Tuesday Discover Challenge: Obstacles

Hmmm.  Today’s Discover Challenge may not seem on the face of it to be geared to continuing the Neeka story from last week’s cliffhanger… but I guess we’ll see! It’s all about obstacles to creativity today.  As the post says: For this week’s challenge, tell us about a time when you had to deal with an obstacle…

Tuesday Discover Challenge: Risk

Ah, Tuesday, here we are again… Today’s Discover Challenge is all about Risk, and publishing something that you’re maybe “not 110% comfortable with.”  The prompt is inspired by a recent interview with Professor Tressie McMillan Cottom, a successful contributing writer for the Atlantic that had this to say when asked “why she continues blogging despite having many other avenues for…

Tuesday Discover Challenge: Who are you?

Identity is the theme for today’s Discover Challenge, and I think it’s a great prompt, falling neatly into line with the rest of the challenges that have been pushing this cyberstory about Neeka forward. The prompt says, in part: Consider this bit from an older post from author Alexander Chee on being “Asian American”: I…

Tuesday Discover Challenge: Memory

Neeka’s morning alarm went off, the buzzing echoing off the walls of the small room as she threw her arm across the nightstand to hit the offending item that dared go off at 6:30 AM. Half asleep, she knocked the broken pocketwatch, hanging on its cheap plastic tree, onto the floor again.  She knocked it…

Wednesday Writing Craft: Through the fog…

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  ― E.L. Doctorow I came across this quote today, and thought it quite aptly described what I’m going through with this Neeka story that’s become my Tuesday obsession.…

Tuesday Discover Challenge: Perspective

I’m pretty excited about today’s Discover Challenge post, because the stars have aligned to get me to post the first bit of story I wrote many weeks ago, that would eventually turn into this whole new Neeka adventure I’m embarking on lately.  I’ve gone back today and heavily edited it, and finished the scene as well,…

Tuesday Discover Challenge: Snapshots…

Today’s Discover Challenge is Snapshots, and I’ll let the idea speak for itself… In a guest post on Jenna Schwartz’s blog, writer Andrea Jarrell told a powerful personal story about coming into her voice.  … Rather than summarizing how she felt at a particular age or telling us about her year generally, she narrows the focus of each…