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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Day's End (01/01/14)

TITLE: New Year's Resolution
By Carolyn Ancell
01/02/14


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By this year’s end, I will:
Lose twenty pounds, keep them off for good, and be the envy of my best friend;
Get a job with more importance and prestige;
Go to a monastery for a whole month to pray without interruption;
Write and sell my award-winning novel;
Run three miles a day.
Hmmmm ...

By this month’s end, I will:
Lose three pounds, keep them off for good, and be the envy of my best friend;
Look for a job that pays more;
Go to a monastery for a weekend to pray without interruption;
Write and mail out proposal and first chapter of novel;
Run one mile a day.
Hmmmm ...

By this week’s end, I will:
Stay the same weight, just not gain any more;
Work harder at my job, enjoy it more;
Go to the monastery of my backyard for 45 minutes each day;
Write one chapter of my novel;
Run in place while cooking supper.
Hmmmm ...

By this day’s end, I will:
Share heartfelt time, a cup of coffee, and a piece of pie with my best friend;
Thank God that I have a job;
Go to the monastery of my heart frequently, and find God there;
Write one page of novel;
Walk the dog.


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Verna Cole Mitchell 01/09/14
I smiled in delicious understanding and laughed at the end!
Nancy Bucca01/09/14
This was a very enjoyable and delightful read. Thanks so much for sharing it!
Linda Goergen01/09/14
Very humorous view of resolutions! I like how as the time to accomplish them dwindles down, they become more and more realistic. Such an enjoyable and fun read!
Ellen Carr 01/10/14
Most enjoyable! Those resolutions - I like the descent to realism. Well done!
Danielle King 01/10/14
HaHa. Loved this comical and creative piece. We've all been there. Good ending too.
Jan Ackerson 01/10/14
I’d love to have your input into the free writing lessons available on the FaithWriters forums. This week’s lesson is on writing devotionals, and next week will cover writing on topic for the weekly challenge. Look for it at http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67, or if you’re on Facebook, you can “like” Faithwriters Writing Lessons.
Lillian Rhoades 01/10/14
Although I could tell after the second stanza which way you were going, this was nevertheless a delightful read with a fitting title.

My take on this may not be as others. If you keep that "day's end" resolution, the first stanza just might come to pass. :-)
Camille (C D) Swanson 01/11/14
Adorable and fun. Thanks!

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/11/14
Oh I love this. Your subtle sense of humor was a delightful reprieve of the thoughts that bombard me. I can so totally relate (far more than I'd prefer to admit). You nailed the topic in a fun, refreshing, and fresh way. Kudos on a job well done.
Lynda Schultz 01/15/14
Love it—I can relate!
Theresa Santy 01/15/14
Very clever! I love how the mc's perspective changes with the change in immediacy of time. And I LOVE the very last line!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/16/14
Congratulations on ranking 12th in your level and 13 overall! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.)