The Letter

Day 12 of Writing 101 was to attempt to write a post of a specific length. One suggestion was a 50-word story and I’ve never done one of those before so I thought I’d give it a go.

See below for the astounding results…

The Letter


The paper glided confidently off her printer juxtaposing her own self-doubt. Was she doing the right thing? She reviewed the arguments again in her mind before concluding that her previous rationale still held true. A lack of alternatives was no reason to continue as before.

She signed the letter.

I’m sure this post is about something but I couldn’t tell you what….

James Proclaims (4)

Alas Writing 101 has not gone particularly well. It’s the final week and we’re now on Day 16, but somehow I find myself still endeavouring to complete Day 11. I’m a full week behind, and unless I start to post twice daily I’m going to struggle to finish on time.

Which leaves me with a dilemma. Do I break my one and only blogging rule, which is to never post more than once a day in order to finish on time, or do I just accept failure and give up now? Continue reading I’m sure this post is about something but I couldn’t tell you what….

If I were meeting you for coffee

James Proclaims (4)


Task 10 on Writing 101 was to write a post as if I was catching up with my reader over a cup of coffee. It’s apparently quite a common thing to do in the blogosphere. It doesn’t really sound like my ‘cup of tea’ but I’ll give it a go… Continue reading If I were meeting you for coffee

Dear James

James Proclaims (4)

Dear James,

You’ve fallen behind with ‘Writing 101’ again, when all you had to do was write a letter. It literally could have been to anyone and about anything. I know you were busy last Thursday , but seriously, couldn’t you have found a bit of time to just write a short satirical letter to someone fictional? Continue reading Dear James

It’s not all like Hogwarts…

James Proclaims (4)

Today’s Writing 101 task was to expand on an insightful comment that I had made on another person’s blog.

All well and good, except I haven’t written too many comments on other people’s blogs in the last few weeks.

I’ve barely kept up with writing posts for this blog. Continue reading It’s not all like Hogwarts…

Where does James Proclaim?

James Proclaims (4)

Today’s assignment on Writing 101 came in two parts.

One part was to create a poll asking my readers for suggestions for me to write about in a future task.

I haven’t done a poll but if anyone reading this has a burning desire to read my take on a particular topic then please comment below.

The other part of today’s task was to describe the place where the magic happens.

Where am I based when all these amazing proclamations find their way from the inner workings of my psyche to the pages of a blog that is read by literally tens of people all over the world? Continue reading Where does James Proclaim?

I can’t decide if it actually would have been better to procrastinate than to write this post

James Proclaims (4)

As I explained yesterday, I’m a little behind on Writing 101. It doesn’t matter. It’s not like they’re going to kick me off the course or that it’ll affect my final grade. I don’t even get a final grade. I should get a final grade. It would clearly be an A.

Having said that, if I manage to complete Friday’s task today then I’ll be back up to date.

So I’m going to try to do just that.

Will I succeed?

The tension is palpable.

Ok I’ll put you out of your misery. I did succeed and the fruits of my labour can be found below. Continue reading I can’t decide if it actually would have been better to procrastinate than to write this post

Keith’s Attic

I’ve fallen behind on Writing 101, but fortunately they give you the weekend off so I can catch up by posting Thursday’s assignment today and doing Friday’s assignment tomorrow.

Thursday’s task was to write a post inspired by a picture. We were given a choice of four and I chose the one below. As I usually write a short story around this time of the week I decided I’d do that for this task.

So it’s all worked out quite well really… Continue reading Keith’s Attic