Day 730: 5 Minute Freewrite: Sunday - Prompt: harbor cruise

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Prompt: harbor cruise

  • Set your timer for 5 minutes
  • Start writing
  • Use the hashtag #freewrite and #freewritepoetry if it turns out to be poetry
  • Publish your piece (include a link to this post if you wish)

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That said. If any of you have been really looking forward to do this Novel Writing crazy thing - writing a novel in a month - I will rally and think something up to make November Madness fun for all of us.

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About the BIG QUESTION...I am mulling the second follow-up to Black, White, and RED All Over, meaning I might be doing something "novelish" if I commit to going on and doing the darn thing in November ... it would be lovely to have a whole circle of Steemians exchanging novels before Christmas. But, not if it would be a strain on YOU, though, because you are already doing a lot for those around you in Steem world and the world world.

I'll be back with my freewrite later...

Thank you for taking the time to answer :)

You're welcome!

Congrats to @freewritehouse and everybody in the #freewrite community -- day 730 means this has been going on for TWO YEARS, and I've only been around since spring! Wow!

So, to mark the occasion, I have taken today's freewrite prompt and just rolled it up into a prologue to The Posture of Innocence ... https://steemit.com/writing/@deeanndmathews/day-730-5-minute-freewrite-sunday-prompt-harbor-cruise-and-the-prologue-to-the-posture-of-innocence

Thank you to @whatisnew, @fitinfun, @deemarshall, @iamsaray, @owasco (there's a little more about Mrs. Lee here because of the harbor cruise prompt, similar to the ferry prompt, @owasco), @wakeupkitty, @mgaft1, @scribblingramma, and @misschance who read and keep up every day ... I will tag you on each post of The Posture of Innocence because that is where the story continues.

I am going to try to keep up the daily freewrite too ... I might attempt to do a "back story" to The Posture of Innocence, but I have missed just doing random things with the prompts, too ... and then we haven't heard from Queen Justiss of Unbeton for a long time, either, not since her mother destroyed a wicked witch... there's a whole different story line looking for a place to happen ... don't know yet if it will, but, we'll see how the prompts fall ...

Looking forward to see the wicked witch back actually. You have been very active and productive. Nothing came out of my #MarchMadness story. 😭

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I had just joined in March, so I don't think I read any of that ... BUT, March will come again. Go pick #MarchMadness up. Write a little every day. You'll have it finished and ready to share by March, in the same way I wrote most of The Posture of Innocence in August and September to be shared in October and November...

The problem is I wrote daily on my mobile phone. All several parts. I tried to edit it and make one part out of it. I used Grammarly but with my bad connection, it made a big mess out of it.
I had to edit it four times or more and such a long piece is hard to see as a whole on a phone.
I really could cry at that time as I discovered the mess made out of it.
@carolkean said she is willing to read and edit if I manage to make one file out of it. It really would be a great help to me. I am not a native speaker.

Once it is in one piece I need to figure out how to store it and get it to her. I am not so great if it comes to computers and the internet and my slow connection (she suffers from it too) does not make it easier.

At that time I was happy with the story, a long tale and I am a short tale story teller. Now I don't know. Since March it all ran backwards with me instead of forward and to be honest it is kind of depressing. Somehow I lost myself.

Thanks for answering and your encouraging words. I really appreciate it. 😙💕

@wakeupkitty. Can you email chunks at a time? If you have an email like gmail (free) you can store it online and also sent it to Carol who could put it in a document for you. You can use google docs on your phone as well but if your internet sucks, emailing it might be better. You didn’t publish it on Steem then, right?

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I have a gmail address. I published a big part on Steemit but not everything. I believe Carol said she preferred one post because it is easier for her to receive. If it is one post I will find a better connection. I assume that will be there, somewhere.

I do not know how google docs work. 🤔 I need to figure that out too. Tomorrow I will see how far I came last time. Who knows it is not as bad if I look again.

If I email it I might make a odf out of it but I do not know if that works or how to save it so it won't be even a bigger mess.

Thank you sofar. I will safe your comment for if I need it. Hopefully sooner as expected. 😘💕

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You sent me a secret message? 😁

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I wish I knew how to do that on Steemit so that the Amazon madness around my fourth book wouldn't be on the blockchain forever...

@deeanndmathews What I saw were only strange letters and signs through each other. Steemreply does not show all earlier messages. Happy day. 💕

Dang. I missed the 2 year mark 😱I was going to do something big. But have been so busy with other things... I think November should be more mellow for me. I have to think about something...

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Take the time off that you need! REMEMBER, keeping anything going for 730 days -- two years -- is an accomplishment in and of itself. It's already BIG! A quiet retrospective might be just the thing!

Excellent topic for a Sunday freewrite!🛳
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Thank you!!

You're welcome!💕

You should start writing with us, @ninahaskin. Best 10-20 minutes of my day!

Thank Sharon!
I just might have to start doing this @fitnfun

It's an easy and reliable post with lots of benefits :)

No drama, no problem and no story
Harbour Cruise (with a U)

https://steempeak.com/busy/@fitinfun/cruise-san-diego-bay-learn-and-relax-freewrite-day-730

Late but not too late :)

Give us the prompt for "dinner cruise" in a week or so and I have the material. SD for the win!

Steemfest and Bangkok mean no novel for me :)