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LiveJournal Idol

Hello my fellow Writers, Readers, and Pumpkin Pie Eaters!

I am participating in Season 11 of LiveJournal Idol. It’s a lot of fun and you can join too, if you’re interested! It’s a lot like American Idol meets Survivor, but with writing. Each week, a prompt is given and then everyone votes. The writers whose entries received the lowest number of votes are eliminated until there is only one ultimate winner! Or unless everyone likes the last two people’s stuff so much that there’s a tie, then another tie-breaker that ends in a tie, in which case! There will be only TWO ultimate winners! Ha! (That’s what happened last season.)

Anyway, in case you want to read the kinds of things I’m doing over there, I thought I’d share my latest Idol piece with you. The prompt was: Resolution. And here it is:


Ok, today’s the day. I’m going to do it. I am. I don’t know HOW I’m going to do it yet, but I just feel the possibility in my bones. No, wait – The certainty.

How can it be so close, and yet so far? That glorious yellow orb, out in the open. I know I can get to it. I must, afterall. It just feels like some invisible barrier is blocking me. I let out a small sigh and concentrate on it. I need a plan, I think. A path. But what can I-

OH MY GOD, the forcefield! It’s gone! I can, I can DO IT, aaaaah this is amazing!!! I’m doing it, I’m on my way! Only with sheer grit and determination can I reach my goals!

Almost there!

Oh my god, I have it. I really have it. In MY possession! My glowing treasure!! I’ve never been so happy.

Savoring this moment, I turn my gaze. There she is – my love. Watching me, standing still in the distance, a small, sweet smile on her face.

I run to her, faster, and faster, and I show her. Look, my love. Be proud of me, my sweet, for I have achieved that which I set out to do. I finally have it. I was able to traverse the terrain, and get hold of this miraculous, beautiful–


WHY would you throw that, Carol?? How could it just fall from your grip so easily, you have to be more careful dear!

Well. It’s ok. It’s OK! I can do it. I can get it again. I can make my way over this hill, through these narrow pathways, to get it once more.

Whew. All right. I am back. And now, be careful this time, my love. Hold it gently. See, like I am. You know, maybe don’t hold it? Let me place it here by your feet, just look at it from there. Because it seems like every time you touch it, you just– There it goes again…. I’ll be right back.

So, ok, so, this time, just… WOW. Are you serious right now? You are REALLY BAD at holding things, Carol. This is a treasure of utmost value, beyond any imagining, and you’re being so animated in your movement that, I hate to say it, but I really think you’re possibly incapable of handling something so precious. It’s so ridiculous, I’d almost think you were doing it on purpose… Imagine! THE AUDACITY!

Ok, well, now I have to go get it again, journey far across the yard, through the grasses and lawn gnomes, and you’re.. What? What are you asking me? Carol, I told you before. I am a good boy. You have to try to remember these things, dear. Now let’s focus, I’m going to have to try this again. I accept my fate. It is my destiny, after all.

I shall do it. Here goes nothing.

I am on my way, here I come, Yellow Orb of the Grass Realm! Never fear, I shall rescue you once more!

Ok, now Carol, I love you, and I am trusting you, you understand that, right? I want you to hold this, and look at its beauty, marvel over it with me, and-



I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!

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Top 5 Websites for Writers


If you’re anything like me, you may often find yourself wondering what the top sites are for writers out in the vast world wide web. There are quite a few to choose from, and I’m pretty sure everyone will have their own views on what would be in their list. And I think sharing ideas and resources is a fantastic way to support one another in writing and reading communities! So, without further ado, here we go ~

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5 Ways to Fall in Love with Reading

The Terrible Two Get Worse by Mac Barnett and Jory John

My son has always loved stories. We went to story time at the library, I read to him before bed each night, we attended puppet shows and plays, and I made up stories of his favorite video game characters coming to life, knocking on the door, and asking him to come play. On many a night, my son heard about his journeys with Mario and Bowser (who get along fine off-script, by the way / # headcanon ), and they’d all go bake a pizza together in Bowser’s castle.

It has been a struggle, though, getting my kid to read on his own. Sometimes he loses attention, and grows weary of sounding out so many words. So what can we do when kids are just not that into reading yet? Here are some things I’ve observed, and maybe they’ll help you and your child(ren), too.

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The First Post

Did you know I’ve been blogging in some form or another, on various platforms, since 2001? Actually, I started writing Life Stories, as I thought of them, (before “blogging” was a thing), on my Geocities page, back when Geocities was a little 2D page of neighborhood houses you could click on, and you had a numerical address, and neighbors and everything. I don’t really think of myself as an ancient person, or anything, but I might have to reconsider doing so, especially after that last statement.

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