Daily Quote

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Last week was a trial, a test of the strength of my determination. The wave threatened to crash over me. Everywhere I turned I encountered trouble, obstacles, and predicaments. I resisted the temptation to bail. I found myself in a tight slot, navigating the barrel and trying hard to avoid being axed. A heavy wipeout was not on my agenda.

I survived. I am tired and hopelessly behind schedule. Assignments stand piled high, taunting me. This week I will begin work earlier and stop later. With dedication, I hope to get back on track.

How do you persevere during tough times?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge May 12

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 131

Today Is Day 132 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 131 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 132 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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Often the most difficult tasks to achieve, appear to be the easiest. As we struggle to succeed, it is easy to compare our skills and our progress with everyone else. We listen to advise from teachers, family members, and friends, without realizing their advice represents their choices. If we neglect to choose our path in favor of a consensus, we lose ourselves. Doubts cloud our judgment and we succumb to our insecurities and fears.

Honoring our authentic selves means determining what matters most. We must place less reliance on the opinions of those around us, since trying to satisfy everyone is a guaranteed way to please no one and to make ourselves miserable in the process. Regardless of our choices, we will never gain everyone’s approval. Releasing the need to subjugate our genuine desires is an important step towards discovering who we really are.

How will you be true to yourself today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

The Cowardly Cousin – Weekend Writing Prompt

Title: The Cowardly Cousin
Source:  Weekend Writing Prompt #105 – Denial
Objective: Write a poem or piece of prose in exactly 77 words.

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Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

The campaign was a success. Marius had defeated the crown’s enemy and annexed the disputed lands for the king.

His army marched toward home, eager to rejoin their families and return to more leisurely and peaceful pursuits. But the real war had not yet begun. They found their city occupied by Marius’s cousin, Atticus. He declared Marius a bastard and crowned himself lord of the Duchy.

“His denial of the truth will be his ruin,” Marius vowed.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Uncertain Future – 3 Line Tales

Photo by Philippe Mignot on Unsplash

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

During the season, invaders descended, renting homes for prices the natives could not afford, and which forced them to decide if they should stay or go.

The monstrous cruise ships carrying hordes of day-trippers, returned to the sea, leaving destruction in their wake.

The Venetians sighed, knowing for a few short hours their crumbling city, was still their home.

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Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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Outsiders often think creative people can do whatever they wish. You wield great power when you are the boss. But freedom comes with an equal measure of responsibility. The creative must manage every step in the creative process, from idea generation, creating the work, marketing, selling, managing submissions, to staying organized and on target. With luck, they invent a strategy that gets results.

It is a wonderful feeling when you devise a blueprint which works. The design’s strictures can lead us to question the wisdom of messing with the constructs of a proven method. Success raises the cost of failure. Making an adjustment is intimidating, choosing a different path is frightening. We can’t stop taking risks or trying a fresh direction. Picasso’s works exemplified radical change. He began with realism, switching to what they now call his Blue Period and his work continued to evolve. Each innovation he undertook, carried the prospect that no one would buy his art. But each stage allowed him to grow as an artist. His evolution strengthened him.

Is there a project which frightens you?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge May 11

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 130

Today Is Day 131 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 130 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 131 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Corazón en el Fuego

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Photo by Vitor Pinto on Unsplash

They would tumble through the door soon. It was the one class of the week Leticia didn’t look forward to teaching. Still, a girl needed to pay the rent.

Right on time black sedans pulled in front of the building and released the young girls. They exploded into the space jabbering and calling to each other as they filed into the dressing room swapping street clothes for long flowing skirts. They filtered into the studio milling around as the hour approached.

“Ladies, ladies,” Leticia called, clapping to gain their attention. “We will start now.”

Music played, and the girls mimicked the choreographed steps. Leticia following their languid arm movements, their anemic stomps, and sloppy footwork. The ladies led privileged lives, sent to her class to occupy their time while their parents worked. She knew they didn’t really want to take part, but their lack of passion wounded her. Her heart ached for them.

She stopped the music, tears in her eyes as she faced them.

“Flamenco is about emotions,” Leticia clenched her fist and let her frustration explode in her words.  “I see no feelings, not joy, not despair. There is not love in your movements,” she relaxed her hand, her sweeping gesture expressing volumes, “or even hate, or anger, or grief. Nada. You give me meaningless movement.”

Her palm rested like a butterfly above her heart, her head dropped in reverence. The music began again, and her fingers fluttered to the beat. Softly, first, the intensity grew, the butterfly changed, transforming into heavy, powerful beats coursing through her body.

“It starts with the fire, profundo en tu corazón. Siente lo que vive allí.”

The girls followed Leticia, feeling their fire, they listened with their hearts. And they danced.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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We face many obstacles when we set goals for ourselves. The passage takes us into storms, rough seas, and demon doubt sends messages, advocating we abort the mission. Stepping into the wilderness demands courage and confronting the unknown. The enormity of the task can make succeeding feel impossible.

Forward progress requires trust and the ability to put one foot in front of the other. We advance step by step, meeting each obstacle as we encounter them. We solve the first problem and move to the next. The succession of dilemmas continues in a steady stream. They are the test, the price of admission. If our desire is strong enough, no danger can keep us from following the path and attaining our goal.

What perceived dangers are keeping you ashore?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge May 10

2019 Daily Writing Challenge Day 129

Today Is Day 130 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 129 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 130 Report and let us know how you did.

_________________________________________

Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer