Freestyle Writing Challenge

So my friend Mark Bialczak tagged me in a challenge which I’d been ignoring until last night. The reason I was ignoring it was not because I didn’t want to participate , but rather because (reading thru the rules) I realized it was a challenge you had to finish immediately once started, and I knew I had to choose a time when I could do that…so.  I was good and didn’t cheat (per the rules) even though it was verrryyy difficult not to do so (sort of like not peeking at Christmas presents when they’re right there for the peeking) and waited until I had the time to actually do the challenge to finish reading through to the end.  By the way, thanks Mark for that little ethics test…thought I was done with that sort of thing when I failed finished Weight Watchers and somehow managed to get through the aforementioned Christmas season with the tape still intact on the presents…

Anywho… Mark had the word Anarchy prior to passing on the torch to me and two other bloggers.

The Rules:

– Open an MS Word document.

– Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat.

– You topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.

– Fill the word doc with as many words as you want.

– Once you began writing do not stop even to turn.

– Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)

– You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and CAPITALS.

– However if you do, it would be best. At the end of your post write down ‘No. of words =_____’ so that we have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.

– Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new Topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 3 bloggers).

I chose TEN minutes. And the word I had to work with was: Hyperventilate.  However, I didn’t take ten minutes – my train of thought stopped short of the station by a couple of minutes.  Not sure if that’s breaking the rules or not, but it couldn’t be helped. My thought process just…ended where it ended.



Sitting here, munching on cheese and crackers and watching Penny Dreadful, it comes to me that I haven’t been truly alone (without a live-in significant other or husband) since I was 19 years old. Good grief.

At times since my marriage ended this past year, when I’ve thought about my situation, I’ve begun to hyperventilate…thinking about what the future holds and what path I should take… this one or that one.

Then I calm down, because really, this is an exciting time – a jumping off point for the rest of my life.

And, I remind myself, first off, I’m not completely alone. I have my kids and they mean the world to me. And yeah, sometimes they cause me to hyperventilate too – BUT they are the best things to ever happen to me. Hands down.

So now here I am pondering the word hyperventilate and what it means, as I’m eating my cheese and crackers, and wondering (not irrelevantly) just when is Mr. Chandler going to turn into a werewolf again because it was pretty cool the last time.  So we’ve got the word hyper, which means over-excited or keyed up, and ventilate which means to receive fresh air.

While the unknown is scary, I’m still really excited about this new life and all the fresh air that I’ll be getting – the new things I’ll be doing, the old issues I won’t ever have to endure again, things like that.

I just have to remember to breathe!  And save my tendency to hyperventilate for the likes of Mr. Chandler.

Number of Words: 263

So now I challenge my friends:

And if you accept, your word is: Golden  

12 thoughts on “Freestyle Writing Challenge

  1. Great even-headed response, Wendy. Congratulations on this new breath of clean air in your life, my friend, and all of the support you have to keep you in rewards and enrichment.

  2. golden forever
    that’s what life is all about
    being GOLDENthe golden rays of sunlight broke through the window knocking the alarmclock to the floor and sending the cat into overdrive.
    yeah, golden alright i though, pulling the covers over my head
    I should enjoy the light, its so dark in Chicago that sun is a new exerience
    so I got iup looked a the golden sun and rubbed my eyes
    it’s gonna be a great day i thought as the cat head butted me for food, her golden eyes smiling at her empty dish
    golden cats, golden rays golden life…it’s all a fairy tale
    thats what we want it to be…Golden
    no one wants a purple life or a green or red one…we all want Golden
    because that’s the life that rocks
    so I put on my running clothes, after the cat had eaten her fill, and headed out the door into the golden light and i took deep breaths, inhaling those golden rays
    taking them into me to light me from the inside
    the sun, the beauty of the sky,
    the green grass and flowers
    golden indeed

    Ok, I don’t know what to do with this? I did it in 5 minutes, and didn’t correct it or take time to do it properly, (like the instructions said). There are a lot of mistakes in it. So, I’m sending it to you because I don’t know what else to do with it:) LOL

    • I love it! I don’t care about the mistakes, it’s beautiful — you are such a talented writer. I think with the challenge, you were supposed to do it as an entry and post it to your blog, but here in the comments is fine too. Your writing is lovely and descriptive and makes me feel like I’m there…just like your photos! 🙂

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