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My Foray into Reading Challenges

Every year around this time, my friend and fellow blogger Alison mentions that she is taking part in a yearly reading challenge (this year, it has been termed an event) called R.I.P. This delightfully spooky happening, hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings, asks readers and bloggers to commit to “imbibing all things ghastly and ghostly” during the months of September and October and then to share what they’ve read with others. Seeing as I have a taste for these types of entertainment all year round and I always read/watch more creepiness in October than any other month, I figured this had to be the year that I stop just watching from the sidelines and actually participate. Continue reading

A Challenge for the Ages: Blog Wars 2012

As a result of some frenzied, back-and-forth tweeting on a Friday night, my friends Kelcie, Erin and I decided to embark on a competition designed to better us as writers and, to a lesser extent, narcissistically stoke our own writerly egos: Blog Wars 2012. The rules are simple: basically, the person with the most blog posts by next Sunday night is the victor. Posts are required to be of a substantial length (300 words, with the exception of creative pieces, which can be shorter) and cannot be intentionally subpar. Additionally, each participant must guest post on each of their fellow participants’ blogs to actually be crowned Most Prolific Blogger. Continue reading

The Afternoon Haiku Challenge

Earlier this morning, my friend Dut mentioned to me that he challenged himself to write five haikus in fifteen minutes, equally motivated by boredom and a desire to enhance his poetry skills. Not one to be left out, I thought this was an excellent idea and took it upon myself to enhance my own burgeoning poetry skills (which are fully on display in this “classic“).

I tweaked the idea a bit, though. Initially, I wrote five haikus in fifteen minutes (three of which are included below), but I also decided to take a theme and write a haiku series on it as well, spending no more than three minutes per poem. I did this once with the colors of the rainbow (Challenge 2 below) and once with a keyword (Challenge 3 below, built around the word “dream”). The results of this little afternoon adventure are below, and I’d love to know what you think, Internet-at-large. Continue reading

"Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."

-Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own"

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