Writing 201: Acrostic – Hugo Reyes / Bellerophon

Today’s word is trust: write a poem in which you address, reflect on, or tell a story about the feeling of trusting or being trusted by another (person, animal, object, potted plant…). Or about distrusting them (or not being trusted yourself).

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Blogging 101, Blogging 201, and Writing 201 start soon; ready to register?

Who’s joining me for Blogging 201? Come on now it’s fun and free!

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Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 are the same courses previously offered by Blogging U. Feel free to take them again, but be aware that we will cover the same topics.

Blogging U. courses are a great way to work toward your blogging goals in a supportive community. This February, we’re offering three:

  • Blogging 101: Zero to Hero (February 2 – 27): four weeks of bite-size blogging assignments to help you publish posts, customize your blog, and engage with the community.
  • Blogging 201: Branding and Growth (February 2 – 13): a two-week challenge to help you define your brand, build your audience, use your stats to grow your traffic, and bring your older posts fresh attention.
  • Writing 201: Poetry (February 16 – 27): our first poetry-focused course! Another two-week course, we’ll offer daily doses of inspiration and explore poetic devices and forms.

I enjoyed this so much, and made a bunch of new cyber-friends! Thank you for putting this together, and…

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The Why of Writing…


The voice in your head which says “Can’t so Don’t” is a lying *******

Dear reader. 500. Five hundred. Five-oh-oh.

Do you know the voice in your head which says “Can’t so Don’t” is a lying ******”? Do you have a goal? An idea you’re trying to make a reality? A project you want to complete? Once I get going the words just come without effort but they never reach the screen because often I just don’t start. There’s a voice inside that sneers sarcastically any time I try to get something done.

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Smiley what now? (Blogging 101: Say Your Name)

My previous blog was called days gone bye and in hindsight was started at the beginning of a real”down” phase in my life. I took to writing instinctively as a way to find meaning but I didnt keep going for a number of reasons. Firstly “being down” robs you of energy and direction so starting things is all well and good but you  end up surrounded by unfinished jobs, half eaten meals, broken promises. Its a downward spiral.


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The Why? (Blogging 101: Introduce Yourself)

For many years now I have dipped in and out of writing. Knowing all the while it’s my preferred way of life and what I would like to do a for a living I have just got by, just paid the bills.

You come to a point in life where you just can’t go on doing the same thing because it works. You have to try and fail, even if failure seems inevitable. So I’ve decide to blog and write with a view to making it a full time way of life some time in the future.


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Tangent: Starting to get started…

It would seem beginning to blog is helping me to start writing my novel (as I had hoped it would).

1st things first I’ve started laying out my opening scene in Scrivener. (Link for anyone who doesn’t know about Scrivener.)

I’ve had movie style daydreams my entire life and always had a view that I should write them down and develop them properly. (I even graduated with a film production degree from University of Westminster I’ve never used).

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Great timing for my new blogging activities! WordPress Blogging 101 for new bloggers is starting soon. If you’re thinking about starting your own blog and you’re new to the field or even just looking for tips now is the time to give WordPress a try.

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Same time next year

So yet again we engage in the yearly rituals of the season. Visit mum and dad or go to a lecture or a gathering. Is it halal or haram to say merry Christmas or seasons greetings. The community reminds me of the film characters from this year and the year before last who forget half their lives every time they went to sleep. For my own part I had intended that this year I would be out of the country traveling but things didn’t work out that way. I visited far in November instead of April and that was the last of my plans that didn’t work out.

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