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

TITLE: Beginning v. Ending
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01/18/06


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Beginning v. Ending

Have you noticed that we often find it difficult to start a project, a change of lifestyle, or a good deed? Could it be that we are hindered by our failure to stop something else? Stop is such a negative word. Its almost as bad as the no word.

To start writing this article I stopped writing my second novel at the close of chapter fourteen. If only certain other things were so easy to stop.

I really need to start dieting. Im still in the talking stage that period or era preceding start. Actually, there remains one vital step before start of the diet and so closely associated that it seems too conflicting. I must stop eating unhealthy food and stop overeating permissible menu selections.

I desire to start visiting elderly neighbors, ailing friends, neglected relatives, and some of the forsaken of society. However, this would require that I stop my faithful viewing of favorite television programs, playing captivating video games, keeping up on telephonic gossip, leisure eating, or some other self-appointed right or privilege.

I really should start giving to worthy charities or the needy child or family down the street. But, surely, you understand what a sacrifice that demands. Id have to stop pushing dollar bills into the piggy bank. Id be forced to drop in measly quarters. I might have to stop feeding those undeniable Mac Attacks, Pizza Pangs, and those resounding Screams for Ice Cream.

Wow! Once I start something its hard to stop. Please excuse meI really must stop writing this article and start chapter fifteen of my novel. And, boy have I worked up and appetite since starting this project!


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Marilyn Schnepp 01/23/06
Very funny! Delightful, and a fast and fun read for the weary eyes of this Reader. I try to read as many Challenge entries as possible, with the sole purpose of comforting and encouraging each Writer to "do their thing"; and I love it when I run across one like yours. Great word spinner - I loved it! Kudos!
Jan Ackerson 01/24/06
Deftly written--with an economy of words, you said exactly what needed to be said.
Phyllis Inniss 01/27/06
Very clever writing with a touch of humour. You truly have a great gift. Good luck with your novel.