I came across this blogging project this morning; Reverb10 and was intrigued enough to actually sign up and at least try to participate!
They'll provide daily prompts, and I'll write my response. I've tried to do this sort of thing before, but I actually think doing them weekly was my downfall; too much time to forget what I'm working on, and when I've tried to host my own, I lose motivation with the lack of participation.
So, I'll let someone else take over the hosting and just worry about my words!
It just started yesterday, the first, so I'm not too far behind, and catching up will be easy!
December 1 – One Word
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
My one word for 2010? Easy. It's rebirth.
If you're new to my blog and my life, you probably don't know why this is so obvious. If you know me, you know why this was the obvious choice for me. On Sept. 14, 2010, my brother-in-law, Tim, gave me my life back. He gave Max his mommy back, and Jamie his wife back. He gave me a kidney. After 2 years on dialysis (again) I'm free of the machine that had kept me alive, but was still a literal and figurative tether in my life. With the amazing gift of a new kidney, I feel better, I don't have the tube dangling out of my belly, I can take on whatever adventure intrigues me, without having to plan and coordinate for dialysis supplies. That's a huge thing.
As for one word for a year from today? Oddly, I'd still be happy with “rebirth” As part of this new lease on life I've been given, there are lots of changes I'm looking to make, both outward and in. I'd love to have a bunch of fresh starts in the coming year, and one year from today, I'd be thrilled to be looking back, as I am now, giving thanks for the new things in my life (just hoping for no more new body parts!)
December 2 – Writing
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
I love to write, I really do. I like to think I'm pretty good at it too… and yet, I so rarely sit down and actually *do it* There are lots of things I do, on a daily basis, that don't contribute to my writing… commuting, watch television, yeah, I play Farmville… but for me, the issue is what to write! I don't know, maybe it's about being out of practice, or not having assignments (like I did in school) but a lot of the time, I just don't feel like I have much to write about. I could stop watching TV, but I'd end up sitting there in front of a blank computer screen, with a naked cursor flashing at me, mocking me. I've never been a good journal keeper; I started this blog back in 2005 because “all my friends” were starting them, and I tried really hard to Just Write, but I couldn't do it. So I guess the thing for me isn't a matter of my writing not being contributed to, it's about my not contributing to my writing. (Hence why I've signed up for this project, to get my brain going again!)
thanks for the comment, ma'am!
and wow. compelling story. rebirth is the perfect word!
sometimes it is hard to write. great point about wanting to write but just sitting there looking at the screen. it's one of the worst feelings ever.
Patti Murphy says
Thanks for the comment. It made me laugh out loud. Your word for 2010 and 2011 is very apt.
I'm glad you signed up for this. I was nervous, but figured (like you) that it would keep me honest with the writing.
Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I loved that you provided blog prompts on the other board. I was really inspiring for me and helped to keep my blog current. I do understand that it is hard to keep something up when you feel like there is no support. However, I am here to tell you that your efforts were appreciated.
I am going to participate unofficially with Reverb10. I think it will be fun. Thanks again for the inspiration.