Prized; Writing 101 Challenge – Day 20

Day 20 – Tell us the story of your most-prized possession. For this final assignment, lead us through the history of an object that bears a special meaning to you. Through your writing, breathe life into that object, moving your readers enough to understand its value. This is to be in a ‘longform’ narrative.

My most prized possession was and is still being given to me by my husband. It is not a tangible item. You can not touch, taste, smell, see or hear it; but I can feel it. I’m sure if you know me, you’ll be surprised. After all, it is because of this ‘possession’ that I am the person I am today, and not the person I was in the past.

To understand why it is my most prized possession you’ll have to take a journey with me. Back to my childhood.

In a word, I was shy. Completely, utterly and, yes even painfully, shy. Inside my own family, I’d had to learn how to combat my shyness and had become, well, normal…mostly. Outside my family was a different story. You know that old adage that stipulates that children should be seen and not heard? That was me. I didn’t talk unless asked a direct question, and even then I relied on a secret to get me by. You see, my sister has never been shy, at least not in the way I was. If I stayed quiet long enough, she would answer for me. My mother did the same thing too. People would then be happy with that and walk away. Leaving me alone.

Most of my disappointments in childhood were because I didn’t speak up. Because I didn’t speak up, my family and others around me assumed I didn’t want to be involved or wasn’t interested. I was too shy to refute their assumption, so I was left out of things I really wanted.Read More »


Location, Location, Location; Writing 101 Challenge – Day 2

Day 2 – If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

When I read this challenge I didn’t have to think long on where I would be right now. I’m not sure if it’s the actual place that holds me, or the experience which went with it.

One of the best experiences in the world for me is live theatre. There is just something magical about it. The lights, sounds, costumes, atmosphere, ambiance, the hush of the audience, the cacophony of the orchestra tuning (in the musical theatre – of course). Then there is the rush of the first line that pulls you in, enfolds you and keeps you until you forget you are in an audience with hundreds. Suddenly it is only you and the characters on stage. There is life there, a heartbeat, a pulse-rushing-face-flushing euphoria that is unlike anything else. It is short lived but powerful.Read More »