Second draft of Zero to Hero Day 26

I have no idea why this post is being so stubborn. I’ve tried umpteen times to get it published, and even though the computer says I’ve published my 60th piece, it doesn’t show. I’ve messed up my settings and I don’t know if I have the patience to go back and fix my menus and pages and widgets and whatnots. Instead, I will paste in yesterday’s post and hope it publishes as I am at the end of my rope.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Zero to Hero Day 26 assignment: look back over what you’ve published. What have you been most proud of? What are the common threads? Which have been most popular? Create and save at least two draft posts with ideas that come from those.

I’m not exactly sure why I am saving two draft posts. I’d rather create one published post. I love re-reading things I have written. I do this on a regular basis with the journals I’ve created over the last thirty years. This is a fantastic way to spark a thought when the embers have gone cold. I think I have used that metaphor already this year and will have to put it on the back burner for next year.

I agree with the Zero to Hero Guru’s who created this assignment “because we often don’t know what we truly think about a subject until we’re explored it by writing about it.” (I think they mean, we’ve explored, but that’s okay.) Often times, if not most of the time, I don’t have the slightest idea what I am thinking until I sit down and write. But when it comes to opinions, writing will never change my opinion of not liking Brussels Sprouts. Nothing is going to change my mind about liking Brassica oleracea gemmifera. I only know the latin because I had to look up how to spell this distasteful little veggie.

I hope it’s okay that I have only two drafts; one of which is a duplicate of a published post just because I forgot that I had started a post already. I like the idea that the ideas need to steep, need to stew to let the flavors really come to the surface, but I choose to publish these ideas. Everything I write is a work in progress. Life is a work in progress.

I love the Raymond Chandler quote added to the why we should do this assignment: “Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.” ~ Raymond Chandler. I can’t remember the author who advised writers to hold back a little of the story so it would be easy to pick up where you left off. I suppose if I were writing something long this would be the case, but for these assignments, there hasn’t been any need to pick up from where I left off.

I’ve got to say that I’m most proud of creating some chuckles. If I could make a living writing humorous essays, I’d be all over that job in a heart beat, but funny doesn’t always come waltzing into a piece of writing; it takes its time; sort of saunters in at its own will. There’s nothing like forced humor; it will come out stilted and without much flavor. Basically, at least in my experience, humor has its own agenda and its own schedule.

Because of this, I’ll definitely be holding onto my day job. Which isn’t such a bad gig i you don’t mind being a target. I’m a substitute teacher. Today I was at Page Elementary School in Springfield. I’m known as the bird lady because I used to be a bird in a previous life and can still chirp a nice little tune. I don’t have the slightest idea what I am saying as I’ve lost the ability to translate, but the kids respond. Well, elementary age kids respond. I don’t even attempt to impress middle schoolers or high schoolers. With middle schoolers, I just try to not show my fear and frustration with them. I try to remind myself that they are still forming and in a way, they really aren’t quite human. Sometimes the same thing can be said for high schoolers, especially freshmen.

But in elementary school, I get to let my inner child out, especially when I get to teach PE. I got quite a workout playing Ninja Dodge Ball. Today we had the battle of the sexes, and even though the girls were outpersonaed, we won the first game, though there was some scuttle about the girls cheating. The second game the boys won. The third game was a tie. I had a blast. If I had my choice, we would have played longer and skipped math. Who needs to know the circumference of a circle? How is that piece of information going to help fight obesity?

Why don’t more communities have dodge ball leagues? Talk about a fun way to get into shape. I wonder if there’s a dodgeball game on the Wii. Wouldn’t the be cool?

So, I’m at the end of another post, a work in progress. If there’s something that strikes you as funny, let me know. If there’s something that I could expand or expound on to make it better, let me know. I’m all ears.Image


    1. For the most part, the girls in my elementary school PE classes didn’t really like PE and thought I threw too hard, and they would do more screaming than actual playing. Now that PE classes are co-ed, the girls who can throw and play have more competition. I have been able to play with the fifth-graders three times now, and have a blast every time. Thank you for the compliment about my dog, though I’m not sure which one you are referring to.

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