Writing Drills and Daily Work Outs

March of a Blogging Soldier


Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World

Call me Ishmael! Nope. Melville did that already.

Start again.  Call me Janssen. Over the years I’ve blogged intermittently and randomly. Because I really like technology and I really like WordPress. In fact, I have three blogs: each fulfilling a different purpose.

Lately, I am more serious about blogging with consistency and organization. I make a concerted effort to post at least once a week in each of them.  This blog exists as a space where I can improve my blogging both in terms of technology and content. I will use this space for lessons, for practicing tips and techniques, and for posting the white elephant stuff that just doesn’t fit in any other room.

Today I am restarting Blogging 101, the course provided by WordPress folks for newbies, and for novices who want to improve both content and technique.

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Daily Prompt: Temporary

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Forty little grey cells, living two millimeters left of my retina, concluded that temporary is a great-grandchild of “tempus fugit.”  I am not saying there is any basis in fact regarding that conclusion, but it sounds good and I like it.

  • temporary job-a job that flees after a short time
  • temporary lover-a lover that flees after a brief time
  • temporary cash flow problem-long term debt

And so it goes.,

None, but the Lonely Heart

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Like flipping on a lightbulb, today’s word triggered a memory of a five year old me playing in the living room at dusk, listening to Frank Sinatra on the radio singing “None, but the Lonely Heart.” I looked up the lyrics on the web.  What a despondent lament!

“None” generally tips the word scale on the negative side.  The only time when “none’ carries a drop of cheer is when it is associated with the following words: died, maimed, and injured.

Daily Prompt: Nervous

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What’s my sign? I was born under the sign of “Nervous Nellie.” Characteristics are over sensitivity to looks from teachers, and strangers on trains.  Dreams about the first day of school where I show up wearing only underwear. Shaky hands that rattle teacups in the company of others. Jumping at loud noises like cats trotting across the room.

Daily Prompt: Vivid

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This is a wonderful word! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this were the first word my friends used to describe me! (monochrome is actually the first word they use). Vivid is a summer day in Italy, saris in India, tulip fields in Holland. AND its a word that uses two “v” for scrabble or Words with Friends.


via Daily Prompt: Desire


Desire: Something that I really want to have that I have decided that I cannot have.  If there is something that I want that falls within the self-drawn circle of things that I can have, it is not a desire.  Surprise! this turned out to be a light-bulb moment. Who made the determination of what I can or cannot have?


via Daily Prompt: Infinite

The line between the ground and horizon standing on open prairie land in the summertime. Also the point at which my brain fails to wrap itself around a concept i.e. time as a fourth dimension, the number of galaxies in the Universe.

Fluff about Float

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How many people out there in blogger land caught that lovely, lyrical film “Still Breathing?” Offbeat little story that heads my list of great romantic films. Its soundtrack sits in the top three all time great soundtrack..  Here’s the point. This film ends with the all time great float scene. Two people, each on a rubber raft (actually one may have been on an inner tube) lazily floating down a river.

That being said, here’s the gritty side of float. Float also means filing down a horse’s teeth. If you hear someone say, I’ve got to float the horse, it doesn’t mean throwing the horse in the pond.


Daily Prompt: Relax

The mask I present to the world is bland and calm. My shoulders tell a different story; they are tensed into concrete. Relax is a difficult verb for me; it makes me so tense trying to relax. But, but. . .I discovered something

This requires a story-lette. I had to drive fast to be on time for a doctor’s appointment. The practitioner pumped up the pressure cuff. My blood pressure was 135/85. The practitioner, who was maybe 15, chirps at me “go to your happy place” and WE will try it again. I don’t have a happy place, but I conjured up one. It had a beach, and a horse.. The pressure cuff is pumped again. By golly the pressure reading was 117/60.  Maybe this relax business all starts in the mind.

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Daily Prompt: Moody

Moody is the way I’ve been feeling since 10 A.M. this morning. I made the mistake of revisiting a Trader Joe’s green shopping bag full of old photographs. Some date from 1914, when my mother was born. The latest dates from 1990.That walk down memory lane evoked a type of  nostalgia that produces pain instead of pleasure. Five hours later, and I am still cloaked in melancholy.   Daily Prompt: Moody

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