Perspective – Weekend Writing Prompt

Title:  Perspective

Source: Weekend Writing Prompt # 195 — Gargantuan

Objective: Write a poem or piece of prose in exactly 96 words

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“It’s too much.” My words floated between us and wrenched the remaining oxygen from my lungs. The acrid taste of anger lingered on my tongue, and I sunk deeper into grandpa’s wooden kitchen chair.

He patted my knee, crooked his finger, and I followed. He led me to a magical land where massive tree trunks, 100 feet in circumference, supported treetops that played among the clouds.

“Sequoiadendron giganteum,” he whispered. “They have lived here since prehistoric time, and these are three thousand years old.”

I contemplated everything the trees had seen, and my gargantuan problems disappeared.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

NaNoWriMo 2020 — Word Count Wrap-Up

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I am declaring myself a NaNo winner, even though I didn’t technically meet the criteria of “Official” Winner Status. My total reached a whopping 11,555 hard-won words. That makes my daily average a mere 385 words and represents 23% of the published goal. If we were grading on the curve, any self-respecting teacher would award me a failing grade.

Thank goodness I am not relying on school standards. You may wonder why I believe I deserve to claim the same accolades as someone who met the requirements. Excellent question, and it boils down to obstacles faced and overcome. This month saw my sweetheart undergoing major surgery and spending an entire week in the hospital before being discharged. Hospital rules prevented me from seeing him during his stay, which only increased my anxiety. Now he is convalescing here at home, safe from infections and making steady progress. We are scheduling twice-weekly physical therapy and home nursing services, along with weekly doctor appointments.

For good measure, I am trying to wrap up a house remodel. Coordinating workers around our other constraints while maintaining the quarantine zone has complicated things. Oh, and did I mention a day job? Friends told me I was crazy to try NaNo. But I am nothing if not a glutton for punishment. Besides, I needed a distraction, a piece of time reserved for me when I could forget the world’s pressures.

Did you write for NaNo? What challenges did you face?

Did you win, based on your criteria?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer