yeah write #76 weekly writing challenge is open for submissions: the beginning of a great adventure

yeah write #76 weekly writing challenge is open for submissions: the beginning of a great adventure

yeah write #76 weekly writing challenge is open for submissions: the beginning of a great adventure

It’s the final week of our family-free month here at the yeah write weekly writing challenge, so it’s only fitting I wrap it up with a post about my children. Next week, we’ll be off to greater adventures.

My kids are trying to kill me

I’ve never before felt as separated from my original reasons for wanting children as I have for the past few weeks. Not one of my kids, age 17, 11 or 3, is listening to me for any reason unless I’m yelling at somebody, and I’m not even a yeller. I usually deal with the entire fiasco by shutting my bedroom door, and pouring a double cocktail while watching a movie or anything sports-related. Then somewhere in there, I decided this is my house and I’m not gonna gain another bed potato pound by refusing to get out and move around. So this new mommy is a shock to their systems as we are in a transitory period right now—reasserting who’s boss and it for sure isn’t anyone around here shorter than 60-in. tall.

New to the yeah write weekly writing challenge?

Welcome! Some things around here are self-explanatory, some are not so splanatory, but be of good cheer and don’t get frustrated. Feel your way around if you’re not a RTFM kinda person. If reading the instruction manual from cover to cover is more your style, check out the helpful links below. Yesterday’s post contains optional writing prompts. If you get stuck, feel free to email Flood G or email Erica M and we’ll get you turned in the right direction. If the competitive aspect isn’t for you, you will love the come-and-go feel to the speakeasy. Either one will help you find your blogging tribe, and we’ll be glad to have you.

Back on the challenge grid this week?

Hey, welcome back!  If it’s been a while, we’ve missed you. If it’s been a long while, you and the virgins can share textbooks. Submissions are moderated and limited to a hard count of 1,000 words. Voting is no longer accepted from the world wide web; the editors are scoring each entry as a series of closed votes. No family themes will be allowed this week, but you are welcome to place your kids for adoption in my comments. I’ve already gotten a few nibbles on mine from Craigslist.

Comment karma

Comment karma has successfully returned from its hiatus. For those who needed an incentive to visit each blog on the grid after voting was no longer open, comment karma is a wonderful reminder of how we all need support and love and thoughtful comments. Visit and comment on every blog on the challenge grid and the comment karma badge will be yours.

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Yeah write #76 weekly writing challenge is open for submissions…


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  • 50Peach [Thu] 27 Sep 12 at 4:38 pm

    I promise I uploaded a pic for my thumbnail… where did it go?

    E, your kids will not be the dead of you. Because you are gonna rock out with your new mom self and have your say. *golf clap* for the use of RTFM again.

    Happy to be back on the grid! Missed y’all! xo

  • heidi [Thu] 27 Sep 12 at 12:39 pm

    Hey! I finally got to read more about family free month and the changes that are going on with Yeah Write. I love what’s going on here, Erica. I’ll work on something today and, hopefully, get it together to post. Either way, post or no post, I just wanted to say things look good around here.

  • shannon [Thu] 27 Sep 12 at 1:59 am

    Excited to read! Bed calls now, but I’ll get on it tomorrow. Way to go, everyone!

  • icescreammama [Wed] 26 Sep 12 at 3:54 pm

    i hope it’s not inappropriate to post this here, but if anyone has the time or inclination – go vote at Blogger Idol. Last checked i had 2 votes – and one was me!!
    judges didn’t love my essay, not mean – but not their style i guess – i don’t totally disagree. not my best performance. i don’t write well to prompt, plus i was stressed about it. And my thumb hurt. Then… uh… my dog died and i’m having the house painted… uh, okay, that’s about it. i’m so getting eliminated. 🙂

  • Dawn Beronilla [Wed] 26 Sep 12 at 12:48 pm

    I will be sitting this week out as well, I believe. I have a pile of paperwork to submit to the hospital for my middle kid, and apparently that shit ain’t gonna write itself. 😉
    Of course I’m going to read as much as I can, because you are all such great writers and are getting better every week! How could I miss that? M-CHAT be damned!

    I also wanted to pipe up and say that I really like the idea of being able to get constructive criticism from you lovely editors. To be honest, I wish I could afford to pay Flood for the amazing suggestions she has made with a few of my submissions. You guys are smart cookies, and the feedback is quite honestly priceless.

    Great job, team!

  • Cindy ~ The Reedster Speaks [Tue] 25 Sep 12 at 4:19 pm

    I love seeing what icon Chris will come up with each week. I’m pleased we are past the animals copulating icon from Yeah Write 75.

    • IASoupMama [Tue] 25 Sep 12 at 4:22 pm

      Me, too. 😛

      • Cindy ~ The Reedster Speaks [Tue] 25 Sep 12 at 4:24 pm

        And the Chris-copulating icon from the week before that.

        • IASoupMama [Tue] 25 Sep 12 at 4:59 pm

          Yes, this “Playboy Mafia Enforcer” is less disturbing. I think…

          • Dawn Beronilla [Wed] 26 Sep 12 at 12:51 pm

            Haha, only slightly less disturbing. I’m going to have nightmares about broken kneecaps and hairy chests… and I haven’t even read the story yet.
            Although I’m excited to see what next week will bring! Never a dull moment here!