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by Emily
Rated: 18+ · Book · Personal · #2166092
A blog to house my musings, curiosities, and fascinations.
When it came time for me to start blogging again, I found myself paralyzed. I was trapped by the belief that my blog had to be unique, that it had to have a defined theme, and that it had to be appealing to everyone. After some time scouring Google for advice, I realized that if all I did was worry and plan, I would spend forever worrying and planning and never get to writing.

From that realization, I've decided to display my blog writing guidelines here for everyone to see, but especially for me to see when I come here to write.

~1~
Blog about what is appealing to YOU.
Don't worry about anyone else.


~2~
Allow yourself to WRITE!
Don't restrain yourself to one voice, one writing style, one genre, or one topic area.


~3~
Throw out the fear of maintaining a consistent theme.
Blog about your passions, interests, fancies, inspirations, opinions, musings, curiosities, ramblings, and loves.


~4~
Explore, experiment, and have fun!


So, this is my solution. A blog about anything and everything that sparks my interest. *BigSmile*

The title is inspired by the quote at the bottom of this introduction. Everything you love, even for a short time, becomes part of you. Our experiences and perception of the world is colored by those things we love and have loved, whether those things are *Paw* or not. This blog will be a place to house those passions and curiosities. Please enjoy!


In memory - 8/15/2017

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."
-Anonymous


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Only the most selfless, dedicated person would come up with an idea like an Aloha MB. But then, from all those  things you do on WDC and we know you're doing out in the world, it's what we should have known you'd do. You've always been working to make things better and help people, animals, and places. Maybe the badge should have your picture so everyone knows a real example of Aloha.


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June 4, 2021 at 3:44pm
June 4, 2021 at 3:44pm
#1011304
Happy June, all! It'll be in the 80s and 90s this weekend and all next week, which I am very excited for. I plan to spend many hours on the boat and in the lake *Cool* June 12th will be my TENTH anniversary on WDC, if you'll believe it. Wowza! I don't know if I believe it myself - haha!

I completed the "Promptly Poetry Challenge last month, and decided not to continue for another year just because I'm feeling the need for a mental break. I managed to complete the challenge (yay) but some of the poems I ended up with weren't my favorites and it sort of felt like a chore after a while, which I know is on me, but I'd like to give my brain a rest for a bit and see what new inspiration comes up.

Here's what I wrote in May:

In the End  (E)
It is never “The End...”
#2251147 by Emily

 
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The Overlook  (ASR)
Is it worth it?
#2251097 by Emily

 
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Lazy Summer Pool Party  (E)
A calm moment before the guests arrive
#2251048 by Emily

 
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Cloudy  (E)
Cloudy days are never the same.
#2251046 by Emily

 
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A Year for a Tree  (ASR)
The seasons seen through the eyes of a tree
#2249567 by Emily

 
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Storied Shelves  (ASR)
A book is a portal to another world
#2249566 by Emily


In June, I just need to make sure I enter a contest for "The Contest Challenge, probably "Second Time Around Contest ~ On Hiatus *Smile*

I hope you are well and can enjoy the weather where you are!

Happy Summer,
-Emily

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May 1, 2021 at 2:23pm
May 1, 2021 at 2:23pm
#1009487
I moved again! I moved into my own place which was quite hectic, but I'm so glad to be here. *Smile* May is another official "30-Day Blogging Challenge, so I get to hang out with the participants over there again. I haven't been as inspired to write lately, but I'm still managing to keep up (barely) with the "Promptly Poetry Challenge. It's almost over too! Wow!

Here's what I wrote in April:

 
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Misty Morning  (E)
Contemplations of waters far removed
#2249083 by Emily

 
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If Only...  (E)
A wish for the future
#2248322 by Emily

 
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Ever Forward  (E)
The future is a dream until it arrives
#2247824 by Emily

 
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There Are Hounds  (ASR)
A poem loosely based on the children's story, Little Red Riding Hood
#2247822 by Emily


In May, I will:

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "The Art of Letter Writing Contest for "The Contest Challenge

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews
*Boxcheck* "30-Day Blogging Challenge Prompting and judging

Have a good one,
-Emily

just a lil siggy

April 3, 2021 at 3:35pm
April 3, 2021 at 3:35pm
#1007687
March was one of the best months for me in recent memory. So many good and exciting things happened including signing a lease on my own place (finally!). I get to move again and be with my puppy full time. I haven’t landed a new job yet, but I have more prospects coming up. It’s just a grind going through the interview process over and over again. Oh, and my new relationship is progressing well *Smile* All’s good on that front!

Here's what I wrote in March:

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The Current  (E)
A short reflection on life
#2246811 by Emily

 
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The GBR  (ASR)
A journey into the sea
#2246806 by Emily

 
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The Missing Piece  (ASR)
Something lost is found again
#2246297 by Emily


In April, I will:

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "Poetry Topic of the Month Contest for "The Contest Challenge

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews

Have a good one,
-Emily

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March 2, 2021 at 12:25pm
March 2, 2021 at 12:25pm
#1005671
Thankfully, February has been a lot better on all fronts than the previous few months. I started going to therapy and have an interview for a new job coming up that I'm very excited about. Things are settling down and I have things to look forward to, including a new relationship, which is very exciting. *Smile*

Here's what I wrote in February:

 
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The Glow  (ASR)
The touch of love is golden
#2244037 by Emily

 
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A Dance of Smell and Flavor  (ASR)
Making food doesn't have to be a chore
#2244039 by Emily

 
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Come Away with Me  (E)
and be free
#2244386 by Emily

 
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The Ritual of the Throne  (ASR)
Out with the old, in with the new
#2245219 by Emily

 Bye Bye Cupid  (ASR)
Rate this 1 star only! Cupid is admonished...
#2245517 by Emily


In March, I will:

Read:
For "Angel Product Reviews
*Box* Write book review for "A Promised Land"
*Box* A Walk in the Woods
*Box* The Truths We Hold

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "The PET NEWS CONTEST for "The Contest Challenge

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews
*Boxcheck* Prompting and Judging for "30-Day Blogging Challenge

Best,
-Emily

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January 31, 2021 at 12:54pm
January 31, 2021 at 12:54pm
#1003321
Things are slowly settling down and getting back to somewhere closer to normal. Things are still rough, lots of change going on, but I think there are good changes coming in February, so that will make it all worth it.

You can tell by my writing the last month that I've been a bit down and out of sorts:

 
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Misty Mountain  (E)
A brief escape into solitude
#2243201 by Emily

 
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Snowscape  (ASR)
Winter reflections
#2242597 by Emily

 
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Big Feelings  (13+)
I've been feeling ... a lot.
#2241969 by Emily

 
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Strays  (E)
They shiver and beg to be brought inside...
#2241609 by Emily

 
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Unhappy New Year  (ASR)
So far, not off to a great start
#2241021 by Emily


In February, I will:

Read:
For "Angel Product Reviews
*Box* Write book review for "A Promised Land"
*Box* A Walk in the Woods

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "The Bard's Hall Contest for "The Contest Challenge

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews

Fake it 'til you make it,
-Emily

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January 2, 2021 at 3:41pm
January 2, 2021 at 3:41pm
#1001283
It's been tough to write recently. Things in my personal life are shifting rapidly, and I'm in a constant state of unease. I feel on edge and frazzled and overwhelmed often, so writing is taking a bit of a back seat at the moment. Today is my 26th birthday, but it doesn't quite feel like a birthday. Work has been brutal, even through the holidays, so that wasn't fun at all. I'm feeling just generally out of sorts and really unlike myself. I hope the new year will bring some positive changes for my mental state.

Here are the things I was able to write:

 
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Humid Winter Nights  (E)
Christmas in the forever summer of Hawaii
#2239111 by Emily

 
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The Power  (ASR)
On the strength of a river to shift everything in its path
#2239558 by Emily

 
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Languid Nights  (ASR)
The bog of unseen dangers
#2240137 by Emily

 
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Juicy Gossip  (ASR)
Something happened this week
#2240686 by Emily


In January, I will:

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "Roots & Wings Contest for "The Contest Challenge

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting
*Boxcheck* January 30DBC

Be well,
-Emily

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December 1, 2020 at 11:38am
December 1, 2020 at 11:38am
#999465
Wow. Is anyone else having trouble believing that December is already here? I feel like November was one of the worst months for me this year for various reasons... I just hope December will be better, calmer, more joyous, and predictable. November was a wild ride ... in a bad way.

I wasn't able to be on WDC as often as I normally am, but still managed to write a few things:

 
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Gratitude  (E)
How thankful I am for the little things
#2236874 by Emily

 
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Remembering Flier  (13+)
My friend Flier passed on 11/3/2020 before he was 35 years old.
#2237113 by Emily

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Tamarack Bog  (E)
Solo walks = distraction and transformation
#2237200 by Emily

 
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In the Company of a Tree  (ASR)
When you need support, look no further than a tree
#2237204 by Emily

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Gregory the Goat  (E)
A memory of life on the farm
#2237229 by Emily

 
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The Raindrop's Journey  (ASR)
I love the smell of rain
#2237545 by Emily

 
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When It's Time...  (E)
Chapters always end
#2238317 by Emily

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With the Oxbows  (E)
A silent hike with the river
#2238485 by Emily


In December, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* "Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses"  
*Boxcheck* "How to Be an Antiracist"  

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Box* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "Summer Christmas Writing Contest for "The Contest Challenge
*Box* "Shadows and Light Poetry Contest
*Box* "Second Time Around Contest ~ On Hiatus

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews
*Boxcheck* Secret Santa *SantaHat*

Be well,
-Emily

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November 2, 2020 at 2:00pm
November 2, 2020 at 2:00pm
#997489
Entry in the contest:

FORUM
24 Syllables - Closed Until Sept. 15  (E)
Can you write a poem with only 24 Syllables?
#2162300 by Lostwordsmith


Syllables: 24
Lines: 6
Prompt Word: Ominous
*TrophyG* 11/2/2020 Winning Entry!




Ominous streets
before the storm –
boarded windows
is the new norm.

What comes next
is anyone’s guess.







~ ~ ~
November 1, 2020 at 8:43am
November 1, 2020 at 8:43am
#997373
November is here! We are now entering my favorite time of year *Ha*

In October, I wrote a lot because I was doing "Promptly Poetry Challenge, "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest, and "Invalid Item every week and wrote 15 blackout poems for the "Resurrection Jukebox as well. Here's the full list:

For the "Promptly Poetry Challenge:
 
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S P A C E  (E)
Experimenting with deliberate excess space
#2233751 by Emily

 
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The Aura of the Harvest Moon  (13+)
The moon ushers in the spookiest month of the year
#2234432 by Emily

 
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The Napping Dog  (E)
There is nothing so out of reach ...
#2235538 by Emily

 
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Wa'a  (E)
Early morning on a misty lake (In Hawaiian, "wa'a" is an outrigger canoe)
#2235717 by Emily

 
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Cold Water  (E)
Snow is really just cold water on a slow journey
#2236596 by Emily


For the "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest:
 
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The Autumn Harvest  (18+)
Tick tock
#2234153 by Emily

 
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Femme Fatale  (18+)
This graveyard of fallen men is the Maiden’s domain.
#2234652 by Emily

 
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Porcelain Shadow  (ASR)
For my sister
#2235887 by Emily

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I Must Go  (18+)
The guilt of what I know rips me apart, holds me down...
#2236578 by Emily


Representing the "Witches of Ravenclaw for the "Invalid Item:
 
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Emergency Transport for the Stranded  (ASR)
A young witch has a chance encounter on the Knight Bus
#2233951 by Emily

 
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The Fourth Triwizard Champion  (13+)
Harry's name is pulled from the Goblet of Fire, even though it is forbidden -What happens?
#2234648 by Emily

 
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Draco's Mission  (13+)
Draco has a hard time focusing in Defense Against the Dark Arts class
#2236185 by Emily

 
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Eavesdropping Wormtail  (13+)
Wormtail listens in on Bellatrix and Narcissa's visit to see Severus
#2236233 by Emily

CAMPFIRE
Harry Potter and the Mystified Muggle  (13+)
Penny Devotree gets a rude awakening and ends up on an adventure with a magical trio
#2236271 by Emily


Fifteen poems for "Resurrection Jukebox:
BOOK
Resurrection Redaction Poetry  (18+)
Trying my hand at blackout poetry for the Resurrection Jukebox challenge, October 2020
#2233688 by Emily


And one sexy thing for the "Naughty Quickie:
 
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Midnight Fantasy  (GC)
Sara is decorating for Halloween when she gets a surprise
#2236172 by Emily



In November, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* "So You Want to Talk About Race"  
*Boxcheck* "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters"  
*Boxcheck* "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals"  
*Boxcheck* "Dog Songs: Poems"  

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* 10 Contests for "The Contest Challenge
         *Boxcheck* "Dirty Poetry = "Entry"  
         *Boxcheck* "The Random Poetry Contest = "*Coffeeo*Re: RPC - Nov Entries post as a reply here, ..."  
         *Boxcheck* "Second Time Around Contest ~ On Hiatus = "Entry for Round 18"  
         *Boxcheck* "24 Syllables - Closed Until Sept. 15 = "Ominous Entry"  
         *Boxcheck* "The Whatever Contest = "Entry"  
         *Boxcheck* "Thankful Poetry Contest = "Entry"  
         *Boxcheck* "Verfabula: A Creative Nonfiction Contest = "Entry"  
         *Boxcheck* "The Littlest Poetry Contest = "Entry"  
         *Boxcheck* "Haiku Hunt Contest = "Entry"  
         *Boxcheck* "Marketing Muse = "Grass Flops!"  
*Box* "Naughty Quickie
*Box* "Shadows and Light Poetry Contest
*Boxcheck* Keep up with "Invalid Item for the "Witches of Ravenclaw

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Prompting and Judging for the "30-Day Blogging Challenge
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews

-Emily

just a lil siggy

October 1, 2020 at 6:51am
October 1, 2020 at 6:51am
#994754
It's officially spooky season! I have my costume on and I'm ready to have some fun! *Pumpkin2*

In September, I wrote:

 
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These Tiny Treasures  (E)
...more precious than flowers
#2231410 by Emily

 
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Welcome Home  (E)
The Island has her way of welcoming us home
#2231637 by Emily

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Release  (E)
Let your words flow freely to unburden your mind
#2232086 by Emily

 
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I’m Working in It  (ASR)
We are all a work in progress
#2232748 by Emily

 
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Before the Fall  (E)
Autumn is a season heavy with promise
#2233392 by Emily


In October, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* "The Leaving"  
*Boxcheck* "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man"  
*Boxcheck* "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion"  
*Boxcheck* "The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative"  
*Boxcheck* "The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women"  
*Boxcheck* "Meaty: Essays"  

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest for "The Contest Challenge
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest every week
*Boxcheck* "Shadows and Light Poetry Contest
*Boxcheck* Fifteen entries for "Resurrection Jukebox (Sounds like fun! Never done black-out poetry before!)
*Boxcheck* Traipse through "The Witch's Garden
*Boxcheck* Keep up with "Invalid Item for the "Witches of Ravenclaw

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews

Don't get spooked *Ghost*
-Emily Scissorhands

Bride of Edward

September 12, 2020 at 11:47am
September 12, 2020 at 11:47am
#993166
Okay. I had to allow myself a day to process ... this. This color. This title. This recognition. This honor. This privilege. Honestly, a day was not enough because I'm still feeling completely overwhelmed and shocked. Happy, of course, but just ... wow. I can't stop looking at my portfolio *Right* Emily Isn't that wild! I keep catching a glimpse out of the corner of my eye and get this little surge of giddiness every time! I don't suspect that feeling will fade for quite a while. It's even more crazy seeing my handle under Bitem links like this one:

BOOK
A Piece Of My Heart  (18+)
A blog to house my musings, curiosities, and fascinations.
#2166092 by Emily


It doesn't look real! If I just glance at it, it looks like someone else's blog. That's been happening to me more than I care to admit ... I posted the prompt over at the "30-Day Blogging Challenge and had to scroll up and down the forum a couple times because I thought the post hadn't gone through! *Rolling* I didn't immediately recognize my handle, but then came that euphoria again when I remembered ... *Heartb*

So, enough about that ... I have people to thank! First and above all others, thank you to the lovely The ScaryMaster and The StoryMistress for ... everything. It sounds cheesy, but where would we all be without Writing.Com and the tireless work of the Story Couple? Keeping this place running for TWENTY years?! I mean ... enough said right there! That's absolutely ancient in internet time. And not only are they keeping WDC active, they are continuously evolving, adapting, and improving the site for all of us! I am in debt to you both for this second home *InLove2*

Next, I have to shout-out the brilliant group of ladies I'm fortunate to share this honor with. Lilli Munster ☕ , Schnujo Cujo Misses Fangus , Jayne'll eat your brain🧟 , Choco’s gone nuts -Mwaahaha! , 💙 Carly - Pumpkin Spiced , Shrieking Shaye , GeminiGem💎 , and Roseille ♥ . I'm so humbled to be included with these fine peeps! And also happy we get to learn the ropes of this new gig together! *Laugh*

Finally, thank you to all you generous folks for the rad celebration! All the newsfeed posts, C-notes, badges, emails, texts even! You know who you are *Wink* You really made my day so so special! *Heartb* *Heartt*

I did some portfolio cleaning today, and found it funny how many things I've written in the last few months related to the color blue ... *Think* Maybe it was a sign or something? *Rolling* Anyway, since I don't really know how to close this gushy post, here's a list of some of the blue things in my port that were maybe my muse trying to prepare me for something, haha!

 
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Serenity in Blue  (E)
An ode to the color (again)
#2228929 by Emily

 
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Of Waters and Mothers  (ASR)
The language of water is one we all know, but soon forget
#2228219 by Emily

 
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Where the Ocean meets the Sand  (E)
This is the color that centers me - heals me
#2225972 by Emily

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Float  (E)
What sound does the ocean make when you really listen?
#2212397 by Emily

 
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The Uncounted Cost  (ASR)
How social distancing affects those most vulnerable
#2222673 by Emily

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Eulogy to the Place that Raised Me  (ASR)
I thought returning to this place of magic would be a homecoming - a reunion of wonder.
#2208816 by Emily

 
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Of Breath  (ASR)
Sometimes, it is hard to do even this one simple thing.
#2227146 by Emily


Thank you for reading and hit me up if you have mod-related questions. *Wink* I need some practice! *Heartt* *Heartb*
-Emily

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September 5, 2020 at 8:02am
September 5, 2020 at 8:02am
#992429
Happy 20 Years, WDC! What a huge accomplishment! It hardly seems real that this site has been around for a full 20 years. That is AGES in internet time! Before we get to the monthly listing, I have to share a little bit about the big thing I just did. I ... got a tattoo! A big one on my thigh. It is a memorial portrait of my dog Buddy who passed away three years ago in August of 2017. Here are some of the things I wrote about him: "In Memory, "You'll be Fine, "Buddy and how I felt when he died: "Kernel. Anyway, I thought it was finally time to memorialize his memory permanently on my body. I had one other tattoo before, just a tiny one behind my ear (it's real, not a metaphor: "All the Things You've Given Me), but this one of Buddy is 10 inches tall by 7 inches wide, about. My original appointment was scheduled for March and April, but ... as we know, Miss Covid had other plans. So, my appointments were moved to August 1st and September 4th (yesterday!). It took two sessions to finish completely with all the color and such, and I am so pleased! Here are some photos. Keep in mind that the finished tattoo is still very red and angry - that picture was taken immediately after it was finished. I'll get a better picture after it has had a chance to heal.



*Bigsmile* I am smiling so big right now. I wasn't able to be there with him when he passed, but now he will be with me forever *Heart*

In August, I wrote:

 
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Serenity in Blue  (E)
An ode to the color (again)
#2228929 by Emily

 
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Summer in the Midwest  (E)
Every self-respecting Midwesterner will understand.
#2229277 by Emily

 
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Leave Me Lying Here  (13+)
When anger leaves, what is left?
#2229519 by Emily

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COVID Carnival  (ASR)
The Wander Wheel observes the decline of a once great carnival
#2229570 by Emily

 
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The Path to Trust  (ASR)
This is the true story of how my rescue dog named Joy came to trust her new home.
#2229757 by Emily

 
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The Man in Black  (13+)
He was called Johnny Cash – the man in black
#2230161 by Emily

 
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Poa pratensis  (E)
When you’re feeling alone, find a change of scenery
#2230396 by Emily


In September, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* "The Leaving"  
*Boxcheck* "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man"  
*Box* Book Three

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Box* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "The Lighthouse Poetry Contests for "The Contest Challenge

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews
*Boxcheck* 30DBC prompting and judging

Happy September!
-Emily

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August 1, 2020 at 8:18pm
August 1, 2020 at 8:18pm
#989690
July was a huge success for me. First, I paid off a big chunk of my student loans so I only have about $4,000 left to pay. I also got a raise at work, lost 10 pounds, and wrote A LOT! I mean ... WAY more than I normally write in a month. The things I wrote in July are listed below *Smile* Looking back, I wanted to reflect on how and why I had managed to write so much more than I’m normally able to write in a month. I think the partial answer is that I’m trying to catch up with the Contest Challenge, but also I’ve honed in my poetry writing process so it is easier for me to start a new piece. I always find it interesting when others share their writing process, so here’s a quick overview of mine (for poetry only, stories are a whole other beast).

First, I open my little book, grab a pen, and write the prompt or topic of the poem. Whatever it is that I’m supposed to be writing about. Then, I start doing some word association and word vomiting everything the prompt makes me think about. Often, interesting phrases emerge in this stage, but nothing concrete. When the word vomiting is finished, I read through the random phrases I’ve jotted down and underline things I think are good. Sometimes I’ll draw arrows between different thoughts that might connect. Then, I’ll usually write the lines I liked on a new page in my book and add more structure to the thoughts. If new phrases come to me at this stage, I include those as well. Usually, at this point, the theme and story of the poem starts to emerge. I’ll start writing numbers in the margins to indicate if the line should belong at the beginning of the poem, middle, or end. I’ll also draw arrows and add more connecting words to start stringing the poem together. At this point, I’ll rewrite all the lines again in their new order and including the additional words. Now, the poem is nearing its final stage. I’ll type it on my computer, adding line and stanza breaks where appropriate and punctuation. Usually, I’ll let it sit for a while (few hours) before coming back to re-read it. I’ll edit my punctuation and word choice at least twice before posting to WDC. With this method, I feel less pressure at the beginning and it allows me to start writing even if I don’t know what I’ll write about. It is also a fairly fast process, quite different from how I used to write, laboring endlessly over a single line to make it perfect before moving on. How I write now allows the full picture to come out first and then find order on the page. And it’s working! Here’s what it helped me write in July:

 
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Where the Ocean meets the Sand  (E)
This is the color that centers me - heals me
#2225972 by Emily

 
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On Traditions and Tiropita  (E)
Thoughts on making new traditions through food
#2225999 by Emily

 
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Cocooned in Time  (13+)
It would have been thrilling if I wasn’t drowning.
#2226181 by Emily

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The Wolf Dog  (13+)
He still remembered his wildness
#2226215 by Emily

 
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The Shrouded Door  (ASR)
What happened to leave you this way?
#2226319 by Emily

 
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A Moment on Superior’s Shore  (E)
An observation of the simple life of another being
#2227111 by Emily

 
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The Bee's Bride  (13+)
Have you ever seen a bee sleep on the petal of a flower?
#2227145 by Emily

 
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Of Breath  (ASR)
Sometimes, it is hard to do even this one simple thing.
#2227146 by Emily

 
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The Joy of Bread  (E)
The way to my heart is simple...
#2227188 by Emily

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Climate Refugees  (18+)
When Earth becomes inhospitable to the human race, where do we go?
#2227481 by Emily

 
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He is a River  (18+)
I embrace these feelings and let them carry me to where I’m meant to be.
#2227544 by Emily

 
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Of Waters and Mothers  (ASR)
The language of water is one we all know, but soon forget
#2228219 by Emily


In August, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* "Emma in the Night: A Novel"  
*Boxcheck* "Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality"  
*Boxcheck* "Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion"  

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Box* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "The Taboo Words Contest ~ On Hiatus for "The Contest Challenge

Contest Challenge Catch-Up:

*Boxcheck* June 2017 "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest
*Boxcheck* March 2018 "The PET NEWS CONTEST

Continue Regular Commitments:
*BoxCheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews

Be proud of yourself!
-Emily

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July 1, 2020 at 2:04pm
July 1, 2020 at 2:04pm
#986949
I don't understand how half of 2020 is over already. I must be getting old.

Before getting into this, I need to take a moment to thank the entire Quills team for putting on the 2019 Quill Awards ceremony last month (read the ceremony notes here: "Quill Ceremony Notes). It was my first time listening in live, and it was so impressive all the work Elle, Kit, and the panelists do to keep the thing running. Thank you!! If you're reading this, remember to keep the "2021 Nomination Form for Quill Awards bookmarked so you can nominate worthy items for next year's Quills Ceremony!

I was blessed to receive 3 Quill wins, 3 Honorable Mentions, and place as a finalist in 2 additional categories. Notably, "Callused Hands won two Quills for Best Medium Length Poem and Best Medical/Health! *Shock2* Wow-oh-wow! Much thanks to "The Daily Poem - paused for supplying the winning prompt for that poem! I'm very happy that contest is back for July *Smile* "It's a Journey won Best Single Person Activity. *HeartG* "The Winning Color received Honorable Mention in the Action Adventure and Short Story categories. "30-Day Blogging Challenge received Honorable Mention as well for Best Contest. Go Bloggers! *Quill* I was also very happy to be selected as a finalist for my Portfolio and for my poem "All the Things You've Given Me *Heartv*

And this shiny is pretty sweet too *Blush*


In June, I managed to keep up with the "Promptly Poetry Challenge - woohoo! I'm really enjoying taking the prompts and making them my own. I know I will not feel inspired by all the prompts (that's just a given), so I'm glad I can find ways to spin the prompt to something that does inspire me. I always want to write things that make me feel something. I don't want to share a poem on here that is an intentional "throw-away." That is, if I struggle on a poem and it comes out poorly, that's okay. But what I don't want to do is intentionally put something out onto the internet that I didn't even try to make good. Anyway, here's what I was able to write in June:

 
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Cyclic  (E)
How we understand time is how we make sense of our lives.
#2223718 by Emily

 
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Little Tree  (E)
Lessons of neighbors across worlds
#2223863 by Emily

 
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Escape  (ASR)
Only when I can't remember how far I’ve gone, do I stop in a little town without a name
#2224943 by Emily

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We are the Interrupters  (ASR)
…and this is our time.
#2225510 by Emily


In July, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* "The Book of Longings: A Novel"  
*Boxcheck* "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor"  
*Boxcheck* "Wow, No Thank You.: Essays"  

Review:
*Boxcheck* Complete PPC "July Mini-Challenge Reviews"  

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "The Taboo Words Contest ~ On Hiatus
*Boxcheck* "Christmas in July Poetry Contest(CLOSED) for "The Contest Challenge
*Boxcheck* April 2017 "The PET NEWS CONTEST Open in July. Prompt: Write a poem about having a "wild" animal as a pet.
*Boxcheck* May 2017 "The 4 Controversies Contest (Round open: June 17-July 17) non-fiction, at least 1,200 words, subject: COVID-19)
*Boxcheck* September 2017 "Stormy's poetry newsletter & contest
*Boxcheck* January 2018 "Write from the Heart - Poetry (CLOSED)
*Boxcheck* October 2017 "The Daily Poem - paused Open in July only!

Catch-Up:

*Boxcheck* April 2017 "The PET NEWS CONTEST Open in July. Prompt: Write a poem about having a "wild" animal as a pet.
*Boxcheck* May 2017 "The 4 Controversies Contest (Round open: June 17-July 17) non-fiction, at least 1,200 words, subject: COVID-19)
*Box* June 2017 "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest
*Boxcheck* July 2017 "WEIRD TALES CONTEST
*Boxcheck* September 2017 "Stormy's poetry newsletter & contest Due Aug 8: lighthouse hope seagull waves sand power crashing clouds
*Boxcheck* October 2017 "The Daily Poem - paused Open in July only!
*Boxcheck* January 2018 "Write from the Heart - Poetry (CLOSED)
*Box* March 2018 "The PET NEWS CONTEST (try to enter in August (see Joy Word Doc)
*Boxcheck* April 2018 "Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest
*Boxcheck* May 2018 "WEIRD TALES CONTEST or "The Science Fiction Short Story Contest

Contests to use if nothing is open

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews
*Boxcheck* Prompting and judging for "30-Day Blogging Challenge

Do something that inspires you,
-Emily

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May 30, 2020 at 4:41pm
May 30, 2020 at 4:41pm
#984631
I don't know what to say. I feel nauseated. If you know where I live, you know what I'm talking about. I have no words and feel gut-wrenching pain and horror at the state of everything going on right now. I'm overwhelmed and terrified. And that's all I'll say about that because I've already cried enough these last few days.

In May I wrote:

 
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To my Father's Sister  (ASR)
I just thought you should know
#2222035 by Emily

 
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Uprooting  (ASR)
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” - Mary Shelley
#2222603 by Emily

 
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The Uncounted Cost  (ASR)
How social distancing affects those most vulnerable
#2222673 by Emily


My emotions are clearly fueling my writing.

In June, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* "Defending Jacob: A Novel"  
*Boxcheck* "Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It"  
*Boxcheck* "Becoming"  
*Boxcheck* "The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here"  
*Boxcheck* "The Handmaid's Tale"  

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Boxcheck* *Box* "Promptly Poetry Challenge
*Boxcheck* "Inner Strength Contest for "The Contest Challenge
*Boxcheck* "Second Time Around Contest ~ On Hiatus
*Box* May 2017 "The 4 Controversies Contest (Round open: June 17-July 17) non-fiction, at least 1,200 words, subject: COVID-19)

Catch-Up:

*Box* April 2017 "The PET NEWS CONTEST Open in July. Prompt: Write a poem about having a "wild" animal as a pet.
*Box* May 2017 "The 4 Controversies Contest (Round open: June 17-July 17) non-fiction, at least 1,200 words, subject: COVID-19)
*Box* June 2017 "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest
*Box* July 2017 "WEIRD TALES CONTEST or "Zodiac Contest/CONTEST CLOSED
*Box* September 2017 "Write from the Heart - Poetry (CLOSED)
*Box* October 2017 "The Daily Poem - paused Open in July only!
*Box* January 2018 "Write from the Heart - Poetry (CLOSED)
*Box* March 2018 "The PET NEWS CONTEST or "The Dialogue 500
*Box* April 2018 "Zodiac Contest/CONTEST CLOSED or "Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest
*Box* May 2018 "WEIRD TALES CONTEST or "The Science Fiction Short Story Contest

Contests to use if nothing is open

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews

Take care of your mental health.
-Emily

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May 10, 2020 at 9:38am
May 10, 2020 at 9:38am
#983222
Entry in the contest:

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This item number is not valid.
#2040737 by Not Available.


Character Count: 137


It's dawn when I drift to sleep
to the quiet patter of rain.

Her shivers finally still,
she rests -
a warm fur nest in my lap
after the storm.


*Paw*
May 2, 2020 at 9:37am
May 2, 2020 at 9:37am
#982560
Hello hello hello! I've been working from home for seven weeks now and honestly .... I'm settling in fairly well. Besides the fact that I have less work to do, I still have enough to keep me occupied, and I'm making good progress on long term projects that would have otherwise been put on the back-burner. I have my standing desk set up in the house, which I absolutely love. I also love that I don't have to put on "work clothes" to go to work. I can get out of the shower and immediately go to my desk and start working. Okay ... head out of the gutter, people. I have PJs on!

My dogs are also thrilled I'm home all the time now. I don't know how they are going to cope when I have to go back to the office. My job has been very accommodating with allowing everyone to work from home, and I think it might be the new normal for many of us. I can do everything I need to do from home, it saves me time, and I'm still productive, so what's the harm? I think many good things will come out of this crisis including more virtual meetings (less wasted travel time and carbon emissions) and more lenient remote working policies, especially for people with young kids and new parents. I also think there is opportunity for many folks to pursue activities that will better themselves. With so many "bored in the house, in the house bored," new hobbies could be formed, new workout routines, new family bonding activities, and so much more. We can still be productive during this time, and I hope we take advantage of it.

Anyway, let's get into the goals:

In April, I only wrote one thing and didn't get to enter all the contests I had planned to:

 
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Kernel  (13+)
There is something deep within clawing to get out
#2219576 by Emily


In May, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* "The Power"  
*Box* Book Two
*Box* Book Three

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* "The Bard's Hall Contest for "The Contest Challenge
*Boxcheck* November 2017 "The Humorous Poetry Contest (allows old poems)
*Boxcheck* December 2017 "Rebel Poetry Contest
*Boxcheck* February 2018 "The Taboo Words Contest ~ On Hiatus

I need to make a plan for catching up in the "The Contest Challenge, so here's the months I have left to do (I won't finish them all this month, of course, but this will make it easier to copy and paste into next month) Schnujo Cujo Misses Fangus would be proud!:

*Box* April 2017 "The PET NEWS CONTEST
*Box* May 2017 "The 4 Controversies Contest (Round open: June 15-July15) non-fiction, at least 1,500 words, subject: COVID-19)
*Box* June 2017 "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest
*Box* July 2017 "WEIRD TALES CONTEST or "Zodiac Contest/CONTEST CLOSED
*Boxcheck* August 2017 "Invalid Item
*Box* September 2017 "Write from the Heart - Poetry (CLOSED)
*Box* October 2017 Everything closed, use: "The Bard's Hall Contest
*Boxcheck* November 2017 "The Humorous Poetry Contest (allows old poems)
*Boxcheck* December 2017 "Rebel Poetry Contest
*Box* January 2018 "Write from the Heart - Poetry (CLOSED)
*Boxcheck* February 2018 "The Taboo Words Contest ~ On Hiatus
*Box* March 2018 "The PET NEWS CONTEST or "The Dialogue 500
*Box* April 2018 "Zodiac Contest/CONTEST CLOSED or "Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest
*Box* May 2018 "WEIRD TALES CONTEST or "The Science Fiction Short Story Contest

Contests to use if nothing is open

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews
*Boxcheck* Prompting and judging for "30-Day Blogging Challenge

Take care!
-Emily

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April 3, 2020 at 3:48pm
April 3, 2020 at 3:48pm
#980134
Well... the world certainly has changed since my last entry. I've been working from home for the past 3 weeks due to the stay at home order in my state. COVID-19 pandemic is still ramping up, and the uncertainty is really hard to deal with. Anyway, I don't want to go on a rant ... I'm still doing well, but this new normal is very strange overall.

Let's talk about some good things.

In March, I wrote:

 
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Phoebe  (ASR)
Lustful chickadees sing for a mate announcing the arrival of spring
#2215181 by Emily

 
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There Once was a Doggie called Molly...  (E)
Dog owners will understand!
#2215238 by Emily

 
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Resilience  (E)
Life will test you
#2215245 by Emily


In April, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* Post last month's book review as PR
*Boxcheck* "Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone"  
*Boxcheck* "Untamed"  
*BoxCheck* "The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store"  

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* "Prince Challenge Writing Contest 2020 or "Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest for "The Contest Challenge
*Box* "Oriental Poetry Contest
*Box* "Anchor & Wheel Message Forum - (Contest)
*Box* "Poetry Topic of the Month Contest

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews
*Boxcheck* Judging for "30-Day Blogging Challenge

Take care!
-Emily

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March 1, 2020 at 10:45am
March 1, 2020 at 10:45am
#976679
Yesterday was February 29th - Leap Day! The reason we have this monthly extension of our shortest month is to synchronize the Gregorian calendar with the solar year – without it we would lose six hours every year. *Shock2* In your entry today, write about the phenomenon of leap years and any facts you want to share. Here’s mine: People born on Leap Day are called Leaplings. *Laugh* Do you know any Leaplings? How did you spend the bonus hours of 2020? Did you make the most of them?
"30-Day Blogging Challenge


Happy March, all!

It really felt like February flew by! Or maybe it leaped by *Think* I can't believe it's already been a month since we were in Hawaii, chilling on the beach. Since I got home, it's been go go go at work and stressful at home too with dog illnesses and everything else. I haven't had a relaxing weekend since we got back because I've been using my weekend time to catch up on work stuff that's been nagging at me. I really don't want to work on weekends, but here's the thing: I like being productive, and it seems weekends are the only times I can be really productive and get shit done. While in the office during the week, I'm constantly interrupted by my boss or email pings or loud conversations from the conference room, it's all very distracting. I feel like I'm treading water during the week trying to keep myself from falling even more behind and then actually doing the hard work on the weekend when I'm able to focus. So, you can probably get the hint - yesterday, during the extra hours of leap day, I spent it working.

I took my headphones and plunked myself in a corner desk in the library facing a wall and tuned the whole world out for 5 hours. And I did get a lot done! I'm almost done with this grant I'm writing, but it's all feeling a little fruitless because I'm not even sure we'll qualify for it. I was somehow looped into writing it on behalf of 5 or 6 of our partners, but the deadline is March 11th, and so much needs to happen before then, that I'm not sure we'll get it done. So I fear the work I put in will all be in vain. All that extra stress I put on myself to follow through and keep in everyone's good graces even though I think we don't have a chance to get the funding. It's more about not failing than actually succeeding. Anyway, I still have the deliverables and budget spreadsheet to do today, so I'll put at least a few more hours into it and then be able to pass it off on Monday. Get it off my plate.

In summary, my leap day was spent facing a blank wall for 5 hours getting ahead on work tasks that I think won't amount to anything. At least the day doesn't count, right? *Laugh*

~ ~ ~


Now, let's talk successes and goals.

In February, I managed to write a few things:

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Float  (E)
What sound does the ocean make when you really listen?
#2212397 by Emily

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You'll be Fine  (ASR)
What if I needed him more than he needed me?
#2212495 by Emily


It took me a long time to be able to write that second one, but I think I did a lot of healing while in Hawaii that was helpful to let that pain go.

In March, I will:

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*Boxcheck* "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"  
*Boxcheck* "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"  
*Boxcheck* "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World"  

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* "Lucky Limerick Contest for "The Contest Challenge
*Boxcheck* "Verdant Poetry Contest ~ On Hiatus

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews
*Boxcheck* Prompting and judging for "30-Day Blogging Challenge

Take care!
-Emily

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February 8, 2020 at 11:49am
February 8, 2020 at 11:49am
#975096
Hello WDC! This start of the month blog post is a little late because I just returned home from a two week vacation to Hawaii! It was my dad's and grandfather's big birthday bash, so my bf and I spent a long time there with family, which was really rejuvenating. *Beach* I even got a tan! We got back earlier this week, and then I had to go right back to work, so this weekend I'm planning to decompress from the flight and maybe even catch up on WDC stuff *Shock2*! Shocker! *Laugh* Oh, and I've kept up with my daily personal journal writing as well - it's a nice way to start my day and feels a bit like meditation. So, rest assured - even though I'm not writing much on here, I am writing! While in Hawaii, I jotted down a few good starts to poems as well, so maybe those will make an appearance soon.

Okay, moving on to your regularly scheduled programming. *Bigsmile*

In January, I wrote a few things (one of which already won something cool *Blush*):

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But I Only Have Eyes For Him  (E)
This was one of the most beautiful and emotional moments I have ever witnessed <3
#2209469 by Emily

 
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Ka Makani  (E)
The memory of the winter of 2013 when I left everything behind
#2210037 by Emily


As always, I have a few goals for February

Read:
For "CLOSED!The Monthly Reading Challenge, "Little Mouse Loves to Read and "Angel Product Reviews
*BoxCheck* "Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery"  
*BoxCheck* "Love Warrior"  
*Boxcheck* "Freckled: A Memoir of Growing up Wild in Hawaii"  

Enter Contests:
*Boxcheck* "Love is in the Air! (Month of February) for "The Contest Challenge
*BoxCheck* "Kit'z Higher Ratings Contest for Feb 2017 of "The Contest Challenge
*Box* "Rebel Poetry Contest for Dec 2017 of "The Contest Challenge
*Box* "Journey Through Genres: Official Contest
*Boxcheck* "Shadows and Light Poetry Contest

Continue Regular Commitments:
*Boxcheck* Normal review crediting for "WdC SuperPower Reviewers Group and "Anniversary Reviews

Yay! (I think I'm still on *Beach* island time... *Whistle*)
-Emily

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