thoughts about the every single day challenge

So I actually posted poetry and stick figures (okay, not every poem had a stick figure) for a month solid.  I raised (as I write this) $160 for the ACLU–and wow, I knew we’d need them, but could not have imagined just how quickly we’d need them, sheesh–and I’d like to thank Debra, Jason, Laurel, Amy, and my anonymous donor for their support.  I didn’t know if I’d make any money, and I surpassed my goal.  You guys rock.

It was an interesting thing to do, writing something every day (well, nearly every day; there was a little Shakespeare in there, and some older stuff written ages ago) for posting.  I do my best to work on something–story, novel, etc–every day, though usually it’s more like 5 days out of 7.  But I don’t plan to post those immediately (or within a day or so–I scheduled all my posts because I knew that trying to cross-post every day would be stressful) or at all; this challenge required a lot less revision than I’m entirely comfortable with, especially for poetry.  I’m not a poet.

(I am also not a singer, and the fact that I now have a song on SoundCloud is slightly disconcerting, but I’m also very proud of myself for doing it!)

Still, I think there were some good poems in there.  A couple of them I feel happy with.  Some others I may come poke at again in the future (the Bowie poem still bothers me because it’s just not quite right, but it’s right enough that I want to get it there).  

I’d like to continue the spirit of Every Single Day for February.  It was a good habit to get into, so I want to take advantage of the momentum.  But … basically, I’m trying to revise my novel manuscript, and the challenge slowed that down.  (I only have so many hours in the day, sadly.)  So I’m going to see if I can revise every single day for the month of February.  I may post something about it, too, because the accountability was a good thing, but hat part …  maybe not every day.

That’s a personal goal, though, not a fundraiser.  Crowdrise does let you keep your fundraising page up and open indefinitely, so I think I’ll probably add a link to it on my various sidebars in case anyone feels the urge to donate that way.  And in a couple of months, I may do another one for a different group, so stay tuned.

And so, in conclusion, I hope you all enjoyed the poetry and the stick figures!  Thanks for reading and linking and reblogging and liking.  Stay safe out there, y’all, and do what you can to take care of yourself and the people around you.  

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