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Just Jot It January #31–Trying New Things

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 31, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #31–Trying New Things” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.  I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate trying new things.

What are your goals for 2016?  Do any of them require you to try new things?  This is a great way to grow in skills and confidence.  Remember, there’s help out there if you want to try something new.  You Tube videos exist for that reason. 😉

I had someone suggest I try Flash Fiction.  I could, but I also have to think about what I want to focus on.  I can’t accept every challenge placed in front of me for the sake of trying new things.  I did accept the “Just Jot It January” blog challenge and it has been rewarding for me.

Remember, if you accept a challenge or decide to try something new and it doesn’t seem right for you, you can decide whether to stick with it or walk away.  None of us want to be branded as “quitters,” but I say it’s okay to change your mind at times too.  Just don’t change your convictions (strong beliefs).  In my case, I won’t give up writing, even if I give up some area of it.

Writing Prompts:

  1. What is a conviction that you won’t give up?
  2. Have you ever started something and lost your compassion for it and quit?  Suggestions include sports, music, etc.  Did you find something more rewarding for you?  Please share.
  3. What is something new you plan to try?  Tell about it.
  4. What is something new you tried that has been rewarding for you?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

For more about Just Jot It January :

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/31/just-jot-it-january-31st-clumsy/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

 

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Just Jot It January #30–Found Treasures

Posted by lindamartinandersen on January 30, 2016


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“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.”

“Just Jot It January #30–Found Treasures” by Linda Martin Andersen

I accepted a challenge for January: Just jot a note and submit.  I can’t participate every day this month, but I will join in when I can.  I decided to create a theme to write about:  I chose “celebrate.”

Today, I celebrate found treasures.

Recently I found and subscribed to Farley’s Fridays, (Treasure #1) a blog post written from a dog’s point of view by Kristina Stanley.  On Friday, Farley was wearing shoes.  This inspired me to write about TGIF and dancing shoes.

https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/just-jot-it-january-29-tgif/

http://kristinastanley.com/2016/01/29/farleys-friday-a-wheatens-dancing-shoes/

Today, I found a blog post about a picture book where a dog wears shoes. Learn about Kevan Atteberry’s Doggone Love here:  http://picturebookbuilders.com/2016/01/doggone-love/  If you’re not familiar with this blog, I highly recommend it.  And Picture Book Builder’s blog post inspired the post you’re reading. (Treasure #2)

I also recently wrote about the “magic of threes.”  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/just-jot-it-january-25-prestidigitation/

I wonder if I’ll find a third sharing of a dog wearing shoes?  Maybe you could help me.

I discovered another treasure in my inbox today–(Treasure #3) a blog post by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.  It’s contains a poem titled “Someone Else’s Shoes.”  Although it’s not about a dog wearing shoes, I think you’ll enjoy it.

http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2016/01/walking-milewriting-from-books-and.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+amylv%2FGmZc+%28The+Poem+Farm%29

Reading this post, led to another suggested book read:  Edwards Eyes for ages 8-12 by Patricia MacLachlan.

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Edwards-Eyes/Patricia-MacLachlan/9781416927440

Writing Prompts:

  1. When have you or someone you know dressed a pet?  Were shoes added?
  2. When have you worn someone else’s shoes?  Where did you wear them?  Tell about it.
  3. Have you ever played dress up in your mom or dad’s shoes?  Did anyone play with you?

Thank you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend. Please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear what you’re celebrating today.  Remember that children 13 and under need an adult to comment for them.  For more fun, sign up to follow my blog.  Thank you!

For more about Just Jot It January :

Visit  http://lindaghill.com/2016/01/30/just-jot-it-january-30th-an-socs/ to read and comment on other participants’ posts.

http://lindaghill.com/2015/12/31/just-jot-it-january-2016-rules/ for details about Just Jot It January.

 

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