Writing Challenges


Since ‘Gouda’ as a prompt was entirely my fault, it seemed only fair that I write something. ANYTHING. And that’s what I’ve been muttering to myself all morning from beneath my safety blanket. “Write…..something…”

So I did.



1. Medium sized wedge of Gouda (Hell, buy the whole wheel if you want.)

1. Turn left at the first set of lights. If you’re walking, wait for the walk signal. Keep going until you reach a grocery store. Depending on where you live, this can take anywhere from 3 minutes to 1 year.

2. Once you’ve arrived, head over to the cheese section and look for “Gouda”. Choose the one that speaks to you. Do not overthink this step, since, if it took you a very long time to reach the grocery store, you will be starving. Head straight to the cashier and pay.

2a. Wrong. Do not visit the ice cream freezer. Ok, maybe just for a few minutes. Good. The butternut swirl will do. Now get back on track and pay for the cheese and the ice cream.

3. Go home. As per step #1, this will be either a brief or epic journey.

4. Head to the kitchen, unwrap the wedge of Gouda and place it on a clean plate.

5. With a sharp knife or cheese wire, slice of a piece of cheese and place in your mouth.

6. Savour.


This is Day 1 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing. Lots of other people of crazy enough to participate, so go see who else linked up.

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  • While that looks very, very delicious…where is the ice cream?

  • ReformingGeek

    Yeah, I was wanting to drool over the ice cream. Wait. It’s too cold for ice cream.

  • A wedge of cheese, a glass of wine, and the epic journey that is 30M2DoW…. just what I need to make my Saturday evening complete.

  • This is what we get from the guy that dreamed up the prompt? You gouda be kidding.

  • Cheesy, Mike. Very, very cheesy.

  • frankleemeidere

    Okay, let me write down the instructions here …

  • I like that last step! I always say savor the flavor.

  • Let me put this in a way that you will understand… No. Never. Ever. Just, no.

  • Ok. How about just a bit then?

  • um…I’m waiting for you to serve me my ice cream, please.

  • I might have to hurt you just a bit.

  • I can take it!

  • In my belly.

  • It’s never too cold for ice cream 🙂

  • Would you expect any less?

  • Nope. No joke.

  • And the next 27 days too.

  • It’s probably the most important thing really.

  • They’re very specific.

  • Cadeaux

    I usually buy the one in the very back. The one that’s most cold. The one that people haven’t sneezed on yet. That’s how I pick a cheese. 🙂

  • Really? You inflict this prompt on us and then this is what you come up with? That’s it, you’re writing both of our posts for the rest of the week!

  • MalisaHargrove

    You forgot about the steps that say 1. go to the wine section and load up your grocery cart or 2. now drive to the liquor store and charge your ticket to Nicky and Mike.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    I love the smell of desperation early in the morning.

  • That’s how I shop for cars.

  • Please provide more details on the ingredients.

  • And when I was a kid… the difference was Mom did all of the above, but I chewed the wax. Yes, I’ll admit it. I was a Gouda wax chewer!

  • yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy!

  • KZ

    If your cheese is talking to you, then perhaps you’ve come across a wedge that has been aged a little too long. The cheese should do no more than make a few infant gurgling sounds.

  • KZ

    Huh. And here I was assuming it was Nicky who came up with the “Gouda” prompt. I almost feel bad now about calling Nicky a Dragon Queen, and for slaying her vicariously in rhyme. Almost.

  • Mmmm….cut the Gouda.

    For the record, smoked Gouda is better.


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