For many years, I told people that Cinco de Mayo was the celebration of a particular battle and had nothing to do with the Mexican independence day. I couldnâ€™t tote around my encyclopedia so I had no way to prove it until the Internet came along. Suddenly, I could refer people to any number of sites that proved what I had been saying.
So, weâ€™re writing about Cinco de Mayo this week, right?
No. What gave you that idea?
The month of May has Cinco de Mayo, VE Day (Victory in Europe), Motherâ€™s Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day.
Tomorrow we also have a full moon thatâ€™s called a perigee moon because the moon is the closest to the earth in its orbit. Youâ€™ll also hear people calling this a â€œsuper moonâ€ because, as it rises in the east, it will appear to be enormous.
I havenâ€™t challenged you to write about a specific month for quite a while and itâ€™s probably overdue. Weâ€™re going to write about May this week.
This Weekâ€™s Challenge:
Write something about the Month of May. Using prose or poetry, write anything about the month of May, any holiday in the month, or anything that happened to you or a family member or friend during this month.
Hereâ€™s one more site that gives you weird May holidays.
Astronomers and psychologists still argue about why the perigee moon appears to be so large when itâ€™s on the horizon. Give us your opinion about that.
Motherâ€™s Day is this month -- wow, thatâ€™s got to spark some thoughts.
I have a special feeling for VE Day, but it was before my time. Do you happen to have a family member who remembers that and would be willing to share his/her thoughts about the day?
Watch Out For:
The only thing is that your submission must have something to do with the month of May. Any May -- hmm, do you happen to have a great-aunt May?
Letâ€™s see, everyone was busy getting ready for Cinco de Mayo or Motherâ€™s Day, right? Okay, Iâ€™ll buy that this time, but youâ€™re going to see this challenge again in the future. Until then, Iâ€™d ask that you read each of the following because they are so different.
A day at the zoo with Harry.-satweÂ by karen vaughan
Snake - for Saturday Writing EssentialsÂ by Sheila Deeth
Pulling the Strings (Saturday Writing Essential)Â by Len Maxwell
Submissions to Previous Challenges:
My 1st SatWE~A Dark Childhood MemoryÂ by August Lady
The Blind Willie Johnson Epiphany--Saturday Writing EssentialÂ by Nippy Katz (Not his real name) Patriotic Troll of Gather Freedom [This entry has an amazing audio clip.]
Weekly reminder: Don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.
- Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what youâ€™re supposed to do.
Challenge: Write something about the Month of May. Using prose or poetry, write anything about the month of May, any holiday in the month, or anything that happened to you or a family member or friend during this month.
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If youâ€™re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
- Tag your submission with SatWE.
- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.