ok, you can have dessert if you promise to clean your room after”.  And so on, and so on.

Leaders sometimes try ultimatums with other countries.  But who do those leaders (presidents, prime ministers, whatever) think they are telling other countries they can’t run their countries the way they want to?  I’ve always wondered that.  Why not suck it up and talk to each other about the issues?  Just saying, stop that or we won’t send you goods anymore…how often does that actually work?  Do the issues ever get resolved, or do they just fester under the surface until one day they explode in everyone’s faces?

I’m not very good at issuing ultimatums for myself.  You know the kind: go to the gym or no chocolate tonight.  Yeah, I think, good idea!  That will get me to the gym for sure, I think all day long.  Then the end of the day comes, and I’m all like, I can do what I want.  Who’s going to stop me from having chocolate if I don’t go to the gym?  I may feel guilty about it, but I will still enjoy the chocolate.

I hear parents sometimes try ultimatums with their kids.  You know, like the one about cleaning your room and dessert.  I imagine at some point they stop working.  Mom and dad tell me that I liked being sent to my room when I did something wrong because I could just pull out a book and read.  Yay ultimatums!

One thing I can tell you for sure, ultimatums don’t work with kittens.

Just Jot it January: January 13

“Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is as follows: read closely. When you’re ready to sit down and write your post, look to the publication (book, newspaper, permission slip from your kid’s teacher, whatever you find) closest to you, and base your post on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word from the beginning of the page. Enjoy!” (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/12/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-daily-prompt-jan-13th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Ok, the prompt for today, which is also the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, tells me to look at the “publication”, which I will call a piece of paper with text on it (although, I guess “publication” could be something electronic, like an e-book or a Facebook post…) closest to you (I am guessing closest in physical proximity, not as in a closest to my heart kind of way), and base my post on the sixth, seventh, and eighth word from the beginning of the page.  Page – ok, that kind of presumes something written on paper.  Although I guess you could think of a Page in a less traditional sense.  I have found the concept of a “page” much more challenging when looking at resources online, you know, like e-journals and e-newspapers. You can “like” a “page” in Facebook too, but I don’t know what that has to do with this prompt.  Luckily the prompt refers to the beginning of the page, which I presume to mean the page that you can immediately see upon looking at the “publication”.  It does not refer to “page 7”, or anything specific like that.

Anyway, back to the prompt.  The 6th, 7th, and 8th word from the beginning of the page…yada, yada, yada.  “The versatility of”.  Yes, those are the words.  They are pretty good words to begin this prompt, don’t you think?  Or are they??

I’ll be honest with you.  I cheated.  The 6th, 7th, and 8th word from the beginning of the page on the piece of written-on paper closest to me was “received on your”, which is from a description of the final assignment I am supposed to submit for my course this weekend.  I can’t think of anything more boring than that.

Except that this was a cheat too.  These are the 6th, 7th, and 8th words of the Description section which is the first fully written out section in the assignment.  If I were to REALLY count the 6th, 7th, and 8th words from the beginning of the whole page (including the title and the table headings), I would get “Profile Reflection Assignment”.

Ok, let’s be really honest.  Here is what I see on this page:

  • Assignment #2C – Course Profile Reflection” – this is the title
  • Then, the next line (which is a table row) says:
  • Assignment Title (cell 1), Course Profile Reflection (cell 2), 5% (cell 3)

Which words are the 6th, 7th and 8th?  Do you count the # sign as a word? I mean, it stands for “number”, after all.  And what about “2”?  It is a number, AND a word.  And the letter “C”?  Is this also a word?  I am so confused right now.  Which is why I thought cheating would be best.  I mean, who would ever know?  I could tell you that the closest piece of text to me was Chapter 15 of War and Peace.  With my luck, War and Peace doesn’t even have 15 chapters, but who would check up on me?

Well, that’s the end of my 500 words. Guess you will never know which were the 6th, 7th, and 8th words on the paper closest to me this morning, or how I would have used them in a prompt.  That’s life!  Back to coffee…

Just Jot it January: January 12

Today’s prompt is “brought to you by Fandango, is “Aggravation.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Fandango at his blog, “This, That, and the Other” to read his post and say hi! Here’s Fandango’s blog: https://fivedotoh.wordpress.com/ ” (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/12/jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-12th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Aggravation

Remember the post a couple of days ago about writing, what I hate and love about it?  Today is about aggravation, which for me today is being aggravated about participating in this challenge and having to write 500 words tonight, a Friday night, after a long week at work, when its dark and cold and only 5:30pm, about aggravation.  That is aggravation!  Oh, I know it’s good for me…to challenge myself and follow-through with a challenge in spite of just wanting to sit back and relax, and maybe take a nap since it is dark, and the fireplace is warm.  Yes.  But, isn’t it aggravating sometimes knowing you should be doing something because it’s good for you when all you want to do is NOT do it?

You know what else is aggravating?  Daylight savings time.  Why, why, why?  Although I guess it probably doesn’t matter all that much since there will still only be so many hours of daylight, but I would sure rather have that extra daylight AFTER work, not before work.  I am fine going to work in the dark (although yes, it is aggravating to get up in the morning in the pitch blackness), but I really don’t want to feel like it’s bedtime the minute I get home from work.  It’s not very motivating to do anything after a long day at work when the lack of light in the sky tells me it’s time to call it a day.

I find it aggravating that I get aggravated about things like these.  I mean, I can’t control the weather or the fact that we subscribe to Daylight savings time, but I guess I can control how I deal with it.  That’s aggravating too.  I just want to be aggravated and take a nap, but now I’m feeling aggravated with myself because I am not getting out into the pitch blackness for a run.  Which would aggravate me because I can’t run along the ocean path because it’s pitch black outside and there are no lights along the ocean path.  I would be aggravated because I would have to carry my running light, which has aggravated other pedestrians who, although they should be happy they see me coming, have complained that the “light is too bright” (insert whiny tone of voice there….)  And now I’m aggravated with myself for being aggravated with myself.  All around aggravation.

Finally, here I am aggravated because I still have almost 100 words to write for a 500 word challenge, and I am finding it hard to write about aggravation anymore.  I was just considering that there are many other things that aggravate me, but I am not prepared to write about them in a forum that will be read by many people, known and unknown.  Some aggravations of a more personal nature just don’t need to be shared – it’s just better for everyone!  Then there are some aggravations that others don’t need to be reminded of because they are likely aggravations shared by others, you know, like the current American political situation.  Sorry for mentioning it.  I think on that aggravated note, I will bid you adieu!

Just Jot it January: January 11

Today’s prompt is “brought to you by the very wordy Jim Adams, is “Humiliate.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Jim at his blog, “A Unique Title for Me” to read his post and say hi! Here’s his link:  https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/” (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/11/jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-11th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Humiliate

Today’s Just Jot prompt word is “humiliate”.  What a loaded word!  Some people can be so easily humiliated by the simplest things.  Like realizing suddenly when you look in the mirror that you have something on your face, or in your hair, or in your teeth.  Humiliating!  And what about when you get a bad grade on a paper when you thought you did really well?  Humiliatious!  Or maybe you said something incorrect and have to go back and correct what you said to a room full of people.  Humliamungous!  But why, I ask myself, am I so easily humiliated by things that in the end don’t matter at all, while other people who do far worse just move on with life, blaming everyone else for the stupid crap they say and do?  Am I talking about someone in particular?  Yes, yes I am.  And not just the person you are thinking of, although that person should be living in a state of permanent humiliation.  And what’s the difference between embarrassment and humiliation anyway?  Humiliation sounds much worse.  Like it’s something that goes deeper and lasts longer than a red face of embarrassment.  Hmmm…I never thought about it that way.

Anyway, my thinking is that it’s ok to be embarrassed or to feel bad about making a mistake, but you should keep thing in perspective.  Apologize for mistakes that affect others, but move on.  Forgive yourself.  Don’t beat yourself up because everyone makes mistakes.  But I do think it’s important to own your mistakes and to apologize for them, because there are too many people out there who don’t take responsibility for anything, and think that there is always someone else out there who is more responsible than they will ever be.  I am, however, thinking more and more that it is not appropriate to ask for forgiveness from others.  I know from my own experience that forgiving someone for something they have done (when it is really bad – most of the time, forgiveness is easy because people generally don’t do things that I feel need to be forgiven, if you know what I mean) is PERSONAL.  Yes, I used all caps.  I needed to work through a lot of things myself before forgiving people who harmed me, but it was my choice, and it had nothing to do with letting them off the hook (people need to be held accountable), or wanting to be around them ever again, or trusting them ever again (trust needs to be earned, and once it’s lost, may or may not ever be earned again – it has NOTHING to do with forgiveness).

Anyway, I didn’t mean for a post about humiliation to become a rant about forgiveness.  How humiliating!  What I’m trying to say is that sometimes you just need to let go of perfectionism, forgive yourself for being human, and apologize to others if you need to.  Embrace your mistakes, celebrate your humiliation, and get on with your life!

Time for beer!

Just Jot it January: January 10

Today’s prompt is one liner Wednesday, but since this is my 500 word challenge, it will be more than one line today!  (https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/10/one-liner-wednesday-jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-10th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

So, for the 500 word challenge today, I have been asked to write about writing.  What do I love, what do I hate, what am I struggling with.  Ok then!

What do I love about writing?  Interesting question.  I don’t know how to put it.  I really like putting my random thoughts down “on paper”, so to speak.  I’m not usually at a loss for words.  Well, some days are harder than others to get started, but once I start, it’s often hard to stop me.  Not that I think I am coherent or interested all, or most, of the time.  I mostly write rambling thoughts that come to me on whatever theme is placed before me.  Of course, I haven’t done a lot of free writing in the past.  That’s what this challenge is about.  To get me into a regular habit of writing something, anything, to start to figure out what it is I actually want to write about.  Free writing.  Kind of nice in some ways, freeing so to speak, but at the same time a little daunting as I am putting it all out there on my blog.  Of course, that’s my accountability piece.  It’s one thing to work on your writing on your own, and another thing to present it to the world. Of course, you can stop reading any time you like!  I, on the other hand, will just keep writing until I reach 500 words.

Now, that didn’t really answer the question of what I love about writing, so now let’s see if I can not answer the next question: what do I hate about writing?  Now, I don’t know that I really hate anything about writing.  I mean, “hate” is a pretty strong word.  I get frustrated sometimes when I can’t seem to decide what to write about – but if I just start, I can usually get something going.  Let’s see.  What is there to hate about writing?  I suppose if I was trying to sell my writing and wasn’t able to, that might be something to hate.  Like being a musician, being a writer has to be hard to make a living at.  You really need to love what you do, be persistent, and tenacious.  Can’t be easy.  I am sure some people have a love-hate relationship with their writing.  Maybe that’s part of the passion.  If I can’t say I really love or hate writing, does that mean I can never be a writer?  It’s like when I wrote about passion.  Who is to say what passion looks like?  Does it have to be love or hate?  I don’t know.  I already wrote about that, so I won’t start again now.

Now, for the final question: What am I struggling with.  Well, I’m not really struggling right now, but I think my biggest struggle with writing is just sitting down and doing it.  Which is why I am going through this challenge.  Another thing I struggle with is choosing the right words.  Which is why I need to take some actual classes to help me think about what I am writing so I can convey mood, atmosphere, movement – all of those good things that make you want to keep reading books.  Someday soon, I will be ready to come out of the shadow of my blog and share my writing with people sitting right in front of me!  Feels like it will be a steep climb, but I am sure I can do it!

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