There Are No Rules: Day Two

Today’s challenge is to set my short-term and long-term goals for my writing. Short-term goals: Finish the October challenge. Finish the second draft of my novel – this year. Pray that Hurricane Joaquin stays away from the East Coast. Start writing the first draft of my second novel. Preferably this year, but January 2016 works as well. Continue my blog […]

There Are No Rules: Day 1

Writer’s Digest is hosting a platform challenge for the month of October, and since today is the first day of October – oh the irony – it’s time for me to begin! The challenge for today is to define yourself as a writer and our challenge host, Robert Lee Brewer, provided the following chart for us to use. Name: A. […]

642 Things to Write About: The End of the World

Today’s challenge is, “Put two people who hate each other in an elevator for 12 hours. What happened?” “Why on Earth were your parents in the same building today?”  The detective stood before me, doing his absolute best to be intimidating.  It wasn’t working.  But that wasn’t his fault.  His intimidation act was the best I’d seen in years.  It’s […]

642 Things to Write About: Describe Exultation

Exultation: from Merriam-Webster dictionary. A word with four syllables.  It starts with the letter “E” which happens to be the fifth letter of the alphabet. It’s a noun.  Nouns refer to “persons, places or things” – unless my grade school English teachers lied to me – in which case – I don’t know what to tell you. According Merriam-Webster’s website, […]

642 Things to Write About: My Soundtrack

Today’s challenge is: “If each decade of your life was represented by a pop song, what would they be?” 1970s:  “You Light Up My Life,” by Debby Boone – ’cause I’d like to think that was what my mother was thinking after she gave birth to me – instead of what she was actually thinking which was probably, “damn….that really […]

642 Things to Write About: In Case of Emergency

Today’s challenge is: What would you run out of the house with if your house caught on fire. I am an octopus.  I am an octopus. I am an octopus.  It’s not just a myth or inside joke that all women have eight arms the second they have children.  It’s true.  I am an octopus and I can do this. […]

642 Things to Write About: Free-Range Chicken

Today’s challenge is:  “Your friend calls to say she saw you in the back of a police car yesterday.  What happened?”   “It all started with the chicken.” “The chicken?” Betty leaned in close, resting her arms on the kitchen table. Her long hair teased the cup of coffee sitting in front of her. “Yup.” I nodded. “The chicken.” Betty’s […]

642 Things to Write About: The Talk-Show Host

“We’re here today with our guest to talk about how he’s handling his divorce with his estranged wife. Brody,”  Talk-Show Shrink turns to the gentleman on his right. “Can you tell how you’ve been handling things since your estranged wife left you two months ago?” Brody shrugs his shoulders. “Okay, I guess.” Becca squirms at the sound of his voice. […]

642 Things to Write About: A Recipe for Disaster

Set the oven to 425 degrees Ingredients 1 cup of “totally clueless” 1 tbsp of “stubborn jackass” 2 cups of “No, I won’t ask for directions” 1/2 cup of sugar 1/4 cup of milk 4 tbsps of “hot-tempered” 6 oz of “flaring nostrils” 1/4 cup of “generally stupidity” 6 tsps of “I can’t read directions” 3/4 of “how do you […]