The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 31

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Yesterday I ran a marathon in the mud. Or at least, how I felt is how I imagine marathon running might be. Oh, and the mud part? Well, I can tell you nothing was clean, or neat, or systematic about yesterday. I’m not one to stop or give in, so I didn’t. I made my class meeting with seconds to spare and was rewarded with a private session with the instructor. Priceless.

Then it was another mad dash to create a crudité platter for a friend’s surprise birthday party. Have I mentioned my death-defying knife skills and my finely honed presentation aesthetics? The platter received accolades beyond my expectations, and the star of the arrangement was the blanched wax beans. Who would have thought, and why, oh why, do I always forget to create photographic evidence of my creations? I blame it on the fact that I needed to focus on slowing my pace, relaxing, enjoying a glass of wine, and the company of good friends. Mission accomplished.

I always remember my number one writing priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 384 words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 30

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Mind-melting heat, followed by earthshaking thunderstorms overnight, left me on a perpetual caffeine drip as I attempted to get through yesterday. It is not uncommon for me to work fueled by only a few hours of decent sleep, but several of those nights, chained together, begin to take a toll. I am grateful the weekend arrives in a few short hours.

I always remember my number one writing priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 405 words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 29

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Yesterday we returned to our regularly scheduled insanity. After the online summit ended, I discovered copious notes on things I need and want to do, but I had no idea how to proceed. So, I did what any self-respecting procrastinator would do, and I tabled my notes. I have not forgotten about them. I firmly assigned the thought process, idea generation, and the brilliant plan conception phase to my subconscious. We have a mandatory meeting scheduled for Saturday.

Then I directed my full attention to getting caught up on my writing course. I made good progress, finishing two modules, including the required exercises. I started work on a third module. But my brain turned into mush before I finished all the work. Completing the assignment will be a breeze when I am fresh.

I always remember my number one writing priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 575 countable words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 28

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Finally, my online writing summit finished yesterday with the last five hours of lectures. The recordings allowed me to view all the material, take notes, and play back the parts I missed in about two hours. I finished as a good friend arrived for a long-overdue visit.

We had not visited in person since before the worldwide lockdowns. When the virus broke, she was in Italy on an extended visit. She returned to Chicago on one of the last planes from Rome. Seeing her, an overwhelming sense of gratitude hit me, and I realized how lucky we are and how precious life is. There is nothing as rare or more dear than connecting with friends. No matter how crazy or overbooked my day might be, I would drop everything to offer comfort, a smile, or the simple act of shared silence to my friends. They would do nothing less for me. It is the unspoken promise of a genuine friendship.

I always remember my number one writing priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 386 countable words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 27

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My online writing summit continued yesterday with another six hours of lectures. Lucky for me, they provided recordings of each session, and after my usual grueling workday, I cued up the videos. The advantage of recordings is the ability to play them faster, pause, and replay. The replays meant I could view all the material, take notes, and playback the parts I missed in a little over three hours total. It still made for a seemingly endless day, and consuming that much content is exhausting. When I finished, I was ready for bed.

I always remember my number one priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 447 countable words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 26

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Yesterday, my online writing summit delivered six hours of lectures. One presenter blew my mind, opened my eyes, and got me thinking in a new way. I’m not sure what exactly this means for my future, but I now have more options to consider. In between sessions, I started reading another book. I’ve been learning a ton of information this weekend.

With my mind running in overdrive, I needed action and food. The evening presented the perfect opportunity for grilling a beautiful piece of salmon. My tomatoes begged for a good long drink of water after another warm day. I scrubbed the birdbath and refilled it with fresh water for my feathered friends. I also arranged transportation services for the eight boxes of items I earmarked for adoption. Yesterday, they arrived at their new home, where I am sure everything will be loved. The best part is, their removal frees up space for me to sort, categorize, and stage the contents of the other storage boxes in the basement.

I always remember my number one priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 452 countable words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 25

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Yesterday, I attended an online writing summit. The summit delivered seven hours of valuable information while I sat in my comfy chair, sipping coffee and taking copious notes. As a result, I added some novel exercises designed to improve my current writing process to my To-Do list, and I am excited to get to work. In between sessions, I finished reading “5,000 Words Per Hour” by Chris Fox, took more notes, and added a few “ah-ha” items to my ever-expanding list. I also read James Joyce’s short story, “The Dead.” Because I was on a roll, I completed another module for my online class, then I printed the worksheets and reviewed the directions for completing the next big assignment.

I felt stiff after all that sitting, so I got moving and watered and fertilized my tomatoes. They are thriving in this hot, humid weather which leaves me sweaty, exhausted, and irritated. But I am always amazed when my carefully cultivated seedling being to bloom and set fruit. Next, I moved into the basement, where I identified, sorted, and earmarked eight boxes as candidates for relocation. I have the perfect house in mind for them, and it is not mine.

I always remember my number one priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 392 countable words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 24

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Yesterday, the week’s activities and a few sleepless nights caught me. Tiredness smashed my resolve to move, and a migraine wrecked my concentration. When I can’t complete my intended goals, I review my long To-Do list for simple tasks. They are typically mundane jobs—things I need to accomplish. But either they never make it to the top of the list, or they are just downright repugnant. Cleaning the basement bathroom, weeding the thistle-infested, thorn-filled rose garden, and sanitizing the sunbaked, reeking trash bin make the top, or rather, the bottom of my list. They are thankless jobs, and I always reward myself for my perseverance when I finish the chore. Besides, these hot and humid summer days demand a cool drink and an indulgent afternoon of reading.

I always remember my number one priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 488 words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 23

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The full-court press is underway to get current on my course homework. So, yesterday I pulled out my notes and wrote a piece to submit. I have several more modules and their associated exercises to complete, along with two more writing pieces before I am back on track. The end of next week is doable if I apply myself and avoid distractions. Let’s see if I am up for the task ahead.

Work continues on my mission to select and complete one small task from my House Remodel Project To-Do List each day. The most daunting task is unpacking, sorting, and either finding a new home, donating, or selling each item packed in the countless boxes stored in the basement. There are specific items I am searching for that I can’t locate. Lurking somewhere is a card table I want to use as my sorting space. Yep, it is MIA. Yesterday I discovered a missing bed sheet in a box of paperwork and a container of bathroom products mixed in with mismatched shoes. At least the mover appropriately labeled both boxes as “Miscellaneous.”

I always remember my number one priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 1,963 words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The 2021 Daily Writing Challenge – July 22

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Business, as usual, resumed yesterday. After the familiar 9 to 5 nonsense, I got to work on the fun stuff—homework. I’m behind on my online class, and I kicked butt and completed three modules along with the associated exercises. Yippee.

I felt a tremendous weight lift from my shoulders when we completed the major work on the house remodel. Plenty of smaller projects occupy my To-Do list waiting for me to finish them, but nothing urgent presses on my available time on a day-to-day basis. Every evening I devote about an hour to work on something minor. Yesterday I collected a box of items destined for donation, and an armload of garbage found its way to the curb. It isn’t earth-shattering progress, and nobody but me will even notice the change. But bit by bit, small steps eventually culminate in massive changes.

I always remember my number one priority. My core habits are strong, and writing a little every day is my secret weapon. Yesterday I wrote 525 words.

Did you write yesterday?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer