Good Question



I’m currently in WordPress’s “class,” Writing: Finding Everyday Inspiration.   I am going to try to keep up, but I completely forgot about Christmas when I signed up.   So, I may get backed up, but my first assignment…

Day 1: Why do you blog?

My answer to this question has changed.   Like I said in my “About Me,” I had a blog about my life, in general. I had hoped to connect with people in my same situation. But I guess if doctors, with all of their experience, have never seen a case like mine, I wouldn’t find it with a blog. Plus, my life is a challenge, often frustrating. The last thing I wanted to do was to reflect on that, I found.

When I think of “follies” I think of something just fun. Some people scrapbook for fun, others collect stamps, or stargaze. Me, I write. I like the mental challenge and, being nonverbal, it’s like I am speaking to the entire world!

So, I guess this blog is something fun for me. A hobby, if you will.

There. Day One of class done–many more to come!

Just a Suggestion



Dear WordPress,

In my opinion, as I’ve said, I don’t think the one-word prompts are fun. I also said that I’m sure I’m not the only blogger who feels this way. Did you run out of ideas? If that’s the case, I have some.

  • Did you have a security blanket or stuffed animal as a kid? Why were they so special?
  • What decade were you born in?   Do you like the music from then? Why?
  • You just won the lottery. What do you do with your fortune?
  • Write a dialogue between you and your pet. If you don’t have one, an animal you know.
  • What is your middle name? Do you like it?
  • Are you an optimist or pessimist? Why?
  • What’s your favorite memory from your favorite season?
  • What are your thoughts on the election?

An Open Letter to WordPress



Dear WordPress,

This letter is regarding your Daily Prompts. Or lack thereof. A single word, make that, and a random word is not enough to base an entire post on!

When you had real prompts, it was so much fun. Mom would tell me in the morning what the prompt was, so the wheels could be spinning until the afternoon when I got ready to write. The monotony of my morning routine was not so monotonous with me thinking of a fun spin on today’s prompt.

In my humble opinion, you are taking the lazy way out. It’s as if you’re saying, “This is too much trouble, do it you do it yourself!”

And I’m positive I’m not the only one who feels this way. Hey, here’s an idea. Have a one word prompt, but have a regular prompt, too. Bloggers can decide for themselves.



Erin Tharp

Answers, Hopefully

Dear Readers,

I’m enrolled in WordPress’s Writing 101 for the next four weeks so I’ll continue to post, but excuse me if things seem a bit odd! For instance, today’s assignment was a 20-minute free write. As you can see, it takes me a long time to type so my 20 minutes’ worth isn’t as much as other people’s.

Almost giddy about getting some answers tomorrow. But what if the test comes back normal? Will I have to live like this until he gets it right? And the new stuff makes me like a zombie and that’s it. What now? Can’t take it anymore.