Writing 101: Day 19: Legend of the Port Townsend Huckleberry Pucker Muffins

Writing 101: Day Nineteen: Don’t Stop the Rockin’ Today is a free writing day. Write at least four-hundred words, and once you start typing, don’t stop. No self-editing, no trash-talking, and no second guessing: just go. Bonus points if you tackle an idea you’ve been playing with but think is too silly to post about. Legend of the Port Townsend Huckleberry Pucker Muffins One year, for a family barbeque my husband’s cousin Henry was hosting, I used my world-famous, okay, maybe not world-famous, but at least locally popular, coffeecake recipe but instead of including the typical streusel, I dumped in … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 19: Legend of the Port Townsend Huckleberry Pucker Muffins

Writing 101 Day 18: Bad Days and Good People

Writing 101 Day 18: Misses Pauley Today’s prompt: write this story in first person, told by the twelve-year-old sitting on the stoop across the street. Today’s twist: For those of you who want an extra challenge, think about more than simply writing in first-person point of view — build this twelve-year-old as a character. Reveal at least one personality quirk, for example, either through spoken dialogue or inner monologue. Refer to some of the exercises we’ve done on character, dialogue, and even sentence length to help craft this person. All of these storytelling elements can combine to create a strong … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 18: Bad Days and Good People

Writing 101 Day 17: Three O’clock Hero

Day 17: Today’s Prompt: We all have anxieties, worries, and fears. What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears. Today’s Twist: Write this post in a style distinct from your own. Well, I don’t know iffen I kin do that. Wait here, while I go and slip into something more casual. Okay. Now let’s see how you like this writing outfit. Three O’clock Hero The little spider was in my house and I didn’t like it one bit. As long as they kept themselves outside I had no problem with them but once they trespassed into my … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 17: Three O’clock Hero

Writing 101: Day 16: MILLERSYLVANIA: Serially lost continued

MILLERSYLVANIA continued from MILLERSYLVANIA PART IV and The Stray Sod Letter  to the Sheriff continued: The spring of my senior year I hiked again up the hill to the backside of Millersylvania and again visited the grave with another counselor and our kids. It had, like always, a freshly made stick cross. Nothing had been done about it yet so this time, instead of just telling the staff, I requested the ear of XXX, who was still the ranger. I told him like I am telling you now about the gravesite and where it was and he said, (I still … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 16: MILLERSYLVANIA: Serially lost continued

Writing 101: Day 15: Sequim’s Annual Irritation Festival

Day 15: Today’s Prompt: Think about an event you’ve attended and loved. Imagine you’re told it will be cancelled forever or taken over by an evil corporate force. How does that make you feel? Let’s consider your voice again. This topic can be tricky, as you might not be sure what your voice sounds like — yet. Today’s twist: While writing this post, focus again on your own voice. Pay attention to your word choice, tone, and rhythm. Read each sentence aloud multiple times, making edits as you read through. Before you hit “Publish,” read your entire piece out loud … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 15: Sequim’s Annual Irritation Festival

Writing 101: Day 14: Dear Spook

Day 14: Today’s Prompt: Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. Today’s twist: write the post in the form of a letter. Well, the book that was handy was an old, I mean vintage, Louis L’Amour book titled Chancy. I love Lois. On page 29, it was hard to find the page numbers since all of them were way up in the center next to the binding, was a sentence: “I’ll spook their horses.” Now which word would have jumped … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 14: Dear Spook

Writing 101: Day 13

Day Thirteen: Serially Found:MILLERSYLVANIA PART IV On day four, you wrote a post about losing something. Today’s Prompt: write about finding something. Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, use this one as the second installment — loosely defined. How many readers have witnessed a murder? How many have found someone who’s dead? How many have gone to court as a witness in a murder trial? In past posts, I’ve mentioned the stray sod. You do remember there is such a thing, right? Millersylvania Part I There is a place in southwest Washington … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 13