Here We Go Again

You may be seeing a lot of these in the near future. I know I will.

You may be seeing a lot of these in the near future. I know I will.

You know how we’re always being warned about the crazies on the Internet? I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to worry about them. It turns out, you are them.  But it’s okay because it turns out that we are also them.

That’s right. We’re all out of our freakin’ minds because we are participating in the Third Second Annual 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing.

For those of you who are new here, here’s what we’ve all signed up for:

30 Minus 2 Days of Writing

On February 1st, the challenge will begin. On February 28th, the challenge will end.

As with our previous challenges,there are  NO RULES. What does that mean? Well it means:

  • No minimum or maximum word count: write five, 500 or 5,000 words. But nobody will read your 5,000 words.
  • You determine the writing style of each post: action, adventure, comedy, crime, Sci-Fi, horror, mystery, or my personal favourite – erotica, etc.
  • There is no specific time to post: the linky-thing can be found at the end of my daily post and will be up around 8am, Montreal-time.
  • You are not obligated to post everyday: I, on the other hand… Seriously, don’t feel like if you can’t participate everyday, you can’t play. Jump in whenever you can.
  • This is a creative writing challenge: the prompts are meant to inspire you and you don’t have to be exact when using them.



Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, here are the themes:

1. Gouda
2. It was no accident
3. Temporary insanity
4. When Hell freezes over
5. The empty bottle
6. Scatterbrained
7. Hint, hint
8. Damn
9. Dylan
10. Zombies
11. Succubus
12. One bite
13. Incommunicado
14. It has to be aliens
15. My ears are ringing
16. Shakespearean English
17. I faked it
18. Liars
19. Tastes like chicken
20. Chaos
21. Yes, I made that
22. It’s only a dream
23. There are things
24. And then she said
25. Social media
26. Naked and lost
27. How did you find out?
28. And then my brain exploded

Yes, that really is the list. No, I’m not joking. You should have seen the ones we ruled out.

Oh, and I’d just like to mention that this is a challenge and not a competition. No, seriously. It’s not. Seriously. Nobody is going to be evaluating your work, meticulously grading every single line and compiling the results in a spreadsheet to determine your literary worthiness. Really.

There’s supposed to be a whole ‘nother paragraph here with a bunch of words strung together to form witty, clever sentences that would have you laughing out loud for realz except that I just re-read the list of prompts and have decided to make another liquor store run instead. There’s no way 12 cases of vodka is going to be enough.




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  • I thought of it too late. First, the Olympics are starting in February, that would have been a great theme. And second, what the heck am I doing getting involved in a writing challenge? I have to watch the Olympics.

  • I’m confused. Is this a writing challenge or a drinking challenge?

  • So I put up all the shells for the posts – now all I have to do is fill them with witty and brilliant writing.

    I’ll be watching the Olympics too – can’t miss the winter sports.

    “Yes, I made that” has to be my favorite prompt (so far).

  • KZ

    Oh good. “Gouda” is the first prompt. I was hoping to start off this challenge with a filler post on Day 1.

  • You know by day 26 I may well be naked and lost.

  • I kinda wish the 3rd 8 was the first of the 3 1s. That’s the only one I understand.

  • Cheryl, it is the weirdest thing… at home, my post looks fine so I didn’t know what you were talking about. I get to work and the numbers are all messed up. But the really weird thing is that when I go into WordPress, the numbers are all okay.

    It must be the second number 4… it has to be aliens.

  • Yes. 🙂

  • ReformingGeek

    Hee Hee. Can’t wait.

    What am I saying? I’ve already gone mad. Where is that bottle?

  • I am so excited that the first prompt is Golda. I really admired her and what she did for Israel.

  • Ahahahahaha! I really am laughing with you, not at your WordPress problems. I liked the numbering scheme because it meant I could choose whichever prompt had one of the numbers in the current day. I still may go in that direction IF I’m silly enough to try to keep up.

  • You crack me up!

  • Sadly, this is way out of my league. I couldn’t even write a post a day on subjects of my own choosing. I’ll wait for the next photo challenge 😉

  • Me too, Cheryl!

  • C’mon, c’mon, let’s go. I’ve got the first week written already. Geez.

  • Yeah right. Gouda, my ear.

  • Good, then you’ll have time to write some for me too, right? 🙂

  • You don’t have to write every day, Babs. You can join in whenever you like. I hope you’ll consider one or two of them… 🙂

  • It’s right here, Reffie. Oh wait, it’s empty. S’ok, there’s more in the freezer…

  • You’re welcome. 🙂

  • Sure. Day 26. I believe that.

  • Tami, how many martinis have you had already? I think next time, you should host this thing.

  • Just think of this as the Olympic Writing event. Judges will award points for form, creativity and the number of vodka bottles you send them.

  • Hey write your own. You’re the one that dreamed up this damn thing, after all..

  • I think I will add to each day’s post a “What I’m Drinking” section. Might be entertaining. Better yet, I should drink BEFORE I write my posts.

  • Screaming Me-Me

    Yippee ki yo ki yay!

  • MsDarkstar

    I think it’s been a couple of years since I last participated… but I am all in this year!

  • Damn, that would have made a great prompt 🙂

  • Welcome back MsDarkstar!

  • I am highly disappointed that, once again, you have avoided a fine theme like “beer” to be included with this challenge. Especially seeing as you continually blame me for pushing you along to run this thing. Further, I’d like to point out that beer would be a fine theme, considering people from all over the world participate in this challenge.

    It’s my observation that there is an obvious decision to keep something like beer out of this challenge in spite of my official stance on things. I find it to be quite insulting. Beer goes together with cheese, especially Gouda. It’s true. Try it.

    In that sense, I am not going through all the fine print of my contract in regard to this yearly challenge. I must decide if I will continue for the obvious exclusion of a theme such as beer. It will be a tough decision, to be sure, but sometimes in life, one needs to make tough choices.

    Or, maybe, I will just decide which days there are themes in which I don’t like as much and write about beer there. Several times for the month, I will show the biased administration of this challenge that beer will be heard, whether they like it or not!

  • hmmmm – okay – some of these prompts might be too difficult for me – but I am going to do my best and I am going participate as much as possible! xoxoxo

  • That’s all we ask, sweet thing. And I am really happy that you’re going to participate even a little bit.

  • Oh, had you suggested beer as a prompt? I must have missed that. Again. 🙂


  • MalisaHargrove

    You are so funny, Linda! Way to go!

  • MalisaHargrove

    Does it matter? It gives us a reason to live.

  • frankleemeidere

    Late to the party, as usual, but I’m in. Except I won’t be posting on my regular blog (I Don’t Give a Damn), but on a new blog I’ve set up specifically for this challenge.

    And I know we’re all going to be so glad that February only has 28 days.

  • frankleemeidere

    Okay, I thought I’d posted this, but here it is again — or for the first time, we’re not sure yet. Anyway, I’m going to be an idiot and join up this time, but I’m not using my regular blog. For this challenge I’ve created a new one, Adramelech Defects:

    Here’s to a completely maddening February.

  • frankleemeidere

    Gah! And now my previous post is there.

    Is this what it’s going to be like for the whole month? Things appearing and disappearing, like in Oz?

  • Malia, I so love you.

  • Sure, let’s pretend it’ll be that much fun. 🙂

  • You’re not an idiot Frank. The rest of us who have done this several times, now *we* are idiots. You don’t really know what you’ve signed up for. Yet. But you will.
    You will.

  • Glad to have you join us, Frank!

  • Woo-hoo! I’m sharpening my pencil (because yes, I am that old) and my tongue! 🙂

  • Cadeaux

    I am not going to do any ahead of time. I want to take it one at a time. My brain gets exercise that way.I am also going to substitute Gatorade with vodka because that’s part of my exercise routine.

  • Lisa Silver

    So, I need 28 bottles of wine, one for each day, of course, and then basically it’s a free for all. Yep, I’m in!

  • Woot woot! I can’t wait to read what you come up with… there were quite a few on this list that I thought you might really be able to sink your teeth into. 🙂

  • I would have preferred Cotswald to Gouda. 😉

  • I’m out. Real-life issues (beer) have come up. Formal protest. You know how it is.

  • I do know how it is. And I know that if you ever wanna show your face in Mtl again, you’d best be playin’ along with us. Seriously.
    I will cut you, P.J.


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