Resolutions Recap: February

Welcome to Resolutions Recap: February. Let’s see how I’ve continued to fail at keeping my resolutions this year!

Resolution 1: Write a little bit every day
Result: 9/10

As per the *established* tradition, I made a calendar to mark my progress:

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According to the records, I wrote 27 days out of 29, which is about 93%.

Now that I am slowly getting into the habit of writing a little bit everyday, I want to go one step further and write something useful everyday. In January, a lot of the stuff I wrote was just for the sake of it, which was okay to get me into the habit of writing anything at all. Now that I’m more used to that, I want to write just a little bit more than a nonsensical sentence if I can. I’m not attempting anything as crazy as one story a day again (*shudder*), but even one sentence that can later develop into something will do.

Resolution 2: Participate in writing competitions/send writing off to be published
Result: 2/10

Oh man. Not much better than last time. I did participate in one competition (didn’t win) and was all set to send something off to another, but I missed the deadline because of something really stupid. That fateful day is marked by a frowny face on my calendar above.

I didn’t send anything to any journals or magazines, so I don’t get many points for this resolution.

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Friday Fictioneers: Smile

This week I thought I was nice and early to Friday Fictioneers (for once). It was only after I’d finished writing that I realised that I’d been responding to last week’s prompt. *sigh* I thought I’d post it nonetheless, so that the half an hour I was supposed to spend doing coursework (*gulp*) won’t be in vain.

For Friday Fictioneers, writers respond to a prompt with 100 words or less. Thank you to Rochelle for providing the following photo prompt!

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© The Reclining Gentleman

Smile

“I can’t,” Tulip huffed. “It’s only daybreak and I’m already tired!”

Her companion smiled. “With that attitude, you definitely won’t,” she said gently. “How do you think I got here? You don’t believe I was born like this?”

Tulip sniffed. She tried not to think about how unkempt she must look next to her friend, who looked as fresh as spring itself. She felt like she had been trampled upon.

“How did you do it?” she asked after a while. “How did you grow to be so beautiful?”

“Simple,” Daffodil replied. “Just stand tall, face the sun, and smile.”

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Words: 99

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Until next time!

Friday Fictioneers: Ready

For Friday Fictioneers, writers respond to a prompt with 100 words or less. Thank you to Rochelle for providing the following photo prompt.

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© Melanie Greenwood

Ready

“Ladies and gentlemen, we will begin boarding shortly.”

Marking her place, Meera stowed her book away. Boarding pass? Ready. Passport? Ready. Neck pillow, sleeping mask, water bottle — ready. She stood up.

No one else even twitched, except a nervous-looking man nearby.

Deflated, Meera sat back down.

“Thank you for your patience. We will now board our platinum club members.”

Some people stirred. Meera sighed as an old lady struggled to find her ticket.

“Thank you for your patience. We will now board rows one through fourteen.”

Finally. Meera bounded to the counter and with a flourish, presented her bookmark.

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Words: 100

This might have been the most difficult one for me yet! The character changed drastically as I forced myself to edit the initial two hundred and sixty-something words. It was challenging but it taught me a lot about the power of implication…

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