#JusJoJan, Non-Fiction, Prompt

#JusJoJan prompt the 24th – “Trigger”

#JusJoJan prompt the 24th – “Trigger”

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“Hold on tight and pull the trigger,” my husband said for the umpteenth time.

“I don’t want to shoot this gun!”

He wouldn’t listen to me and just kept repeating himself and reminding to hold tight because it would kick back.

I finally pulled the trigger and I thought my heart was going to stop. That scared me silly. That was the first and last time I shot a gun. Never again.

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Linda G Hill’s Rules:

Hey there! Welcome to the 8th annual Just Jot it January challenge! This year is going to be far simpler than the last couple of years. One prompt per day, link to that post, that’s it. Details below.

But why should you participate in this challenge? To keep the ol’ fingers warm and meet up with an awesome blogging community, that’s why! Just Jot it January, AKA JusJoJan, is a challenge to write a post every day of the month of January. We’ve grown from a handful of participants in 2014 to close to fifty for the past couple of years. Let’s see if we can make it to sixty this year!

Here are the JusJoJan Rules:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list), counts as a “jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5). The prompt will be the word in quotation marks in the title of my 2am post. You don’t have to follow the prompt every day, but that will be where you leave your link for others to see. You’ll get a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday and on Saturday, when your prompt will be the Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS, which will appear at about 9:30am Friday. Each prompt post will include the rules.

3. Please ping back or link to the daily prompt. To ping back, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! Note: A) The newest pingbacks will be at the top of the comments section. B) Ping backs only work if you’re blogging on WordPress. Everyone else must paste a link manually.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. If your post is NSFW, do not ping back. Please leave your link in the comments with a warning.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Non-Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Reena’s Exploration Challenge 169

PROMPT #169

Write a post on your blog, and copy-paste the link in Comments. In case you are using a pingback, do check back to see if it has worked.

Last, but not least, don’t forget to tag the post “Reena’s Exploration Challenge” for easy location in the blog roll.

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I am terrified of needles. As a child they used to have to chase me around the office to give me my shot. At the age of 18 I embarrassed my father at the emergency room. I had fallen and since I was carrying a bottle in my hand, I landed on it and shattered it into 100’s of pieces that had to be picked out of my hand one by one. I was already infected so it required a tetanus shot. I started yelling bloody murder although I didn’t run away this time. My dad said, “Haven’t you outgrown that yet?” Uh, well no I guess I haven’t. Next time I was 30 years old and my dad took me for outpatient surgery. The nurse walked into the room with two needles on a small tray. I was ready to start yelling, but I looked at my dad’s face and thought of last time and said to myself, ok self, it is time to get over this you are 30 years old now, not a child. I made it through.

Now I am a diabetic who had to learn to give herself shots. Granted the insulin pens are much easier. And now I am always in the hospital and always giving blood, getting insulin, flu shots or whatever. They still scare me, but mind over matter, and I make it through.

Waiting for my turn for the new Covid-19 vaccination. I just got the notice for the senior citizens, but I have to be 65 or over and I am just under 65. So I have to wait until the next time.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 488

Three Things Challenge 488

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

ARCHED
MAJESTIC
COOL

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The Birthday Party Part 13 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11, Part 12)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

The Banks family and Ginny went to a local pool for the day. Today they didn’t have to swim in the dirty lake water. Ginny was happy because the cedar water in the lake was turning her bikini colors. She brought a new one that she kept just for swimming in a chlorinated pool. It was a beautiful shade of pink, her favorite color and it contrasted with her beautiful black hair.

She climbed the ladder to the upper level diving board. She arched her back in a majestic back dive and landed perfectly in the cool water of the pool. She came up to a chorus of clapping. She blushed as she tried to hide her embarrassment. No one knew it, but she was a trained diver and had been on her old school’s dive team. Even Thomas didn’t know.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 487

Three Things Challenge 486

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

SLEEP
RETREAT
RIPPLE

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The Birthday Party Part 12 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10, Part 11)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Mr. and Mrs. Banks always take the children on a retreat every summer. This year they have the twins to add to all the commotion. Plus there was Ginny in the picture now. Thomas didn’t want to leave Ginny for two weeks. So there was a discussion about what to do about Ginny. Her mother still hadn’t been told about the proposed engagement. She knew Thomas, of course, but not as well as the Banks knew Ginny. She was always over there and her mother was sick so it was better to not bother her all the time with having to be presentable for Thomas as she felt so bad to always be in her room when he was over and she didn’t usually get up and get dressed as it was hard on her. Thomas understood and he was fine with them spending most of their time together at his house and of course the kids all loved her, especially little Anthony. Ever since his first birthday party he had been entranced with her.

They always rented a large cabin on a lake and the older children slept in tents on the lakefront beach and the little ones slept in the rooms inside the cabin in bunkbeds. This year the twins would sleep in their playpens in the master bedroom, but that still left Ginny.

They could either get a larger tent and put a few more of the boys outside and then Ginny could have a room to herself or they could get a larger tent that divided into several living spaces and Ginny could camp out with the older kids. They decided to let Ginny decide since they didn’t know if she would like camping out and for that matter if her mother would be ok with her going at all. Even though she was 19 now, she still lived with her mother and she would be gone for 2 weeks. The cabin wasn’t close enough to make trips back and forth all the time. Ginny decided to sleep outside in the tent with the older boys. They found a tent that was large and was divided into a sitting room and several sleeping sections around the outside.

There would be 15 of them this year and so they would need at least four vehicles to carry all the stuff. Mr. and Mrs. Banks each had an SUV, plus so did Thomas and 17 year old Rory. Ginny had a white 2020 Kia Soul. If Ginny came they would need her car as well to haul all their camping equipment.

Mr. and Mrs. Banks went with Roger and Ginny to ask if Ginny could go with them and to let her mother know that she would be well chaperoned. It was a family vacation and Ginny had become a part of their family they felt over the last year or two. They also knew that Ginny was afraid to tell her mother that she wanted to be engaged and since she was afraid she might say no if they told her that now, they were waiting until after the trip to tell her the good news. Mrs. Carpenter agreed that Ginny could go on the family vacation with them. She already knew that Ginny was becoming attached to them and she was glad that she had someone she felt she could trust her daughter to because with her being so sick she wasn’t able to do much with or for Ginny.

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Thomas and Ginny were at the lake’s edge and they were skipping stones and watching the ripples they made. They stopped to kiss occasionally, but they were both very shy about kissing in public and besides the little brothers would tease them unmercifully about it

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #486

Three Things Challenge #486

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

PADDING
MAT
TEAPOT

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The Birthday Party Part 11 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9, Part 10)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Two-year-old Anthony sat down hard on his diapered butt, the padding in the diaper softening his landing. He started to cry a little bit and Ginny reached over and picked him up and put him in her lap to comfort him. She rubbed his hair and kissed his furrowed brow. She used a napkin to soak up his tears and he snuggled closer to her and quieted down.

Mrs. Banks brought the teapot over to the table and asked Ginny if she would like a refill. Ginny agreed even though her arms were filled with Anthony. She asked Thomas to add two spoons of sugar to her tea and stir it for her. He readily agreed.

Next Mrs. Bank brought over the coffee pot and asked her husband if he wanted another cup and after filling it asked Thomas if he would like a cup of coffee or another can of cola. He turned down the coffee and opted for another can of cola. Coffee wasn’t his favorite drink.

Mrs. Banks asked what the other boys were doing and Thomas said they were out tumbling on the mat and wrestling. The huge mat was much easier on the boys knees and elbows so they weren’t always scuffing them up.

Thomas looked at Ginny and she smiled at him. He cleared his throat and said, “Mom and Dad, Ginny and I would like to talk to you. We have both been thinking. We are both almost 20 years old and have been talking about our future. Our future together. We know we are still young and have schooling to finish, but we would like to get engaged with the understanding that we wouldn’t get married until we have both finished school and Ginny here wants to be a nurse so she will be in school for 4 years to get her BSN degree. I am going to technical school to become a mechanic and then work for dad. So I will be working and saving up the few years she will be in school longer than I will be. I am also hoping that you will be okay with me living at home until we get married. I will pay you rent, of course, and still help out with all the kids, but that way I can save for when we get married and look for a house or apartment of our own. Ginny still has to talk to her mother, but she doesn’t think she will object since we won’t get married for almost 5 years from now. Ginny hopes her mother won’t object to her living at home during that time and hopefully she won’t have to pay rent so she doesn’t have to work a full time job as well as going to school. She has a scholarship to pay for her schooling so that part is taken care of. I will have a student loan to pay for my technical school. We have tried to figure all the details out and think we have a pretty good grasp on them. Before I put the ring on her finger we are hoping for your blessing.”

His parents looked at each other and smiled. They had a feeling this was coming and couldn’t be happier. They loved Ginny and all their children did too.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Take Seven: January 22nd

Take Seven: January 22nd

Pensitivity101 Rules:

It’s Friday!

Welcome to my Take Seven compilation which incorporates all 21 words (or derivatives) from the Three Things Challenge for the past week.
You are most welcome to join in using as many or all of the words too. Just pingback to this post and then leave a link to your post in the comments so that I can see it and respond directly.
As always, have fun, and I hope you enjoy this week’s effort.

Our words were:
comedy, daily, decided, easy, flat, girl, high, lady, mat, padding, perfect, picture, push, resolve, sideways, slim, stuffed, teapot, ten, tone, tossed.

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The Birthday Party Part 10 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8, Part 9)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Today was the twins’ Baptism. The whole family gathered at the church. Everyone was dressed up in their Sunday best. The gang was picture perfect and they had several friends snapping pictures of the group.

“Boys, quit pushing each other so we can get a nice family shot for over the fireplace,” James said to his family.

“Dad, he pushed me first so I had to push him back,” said 5-year-old Billy.

“Did, not,” said 7-year-old Jason pushing him sideways.

“Did too.”

“Boys,” James said. “Enough already, stand still for a few minutes please.”

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Thomas turned to Ginny who was beautiful in a pink polka-dotted dress and matching pink high heels which emphasized how slim she was. She usually wore flat shoes since she was so tall. She was almost as tall as Thomas in high heels. “That could be us in 20 years.”

Ginny tossed her long hair over shoulder and said in a serious tone, “Thomas, although I love children and especially your brothers and sister, I decided that I only want two children. I want a boy and a girl, what they call a perfect family.”

“I am a little disappointed. I was hoping for a large family. I grew up in one and just figured I would have one when I grew up.”

“Thomas, raising a family that large is not easy. Just ask your mom and dad. Sure they love all of you kids, but ask them if it is easy or hard. I am sure most of the time it is hard. Especially now with the twins and Anthony is only two still so they have their hands full with three kids under three still in diapers and perhaps Roger is still in diapers at three, I am not sure I can remember or not. I am sorry, but I am going to keep my resolve on the matter of not having 12 kids.”

“How about ten then? That is not quite as large.”

“Look Thomas, don’t start an argument here of all places. I am a lady and I will not resort to cursing, but you don’t want to see me angry, believe me.”

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After church there was a reception. Everyone ate till they were stuffed. A waitress came around with a teapot and refilled Ginny’s cup. Ginny leaned back on the chair’s padding-covered back and closed her eyes. She was still mad at Thomas and didn’t feel like talking to him at the moment. She knew he was watching her, she could feel his eyes on her.

Everyone was watching the daily comedy show. Sherry and James each had a child and were changing their diapers on the mat that came in the diaper bag. They had to buy an extra setup since they had the two babies now. Anthony and Jacob shared one diaper bag and Mary had her own pink one. They always kept a couple of the larger diapers and pants in Mary’s diaper bag just in case Roger needed to be changed. He was potty-training, but still had an occasional mishap.

Ginny sighed and opened her eyes and looked over at Thomas. “Look, I am sorry about earlier, but we are going to have to compromise somehow on the subject of kids. We are talking marriage in about five years from now, but I don’t want this hanging between us. If we compromised in the middle that is six kids. That is still four more than I want, but I will consider six for the sake of compromise. Do you think you can live with us just having six kids?”

Thomas looked at her steadily. He thought for a bit, then said, “Ginny I love you and I would do whatever I can for you. If you are willing to compromise at six kids I could live with that. I don’t want to fight about this either.”

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 485

Three Things Challenge 485

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll list three things that may, or may not, be related. The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you, using one, two or all three words in your post. There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.


You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post and don’t forget to leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

Have fun and these are your three things today are:

PICTURE
SLIM
TEN

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The Birthday Party Part 9 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7, Part 8)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Thomas, Ginny and his brothers all gathered around to see the pictures of the two new babies. His father had dropped the pictures off so they could all see before they brought them home. Thomas looked around as this would be the last time there was just ten kids. They were about to become a dozen.

“What’s their names Dad?” Thomas tried to quiet them all down so they could hear the names of their new brother and sister.

“Mary Elizabeth and Jacob John,” their father, James Banks, answered them. “Your sister is named after your mother’s two sisters and your brother is named after my brothers. Naming all of you kids has been quite difficult. It is hard getting two people to agree to a name and we had to do twelve of you.”

A slim woman came into the yard and the children ran to her, except Anthony who clung to Ginny’s skirt. Ginny whispered, “Is that the other aunt? Anthony isn’t letting go of my skirt. I remember what your Aunt Mary said the other night.”

“Yes that is my Aunt, Elizabeth Armstrong. She is the baby of the family.”

“Hi all! I am so excited to see my new niece and nephew. I am especially happy about my niece. You guys are going to have to take care of her. Keep her safe. She has 11 big brothers. She even happened to fall into the last in line when it came to her birth ranking.”

“Aunt Elizabeth, this is Ginny Carpenter, my girlfriend.”

“Nice to meet you Ginny. I see Anthony loves you too.”

“Ok, let’s go Beth and pick up Sherry and the twins,” James said. Excitement was gleaming in his eyes.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#JusJoJan, Non-Fiction, Prompt

The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan 2021 Daily Prompt – Jan. 23rd

The Friday Reminder for #SoCS & #JusJoJan 2021 Daily Prompt – Jan. 23rd

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “close eyes and point.” When you’re ready to write your post, open a book, a newspaper, or whatever is handy and close your eyes and point. Whatever word or picture your finger lands on, make that the basis of your SoCS/JusJoJan post. Enjoy!

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My finger touched tomorrow. Now I had to do it a second time because the first time I forgot my computer screen is a touch screen and it rolled on me. So I did it the second time and tried not to move my finger.

Now tomorrow is Saturday technically since here it hasn’t turned to Saturday quite yet. So tomorrow is still Saturday. I intend to sleep late if the world will cooperate and let me sleep uninterrupted. The odds are against me though, because the neighbors are noisy, one is always knocking on my door and the phone never stops ringing because I might want to renew the warranty on my 2006 car or maybe give $15 dollars to the police or something equally annoying. I told one guy that I was broke and could he give me $15 instead. Ever so annoying. There are at least fewer on Saturday than during the week.

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Linda G Hill Writes

Welcome to the Daily 2021 Just Jot it January Prompt and the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt for SATURDAY, JANUARY 2nd! I want to wish everyone a very happy new year! May 2021 be … uneventful.

For those of you joining SoCS for the first time, it’s a little different than the other prompts in that it’s not always a whole word. Much may be left up to your discretion: this week is no exception. Having said that, if you’re joining in from JusJoJan, don’t want to write stream of consciousness style, no worries. It’s up to you! If you do want to try it, please check out the rules below. It’s fun! Here’s your Saturday prompt:

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “in the corner.” Write about whatever the image or thought of “in the corner” brings to mind. Have fun!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome post. Anyone can join in!

2019-2020 SoCS Badge by Shelley! 

https://www.quaintrevival.com/

You can also use the Just Jot it January badge! To find the rules for Just Jot it January, click here.

Here are the rules for SoCS:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#JusJoJan, Non-Fiction, Prompt

#JusJoJan prompt the 22nd – “Limp”

#JusJoJan prompt the 22nd – “Limp”

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As a child my ankles were super weak and I was always limping due to a sprained ankle. It was really bad when I would go on a girl scout trip and end up spending the whole weekend limping around because I had sprained it and there was no way to get me home since all the parents there were needed and there were no phones like now with all the cell phones and we all camped out in the wilderness so no one could take me home. It wasn’t considered an emergency type of thing whereas they would have to deal with it, they just made me sit the weekend out. Not much fun for me.

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Linda G Hill’s Rules:

Hey there! Welcome to the 8th annual Just Jot it January challenge! This year is going to be far simpler than the last couple of years. One prompt per day, link to that post, that’s it. Details below.

But why should you participate in this challenge? To keep the ol’ fingers warm and meet up with an awesome blogging community, that’s why! Just Jot it January, AKA JusJoJan, is a challenge to write a post every day of the month of January. We’ve grown from a handful of participants in 2014 to close to fifty for the past couple of years. Let’s see if we can make it to sixty this year!

Here are the JusJoJan Rules:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list), counts as a “jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5). The prompt will be the word in quotation marks in the title of my 2am post. You don’t have to follow the prompt every day, but that will be where you leave your link for others to see. You’ll get a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday and on Saturday, when your prompt will be the Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS, which will appear at about 9:30am Friday. Each prompt post will include the rules.

3. Please ping back or link to the daily prompt. To ping back, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! Note: A) The newest pingbacks will be at the top of the comments section. B) Ping backs only work if you’re blogging on WordPress. Everyone else must paste a link manually.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. If your post is NSFW, do not ping back. Please leave your link in the comments with a warning.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#JusJoJan, Non-Fiction, Prompt

#JusJoJan prompt the 21st – “Spell”

#JusJoJan prompt the 21st – “Spell”

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I used to be able to spell. Really I could. I would win all the spelling bees, but I don’t know what happened over the years. Now even simple words will trip me up. I look at it and the longer I look the worse it looks. I am sure it is not right anymore. Really a pain when you are a writer.

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Linda G Hill’s Rules:

Hey there! Welcome to the 8th annual Just Jot it January challenge! This year is going to be far simpler than the last couple of years. One prompt per day, link to that post, that’s it. Details below.

But why should you participate in this challenge? To keep the ol’ fingers warm and meet up with an awesome blogging community, that’s why! Just Jot it January, AKA JusJoJan, is a challenge to write a post every day of the month of January. We’ve grown from a handful of participants in 2014 to close to fifty for the past couple of years. Let’s see if we can make it to sixty this year!

Here are the JusJoJan Rules:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list), counts as a “jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5). The prompt will be the word in quotation marks in the title of my 2am post. You don’t have to follow the prompt every day, but that will be where you leave your link for others to see. You’ll get a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday and on Saturday, when your prompt will be the Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS, which will appear at about 9:30am Friday. Each prompt post will include the rules.

3. Please ping back or link to the daily prompt. To ping back, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! Note: A) The newest pingbacks will be at the top of the comments section. B) Ping backs only work if you’re blogging on WordPress. Everyone else must paste a link manually.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. If your post is NSFW, do not ping back. Please leave your link in the comments with a warning.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg