The Official Writing Challenge
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07/21/16
I can totally relate to this in every possible way. And yes to the pizza! Maybe with a cauliflower crust:)
07/22/16
You've given us much thought for food as you've plotted the distractions that gather in our minds as we approach any writing challenge - FW or otherwise. I enjoyed the self-deprecating touches.
I could relate to quite a bit of this. I'm trying to lose weight and have chronic pain too. Things that were simple 25 years and 100 pounds ago are agonizing efforts today, but God has a plan!

I'd urge you not to use a dictionary definition and not to mention FW because if the books do get published, it's likely some readers won't know about the contest or the website.

You have a nice style. It's light, yet full of subtle humor. I found myself grinning throughout. Great job.
07/27/16
Notwithstanding the fun and humor of your complete article, I believe it would be perfectly delightful to omit everything except "A gathering" followed by the dictionary definition and then the ensuing comments afterwards, which sum up your true feelings for the reader in a humorous and concise way. You could be writing an article for any deadline and the piece would fit the bill in that edited down form.
07/27/16
Oh, if this is not fiction, being only two hours away from the Faith Writers gathering and not being able to attend would be horrible! I had to giggle at the thought process that any writer understands well! Cute and entertaining!