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Five trips around the sun

Five years. That’s how long yeah write has been spinning tales. All this time, we’ve been floating in space, tethered to the sun, one part poetry and one part physics.

The year I was born, 1960, a man launched himself in a helium balloon into the stratosphere, the height at which blue sky turns completely black. United States Air Force Colonel (then Captain) Joseph Kittinger flew the balloon to a height of 102,800 feet. Kittinger reported, “Can see for over 400 miles. Beneath me I can see the clouds . . . They are beautiful . . . looking through my mirror the sky is absolutely black. Void of anything . . . I can see the beautiful blue of the sky and above that it goes into a deep, deep, dark, indescribable blue.” And then he jumped, deploying special parachutes to keep from spinning out of control along his fall to earth. From a height of nearly four Mount Everests, stacked one on the other, he took a leap of faith.

Although we are here, grounded by gravity beneath that deep, dark blue, we take such risks in writing, in imagining places we’ve never been or exposing to sunlight the darkest places in our hearts. You, writer, must leap, dive, dig, explode, journey, trace footsteps, crawl, sleep and start over again. Happy birthday.

Birthdays are for everyone

Why should we get all the presents? We’ve got some giveaways for you, too! Come drop your virtual business card in the bowl at the the yeah write coffeehouse, and you might walk away with a prize. More on that later…[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Nonfiction know-how:

inspiration and the 5-minute essay

Time flies whether you’re having fun or not, and there’s an essay hiding in even the smallest increments. You don’t need to encompass your whole life in 1000 words; what if you just focused on five minutes? Rowan gives us some tips on finding your story in among the ordinary moments of your day.

This week’s ultimate question:

How many candles?

This optional prompt, which also serves as the ultimate question for the microstory challenge opening Wednesday, is here to serve as your inspiration for your nonfiction submission. Already have your own story thought up? No problem! The prompt is only there if you need it.

Want more info?

Is this your first time here? Check out Sunday’s post which kicked off the week here at yeah write. Our email subscribers can also join us in the yeah write coffeehouse at its home on Facebook.

If you’ve never taken the time to read them, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines. The rules are a little different for each of our challenges and we’d hate to have to send back great writing on a technicality.

Did you happen to end up here because you suddenly saw yeah write in your stats? Sometimes members of our community spot excellent writing and they send those posts on over to us. We hope you don’t mind. Take a look around and get to know our community. We’re sure you’ll be happy here.

Have questions you can’t find the answer to by poking around the site? Email us or find us on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll happily help you out.

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Submit to the yeah write #260 nonfiction challenge

The yeah write #260 weekly writing challenge is now open for nonfiction: personal essays, creative opinion, mostly true stories based on actual events. You can check out the submission guidelines and join us with your essay using the link below.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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