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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)

TITLE: My List
By D. Phenes


"Before I do anything else, I must make my list." I told myself as I rummaged through my desk for a pen and paper. "There I have found it. Now I need to sit and.....wait I should get myself a cup of coffee first." I continued to talk to myself, as I headed to the kitchen. I poured my hazelnut coffee into my favorite mug and was eying the last blueberry muffin. It will only take a few seconds in the microwave and this will go wonderful with my coffee. Then I will make my list.

"Ok, coffee--check. muffin--check." I announced as I headed to my comfy reclining chair. My eyes were once again drawn away from my destination and I saw my new copy of Christian Ladies magazine on the table. There was an article I just had to read by my favorite author. It was on helping Christian women be organized and keeping their houses in order. I'll just read the article and then I will make my list.

"Lord, that was such a blessing." I spoke out loud. I cannot believe I read the whole thing. Well it was a Christian magazine, so it was not wasted time I tried to persuade myself. Now, what was that I was going to do? Oh yes, my list.

I'm gonna warm up my coffee first and then I will definitely get started. It's 3pm already; itís time for my favorite television show "Susie". I'll watch her for a bit. She always wants to help people. It's a good show; I once again talked myself into sitting down and forgetting my list.

Ring... Ring... my phone wakes me up. I cannot believe I fell asleep. Why it's my friend Angel. I certainly could go to supper with her. No I am not busy. This will save me from making dinner. Yes I can be there in a jiffy. I will do the list as soon as I get back.

"What a day!" I yawned out as I was getting ready for bed. I really got.. Nothing done today. My eyes finally went to my list and read the only words I had written.


Regretfully, I crossed off the word today and wrote TOMMORROW.

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Nancy Quinn03/14/08
Very cute story and well done! God bless :)
Bill Obenauer03/14/08
I don't recall giving you permission to write a story about me!!!LOL. Very creative and realistic. Nice job.
Lyn Churchyard03/15/08
Ahhh the ubiquitous "To Do List". So many times I've crossed off "Today" and changed it to "Tomorrow". But Iíve done the ironing this morning, and defrosted the fridge, so I donít feel at all guilty about sitting here reading all these great entries :) Well done.
Shelley Ledfors 03/16/08
Ah, yes. I think many of us can see ourselves in this story! A cute way to get the message across!
Sally Hanan03/16/08
You pegged many of us. I use the same excuse after reading Christian articles. :)
As for red ink, be sure to get the whole story into one tense, and if you can italicize, then put your thoughts in italics.
Jan Ackerson 03/17/08
Written with a pleasant, wry voice.
Marlene Austin03/17/08
My only question - Did you stop working on your list to get this entry in on time??? :) Nice job on this piece.
Yvonne Blake 03/17/08
(smile) This is funny. Isn't that so common to a lot of us? You should have stretched this out longer. You had a 750 word count. I liked that you didn't show us what kind of list until the end of the story.
Thank you for writing this.
K. J. Cash03/18/08
Have you been spying on me? Great story. Very practical!
Mandy White03/19/08
Oh how I despise a "to do list". It mocks me so. Great job!
Debbie Wistrom03/19/08
This was very clever and stinging ;) . I had a feeling what her list was and could identify with the ways she avoided it. Thanks for sharing your insight with us. Keep writing.
Joshua Janoski03/19/08
Very cute story. You described me to a T. I have a list of things to do right now, so I better get cracking. :)
Sara Harricharan 03/19/08
Oh this is cute! I liked how you showed how she kept having things pop up. The first person POV in mind was really good! My only note-a bit of RED INK, if you don't mind, was in the line "and was eying" you probably could have used a comma here and let the thoughts string themselves together. Otherwise, really good job! ^_^
Shayne Catoe03/19/08
How I struggle with lists, but they make me so much more productive. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement to stick to them.
Joanne Sher 03/20/08
GREAT for the topic, and an absolutely PERFECT ending. Congrats on your highly commended - definitely deserved!
Sheri Gordon03/20/08
Congratulations on your Highly Commended. This probably speaks to way too many of us. Cute story for the topic.
Lynn Jacky 03/21/08
Hi Deb - Your placed 4th Excellent story and well written - boy I sure can relate some days. So happy to see your name there. Looking forward to reading more stories from your pen.
Celeste Ammirata03/23/08
I like your story. How quickly a day can pass without getting anything done. We've all been there. Congratulations on being highly commended. Well deserved