#My52 Writing Challenge 2019

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It’s a brand new year… are you ready for a new writing challenge?

In 2017, I participated in the 52-Week Writing Challenge (and was the randomly chosen winner) and in 2018, I did the #52weeks52stories Writing Challenge.

When I asked around about a writing challenge for 2019, none popped up, so I decided to go my own way, and you’re invited to join me!

If you’ve participated in any type of writing challenge, you’re already aware of what a useful writing tool they can be. If you’ve come to an impasse in your current WIP, stepping away for a moment to focus on something else can sort through the cobwebs, flick on the light, or move the forest so you can see the trees.

Parts of a current WIP can also be used in a writing challenge. The difficulty of character profiles, scenes, world building, and even book blurbs can disappear when task are tackled as flash fiction.

As the Queen of Many Wurdz and champion of the run-on sentence, I took part in challenges to focus on short stories.  I needed to focus on telling a complete story in as few words as possible. I’m partial to longer standalone books, but not everyone wants to read a 180K epic psychological family saga.

Okay, I lied. I don’t either.

So, after 70+ short stories, how am I doing? It’s an ongoing process. 🙂

What I enjoy most about writing challenges is the accountability. Someone is watching, keeping me honest, cheering me on during the good weeks, and talking me off the ledge during the bad ones. Writing is a solitary endeavor, but many times it helps to get out of your own head.

What are the rules for #My52? That’s the best part—there aren’t any.

  • Writing in any form counts. Haiku, Poetry, Drabble, Flash, short story… they’re all welcome.
  • Genres are also limitless. Suspense, Mystery, Romance, LGBT, Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA… it’s your choice.
  • The writing week is Monday through Friday with postings on Saturday and Sunday. (Posting earlier in the current week is acceptable too.)
  • Tweet a link to your post with the hashtag #My52 for retweets and likes

OR

  • Grab the banner at the top and link back to this page and I’ll feature your post during the challenge.

Don’t let the word challenge stress you. It’s not a contest and the challenge is only against yourself… to keep you writing-focused.

Life gets crazy and cluttered, so do not beat yourself up if you miss a week. Keep writing!

Word counts can be anywhere from a 17-syllable Haiku to a multi-week short story.

Have fun with it. Write outside your form or genre—I’m not a paranormal writer and I wrote paranormal stories last year and enjoyed doing it.

If you have questions, leave them in the comments or find me on Twitter – @MsFelicia, or Instagram – @fle_d.

Happy 2019… and happy writing!

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Mystery” – Anita Baker

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Haunted/Magic/Mystery/Supernatural/Trick.”

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Really miss this lady and her voice on the current music charts. Can’t think of music in the 80s and 90s without including Anita Baker!

Baker became a household name with her breakout album, Rapture, in 1986. With tracks like No One in the World, Sweet Love, and Caught Up in the Rapture, the album went on to sell over eight million copies and helped win Baker two Grammys in 1987 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (Caught Up in the Rapture) and Best R&B Song (Sweet Love).

Also on the album is the lesser known Mystery. Though not released as a single, Baker’s signature sultry tones made it a favorite of die-hard fans and led to Mystery receiving moderate airplay.

The video is a live performance from Anita’s One Night of Rapture concert.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for Nesie’s Place!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Mystery

Song Lyric Sunday | “Ben” – Michael Jackson

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Rat/Ox/Tiger/Rabbit/Dragon/Snake/Horse/Sheep/Monkey/ Rooster/Dog/Pig.”

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This SLS pick doesn’t contain any of this week’s theme words, but it’s about a rat!

Sung by a teenage Michael Jackson, Ben was the theme song of the 1972 movie of the same name, which was the sequel to another killer rat movie, Willard.

Fun Facts:

  • Ben was Michael Jackson’s first solo U.S. #1 song.
  • Ben spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 20 song for 1972.
  • Ben won a Golden Globe for Best Song and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1973.
  • Originally written for Donny Osmond, Ben was offered to Jackson as Osmond was on tour at the time and unavailable for recording.

The video is of Jackson performing the song at the 45th Annual Academy Awards in 1973.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for Nesie’s Place!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Ben

Song Lyric Sunday | “Where Do We Go From Here” – Vanessa Williams

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Who/What/When/Where/Why/How.”

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Though it’s billed as the official theme for the 1996 film, Eraser, Where Do We Go From Here does not appear on the soundtrack album.

Recorded by Vanessa Williams, who costarred in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller, the Top 5 Hot  Adult Contemporary Tracks hit appears on Williams’ 1998 greatest hits album Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years… and several of my playlists!

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for Nesie’s Place!

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Where Do We Go From Here

Song Lyric Sunday | “You Win Again” – Bee Gees

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “Cards/Dice/Gamble/Lose/Win.”

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Left to my own devices too long and I will sneak in a Bee Gees song. Count on it!  😀

Barry Gibb wrote the melody while brother Maurice conceived the drum sounds (in his garage) that open the track for 1987’s You Win Again.

Maurice Gibb explained You Win Again in a May 2001 interview with Mojo magazine:

“When we get together and write, it’s not like three individuals ― it’s like one person in the room. Usually, we have a book of titles and we just pick one. I loved ‘You Win Again’ as a title, but we had no idea how it might turn out as a song. It ended up as a big demo in my garage, and I recorded stomps and things. There was just one drum on there. The rest was just sounds. Then, everybody tried to talk us out of the stomps at the start. They didn’t want it. ‘Take it off. Too loud! Can we have them not on the intro, just when the music starts?’ All this stuff, but as soon as you hear that ‘jabba-doomba, jabba-doomba’ on the radio, you know it’s us. It’s a signal. So, that’s one little secret ― give people an automatic identification of who it is.

Fun Facts:

    • You Win Again was a No. 1 single in Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Norway, as well as making the top 10 in Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden. It also topped the Eurochart for four weeks. When the song reached No. 1 on 17 October 1987 in the UK, it made the Bee Gees the first group to score a UK No. 1 hit in each of three decades: the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
    • You Win Again was less successful in the US however, only reaching No. 75 in the Billboard Hot 100, as many American DJs were still reluctant to play any Bee Gees music due to the disco backlash of the early 1980s. They finally overcame that problem in 1989 with the hit single One.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for Nesie’s Place!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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