Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Starting The Year Off Write

On a whim I've signed up for a 31 Day writing challenge because that's how I seem to fly here. By the seat of my pants. I also tend to overthink absolutely everything, but new year new me. Maybe? Actually what happened was I was busy yesterday and didn't have a lot of time for overthinking so I just quickly said yes to the email invitation and also to joining the accompanying writers support group.

I'm supposed to write 500 words a day for the next 31 days. Blogging counts but I rarely do a word count there. Pretty sure there's never a deficit-ha! When I put yesterday's post into a counter I was at 757 words so on track. If I complete the challenge I'll have written over 15, 000 words this month which is a lot even for me.

In staying on point here I don't have any real idea what I'm going to write about. Well maybe a small idea for something that's been pinging around my brain for a while, but really I'm pretty much in free fall.

How many words is this?


See, this is why I can't overthink.

One other requirement of the challenge is to tell people you're participating and to share your writing somewhere somehow. Consider yourselves told. And since I already overshare on my blog I think I can check that second item off the list too.

Now will I share what I'm writing outside of my blog?  I hope so. I'm a bit chicken and also a bit lazy but new year new me, right?

How many words is it now?


Whew, today is hard.
I think maybe I shouldn't count words and I should just write.

I used to get up really early and write. Hubs would leave for work and I'd settle in at the computer and that worked for me. Once he retired I let that early morning commitment slide, and while it frustrated me I did nothing to make myself get back to it. You know what? Teachers also leave for work at the crack of dawn and my teacher daughter is in the process of moving home until her wedding. Having her here up early every single work day has allowed me to get reaquainted with my early morning self and I'm really liking that.

I know I don't have to get up with her, I mean she's in her late 20's and has worked and lived on her own for several years now, but I recognize this season as fleeting and I want to get up with her. I like to make her lunch or a hot drink for the longer commute she has now and I give her a hug and tell her to have a great day. She's not a morning person but she likes me being up with her in the pre-dawn hour, and I'm remembering how much I love the early darkness.

The gentle quiet, the space to think and write and plan.

How everything feels possible and the world is full of hope.


  1. Good luck with your challenge and it must be nice having your daughter home and getting your mornings back. I hate rising early but I do usually get more done when I do get up instead of ignoring the alarm and snuggling down for a bit more sleep. This time of year though when it's still dark it's harder to resist that temptation lol

  2. Love this! I really enjoy everything you write. I also am happy for you that your daughter has moved back home before she marries! What a gift. To have that time and season with her is priceless. Enjoy every second. 😊

  3. What a special time for you and Maggie to have before she marries. I'm sure you will knock it out of the ballpark on your 31 days of writing. Look forward to reading all of them

  4. I agree, there's nothing quite like those early, pre-dawn hours when the world is still so quite and's my favorite time of the day. Your girl will be a married woman before you know it so cherish those early morning moments with her! I wish you best with your 31 day writing challenge!

  5. Your early morning time with Maggie is building wonderful memories for you both. As for the challenge... it will be nice seeing you here more often again!! I enjoy your posts so much!

  6. I really enjoy being up before the dawn. Then I truly appreciate when the sun rises and a new day begins.

  7. I wish you luck. I could never do that challenge. However I know you can do it because you are great with words. I've been feeling your pain about how my mornings have changed since Mark retired. How nice to have your daughter there with you.