Twofer Holiday (Saturday Writing Essential)

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Not only does my computer hate me — it also understands what I’m doing. A bit more than a week ago my computer went on strike. I know, I told all of you that it died, but it didn’t — it was just messing with me.

I could get the stupid thing to run for fifteen to twenty minutes and then it would just shut down. I could, occasionally, get on line for five minutes or so and then it would shut down.

I borrowed a laptop from a friend to make a post a last week letting you know I was off the grid for a while and then started looking for a replacement. Hmm, that didn’t go too well. I found several computers that looked good, but they couldn’t even ship until 9/23. So I did nothing until last Monday when, for whatever stupid reason, I turned on my “old” computer and the silly thing worked.

It was up and running for about four hours before it died again. Yep, it’s messing with me. It ran the next day for about eight hours before it decided to go back to sleep. It ran flawlessly all day Wednesday and Thursday so I didn’t bother ordering a new one.

So far today (I’m writing this on Friday), it only crashed once and came right back up with no problem. I don’t know what to do — but I’m going to ASSUME that I can get another few months out of it.

Meanwhile, we have to do something for this week (which is what I planned for last week). I’m going to use one of the reader-submitted challenges and our challenge this week was posed by  jay o  i Twofer Holiday (Saturday Writing Essential).

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We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas….AND…a Happy New Year!

How economical! And make no mistake, the age of Economy is upon us. The Big Squeeze cometh, buy a gun or two for luck.


This Week’s Challenge:

I want you, in poetry or prose, to tuck a tale of two or more holidays into a single post.



I guess an anniversary or birthday is…ok. My Birthday is on Christmas, boo hoo, I got burned on the giftgiving…I want you to know right now I think you’re better than that. Someone who gets married on Valentines Day, so they don’t ever forget an anniversary and manage to save a mint on the chocolate/flower extortion scheme…that would be acceptable. And shame on you. Actually, I just threw that out there for the ladies, you’re totally brilliant.Slept in and showed up in your Halloween costume at an All Saints Day processional?

Never could get Mother and Fathers’ day straight, you unfortunate transgender?


Watch Out For:

Make me feel your pain. Or joy. Or confusion. Or synchronicity. Go.



Been a weird week (or so) and we had some great responses to the medical challenge.

SWE- Saturday Writing Essentials Challenge 9/7/2013 “I Was Slip Sliding Away”  by Heather – child of God, C.


SatWe Challenge, Friday, 9/7/13. Yank – Yank – Yank; All Gone. Dentures in.  by Sharon P.

Painful Friend – SATWE- Gather Writing Essentials  by Elsie Duggan


Submissions from Previous Weeks’ Challenges:

That Was Awful! (Saturday Writing Essential)….I’m confused….  by Stacey (Jesus is coming soon-are you ready? ) U.

(SatWE) My F@eaking Typew@ite@  by Patrick M.


Honorary and Unofficial SatWE:

I’ve had to miss a SatWE post a few times over the past few years and always asked one of the other GWE editors to cover for me. This time, however, I didn’t have the chance to ask and  Patrick M.  stepped up with an unofficial challenge. In  (SatWE) Delusions of Grandeur, and An Unofficial Challenge, he asked you to develop a character. Here are the responses.

(Combined SunWinks and Unofficial SatWE Challenge ) Darien Dunn  by Patrick M.

Satwe Challenge, 9, 14, 13; Character Building  by Sharon P.


Weekly reminder: Don’t forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida’s article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.


The Rules:

  • Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.

Challenge: I want you, in poetry or prose, to tuck a tale of two or more holidays into a single post.

  • There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
  • Post to Gather Writing Essential.
  • Tag your submission with SatWE.
  • Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
  • I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.

Good Writing!

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