yeah write #75 is open: footloose and family-free

yeah write #75 is open: footloose and family-free

yeah write #75 is open: footloose and family-free

I love it when I can repeat the post from the week before, so I am going to do just that. Not out of the pandemic laziness of Obama’s 47%, but out of last week’s post being written so darn well. 


You’ll need to badge your post before submitting it to the Inlinkz app. Look in the sidebar for the graphic with the “September is family-free month” arc above it. Copy the code, paste it into the post you’re planning to link today in the HTML view of your post, come back here and click the little blue button beneath the array of grid thumbnails. Follow the Inlinkz instructions from there.


We do moderate submissions here at yeah write. If you have any questions for our submissions editor, please email her at If you’re good with everything, please wait patiently while your submission is in the moderation queue. Flood has, like, five children and sometimes steps away from the queue for lunch and other errands. While you wait, feel free to read the submissions already on the grid. Say hi in comments.

Don’t feel like waiting? The speakeasy is open just for you. Submit your post and—voilà—you’re a published writer. There’s no voting over at the speakeasy and you only have to visit as many other blogs as you’d like to have visit yours. Miles Davis is performing Kind of Blue in its entirety starting at 8 p.m. on center stage. Don’t miss out.


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Comment karma is back. For those of you who are relatively new to yeah write (or brand new—hi there), comment karma is a weekly badge yeah write awards to those who manage to leave relevant comments on all the published blogs. Back when we would fill the grid with 50, it was a mammoth task, and one that came with a fistful of triumph. These days, you can leave comments on our average of 25 blogs or so with one hand gripping the last strip of bacon behind your back. Go forth and earn that badge. You’ll have fun and make someone’s day at the same time. 

Not on the grid this week? You can still earn comment karma. Read, read, read some more and leave thoughtful thoughts on each post and I’ll make you a badge.


September is still family-free month. Please tell us a compelling story about anyone, anything other than your family, immediate, extended or otherwise. Not only will leaving your people at the altar help you grow as a writer, we’ll no longer get that glassy-eyed look we’ve had for the past 18 months reading about them. Seriously, no one cares unless, say, your uncle Joe died and came back to life and now that we think about it, that would be his story to tell, not yours. We’d love for Uncle Joe to join us on the grid.


Do you need prompts to get your mojo going? There are three optional ones in Sunday’s post. Remember, we are sharing personal stories and personal essays on the challenge grid. Got a provocative opinion editorial piece dying for an attentive audience? Please submit it to the speakeasy. After his six-hour set, Miles Davis would love to hear about Obama’s deadbeat voters and whatnot. Miles may be a little high, but he’s totally listening.

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  • shannon [Fri] 21 Sep 12 at 12:55 am

    Is it possible to have access to the scoring spreadsheet? Good teachers give their students a target to hit. 🙂

  • shannon [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 2:07 am

    Um… I don’t think I’ll ever be back to this grid. I’m a garage band on stage with U2.



    • Eric Sipple (@saalon) [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 10:31 am

      That’s crazypants! Return to the grid! Your post was awesome.

      …plus, I hate U2 anyway. 😉

      And, yeah, Lisa’s post was awesomesauce.

    • IASoupMama [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 11:59 am

      U2 is my fave and I would die a happy woman to share the stage with them, even if all I could do was play the tambourine. Seriously!

      Please come back — I want to read more, more, more!!!

      • shannon [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 1:45 pm

        Good analogy, Soupie! You guys are great. I wasn’t trolling for compliments, I was more just expressing an in-over-my-head sensation.

        • IASoupMama [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 3:52 pm

          Dude, I want Bono to fling sweat my direction. I’d even overlook my germaphobe ways for that.

          Who isn’t in over their head? Isn’t that why we’re here? I know I always feel good just to get on the grid — every writer here has it inside to land in the top. And I say that as someone who considered not submitting a post this week for two reasons: writer’s block (which cleared up, whew!) and fear that people would groan, “Gah! Not her again…” when they saw my avatar. I thought long and hard and decided that the talent of the community is such that there are no guarantees who will end up on the top row and who will be on the bottom, so why worry about it?

          • shannon [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 8:44 pm

            Well now I know what I’m getting you for YOUR birthday!

            I wrote about the writing talent of the average jill making me want to seal up my keyboard with modge podge forever. ( Lisa did that for me. Her writing is breathtaking.

            Anyway, yeah. We all feel those things, I know… but some people SHOULD. Some people actually DO suck. Maybe I’m one of them!

            But, you’re right. It doesn’t really matter. It was fun to be part of it. It was fun to read everyone’s stuff. It was fun to submit. I was delighted by all of it. And I would have missed out had I not throat-punched my fear.

            So. There’s that.

            Fun times, everyone! Bonne chance.

  • Lisa [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 12:59 am

    Who’s the virgin? Oh, right. The girl with the frog for a picture.

    • shannon [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 2:13 am

      AMAZEBALLS, I said.

      • Lisa [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 8:08 am

        Ha ha! Thanks.

        • shannon [Thu] 20 Sep 12 at 1:46 pm

          You can thank me by writing more, pretty please.

  • icescreammama [Wed] 19 Sep 12 at 10:48 pm

    A big BIG thank you to Erica for taking some time out of her crazy schedule to help a clueless blogger bring new life to her avatar. it’s delightful. it’s delovely. it’s delicious!
    thank you! you’re de best. 🙂

  • Kathy Kramer [Wed] 19 Sep 12 at 10:41 pm

    I’m happy I thought of something to write that was good enough to get on the challenge grid!

  • 50Peach [Wed] 19 Sep 12 at 10:06 am

    I hope we DO see Uncle Joe this week! Feels great to be back and I can’t wait to be a part of the new(er) format. Missed you guys! 🙂 Also, I’m super proud of the changes that have come about, as they will truly stretch our creative bones. There will always be those that object, but I’m grateful for the structure and guidelines that continue to help me improve! Thank you Erica, Flood, Kristin and Cindy!