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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Start (01/16/06)

TITLE: JUST A PIECE OF DUST
By Marilyn Schnepp
01/17/06


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"Start?"

Yes, the weekly Challenge says "start". So, I turn on the computer, click on the "Start" button and ....well, that was forty-five minutes ago and I am STILL staring into a blank screen that is empty and completely void of words.

Checking my trusty Bible Concordance for the word "start", I am stymied again! There is "star, stare and stargazers", but no "start". So much for the Biblical angle!

Sure, I'm aware that "start" is the same as "begin"; and it can also be a "sudden shock or surprise" as in "awakening with a start"...but I'm still staring into space -and it's now two days later.

Hey, who am I kidding? My mind is blank, my brain power is 'out to lunch' and I lack imagination and initiative! Perhaps I can just wing it for a hundred and fifty words and tie for 33rd place! Sympathetic co-writers might even lavish me with accolades, applause and Kudos because of pity, or give me a standing ovation for copping out to my being nothing but dust....

"Like as a Father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him; For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust". (Psalms 103:13,14 KJV)

So, with minimum word count accomplished, this piece of earthly sod will humbly admit defeat...and return to write another day...


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Birdie Courtright01/24/06
I love your candor!
Jan Ackerson 01/24/06
I've felt that way before--congratulations on getting something written despite your writer's block.
Cheryl Harrison 01/24/06
I loved it! Thanks for the giggle.
Alexandra Wilkin01/25/06
I am smiling my head off!!! Honest 'confessions of a writer with nothing to write'! God bless
Candice Kettell01/26/06
I thought you were writing about me! lmbo. You definitely had me grinning from 'start' to end. Good job!
Frank Kimani01/26/06
Nice piece. Topic caught my eye, i relate to the goals i set, and yet to "start!"
Phyllis Inniss 01/26/06
You're lucky to get so many words even when you can't make a start. I had to smile at the cleverness of your article. I loved it.
Julianne Jones01/28/06
Enjoyed your honesty. Yes, I'm a "sympathetic co-writer" but I'm not commenting from pity. You've touched on something we all experience sooner or later and you've managed to overcome it. Good on ya!
Pat Guy 01/28/06
Great piece! Most of us don't have the nerve to do this yet I'm sure there are plenty of us who have felt like it!(Me!)Cool! We'll see how it goes - ought to be interesting! Kudos to ya'!
Val Clark01/30/06
Indeed, you will return to write another day, hope you already have. Thanks for the smile. :-)Yeggy
David Story02/18/06
Couldn't have said it better myself. - Not Entering This Week
Paul Potenza09/29/06
Yeah, but at least you STARTED. How many times have you wished for something to start? A car, an operation, an air conditioner...

You are a courageous writer who has stared a a blank page and waited until sweat popped out of your forehead.

I like your style.

You got started.

Pauly