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!

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

To Outline Or To Not Outline, That Is The Question

I obviously love to write. It’s so satisfying to see something that was formally in your head, on a computer screen. I have taken many writing classes online as well. I don’t know if I was hoping to improve… or wanting homework!

Everyone of them gave the same advice: Outline, outline, outline!



What a load of bologna.Don’t you writers agree?

At least for me, writing is almost an adventure. What will happen next? Wait, let me think. I guess you could say that I’m a by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer. I am excited when something good pops into my head. If you have everything figured out, there is no spontaneity. You feel like you have written it already! I do get writer’s block often, but I guess it’s better than being bored. Besides, an outline wouldn’t solve writer’s block. I don’t think it would, anyway.


It’s Harder Than It Looks!


Hi everybody! Things for this blog might seem odd for the next couple of weeks. I’m currently enrolled in Writing 201: Poetry. I guess I figure with Halloween coming up, why not conquer an extreme fear…

For the first assignment, I had to write a haiku.

The  cool autumn day

feels like fall, though in my state,

California, green.