For those of you who haven’t read much about maritime sailing, here’s the definition of doldrums from Wikipedia: “The doldrums is a colloquial expression derived from historical maritime usage for those parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean affected by the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone, a low-pressure area around the equator where the prevailing winds are calm.” This typically meant, to sailors at sea during the age of sailing vessels, that the ship didn’t move much unless they towed it with rowers in boats out front. Very exhausting work.
Well, I have been very busy lately with building projects and writing my novel and have basically neglected my blog. I do apologize to those of you who look forward to hearing from me daily. I’ll try to do a better job of keeping the blog current. Lately it’s been too much like work and I hate rowing.
I had an idea this past week that I am hoping you will all respond to and maybe we can work together to get the momentum going again. Here’s the idea. Let’s make a list of all the different writing challenges and prompts we know of. It doesn’t matter if it’s poetry or prose, short or long. I’m interested in hearing about your favorite weekly or monthly writing challenges. I like flash fiction and poetry, but feel free to stretch our imaginations. If you know about a writing challenge, let’s hear about it here. (10 extra points if it’s on a WordPress blog)
100WCGU is a 100 word challenge for grown ups based on the one for schools. It is held weekly. There is a text prompt of some type given.
- Video: Fear of Men, “Doldrums” (thefader.com)
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- VIDEO: Camper’s Team New Zealand, Week 1 Leg 1 in review, Volvo Ocean Race (3news.co.nz)
- Doldrums (peoplesadvocacycouncil.wordpress.com)
- Week Two-Three: Doldrums Already? (indigospider.wordpress.com)
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- Winter Doldrums (mikevictorinophotography.wordpress.com)