Still another week has flown by. It is time to reflect on last week's challenge and to present another Thursday Challenge. Thank you to all who responded to last week's Challenge. Every post was heartfelt and very creative. I wonder if there is a group anywhere that has even half as many talented writers and poets as Gather does or to be more specific I wonder if there is any other group from within Gather that has as many outstanding creative and kind hearted people as does Gather Writing Essential. I am overworked at school just now so will do something I have not done since I became Thursday's Editor I will wait until this weekend to comment more specifically on responses made to this challenge.
Continuing on my one word theme this week's challenge is one word that packs a wallop. There are so many words that are powerful some even deadly.Some of the most deadly even terrible words we use are four letter words. When I raised my children there was a four letter word that my children hated to hear me say. I used it often especially when I came home from somewhere only to find the house a mess and the lawn not cut. I would blow my top and say, "Children get off your duffs and work." This would always be followed by gasps from each of my semi aware children. My daughter would say, "Watch your mouth Dad. We don't say words like that around this house." The word work would be a great challenge word but unfortunately it is not this week's challenge.
The word for this week's challenge packs even more of a wallop than the word work does. The challenge for Thursday September 19, 2013 is to create a post about the word lessons. Lessons come in all shapes and sizes. Some are easy while others are hard. Some drain your emotions while some restore them. Some keep you safe while others inspire you to go beyond your comfort zone. Some help you open doors while others give you strength to close doors. We choose to learn from lessons or to repeat them over and over again. we even choose what we learn from lesson at least some of the time. There are times when we are forced to learn lessons we do not want to learn but are deeply grateful when we have learned these lessons.
Over the last 3 months my son, wife and I have had to go through some of the hardest experiences of our lives. The lessons we have learned and are learning from these experiences have changed us for ever. We will not know all the results of these lessons for years yet but I know that one day we will be very glad for them. Right now the pain from the harshness of these lessons are making the benefits of the lessons very easy to see. I believe that this challenge will bring the best out of Gather Writing Essential. I am certain that I will gain so much from your posts and I will most definitely post samples of these lessons next week.
As always for Thursday's challenge any genre is welcome including free verse, narrative, dialogue or any other style that you are comfortable with. The challenge is an open ended one filled with great possibilities I think. I hope that you do too.
I continue to be impressed with the submissions for Gather Writing Essential last two weeks so will continue for at least another week to limit the number of rules/guidelines. I'm tired and do not want to be bothered by a lot of rules right now. For that reason alone I will keep things simple only a few rules for this challenge.
The first rule to remember is to include the word Lessons 9/19/2013 somewhere in the title. A second guideline is to be sure to tag it with Thurs WE, 9/19/13, Just Don't forget to Post your post to Gather Writing Essential.
I am still ignoring the three submissions from each member per day rule for now. Please don't resubmit 20 posts you posted years ago. They are all good and 4 or 5 reposts of those submissions are fine but any more than that is too much. With that in mind I will add this caveat I am reserving the right to not approve all of your posts if my kindness is abused.
I don't regret doing ignoring the 3 submission rule but there are a couple of writers/poets who pushed the limits again last week. Since it was just a couple of writers I am going to try it again this week. I will continue to ignore the rule so long as I don't feel I am being overwhelmed by too many posts. To the other editors please forgive me for taking liberties in this area. There still are not a lot of responses to our challenges. I hope that maybe to continue allowing a few more responses per writer/poet will generate more posts. The more responses we get the better that gather Writing Essential will be.
I can hardly wait to read all of your work.