For anyone interested in skimming through some of the fun writing prompts I'm doing this year that are not related to @ListPrompts you can check out this ongoing list. Original: 365 DAY WRITING CHALLENGE
  1. Day Fourteen. 01/14/16. Ripped from the headlines. Head to your favorite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on that article.
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    I read Pretty Girls Make (Higher) Grades by Anya Kamenetz on NPR. If I'm being completely honest writing a 'story' is really difficult for me because creative writing really isn't a strong suit/interest of mine so instead I figured I'd just do a small think piece. My general consensus after reading through the article is that, in the words of @janetmock and @oprah, "Pretty privilege is real people!" I love that it takes a group of researchers to prove that sexism, classism, and racism.....
  2. Day Fourteen continued..
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    ...(which are all components of pretty privilege/what makes one 'desirable') are also linked to the quality of education we as a society receive. I personally found the responses of the researchers to feel a bit coded, as if they are alluding to some other scientific characteristic associated with being conventionally attractive that could explain the results. Maybe I was hoping for a more direct response of, 'Well, it looks like a severe case of Institutionalized Education Pretty Privilege™.'
  3. Day Fifteen. 01/15/16. Polite Company. "It's never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don't really know." Agree or disagree?
    Both. I've had negative experiences with people discussing things and feeling uncomfortable either because their views felt hateful or because my views made them uncomfortable. At the same time I've made great friends with people by discussing politics and have found that even if I'm speaking with someone who has a different opinion than I it doesn't mean that we can't view things like minded. My best friend and I are a great example, we are able to see eye to eye but not agree on everything.
  4. Day Sixteen. 01/16/16. Toot your horn. Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.
    Physically? I love my hair lol. Maybe you've noticed? Non-physical trait? I love my ability/desire to listen. It's helped me learn a lot and make connections with others.
  5. Day Seventeen. 01/17/16. In a crisis. Honestly evaluate the way you respond to crisis situations. Are you happy with the way you react?
    In crisis situations I think that my initial reaction is to flee to be completely honest. I will generally freak out at first, have a mini panic attack, and then become very cool and collected and just deal with the situation. I am not 100% satisfied with my reaction and would like to just skip right to the cool and collected aspect but I think acknowledging it is definitely the first step to changing it. I don't see crisis very often though, luckily.
  6. Day Eighteen. 01/18/16. Free Association. Write down the first words that come to mind when we say... Home... Soil... Rain. Use those words in the title of your post.
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    Blue Garden Fun. Home is a strange concept for me because I don't really consider the house I grew up in to be my home anymore as I don't have my own space or belongings there and haven't for years. That being said the house itself is blue with a purple door and the first thing that popped up for me was blue. Garden is pretty self explanatory to soil. And I thought of playing in the rain when it's pouring but hot out which is really fun.
  7. Day Nineteen. 01/19/16. Apply yourself. Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.
    Last fall I went and stayed with a friend while seeing their show. A cast mate in the show was a really good juggler. I showed him some hooping tricks and he taught me how to juggle first two balls, then three. I am still not great but I understand the rotation and we literally worked on it for hours. I got a little better when I lived with someone who has juggling balls, but haven't tried in a while. A good trick I remember was to use socks and juggle up against a wall to keep it on one plane.
  8. Day Twenty. 01/20/16. Breaking the law. Think about the last time you broke a rule (a big one, not just ripping the tags off your pillows). Were you burned? Or did things turn out for the best?
    Aside from smoking green everyday? The last time I got caught for breaking the law was when I was 18 and drinking underage. I got burned! My house was cleared out (50+ people let go home) and my roommate and I got minors. I had to pay the city and my college even though I wasn't on campus. I had to take an online alcohol class as well as visit a counselor.
  9. Day Twenty One. Sweet Sixteen. When you were 16, what did you think your life would look like? Does it look like that now? Is that a good thing?
    When I was 16 I don't think my views of the world were much more than naive. I remember thinking during my economics class that $100/month was enough to eat with. Now I spend way more than that. I remember thinking during part of the year that even though I was overpoweringly attracted to men I could still end up in a straight relationship. I think my life looks a lot different now than what I thought or wanted but that it is a good thing.
  10. Day Twenty Two. I Got Skills. If you could choose to be a master(or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick?
    I think the trade that sticks out most is carpentry because it's so versatile and adaptable. It could be used to do something like running a furniture shop or it could be used to flip houses.
  11. Day Twenty Three. Shipwrecked. Read the story of Richard Parker and Tom Dudley. Is what Dudley did defensible? What would you have done?
    Unable to find the story on google and the link from the website doesn't open to anything :(
  12. Day Twenty Four. Ready, Set, Go. Set a timer for ten minutes. Open a new post. Start the timer, and start writing. When the timer goes off, finish.
    I'm a few days behind on the writing challenge. Mom has been staying with me for a the past few days. I've cried a lot since she left this morning. I miss her so much. 5 hours isn't a crazy distance but it's too much for a day trip and sometimes I hate being in grand forks. I love that she came to be with me. I was having such a hard time after an intense therapy session and I'm glad she was there to rub my back. I'm in such a down state right now, and have been since my session on Thursday.
  13. Day Twenty Four cont.
    This is hard. I am really having difficulty sifting through all this stuff from my past. I'm glad to be doing therapy but it's really hard at the same time. I feel better in some ways but in other ways I feel odd or selfish or like I shouldn't be spending so much time in my own head. I feel sick sometimes. I am grateful for my mother. I have lost my train of thought and still have five minutes left of this challenge. I put this off because I knew it would be difficult for me. Something I'd like
  14. Cont. work on with my writing is slowing down. Sometimes I feel like I try and say everything at once rather than taking my time to articulate what it is I'm trying to express. I saw a quote this week that said something along the lines of how writing is hostile because it forces other people to see your point of view without them realizing. Sometimes I want people to realize that they are seeing my point of view though. I should rather have them find it for themselves. I don't type as fast when
  15. Cont.
    ....I'm being more mindful of my speed. Slowing down helps me find clarity.
  16. Day Twenty Five. Dearly Departed. Write your own eulogy.
    Sorry this is too dark for me today.
  17. Day Twenty Six. Musical. What role does music play in your life.
    Music plays a lot of little different roles in my life. For instance, on the simplest level, I create playlists on the go of songs that I hear and enjoy right away. I use soundhound to find out the name and artist and then I add it to whatever Spotify playlist I'm creating that month (fun quirk-- I like the playlists to be 23 songs in length. That's when the feel most complete.) I also sing to destress and sing with others to socialize. I listen to music to calm down and to turn up.
  18. Day Twenty Seven. Sliced bread. Most of us have heard the saying. What do you actually think is the best thing since sliced bread?
    Social media.
  19. Day Twenty Eight. Ode to a playground. A place from your past or childhood, one that you're fond of, is destroyed. Write it a memorial.
    Turtle river was a place I could go to that felt like it was worlds away even though it was only a 30 minute drive out of town. what I love most about it is that the whole place is so familiar but I still discover something new each time I go. I love the minnows swimming upstream in the early summer, and the garder snakes and the green and brown frogs.
  20. Day Twenty Nine. Through the window. Go to the nearest window. Look out for a full minute. Write about what you saw.
    The snow is coming down heavy. The flakes are large and puffy. About 2 inches has accumulated since the last snow fall. There are five dumpster trash cans in front of me, in two clusters. One cluster has two blue and one black, the other cluster has one of each color. There is a small blue garage sitting on a cinder block foundation with dark vines creeping towards the address, 2100.
  21. Day Thirty. Burning down the house. Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?
    My hair product, my green, "winter gear", iPhone w charger, my purse.
  22. Day Thirty One. Burnt. Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could've taken, but had to leave behind?
    My plants, my wardrobe, my bed, artwork, iPad, new microwave and blender, vitamins, all the oils I have for cooking and my hair.
  23. Day Thirty Two. Flangiprop! Invent a definition for the word flangripop. Use the word in a post.
    Flangripop(v): to take full action of ones life with intent to become the best bitch they can be. Ex: As soon as I realized all I had to do was flangripop things just really started clicking for me in like so many aspects.
  24. Day Thirty Three. 02/02/16. "Think global, act local." Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one.
    Issues within the LGBTQ community locally are focused so heavily on marriage equality where in other places around the globe you can still get killed legally for being queer so they're like fighting for their life and their rights. Not to say that there isn't obviously ridiculously higher rates of violence towards queer people locally, especially queer people of color, but rather just to highlight some aspects of western privilege that effect the coming out process comparatively.
  25. Day Thirty Four. 02/03/16. Writing room. A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What's it like?
    I'd like it to be kind of secluded, but still in the city. Like the top floor of a building or a space in top of the bell/clock by a church I live near. It would be warm but breezy during the winter and cool but breezy during the summer. There would be colored wood floors, and a built in corner built shelf. Floor to ceiling windows on east and west facing walls. Overhead light. Desk with multiple spots to sit and work. A bean bag. A hammock. A fully stocked bar. Lots of vines/greenery. Wifi.
  26. Day Thirty Five. 02/04/16. Ch-ch-ch-changes. You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally.
    My initial response was cold turkey but I'm trying to find more moderation.
  27. Day Thirty Six. 02/05/16. Call me maybe. Describe your relationship with your phone. Is it your life line, a buzzing nuisance, or something in between.
    My phone acts as a lot more than just a phone. I use it for social media, news, banking, writing, Internet research, gps, as a taxi service, a radio, and my email. It's definitely an important item.
  28. Day Thirty Seven. 02/06/16. Choose your adventure. Write a story with an open ending and let your readers invent the conclusion.
    The bar surrounding him was crowded and loud for a Saturday afternoon. The smell of the Bloody Mary sitting in front of him was both nauseating and enticing. He sat surveying his surroundings, listening unintentionally to snippets of conversations flying through the air. Today was the first time he would adventure to this extent alone. Alone wasn't anything new, he had just never expected to be the solo concert goer. Times were more different now more than ever but he felt calm and in control.
  29. Day Thirty Eight. 02/07/16. Right to health. Is access to medical care something governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?
    I think leaving medical care for the private sector is both capitalistic and wrong. If a country is developed enough that they have the resources to provide affordable healthcare to its residents but continues to use healthcare as an industry to profit off of then that government is corrupt. Obviously not all countries are developed enough at this point but I believe we should have more countries adopting universal healthcare as a right if we want to continue to progress as a society.
  30. Day Thirty Nine. 02/08/16. Karma chameleon. Reincarnation, do you believe in it?
    Not like religiously and to the core I believe it without doubts but I think it's a cool idea and I think it makes sense if you think about it in the way Mufassa describes to Simba the circle of life.
  31. Day Forty. 02/09/16. Childhood Revisited. Sure, you turned out pretty good. But is there anything you wish had been different about your childhood? If you have kids, is there anything you wish were different for them?
    I would have honestly changed my entire family dynamic and power complex if I could. I wish I could go back and call the cops when my brother and I were being abused. I sometimes wish I had my adult mind and could speak reason with my father as a child. I sometimes wish I had attacked him with a baseball bat and killed him. It's fucking sick. I wish we hadn't moved to three different states before I was in the fifth grade. I wouldn't have brainwashed us with religion.
  32. Day Forty One. 02/10/16. Teachable moment. You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?
    I prefer to try it myself (hands on learner) or to watch someone else and then try it myself. I do not like having someone describe things to me. I'm better at reading instructions while trying it myself rather than reading them and then having to do it later without them on hand to reference. The through factor to me is that my short term memory is very poor and I'm quite task oriented rather than detail oriented.
  33. Day Forty Two. 02/11/16. Whoa! What's the most surreal experience you've ever had?
    Probably getting arrested in the middle of a block party in 2011 on st Patrick's day in Kalamazoo Michigan for drinking under the age of 21. I lied to the cop for a solid 20 min about my age and identity 😂 I learned to just tell the truth and work with them I guess...and to not walk into the middle of the street holding a clear cup full of green beer :/
  34. Day Forty Three. 02/12/16. All about you. Explain why you chose your blog's title and what it means to you.
    My best friend in middle school and high school had an older sister named Katie. Katie came up with the name clown hair boy when I died my hair blue (while it was at its longest length ever) and it essentially looked like a blue clown wig. After the play that I died it for ended I cut it into a Mohawk and then eventually buzzed it off and had real short hair until until about a year ago.
  35. Day Forty Four. 02/13/16. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Tell us about something you know you should do but don't.
    How damn relevant lmao the list is long today. Dishes, laundry, pay bills, grocery shop, save more money for vacation. Those are all instant but still things I am putting off. In the long run I know I should eat healthier more consistently, exercise more regularly, save my money, cook more instead of eating out. Call my parents just to chat. Call all of my brothers and not just one to chat.
  36. Day Forty Five. 02/14/16. Cupid's arrow. It's Valentine's Day, so write an ode to someone or something you love. Bonus points for poetry!
    I don't love that way. Romance is not my desire Shoutout to aros
  37. Day Forty Six. 02/15/16. Proud. When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you.
    My father says it often and it annoys the shit out of me I'm like good for you this isn't for you this is for me. (It's complicated)
  38. Day Forty Seven. 02/16/16. The clock. Write about whatever you want. Somewhere in your post include the sentence, 'I heard the car door slam and immediately looked at the clock.'
    I'm hiding because he is to be home soon and I really messed up today. Not only did I pull a bad a prank I lied about it too. I wish I had heard the car door slam or known to look at the clock because he opened the door and saw me watching tv. I ran to my room.
  39. Day Forty Eight. 02/17/16. Mentor. Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him/her.
    I don't think I've had a mentor except for times when it was prearranged for me through like school but they never taught me anything lasting.
  40. Day Forty Nine. 02/18/16. Far from Normal.
    1. I graduated with a bachelors degree at age 20. 2. I've moved 9 times in my life, and lived in 4 states. 3. I can still do a back handspring even though I haven't been in gymnastics for 10+years. 4. My hair didn't get really curly until I hit puberty. It wasn't stick straight before but def not how it is now. 5. I can grow a full beard in about 7-10 days. 6. I did 4H as a kid and grew up with like 12 rabbits.
  41. Day Fifty. 02/19/16. Nightmare.
    I don't really remember my dreams and I really can't remember a nightmare anytime recently but I had night terrors as a kid. I think it was my anxiety manifesting in all aspects of my life. I don't read into dreams much.
  42. Day Fifty One. 02/20/16. A plot of earth.
    I would most likely grow apple and peach trees, sunflowers, marijuana, grapes, and maybe some type of citrus like lemon/lime or tangerine.
  43. Day Fifty Two. 02/21/16. Undo.
    Tbh probably the gun. Or at least the modern day gun but I really think of it as only a source of violence at the end of the day and wish they weren't around.
  44. Day Fifty Three. 02/22/16. Seconds.
    Creamy, spicy, Thai flavored gravy atop steaming fresh broccoli, bright and crunchy carrots, and perfectly cooked wide rice noodles.
  45. Day Fifty Four. 02/23/16. B+
    The weekend started slow and cold, but warmed up quickly through the evening of Friday with a busy restaurant shift. The new pet was refreshing, but the apartment felt a little complex and crowded with so many Saturday visitors. The rest of the second day was quite sporadic and spontaneous, having a more nervous undertone towards the end. Sunday was back to the classic bend.