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It’s the Second Friday of the Month, so today is an Image Prompt day.

I’ve included two images to work from.  Pick one (or both if you’re feeling ambitious) and write something inspired by the image.  You can use something in the image, the feeling it invokes, or whatever the image makes you think of.

If you write a piece and end up posting it somewhere online, please link back to it here on a comment so we can all enjoy it too.

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It’s the Second Friday of the Month, so today is an Image Prompt day.

I’ve included two images to work from.  Pick one (or both if you’re feeling ambitious) and write something inspired by the image.  You can use something in the image, the feeling it invokes, or whatever the image makes you think of.

If you write a piece and end up posting it somewhere online, please link back to it here on a comment so we can all enjoy it too.

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It’s the Second Friday of the Month, so today is an Image Prompt day.

I’ve included two images to work from.  Pick one (or both if you’re feeling ambitious) and write something inspired by the image.  You can use something in the image, the feeling it invokes, or whatever the image makes you think of.

If you write a piece and end up posting it somewhere online, please link back to it here on a comment so we can all enjoy it too.

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It’s the Second Friday of the Month, so today is an Image Prompt day.

I’ve included two images to work from.  Pick one (or both if you’re feeling ambitious) and write something inspired by the image.  You can use something in the image, the feeling it invokes, or whatever the image makes you think of.

If you write a piece and end up posting it somewhere online, please link back to it here on a comment so we can all enjoy it too.

I’ll be posting my own piece next week.

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It’s the Second Friday of the Month, so today is an Image Prompt day.

I’ve included two images to work from.  Pick one (or both if you’re feeling ambitious) and write something inspired by the image.  You can use something in the image, the feeling it invokes, or whatever the image makes you think of.

If you write a piece and end up posting it somewhere online, please link back to it here on a comment so we can all enjoy it too.

I’ll be posting my own piece next week.

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It’s the Second Friday of the Month, so today is an Image Prompt day.

I’ve included two images to work from.  Pick one (or both if you’re feeling ambitious) and write something inspired by the image.  You can use something in the image, the feeling it invokes, or whatever the image makes you think of.

If you write a piece and end up posting it somewhere online, please link back to it here on a comment so we can all enjoy it too.

I’ll be posting my own piece next time.

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Blog Schedule Update

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Over the past seven plus years, I’ve taken great pride in being very consistent with my posting here on Wright Words.  I picked once a week for my schedule because I wanted to be sure I could keep my posting schedule.  I’m incredibly proud of the fact that I’ve only completely missed one post since I started in September 2014.  There have been a handful of late posts, but even those are rare and I’ve always felt good about that record of consistent posting.

It’s been an incredibly strange and stressful couple years, and the weekly schedule has been more of a struggle in recent months.  With that being the case, I’m going to be scaling back on the blog for 2022.  I’ll still be posting my image prompts every second Friday, so there will be at least one post a month.  I’d still like to post my responses to those, but I’m going to give myself two weeks, so when those do happen, they’ll post on the third Friday of the month.  Other posts will happen as I am able or as I have something to share or think about through writing.

I hope to return to the once-a-week schedule in the future, but for now, I need to focus on taking care of myself and not burning out if I can help it.  I hope all of you are taking good care of yourselves during these strange times.

May your words flow freely and your ideas be plentiful.

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It’s the Second Friday of the Month, so today is an Image Prompt day. For 2022 I’m going to be doing this a little differently and remixing old image prompts for the next twelve months instead of selecting brand new images. I’m looking forward to seeing what new inspiration I can find on these familiar images.

I’ve included two images to work from.  Pick one (or both if you’re feeling ambitious) and write something inspired by the image.  You can use something in the image, the feeling it invokes, or whatever the image makes you think of.

If you write a piece and end up posting it somewhere online, please link back to it here on a comment so we can all enjoy it too.

I’ll be posting my own piece next week.

Where I’m From: 2022 Edition

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This is my yearly version of the “Where I’m From” poem prompt.  You can find my original prompt here and the versions from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.  If anyone else wants to try their hand at the poem prompt, I’d love to read your results, so feel free to leave a comment.

Where I’m From

I am from colorful highlighters, from Logitech trackballs and NaNoWriMo mugs.

I am from the dark, semi-underground hobbit hole with artificial sun lamps.

I am from the proliferating pathos, the unblooming Christmas cactus with tiny cat teeth marks.

I am from too many holiday treats and wispy hair, from Carolyn and Carolton and Carol Anne.

I am from the ability to get food on one’s shirt while wearing a full apron and crying when stressed.

From don’t play with your food and we believe in you.

I am from simple alters and wooden crosses.  The cycles of the moon and sun and the triquetra.

I’m from the Scottish countryside, Crack Dip and Scotcheroos.

From the news stories of Grammy’s search for ancestors in Scotland from five great grandfather Brown’s letters, the kind families who drove her to ancestral sites on their properties, and the pictures of mom and her sister by the same European statue.

I am from albums and boxes, hard drives and calendars.

From memories and stories, letters and articles, and entire collections at university archives. From inspiration, joy, and recollection.

2021 Writing Year in Review

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2021 was another exciting year.  I could do without excitement for a while, to be honest.  My writing year had some ups and downs, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on that and my 2021 journey and look ahead to 2022.

I participated in the Get Your Words Out writing challenge again this year, with a Journeyman level goal of 240 days with at least 20 minutes of writing during the year.  Signups for that go through the first few days of January, if anyone is interested.  I think I’ve gotten what I need from the challenge over the past couple years, so I’m going to move to a personal goal tracking method based on the fancy spreadsheet made available through Get Your Words Out.  I’ve learned a lot about spreadsheets and formulas in the last year, so I’m going to try some of that out.

As for 2021, here’s some stats about my creative production this year.  I say creative production because I also tracked the time I spent on cross stitch and sewing projects this year, so if I spent at least twenty minutes in a given day either writing or doing one of those two things, it counted as a creative production day.

Statistics:

Total Days: 294

Days of Writing: 260

Approximate Total Hours: 398

Approximate Writing Hours: 179

Writing Projects Worked On: 12

Days by Month:

January: 31

February: 28

March: 26

April: 27

May: 25

June: 23

July: 25

August: 21

September: 26

October: 16

November: 30

December: 16

It’s interesting looking at the numbers like this.  I appear much more consistent than I felt like I was across the year.  Granted, a large part of the non-writing days happened in the last few months of the year, which may be coloring my perception.

I started out 2021 on a roll from my NaNoWriMo 2020 project, which I started writing character sketches and pre-novel scenes for in late September 2020 and I kept writing straight through into January and even a bit into February, though I spent a good chunk of those two months on another project as well.  That’s probably the longest I’ve worked on a project continuously since the sequel to Strong Fort Spathí (which I’m still working on, if intermittently).

I seem to be ending 2021 a bit burnt out to be honest.  My NaNoWriMo project didn’t go as expected and I’m not sure I’ll ever return to it, but I think that has a lot more to do with everything around it than the story itself.  By November the stress of seventeen months in pandemic isolation and then three months of transitioning out of that into a hybrid work situation had caught up with me.  And that’s okay.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year was that it’s okay to be tired or unmotivated and to take time to rest.  Pushing through is only going to make things worse.  That means putting some of my writing projects on the back burner while I do cross stitch (which is very mentally soothing in its regularity and patterns) and while I don’t love taking time away from my writing, I know it’s an important part of keeping my writing brain and myself healthy.

Burnout is something that’s starting to happen to me in a lot of places in my life, and where I can, I need to take good care of myself and ease back so that I can avoid the worst pitfalls of burnout and then rest and recover so I can come back stronger.

However your writing productivity has gone in 2021, I hope you can do what you need to have a productive 2022, even if that means not starting up right away in January.  Here’s to a happy new year.