Last week kinda screwed up my schedule, but I think weâ€™re back on track now. Itâ€™s the first Saturday in February and that means weâ€™re going to be writing about this month or any holiday (official or not) in the month.
There are any number of sites that list historic events and holidays (national, regional, and weird) for the months and you can choose your own reference. Any time I post one of these challenges, I give you one reference for such a site. You can choose to use that site or pick your own. This month Iâ€™ll refer you toÂ Family Crafts.
You have three options here: go to the Family Crafts site and pick anything on there as your inspiration, use some other site to give you an idea, or go off on your own and write something about February.
This Weekâ€™s Challenge:
Using prose or poetry, write something about the month of February, any specific day in this month, or about some holiday in February that means something to you.
I grew up in an age when we had to bring in a valentine for our classmates. If you had to do that, how many did you take in and how many did you receive? (I always gave each of the girls a valentine and I usually got... uh, well, maybe three or four in return.)
Are you one of those who got your first kiss on Valentineâ€™s Day? Weâ€™re all waiting to read the details of it.
Hereâ€™s a good (but completely sexist) topic for you: why do men forget anniversaries but remember Valentineâ€™s Day?
Read my first Â SatWEÂ column from 2/20/2010 and post a response to that one.
Hereâ€™s a start and finish in February. Frank Woodruff Buckles was born on February 1, 1901 and died on February 27, 2011. What separates him from others is that he is listed as the last American veteran of World War I. Write something about him.
That brings up other start-and-finish things in February. Can you think of anything else that started in February and ended in the same month? If so, let us read about that war, romance, fight, or anything else you can remember.
Watch Out For:
My normal admonition regarding these posts: write whatever you want as long as it pertains to the month of February or any day/holiday in this month.
This was a good week for responses. If I missed anyone, please let me know in a comment.
Grand (Saturday Writing Essential) January 26, 2013Â by Kimberly S.
MY FIRST BUD OF SPRING SAT GWEÂ by Jules who is loving life again
swe jury duty jan 26/12Â by karen vaughan
There were several of you who chose to make your response in a comment this week. Please keep in mind that I canâ€™t feature a comment; I can only list it here in my weekly column.
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: Using prose or poetry, write something about the month of February, any specific day in this month, or about some holiday in February that means something to you.
- 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.