2019 Daily Writing Challenge August 20

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 231

Today Is Day 232 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 231 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 232 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The Secret of Flying Free – Daily Quote

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How many times have you heard someone lament they just want to be free? What does that mean to you? Is it the ability to do whatever you what whenever you wish? The ability to act or change without constraint. The reality is so much more. Everything we say and do has consequences. What happens rests on our shoulders and if there is blame to be cast, we must blame ourselves.

There is a secret to attaining the freedom you seek, it comes when you first take responsibility and hold yourself accountable to the highest standard. Freedom and responsibility are the embodiment of inseparable and contradictory opposites. They are Yin and Yang, darkness and light, young and old. Holding one requires that you maintain a balance with the other.  To be free, we must also be in control. Freedom and responsibility are not granted by the powers that be. They are taken. We must use them with virtue, knowledge, and compassion. If we are lucky, those qualities transform into wisdom and we can truly fly.

What will you do with your freedom?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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Tonight, We Will Not Die — Ralph and the Prince Part II

Back by popular demand is Part II of a story I wrote last week, “Into the Night”.
If you missed it, you can read it here.  Or read on.

Ralph had lost track of time. Every muscle in his body screamed. He struggled to maintain his precarious position on the horse’s back while keeping the Prince’s unconscious form from tumbling to the ground. The black stallion broke his pace and Ralph allowed him to have his head. They both needed the break.

The punishing ride slowed to a steady stride, and he shrugged his shoulders, allowing himself to relax. Stretching, he felt blood seep into hands numb from holding the reins in a death grip. The horse blew air through his nostrils and Ralph copied the animal’s actions. As his mind cleared, he counted. Three times they had completed a circuit. Moving at the fastest pace he dared, he alternated from a canter to a trot and a walk, conserving their strength.

Deciding he could use the exercise; he slid his right leg around and jumped to the ground. He landed hard on stiff legs, and stumbled, clinging to the saddle and the prince so he wouldn’t fall. He cursed, forcing his limbs to move.

“Where are we?” The Prince’s voice was groggy, muffled in the horse’s mane.

“We should be getting close,” Ralph lied.

The Prince lifted his head, turning it towards Ralph, but the movement made him heave the contents of his stomach. Ralph jumped to the side to avoid the worst of it. He dug into his pocket, retrieved a handkerchief and wiped the prince’s mouth.

“What happened to you?” Ralph asked.

The Prince shifted his position again, rising a little higher in the saddle.

“Sirona said they poisoned me…”

“Sirona was with you?”

“Yes, she gave me something,” he said fumbling at the pouch strapped to his side. It was clear the effort was too much from him and Ralph stepped closer.

“May, I?”

The Prince dropped his hand and nodded.

“The note,” he whispered. He slumped over the horse’s neck again and his eyes closed.

Ralph steadied him, then undid the pouch’s buckled closure and fished out the folded parchment. He could feel the seal as he turned it in his hand. He glanced at the prince who was once again unconscious and wondered if he should try to wake him. Sighing, Ralph figured given their circumstances he could beg for forgiveness later. If the prince lived.

His decision made, he squinted at the letter and almost dropped it. Glowing above the Prince’s wax seal was his name.

“Well, all right, then.”

He cracked it open and unfolded his message. As he pressed back the folds, glittering sparks escaped. They coalesced into a ball, hovering over the sheet of paper. Their amber glow provided enough illumination for him to read the delicate handwriting.

 

Ralph,

With luck, you have found the Prince. If he still lives, then the elixir I administered is slowing the poison, but his life hangs in the balance.  You must reach D’ArtAnna as quickly as possible. I have enchanted the Lucciola to guide you to her. I estimate he only has a few hours.  

Our enemies are strong, and they are everywhere. Sir Felton and Jean-Christophe were dead when I found the Prince. Trust no one, dearest Ralph.

Keep yourself alive and Save our beloved Prince,

Sirona

 

He refolded the message, and the Lucciola rose, floating forward to hover above the stallion’s head. With a trembling hand, he jammed the paper into his pocket and mounted.

Sir Felton and Jean-Christophe were the bravest fighters in the Kingdom and Ralph wasn’t a match for either man, even on his best day.

“Dead,” the Lucciola bounced in the air at the sound of his voice.

“Ok, you. Lead the way,” he said. Resuming his place behind the prince, he placed his hand on the royal black cloak.

“I promise you. Tonight, we will not die.”

The stallion shook, and with a prancing step, he followed the Lucciola. They proceed along the forest trail as dawn’s first tendrils filtered through the branches. Ralph urged the horse to move faster.

“Tonight, we should be fine. It’s tomorrow I’m not so sure about.”

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

 

Improving Your Attitude is Not Rocket Science– Daily Quote

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I have been thinking about my attitude a lot recently. I have read comments posted across the internet of people saying to various authors, “You are a success because you are special. But I can never attain the same level of achievement.” Those remarks hurt my heart. I wish I could speak to them, reach them, convince them they are wrong. Experience has taught me it is folly to force reform on someone who doesn’t want change.

I have heard the arguments. Sure, some fortunate individuals have negative outlooks and horrid attitudes, but most prosperous people are optimistic. Studies confirm it. If you constantly expect the worst outcome and project failure, your inner choices align to confirm your hypothesis. We have all fallen short, failed, missed our moment and made mistakes. It doesn’t pay to get discouraged and comparing ourselves to others is often our biggest mistake. The best course of action is to stand up, lift your head, adjust your attitude, determined to keep going. It requires a strong character and a positive mindset.

Changing your outlook begins with acceptance. I stand here now, and I won’t be here forever, just right now. Each morning, I wake thankful for another opportunity to become better than I was yesterday. I find a single action that will move me one step closer to the person I dream of being. I will arrive someday, but not today.

Is your attitude holding you back?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge August 19

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 230

Today Is Day 231 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 230 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 231 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Red Light Rescue – Flash Fiction Challenge

Title: Red Light Rescue
Source:  Flash Fiction Challenge
Prompt: Write a story that includes a sweet jam.
Word count:  99 words

sea of red lights in New York

Photo by Jan K on Unsplash

I volunteered, although it was the last thing I wanted to do.

She waited outside her brownstone, with her carryon balanced atop her suitcase. I double-parked while the cabbie honked, cursing me, as he squeezed his way past.

“You’re late,” she said, and I stuffed the luggage in the trunk.

“You said six, it’s a quarter to.”

She ignored me and got in the car.

Rush hour in New York, made worse by some hidden force, gave me an opportunity. My one last chance.

The traffic jam was sweet, providing the salve we needed to mend our strained relationship.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Message Decoded – 3 Line Tales

From Sonya’s 3LineTales at Only100Words.
You can find the original prompt here. Thank you, Sonya

photo by Leon Bublitz via Unsplash

The victim wrote the answers on the wall, numbers hiding their meaning in plain sight.

Detective Alvarez didn’t need a decoder ring to solve the case that eluded his peers.

Peace, peace, marijuana, Satan and sex, were the smoking guns leading directly to the guilty party.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The Art of Balancing Projects – Daily Quote 

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Making tea is an art. A Japanese tea ceremony is an elaborate affair. The host sends invitations, prepares a room within specific guidelines and creates a menu of yummy snacks. At the appointed hour, the hostess greets her guests, ceremoniously cleans the implements, makes the matcha, and all parties observe rituals steeped in a history dating to the 14th century.

Rooted in Zen Buddhism, the participants embark on an inner journey similar to meditation. Science upholds the idea, confirming the ceremony brings deep calm and even spiritual reflection to those who involved. The specific steps engage all five senses and both sides of the brain. With each sense engaged the mind works in unison. Living in peace and harmony, free from competing interests, we reduce our stress levels and relax. This intersection is where the world opens, and reflection runs deep.

When I take breaks, my goal is to reestablish balance. Mini vacations let me step away from my work. Alternate activities keep me occupied on one issue while letting the answers to another problem find a home. But first, I need a cup of tea.

What rituals restore you and allow you to finish your projects?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge August 18

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 229

Today Is Day 230 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 229 word count in the comments.

———————

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 230 Report and let us know how you did.

_________________________________________

Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Loving A Classic – Weekend Writing Prompt

Title: Loving A Classic
Source:  Weekend Writing Prompt #119 – Tinker
Objective: Write a poem or piece of prose in exactly 75 words.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 1963 'split window' in Amsterdam

Photo by Marc Kleen on Unsplash

My baby needed work, but the estimate made me cringe.

“It ain’t worth it. Ya wanna sell?” The office manager was all about dollars and cents. There was never any doubt, whatever the price I would gladly pay.

The mechanic smiled, happy to tinker with her engine.

“You don’t see these anymore,” he said, looking at me, he understood our connection.

“Don’t you worry. I’ll treat her like my own. She’ll be good as new.”

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer