Daily Quote

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This quote conjured images of old Jack traipsing across a field with a shotgun nestled in the crook of one arm and a switch in his other hand. He whistles to a pair of good bird dogs as they beat the bushes in search of inspiration.

After successfully capturing a little inspiration they head back to the cabin for a celebratory drink and session of typewriter pounding that lasts into the wee hours of the night.

Where do you look for inspiration?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Write

Not the Point — 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Not the Point
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 93
Word count: 100 words

Photo by Jenni Jones

James had a plan to prove his point.

“It’s so stupid. It means nothing. They get all ‘wow this is deep’ over nothing,” he said.

He registered for the school talent show and began his work. He recruited Leslie the head cheerleader as one of his props. James assured her the only requirement was to sit in a chair wearing a mask. No words to memorize, no singing, nothing. She agreed when he promised to pay her.

His talent show skit went as he planned. The audience sat in stunned silence. They took James for an evaluation the next day.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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Writing to the head bangs of Megadeth or a noisy coffee shop is very doable for me. I have also written to the strains of classical music or in total silence.

I don’t find I must have specific conditions to write. It would be a luxury and something that only occurred once in a blue moon which would make my writing much more sporadic. So, I adapt and write when and where I can.

What is your preference, music? Silence? The din of a coffee shop? Something else?

Maybe a little Megadeth?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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This a special thank you to everyone who reads, comments or follows along on my writing journey. You are the diamonds in my day.

Every day there are adventures waiting to be explored, stories begging to be written, knowledge yearning to be learned.

Where will you find your diamonds today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Wind Gypsy — Friday Fictioneers

Title:  Wind Gypsy
Source:  Friday Fictioneers sponsored by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple
Word count: 100 words

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jilly Funell

The tower caught Coraline’s eye, and the breeze transported her. She was aboard the Wind Gypsy once again flying for the finish line.

Thirty-three boats started, but as they reached the windward mark three had distinguished themselves as contenders. The spinnaker launched with a satisfying snap. They dropped and secured the genoa as the bow blasting through a swell. Wind Gypsy trailed Lady Zoom and Wave Bye Bye in a fight that was theirs to win. Coraline loved this crew. Joyous laughter skipped across the waves as they sat folded over the port rail. Winning was only half the fun.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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I live for the rewrite. My process is to write like mad, letting everything fall onto the page. It marinates while I grab a cup of coffee. Then halleluiah, I get a do-over. Or two or three or however many it takes until I like it. It kinda makes me feel sorry for the brain surgeons.

What are your feelings about editing and rewriting?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Full Time — FFfAW Challenge

Title: Full Time
Source: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers
Word count: 160 words

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This week’s photo prompt is provided by Michelle De Angelis. Thank you, Michelle!

It was a long, hot summer and Alysia had nearly finished. The thirty-three-foot Chris Craft needed a total overhaul. She purchased her in early spring and by St. Patrick’s Day had the boat gutted. The wooden hull was sound and didn’t need a lot of patching. She sanded, caulked, painted and varnished. She applied six coats of varnish herself. The engine, however, needed a complete overhaul.

Then she ran out of money. Alysia took a second job, sold her apartment and moved onto the boat. She slept on the deck in a sleeping bag under the stars. The boat owners in the surrounding slips noticed and monitored her progress. She often found gifts on the boat when she returned from work.  When she questioned them, they laughed and denied her accusations.

The summer boaters winterized their boats as Alysia put the final touches on her full-time home. They threw a housewarming cookout and promised to be back in the spring.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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I ran across this cartoon and laughed. How many times have I changed a character’s name or the gender as I write? I know and then it changes.  While not this drastic, my WIP needs an additional character and a dog.

Do you change up your character’s names, genders, delete them altogether, before you type “The End”?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

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The image above is “The School of Athens” (Scuola di Athene) a fresco by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) which is part of the four Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello) in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

The four Raphael Rooms are the Sala di Costantino (“Hall of Constantine”), the Stanza di Eliodoro (“Room of Heliodorus”), the Stanza della Segnatura (“Room of the Signatura”) and the Stanza dell’Incendio del Borgo (“The Room of the Fire in the Borgo”).

The room Raphael began first was the Stanza della Segnatura, and “The School of Athens” was the third wall to be completed. Depicting Philosophy, “The School of Athens” is regarded as Raphael’s masterpiece.

Raphael was not specific on the identity of the philosophers and many speculated that he painted the faces of some of his contemporaries.

The philosophers (above) include Plato or Leonardo da Vinci, Aristotle or Giuliano da Sangallo located in the center. The figure sprawled on the steps is identified as either Diogenes of Sinope or Socrates.

The man leaning on the cube is either Heraclitus or Michelangelo and the man to the left is either Parmenides or Nicomachus.

I have stood in front of this fresco several times now and contemplated many things. I have read and researched and digested opinions, theories, and speculations.

Pratechett is correct, thinking about how you think about things gives you a certainty, that influences everything you do. I have seen the certainty of my thoughts appear unbidden in my writing.

What things have you analyzed? How has it impacted your writing?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer