Dragon Deal

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Once upon a time, Princess Lola watched as her father drew the lottery name for the annual sacrifice. The name was hers.

Her family cried, but Lola had a plan.

Late at night, she made her way to the Dragon’s Den.

Smoke billowed from the cave.

“You’re early,” the dragon’s voice echoed through the cave.

“I have a deal for you. It’s just between us,” Lola said.

“I have a deal with your father,” the dragon countered.

“Your deal is for girls. Wouldn’t you like a juicy boy?”

“You are scrawny.” The smoke heaved and billowed as the dragon chuckled.

“I’ll bring a boy if you’ll spare my life.”

“Are boys tasty?”

Lola promised the dragon a boy and several hours later she returned.

“Where are we going?” the chubby boy asked as he clung to Lola’s hand.

“It’s not much further,” Lola said pulling him along behind her.

“Is this the Dragon’s Den?” the boy asked as they reached the end of the trail.

“Dragon,” Lola called.

The dragon’s claw grabbed the boy, and he was gone.

“Remember our deal, Dragon,” Lola called over her shoulder. Not waiting for the dragon’s answer, she hurried home.

The next day the festival led Lola along the same path to the Dragon’s Den.

Like the previous night, the dragon’s claw reached from its den, this time the dragon grabbed Lola.

“Hey, we had a deal,” Lola screamed.

“Deal? What deal?” the dragon asked.

“Remember, I brought you a boy and you promised you’d spare my life.”

The dragon laughed.

“Promise? I made no promise. Besides, girls are made from sugar and spice and everything nice. Boys are not as tasty.”

And Lola was gone.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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Today was a play day. There were other responsibilities requiring my attention, but mostly I wrote. My fingers struggled to keep pace as the words tumbled and flowed. Time stood still, and the words piled higher than the parking lot’s snow hills.  Today’s writing was without true purpose, without constraints, without pressure. The goal was to add words to the page.

I kept checking the clock, sure that hours had elapsed, to discover it had only been minutes. It was a wonderful feeling. It lifted my spirits and made me smile.

Does a productive writing session change your attitude?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge March 12

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Today Is Day 71 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 70 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 71 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Mighty Mouse – Flash Fiction Challenge

Title: Mighty Mouse
Source:  Flash Fiction Challenge
Prompt: Write a story about a mouse.
Word count:  99 words

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I stumble to my desk. The coffee sloshing in my cup slips over the edge trickles down the side and drips onto my freshly printed manuscript.

I blot the drop, but the damage is done. Adding insult to injury I mark the draft with a giant coffee ring. I have no fear. Mighty Mouse will save the day. The laptop purrs, Mighty Mouse chases clicks across the laptop’s screen while I sip my coffee.

The printer springs to life, spitting out pages as the Mouse commands.

The pristine draft restored, it awaits the torture session of the red pen.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Cultivating Joy – 100 Word Wednesday

Title: Cultivating Joy
Source:  100 Word Wednesday: Week 111
Word count: 100 words

Image by Arno Smit

As a Customer Service Supervisor, Imogene solved other people’s problems and smoothed ruffled feathers. She loved her job, and she did it well.

Occasionally, silly complaints, abusive attitudes, and stretched truths wore on her nerves. Today was one of those days. Imogene counted the minutes, waiting to rush to her sanctuary.

The potting shed wasn’t fancy, but it belonged to her. Here, she could sink her hands into warm dirt, feel the sun’s heat on her back and hear the bird’s sweet songs. The breeze caressed her, and her plants grew and flowered as she tended them with loving care.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Daily Quote

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My writing is work, sometimes it is a difficult endeavor. My daily attempts are to write the best story I can write. Once I’m finished with the writing portion, I pick it apart, editing, tweaking and attempting to make it better. With the hours spent on each piece, it is my wish the reader feels as if the words flowed from a bubbling brook. I want them to believe my effort was simply stopping to transcribe the story. They shouldn’t recognize the effort.

How do you know your story is complete?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge March 11

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Today Is Day 70 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 69 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 70 Report and let us know how you did.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

Seeking Knowledge – 3 Line Tales

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

photo by Clem Onojeghuo via Unsplash

Stacks upon stacks of books accumulated, collected, hoarded in the quest of knowledge.

Formats change, culling the best, the rest released into the wild.

The quest became more focused, the never-ending search for the forgotten truths.

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

2019 Daily Writing Challenge March 10

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Today Is Day 69 of the 2019 Daily Writing Challenge.

Did you write yesterday? Let us know your Day 68 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 69 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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Today marks the start of Daylight Saving Time. At 2:00 am in Chicago, we will turn our clocks forward to 3:00 am. If we can revise time, we can change anything. Pursuing continuous improvement, we identify ways to increase productivity, to write more words in each writing session. The editing process allows us to tighten our writing, express ideas more succinctly and increase emotional involvement for the reader.

Life is about change and good stories are the embodiment of change, of character transformation. As we grow, we evaluate our life. We eliminate habits and rituals which hold us back. As the story evolves, we eliminate the sections which don’t advance the story.

What revisions are you making today?

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Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer