Letting Unicorns Aid Your Productivity – Daily Quote

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The poor unicorn is a much maligned and misunderstood creature.  Whether you believe the unicorn is a case of mistaken identity, and it is a rhinoceros, a narwhal, a long-extinct beast or merely a myth, he has survived for centuries. Accounts surfaced in ancient Greek mythology and circled the globe. From the Mediterranean to India and China to Chile, it is the stuff of legends.

For me, magic and legend present as two sides of a coin minted with equal parts history, and fantasy, mixing reality with imagination. The stories depict a ferocious brute which refused capture. When hunted, it would jump off a high cliff. The unicorn allowed the power concentrated in its glittering head ornament to absorb the impact and let it escape unscathed.

I like the concept of collecting mankind’s negative energy in an enchanted chalice to save the beast’s life. It is easy to pretend I am a unicorn when confronted with self-doubt, the dreaded imposter syndrome or when well-meaning friends take potshots at my goals. I collect the distressing thoughts, deposit them in my sparkling, magical unicorn horn, and watch them disappear. Then, I open my document and write.

How will you use your unicorn superpowers?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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2019 Daily Writing Challenge September 19

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 261

Today Is Day 262 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 261 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 262 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Delicate Balance – Weekend Writing Prompt

Title: Delicate Balance
Source:  Weekend Writing Prompt #123 – Delicate
Objective: Write a poem or piece of prose in exactly 106 words.

My soul cried, devoid of meaning, lacking joy. The city droned with an insistency I could no longer hear, while my failed dreams echoed through my skull.

By some miracle, I discovered the nymph clinging to a single swaying reed. My entire focus centered on the green darner while his concentration was the process of his metamorphosis and shedding the shell of his naiad existence.

He breathed life into his new form. He waited patiently, as delicate latticed appendages unfurled. Opaque wings lightened, expanded, reaching for a vision of beauty that lay hidden deep inside.

Hours later he launched his maiden flight, and my world changed.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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The End of Summer Camp – Friday Fictioneers

Title: The End of Summer Camp
Source:  Friday Fictioneers sponsored by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple
Word count: 100 words

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In the main hall’s kitchen, Kitty bled the water faucet. Other than the expected bumps and bruises and a case of poison ivy, camp had gone smoothly. Nothing like last year. One final check, to perform. With the cabins locked tight, she could return the keys.

She didn’t hear the screen door bang, because a gloved hand guided it, closing it softly. She didn’t see the knife slash, because a stealthy attacker wielded it, striking quickly.

Afternoon sunlight danced through the skylight, and she realized she had ignored the warning signs. The faucet sputtered and hissed, leaving the line dry.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge September 18

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 260

Today Is Day 261 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 260 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 261 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Creating Adventures from Thin Air – Daily Quote

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A red-tailed hawk visits my house. I often notice him soaring overhead on cloudless afternoons. I admired him as he catches air currents and drifts in slow circles. One day I arrived home to find him resting on my garage roof.  I stepped from my car and we regarded each other for a long time.

He has perched on the gas grill on the patio, in the maple tree outside my window and the white fence post on the property line. Other days he does a fly-by, swooping past my windows to let me know he is watching. He is a serious fellow, but I enjoy our talks. Our discussions are not lengthy, but nothing interrupts them. He occupies my undivided attention.

Writing is like speaking with the hawk. It consumes my thoughts. It demands focus and concentration, the ability to see the adventure as it stretches to the horizon and each word that leads the reader down the chosen path. On bright afternoons the words slip from my mind, flowing through my fingers and onto the page. The story twists, turning in novel directions it sucks me in until it is the only thing that matters. These are my favorite times.

Where do you discover your inspiration?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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The Greatest Gift – Flash Fiction Challenge

Title: The Greatest Gift
Source:  Flash Fiction Challenge
Prompt: Write a story that includes the greatest gift.
Word count:  99 words

As the day approaches, my anticipation increases. Doubt wrings conviction from my heart while my head constructs lists designed to weigh each decision’s consequences.

My worry consumes me, and my mother sends me to visit the shrine. The Omikuji will predict my future, she says.

Thousands of paper strips tied to pine rods dominate the temple grounds. I fear the multitude of curses and bad fortunes others have tried to leave behind. Still, I make my donation and follow ancient customs. Trembling hands clutch the paper. I read my destiny and press the god’s great blessing into my soul.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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The Warrior’s Path – #MenageMonday

Source: Dreamstime

Jeremy stopped looking for easy answers. There weren’t any. Not for him. Maybe the shaman had a point. His life would be less difficult if he didn’t fight.

“Fighting is a way,” he told him. The wise man smiled and nodded.

It is what brought him here tonight, his latest fight. The latest obstacle standing between him and success was fifty feet of bridge. Simple. Except the damn harvest moon illuminated the world brighter than a cloudless day at high noon.

Cables groaned and the planks spanning the abyss twisted, swaying in the wind. He couldn’t see them, but they were there. Eleven o’clock, at the ridge’s cleft where the tree line provided protection yet afforded a clear shot. It was the site he’d chose. Easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

“Why are we waiting?” his second asked.

“I figure we’ve got about a twenty-five percent chance of making it to the other side.”

“Better than zero.”

“I promised to keep you alive.”

“No, you said you would try. These last weeks, we’ve had more freedom than we’ve ever known. You’ve gotten us this far. Considering where we started, we have already won.” The faces behind him smiled and nodded.

Jeremy let his breath explode through his lips.

“We should wait.”

“We should let the devil dogs catch us?” An angel’s face confronted Jeremy.

“We knew the risks and made our choices. It is our only way. The question is… Are you ready?” she asked. Jeremy smiled and nodded.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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A Love, Hate Relationship with Editing – Daily Quote

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I am not ready to join Christian and say editing is my favorite part, but I appreciate the results. Words and thoughts flow smoothly from idea to idea. There are no excess words, no bumps jarring the reader’s enjoyment of the piece.

Those jarring bumps are my pet peeves. It is like driving a convertible on the open road, the wind blowing your hair, sun shining on a brilliant blue summer’s day and BLAM you hit a pothole. You’re immediately snapped from your reverie and left wondering if you’ve bent a rim. Editing fills those nasty potholes and any distractions, so you can enjoy the scenery, and live in the moment.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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2019 Daily Writing Challenge September 17

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 259

Today Is Day 260 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 259 word count in the comments.

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What is the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge? It is simple: Write something every day.

Write a little, write a lot. Just write. You have all day.

It doesn’t matter if you write 5 words, 5,000 words or something in between. The idea is to establish a daily writing habit. If you miss a day, don’t worry. Write today and report tomorrow on your success.

A great journey begins with one step. A great writing habit begins with one word. Go!

Check back tomorrow for the Day 260 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer