The 2020 Daily Writing Challenge – May 1

2020 Daily Writing Challenge

Writing is like driving at night in the fog.
You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
– E. L. Doctorow

Today is Day 122 of the 2020 Daily Writing Challenge.

Happy May Day. Did you write yesterday? Have you completed 5/12 of your annual writing goal? My expectations have undergone drastic revisions. My January forecast bears scant resemblance to my present updated projections. There is no shame or blame to assign if COVID-19 knocked you off track, decimated your schedule, and messed with your mind. Hopefully, you have wrestled the “unpredictable” and devised a plan to navigate uncharted waters while continuing to move forward.

May has always heralded a season of festivities, and I have no intention of canceling them this year. I love gathering flowers and spring greenery to decorate a lovely May Day basket. The tradition dates to medieval England which they called “Bringing in the May.” Another English custom is dancing around a Maypole festooned with bright-colored ribbons, floral garlands, and feelings of joy. I might indulge in a piece of May Day cake. Who can say “no” to cake?

Other celebrations include Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day. Sadly, they postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby, the Run for the Roses, the primary outlet for our fascination with everything hats, horses, and Mint Juleps, until September. In defiance, or maybe its solidarity, my plan to sip a Mint Julep while wearing a pert little fascinator remains on my calendar. We round out the month with more somber ceremonies for Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day.

Whether your creative endeavors focus on brighter days, long-lived traditions, or honoring those who served, I hope you find meaning this month. That is reason enough to celebrate.

Try it and let us know how you did in the comments below.


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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