Writing Challenges

In The Beginning

Welcome to Day 22 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 “human oddities artistes” agree is the reason for the term sideshow freak. Today’s prompt is Compulsively,Β  and it might have been my idea but that doesn’t mean anything, okay? Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before returning Jim Rose’s phone call.


In The Beginning


How did she let him talk her into this?Β  It’ll be fun, he said. I’ll do all the work, he promised. And the kicker? It’ll be the easiest money you’ve ever made!

If she had a nickel…well, if she did, she wouldn’t have let her talk him into this.

But she had and there was no point in crying about it now. It was out there. She had agreed and now it was out there. It didn’t matter that nobody knew it was out there. She knew.

And that meant she couldn’t let it go. Not until… well, until she was satisfied.

So she’d spent the day prepping. Polishing. Perfecting. Going over things again and again. Finally it was ready. She was ready. She had taken a deep breath and guided the mouse over to the “publish” button. Their first blog post was on the Internet.

And then she’d spent the next four hours compulsively pressing the F5 key, waiting for someone, anyone, to leave a comment.


Now, go. Click on the links below and visit the other wonderful people participating in this challenge. Just don’t stare at them, okay? It’s rude.

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  • I have no idea what you’re talking about. No way. Not. At. All.

    *presses F5 over and over and over again*

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  • We all have been there. So the blog must of been Cheesy Mike’s idea, huh? i am glad he talked you into it.

  • Tami Von Zalez

    I didn’t even know about the F5 key shortcut. Learn something new every day ~

  • I can relate!

  • I didn’t know about the F5 key either. Blogging is all about putting yourself out there, then playing the wait and see game.

  • I think I was about 6 months into blogging before I started getting comments. It was a long wait!

  • I get the most comments during these challenges… most of the time I am lucky to get one or two comments!

  • We’ve all been there… am still there after every post. But I have to wonder if that led to the nail biting coma.

  • I comment on all of your posts. I didn’t know you when you started though, but now I feel guilty for not commenting even before I knew you.

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  • Exactly… well, there may have been one or two his…er…hersy fits that I left out of the story. πŸ™‚

  • Yeah, thank God we’re over that, right?

    *F5, F5, F5, F5…*

  • I knew if anybody wouldn’t understand, it wouldn’t be you…

    *F5, F5, F5, F5, F5, F5…*

  • Awww, thank you Cheryl. I’m really glad he talked me into it too. But let’s just keep that between us, okay? πŸ˜‰

  • F5 is the miracle key, Tami. πŸ™‚

  • It’s a very strange, unique situation, isn’t it? Most of us started off posting anonymously yet there is a sense that we’re vulnerable, exposed. And then we find each other. πŸ™‚

  • It was months for us too, Boom Boom. And for someone who is compulsive about reaching goals, it was an eternity!!

  • It’s true, one of the great things about these challenges is the amount of support and encouragement given by participants.

  • Don’t quote me on this, Lauren, but I’m pretty sure it did.

  • I know you do, hon. You were one of the first people to visit us and you know we love you and appreciate it. And if anyone would be able to comment before knowing us, it would be you. πŸ™‚

  • Likely more? What have you been smokin’ P.J.? πŸ™‚

  • Well, LM, since WWFC went “big time”, I get the staff to read them out to me. πŸ™‚

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  • Linda, I feel your angst. You have no idea how guilty I feel that I didn’t go back through the archives after I met them. ::sigh::

  • Ahahahahahaha! Magnifique!

  • I really should be paying more attention to this challenge because, HELLO? Who knew the F5 key actually did something useful? Sort of related, I promise to find time to write something about at least one more prompt before this ends.

  • Heh, I remember this. Tho honestly I’ve never tried to make money. Four years later, I have a happy, tiny band of loyal followers. And for that, it’s been totally worth it =) And I’ll be reading WWFC into March! Indigo x

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    God, I remember those early days when I thought readers would flock to me and my ads would make me rich. What an idiot I was. And apparently still am, given that I continue doing it.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Every time you guys press the F5 key, an angel has an orgasm.

  • KZ

    This is so revealing, and yet so relatable. I remember doing something similar early on when I first started blogging. Most days lately, I just monitor my page visits, and I celebrate all of the unique visits from people who weren’t just running a Google search for “50 Shades of Grey”.

  • Ah yes. This certainly brings back memories! That first blog post is the toughest!


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