Posted in Poetry, Writing

Hosting a Writing Challenge-What I Learned

First of all, THANK YOU, to everyone that joined me in this challenge!  Please be sure to check out these lovely blogs!

Dawn Benedict

KS Woods

The Reluctant Poet

Poetisatinta

Thank You to everyone that had the patience to READ my posts in January.  Not all of them were pretty.

When I first came up with the idea of hosting this Writing Challenge, I didn’t really think about how involved it would be.  I simply thought it would be fun and it would be a good way for me to be more disciplined and to write more

I did have fun and I’ve gained a lot of insight and have a lot more respect for those that do this on a regular basis.

Maybe I should have started out with just hosting a weekly challenge instead of one that goes for an entire month!  But no, I had to go big or go home! 🙂

The results of this challenge, for me, produced 22 regular posts (the Number I was shooting for) and 12 promotional/roundups for a total of 34 posts. 

Since I put my foot in my mouth and not only came up with this challenge, but set my number at 22 posts, I did feel a sense of pressure to get those posts done.  But, it turns out that I work well under pressure. 🙂  There are a few posts that I did in January, on the spur of the moment, that came out, to me, surprisingly well!  

The Penalty I wrote in just a few minutes and didn’t like it when I was done with it, but posted it anyway. Surprisingly, it turned out to be one of my better poems for the month.

Welcome The Light I did not like at all. The idea that I had in my head did not translate to the page. It received a good response to readers, according to the views and comments received.

The Mirror While not liking it when I wrote this, I did end up really liking this piece. This was just a stream of consciousness  piece. I just started writing and this is what came! Maybe I need to do more of this type of writing!

“Holding my feet to the fire”, so to speak, has paid off for me.  But I think that from now on, I will leave hosting a writing challenge to others.  There are many people on WordPress that do this very, very well and the next time I need inspiration, I will seek out one of these awesome people’s blogs.  

Posted in Poetry, Prose, Life, Stories, Writing

Final Roundup #Name Your Number Challenge

Happy Thursday!  Below is a list (in no particular order) of posts and links from those that have joined in the #Name Your Number Challenge.  Please show them some love and visit a few (or all!) of them.

From Dawn Benedict:

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/29/whispered-warning/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/last-bite/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/31/exceed-the-numbers/

From KS Woods:

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/30/true-love/

From The Reluctant Poet:

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/no-longer-a-home/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/31/come-find-me/

From Poetisatinta

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/29/jusjojans-sunday-muse/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/30/magnetic-blue-glass-sky/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/31/write-till-the-end-jusjojan/

And in case you missed any, Here are mine:

Bruises Left

Wreckage

If you participated and I missed your post, please contact me and I will add it.  THANK YOU to everyone that has joined in!  

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Last Days-#Name Your Number Writing Challenge

Today Starts the Last 2 Days of the Name Your Number Writing Challenge.  

It’s NOT too late to join in!  Just Name Your Number (for the remainder of the month)! See below for details. 

YOU name the Number of Posts!  

My number is 22.  Why?  There are 22 workdays in January.  I’m taking the weekends off to catch my breath, or catch up!  I am going to write a post each of those workdays, for a total of 22 posts.  (I will sometimes use the weekends to get a post or two ahead so that I’m not under the gun every day) 

22 is my number.  What’s yours?   

**Just about everyone that has joined this challenge has had trouble with pingbacks.  They simply do not work all of the time.  To be sure that your post reaches me, please leave a link to your post in the comments below. 

If you would like to join me in this challenge, here are the “rules”.  

  • REBLOG this post on your blog.
  • Your post can be in any form you wish. Essay, photo, short story (500 words max, please) poetry, etc.  
  • Please keep the content of your post fairly family friendly.  G or PG rated, please.
  • Your post can be on any subject you wish. 
  • Name your Number!  Challenge yourself!  What number of posts do you aspire to? 
  • Please create a pingback from your post to this one and use the tag “Name Your Number Writing Challenge” so I can find you.  If you do not know how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial HERE.  OR you can leave a link to your post in the comments below in any of my posts.  I moderate the comments on my blog, so you may not see your comment right away.   
  • One real “rule” here.  No copies of your past posts or reblogs of others’ posts.  This challenge is to get your writing juices flowing.  So new work only! 
  • *Due to the time differences, etc. some posts may overflow into the weekend or the following day. I’m quite flexible on the times, etc. 

I will do a Roundup of the remaining posts for this month on Thursday February 2nd.   

So are you ready to challenge yourself?  Please join me!!  

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson

Posted in Life, Poetry, Prose, Stories, Writing

Sunday Roundup #Name Your Number-Week 4

Happy Sunday!  Below is a list (in no particular order) of posts and links from those that have joined in the #Name Your Number Challenge.  Please show them some love and visit a few (or all!) of them.

From Dawn Benedict:

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/plant-a-dream/

https://dawnbenedict.wordpress.com/2023/01/28/tilt/

From KS Woods:

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/22/shine-bright/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/24/in-the-bleak-midwinter/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/26/get-a-life/

https://kswoodwrites.blog/2023/01/28/portal-seeker/

From The Reluctant Poet:

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/23/happy-to-be/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/somethings-happen-somethings-dont/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/25/sometimes-magic-and-miracles-happen/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/26/not-eavesdropping/

https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2023/01/27/so-starry-skies-can-be-seen/

From Poetisatinta

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/23/magnetic-poetry-for-jusjojan/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/tanka-tuesday-7/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/25/w3-prompt-2/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/26/writephoto-for-jusjojan-3/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/27/friday-fictioneers-34/

https://poetisatinta.wordpress.com/2023/01/28/weekend-writing-prompt-26/

 

And in case you missed any, Here are mine:

No Choice

Writing-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Taking On the World

The Mirror

Clear Vision

It’s Not Too Late to Join Us!  For more info, HERE is the Link to this Week’s Announcing Post.

If you participated and I missed your post, please contact me and I will add it.  THANK YOU to everyone that has joined in!  

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Clear Vision



Stumbling through life 
my sins 
and appetites 
led me  

I chose 
the wrong path 
always 

I lived in 
a world where 
no Gods exist 

Until my vision 
cleared 
I saw 
no other way

Copyright (C) 2023 Penny Wilson
#Name Your Number Challenge Click here for info and to join in! 

Also written for Reena’s exploration challenge using the phrase “You live in a world where no Gods exist.”

Posted in Life, Poetry, Prose, Stories, Writing

The Mirror

Looking in the mirror, I have finally gotten to the point where I don’t see the excess weight as often.  I don’t worry so much about the lines around my eyes.  I’ve come to like the streaks of silver in my hair.  These days, I more often reflect on what’s inside.  I know that I am more patient today than I used to be.  I see the value in friendships, relationships and gestures of kindness.  I’ve slowed down, not only on the outside, but inside too.  I’m much more content to spend time listening to the world around me.  I savor the sunrises and sunsets.  With the road ahead of me now shorter than the road behind me, finally, finally, I can love the image reflected in the mirror.  

Copyright (C) 2023 Penny Wilson

#Name Your Number Challenge Click here for info and to join in!

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Taking On the World


 
I can't unlove
the most vital
role in my life

This life 
would have been
lost
without you 

Letting you go 
left me 
spiritless

When I dream 
I still see
you and I

taking on this 
world
together

In my next life 
I pray we find 
each other

Copyright (C) 2023 Penny Wilson

#Name Your Number Challenge Click here for info and to join in! 
 


Posted in Poetry, Prose, Stories, Writing

Writing-The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Hosting this Challenge this month has taught me to really appreciate those that do this on a regular basis.  It takes a lot more time and dedication than I realized.  

With this particular Challenge, I challenged myself to write  a new post 22 times in January.  So far, I’m on target.  BUT, not everything that I’ve written has been a winner.  In my humble opinion, a few were real stinkers. 🙂 

People say that to write and write well, you must write a Lot.  The more you write, the better you will get at it.  

What do you think?  Is writing like exercising?  You have to use it or lose it?  Do you “practice” writing? 

Copyright 2023 Penny Wilson All Rights Reserved

#Name Your Number Challenge  Click here for info and to join in!