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The View Inside My Head During a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Point of View--The Spectator (Reader)

When you present your tickets to the usher and step into the convention center, there is a sense that you're leaving the real world behind and entering a fantastic domain of make-believe.

You are either escorted to your designated seats or free to choose your own from among those that have not yet been claimed. You and your date excuse yourselves as you carefully maneuver your way among knees and feet to what you perceive to be the best seats in the house.

Settling into the plush, cushy seats, there is an ambiance akin to what you feel just before a Boeing 747 sprints down the runway. There's a sense of accomplishment. You made the plans to be right here, right now, at this very moment. You're with your significant other, and there's nary a care in the world that has followed you through the door with the neon exit sign. You're ready for the magic to begin.

You recall that you need to turn your cellphone off, and you remind your partner to do the same. You do a last minute shuffle of the Rolodex in your mind--the notes you wrote for the babysitter and placed them where she could easily find them, including your phone number; setting the phone on vibrate; remembering where you parked the car; out of habit, nervously feeling for the wallet in your front right trousers pocket and the cellphone in your left front trousers pocket; reviewing the program one more time, memorizing the key actors' and actresses' names as well as the characters they play. Ah, just in time...

The lights are dimming, and there's a kind of rush deep down in your belly as you anticipate following the rabbit down the magic hole.

Ain't life grand?

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Point of View--The Performer (Writer)

I'm beset with marauding insecurities.

What if I can't remember my lines?

Am I credible?

Can I absolutely LOSE myself in the role of the character?

What if the audience absolutely hates me?

What if I suck?

Will I come across dry and stilted?

Will my timing be impeccable?

What if someone in the audience distracts me?

What if they start booing?

What if someone else makes a mistake and I lose character?

What if I lose my voice?

In case of an emergency, do I have what it takes to ad lib?

Oh, man, I'm sweating profusely! What if they see the sweat stains?

What if my makeup starts running? Will I look like a clown?

What if they laugh when they're supposed to cry?

What if they cry when they're supposed to laugh?

What if somebody throws something at me?

Will I be able to effectively convey the message of the playwright?

What IS that message? I can't even remember! I'm SO nervous!

Oh, shoot! 1 minute to go! What's my cue? When and where do I come in? What if I can't hear the other actors? How will I know when it's time to get on stage? Where's that stage director when you need her? My opening line...WHAT'S MY OPENING LINE?

Oh, my God! Why am I naked? What happened to my clothes?

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Personal Impressions

Okay, so you get the point.

What you, the reader, are presented with is a finished hub with all of the necessary accessories. At the very least, you will hopefully find it interesting reading. At best, it will provide you with a compelling and refreshing respite from the demands of life.

My job as a writer is to facilitate your excursion from the real world into a literary dimension. Professional presentation requires me to do this in such a manner that you never see me sweat.

Which is precisely why I respond, at least in preserving the core integrity of this hub, with: "Hell, no! I'm speaking the truth! Engaging in this 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge is terribly difficult! Anyone who tells you differently is lying through his or her (false) teeth!"

It's Day 9 of the challenge, and I'm still hard at work on my fifth hub. That already means, less than a week and a half into this challenge, I've already put myself behind the 8-ball. At some point in time, I am going to have to write at least two hubs a day on at least four different days.

The pressure never lets up. No wonder I'm experiencing the same dreaded anxiety I faced as a thespian in high school and college.

The real source of my stress? It's me! Me and my high expectations. Me and this asinine pursuit of perfection. Me and my paradoxical fear of success!

I joined HubPages sixteen months ago to become a successful writer. My awareness of that dream is that I am more convinced than ever--after 112 featured hubs--that my fear of success is still a very real and present entity.

Why? Because every time I write, I feed that ravenous wolf at my door.

Here are the thoughts I would never in my right mind dare to reveal to anyone else. So why am I sharing these thoughts here?

It's obvious, isn't it? I'm not in my right mind.

You see, when I write, especially in the midst of these challenges where there's that added tick-tick-tick of the alarm clock in the belly of Captain Hook's reptilian pursuer, I am definitely not in my right mind.

There is a psychological process known as compartmentalization going on. It's a form of lying. To illustrate it best, think back a few years ago when President Clinton declared on national television, "I did not have sex with that woman."

He was lying to himself. Because a president lying to himself was incongruent with Bill Clinton's limited perception of self, he was convinced that what he was saying was true. Because there was no intercourse involved. (Okay, that's as far as I travel with that illustration.)

Similarly, when I write, I am compartmentalizing myself into dual entities...wait a sec!...no, make that three entities.

First, there is the man who attends the play.

Secondly, there is the man who is a principal performer in that play.

Two different men; two different roles; one on either side of the curtain.

Third of all, there is the writer. He has creative license with as well as a necessary empathy for each of the first two men.

The lie I tell when I write is the appearance of effortlessness.

Okay, maybe I'm being hard on myself. Maybe, in an oblique manner, I'm being hard on every writer.

My ultimate point is that the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge sucks! It sucks because it forces me to tell the truth. And the truth is simply this: IT IS HARD WORK!

The Value of These Challenges

I would be remiss to end my hub on a ranting note.

Actually, dear reader, there is value--tremendous value--in participating in the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge. Let's take a look at some of them.

The distress hones your skills as a writer. Would there be pearls in the absence of irritant grains of sand? Would a butterfly's wings be strong enough to fly if they hadn't first broken through a cocoon wall? It's just you, a blank screen, and a ticking clock. Make something happen!

You help build a network of global connectivity. Do you think you're writing in a vacuum? Think again. At any given point in the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, you'll receive a pat on the back from one or more of your teammates empathizing with you, encouraging you, and motivating you to the finish line. Don't forget the value of receiving timely feedback from your readers. They're your most fervent cheerleaders!

Your example of facing the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge head-on is an example to others who are considering similar challenges. One of our goals as writers is to perfect our craft. While we never reach that proverbial perfection, our work in progress can serve as an inspiration to others. What if all of mankind concentrated its energy on inspiring rather than squabbling? Imagine how advanced our civilization might be!

The repetition of meeting a daily goal over an extended period of time requires commitment, discipline, focus, diligence, selflessness, and hard work. Participation in a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge builds overall character. That's never a bad thing!

Some of the best hubs you have ever written may very well be the result of the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge. It's just a gut feeling that I have, but I'm willing to hear from other HubPages writers as to whether or not they've found this to be true in their unique experiences.

You may see an increase in hits and followers as well as an accompanying boost to your HubPages earnings by participating in a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge.

Scientific evidence suggests that doing something for three weeks or more creates a new habit. The 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge will make you a creature of habit--a bona fide writer!

The Ride of My Life--on HubPages!
The Ride of My Life--on HubPages!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha! That last line was so clever, Karen! Actually, I did go to the doctor yesterday and had an elevated BP. I was disappointed because of the walking I've been doing, but then I silently thought about the stress I am experiencing over this Challenge. I accept it as par for the course. I never want to sacrifice quality for quantity, and so that puts added pressure on me. But, oh, well! Thank you for instigating this challenge. I'm pleased with the hubs I've written in June, and the feedback has been generous and awesome. So, I'll keep plugging away. Thanks, Karen, and continue to heal!

    Joe

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    Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

    wow, sorry I missed this one when it was first published but it's a doozey!!! Hmm, spellcheck is telling me I spelled that word wrong. But when I checked it only gave me the word "doze' as an alternative so I am leaving the spelling. Loved getting inside your head and I loved the description of going to the theater and everything you check before the show starts. Perfect description! As I was reading this, I felt rather badly. Since this 30 Hubs in 30 Days challenge was my idea, I feel as though I am responsible for the stress I put you under during these 30 days. I hope, in the end, you feel it helps you as a writer. You may need to go to the doctor to have your blood pressure checked though!!! I don't want to be responsible for any health issues that develop due to this challenge! And don't forget, no matter how many hubs you write during this challenge, I am still behind you...literally and figuratively!!!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Pearl!

    Aw, you are such a motivator with your encouraging words. Thank you so much. If my writing has that kind of impact on other Hubbers, I am so very grateful. It is indeed a wonderful thing to be able to identify with each other and thus be in a position to understand, emote with, and provide uplifting incentives. Aloha and mahalo for your gracious comments.

    Joe

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    Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Joe, you pushed all my buttons with this one. I applaud you for attempting this awesome challenge; I laugh at the comical way you present the material (not at you); I feel your tension and sense of anxiety because you take me along for the ride; the anger sneaks up on me as you transfer that fear of success. What an emotional roller coaster you took me on here! I've got my ticket for the next one, so let's go!

    ;) Pearl

    Voted Up+++++

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Wow, Brad! I am so honored and blessed. Thank you so much for reading, commenting on, and sharing my hub with others. I thought it'd be a good idea to encourage others to engage in these Hub Challenges at some point in their residency here in this community by ironically delving into the hardship of it and how deeply engaged a writer must be with both his content and the way it's being received by others. I know you're an athlete as well as avid spectator, and you probably enjoy a game of chess now and then...my point, as you well know, is that a writer can be viewed as a literary athlete who must, at times, know what he's going to do ten moves ahead in order to checkmate the readers' king. I love writing that is as fun and entertaining for the writer as it is for his or her readers. Thank you, Brad, for being a point guard and assisting me as I waited in the corner for a 3-point shot. SWISH! Nothing but net, my friend! Ha-ha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Ha-ha! Mary, I'm glad I finally learned how to communicate. Have a wonderful day. I've been wondering if I can do multiple hubs today in order to attempt to catch up just a bit. Did the dishes, mowed the lawn, weeded around the perimeter, took a shower, and immediately went to work...at napping. Took some Benadryl for my allergy, and it knocked me out. Okay, so no more excuses. I'm at it, girl! Aloha, and congratulations on having a wonderful grasp of the island tongue! You're awesome!

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    Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

    Malama pono....you always have the right answers ;)

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    Bradrick H. 3 years ago from Texas

    Hey there my friend. Like always I enjoyed reading this hub, just like the rest that I've come across. It's another well written and detailed concoction of yours. I recall you mentioning that you were doing the '30 in 30 challenge'. Part of me wanted to participate, but I knew that it would have been extremely difficult with some of the things I have going on this month. I told myself that I wasn't going to do another 30 day challenge after the one I done last summer. It was extremely difficult, and not for the faint of heart. I agree with everything you mentioned in regards to how much of a challenge it is. I commend you for having the guts and fortitude to tackle it. If anyone can finish it up the right way, it's definitely you. Good luck to you my friend. Voted up, rated awesome and shared. Best wishes!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Well, then, good for you, Writer Fox, for blazing your very own trail. You're able, nonetheless, to put forth quality hubs here in our literary community at your own chosen pace. I'm having serious doubts about my ability to finish this Challenge, but I shall try my best. Thanks for your time and comment today. Aloha!

    Joe

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    Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

    I don't think I could write 30 quality, comprehensive articles like that in 30 days. I, therefore, remain unchallenged.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Natasha!

    I was just sharing with Kathryn Stratford earlier today how impressed I am with your many accomplishments at such a young age. Congratulations! I'll really enjoy reading your blog. I gradually want to put more stuff into my Etsy store, and I'm encouraging my wife to diversify as well. We're going to do the vintage category primarily. Your products are amazing! Thank you for teaching by example.

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    Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

    Hi again! I just noticed your second comment from yesterday to me - it's been a busy day! My 'main' blog is http://www.natashalh.com and it is totally open to public viewing. My other two blogs are kind of like sisters to it and they're all interlinked!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Liz!

    I'm always refreshed and rejuvenated by your visits. Something stuck with me after reading one of your recent messages...something about you being middle-aged. Well, slap me with a wet noodle and give me pneumonia, but aren't you a Gen-X'er? You sure look young! You're always concocting these secret household formulas for cleaning...maybe you've found a youth serum? Wait a sec...that's right...you live where Ponce de Leon used to hang out! I can see it now--RADCLIFF SELLS VIALS OF ELIXIR FROM FLORIDA'S FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH...ON EBAY! You'll make billions, and then you'll write a book about it...and Oprah will call you up and say, "Liz, I'm recommending your book for my Book of the Month! Would you please appear on my show?" Okay, I'm behind the times...maybe Oprah doesn't have a show. Well, no problem...there's Jay Leno, David Letterrman, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon...and...and...and...you'll touch your glasses in such a way that I'll know you were saying Aloha to me!

    THIS HAS BEEN A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT. THIS IS JOE'S BRAIN. THIS IS JOE'S BRAIN ON THE 30/30 CHALLENGE.

    KIDS, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!

    A great big hug, Liz, and lots of belly laughs!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Rose, you touch my heart--that is so sweet and special. Thank you very much. I will certainly do my best to get a nice balance of rest, diet, exercise, and relaxation to provide the fortitude I'll need as I slowly but surely forge my way through the jungle of this 30/30 Challenge. I am very grateful for your support and friendship. Aloha, Rose!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I complain in jest, but in reality, I stubbornly refuse to be a quitter. The extreme high I will feel after this is over makes every illicit drug experimentation pale in comparison. I can see why God was so passionate about Creation. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Wetnosedogs, it is so good to work alongside of you and Karen and Chris and whoever else might be facing the challenge. I'm glad it was you in the tire shop and that you told me about iit. Yeah, I should have put one or two more choices, but I was so sleepy at that point. : ) This is one of the hardest things I've done since taking calculus in college. But I keep thinking about the greater good to our HubPages community that we who finish this challenge can provide. Thanks for being a blessing! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You raise a good point, tirelesstraveler. It is most gratifying when we can see the progress we've made. Thank you for your encouragement. I start the day with great intentions and wondrous plans. Somewhere, somehow...life gets in the way..and thank God because we were not meant to live for HubPages. Nevertheless, it really disciplines me to have a set timetable, to know what it's like to write under the stressful demand of a deadline. The elation upon being able to click on the Publish button is unequaled. And then, the pressure is on all over again. Thanks for your encouragement and empathy. Have a great week, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hello, Dahlia!

    It's just one writer's opinion. I'm sure others will find it much easier than I portray it. Nevertheless, this was my honest assessment about the challenge, and I hope people remember the last part which emphasizes the very positive aspects of engaging in similar challenges. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

    Joe

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    livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Joe, all the best on your challenge. Your view on this challenge tells us what to expect. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!

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    Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

    You can do it! Great hub. Writing and writing some more is the only way to get better. When I get depressed at the slowness of publishing hubs I look at some of my older writing. Then sigh a sigh of relieve. I am not still the writer who wrote way back then.

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    wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

    Hawaii,

    Um! In your poll, someone thinks they were at a tire shop! I will admit it was me since this is my first 30 and I didn't know else how to vote.

    This is indeed hard, isn't it? Glad to hear another admit it. But maybe it will help to hub more a habit.

    Nonetheless, You are doing a fantastic job. I don't know how you do it. I couldn't do it if I got behind. But then different people is what makes the world go round.

    Fantastic hub. I will wait patiently for the next. (I can say that since I'm busy rattling away on my own hub side LOL.)

    Keep up the great work.

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Sounds a challenge indeed, you just know how to find your way through challenges, from your writing I can see you are up for many more. Good luck on your great skills and goals

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    rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

    I have no doubt that you will be successful with your "30 hubs in 30 days" challenge. It will most likely take a lot of time and concetration so please be careful not to burn yourself out. At the end of the day, regardless of whether you meet the challenge or not, you have already proven that you are an amazing writer from what I have read thus far. Best of luck to you and take care! -Rose

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    Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

    Hang in there, Joe! You're doing a great job.

    The 30-hub challenge sounds like a panic attack waiting to happen. Also, I make less money with each hub I write, so I'm afraid this challenge would end up with me owing HP money.

    I love the metaphor you've created. You do make it look easy, though!

    I'm still waiting for your new eBay hubs. Don't think I've forgotten . . . ;-)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Maria!

    I'm always blessed and smiling large whenever you come to visit. Thank you for identifying with a fellow Challenge-taker and sharing your own experience. It helps more than you realize. Like knowing I'm running up a mountain and want so much to give up...I turn and see you clapping and cheering me on, and your enthusiasm provides me with just the right amount of OOMPH to stay on course. Thank you so very much! What a sweetheart you are! Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    You are so motivated by a challenge and I wish you much luck and energy in this project.

    I did one 30/30 and two 30/60 challenges and remember a feeling of both exhaustion and euphoria...throughout and after.

    We can absolutely accomplish anything we set out to do... proud of you!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you for the great tips, Paradise7. I sincerely appreciate the sage advice. Sounds like you may have done a challenge or two before?

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Nancy, as the author of the hub, I feel compelled to respond to each hub comment. That way, it doesn't remain as a fixture in my global comment capsule setting. Plus, the mark of a true gentleman is that he responds graciously to a woman's comments. Thanks for letting me know...and, yes, you don't need to respond to this one...otherwise, we keep the loop going Ha-ha! And I need all the energy I can muster up for the next hub. Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Jo! I'd love to accommodate you, but I'm afraid I'd end up putting too much pork (unnecessary verbiage in order to meet HP's optimal word count) in the the article. A lei is a wreath or garland...usually flowers, but the objects can be anything strung together and worn around the neck and resting on the shoulders. That said, you've now planted a see for a potential silly hub. I'll write the concept down and let it germinate. We'll have to wait and see...: ) Thanks for suggesting it, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Nancy C Moores 3 years ago

    Thx Joe, I didn't think so, and you don't have to reply back on this one. But, thanks so much for taking the time. I thought so. I'm not really scared hahahahaaaa just having fun. Get to writing bro hahahaa can't wait to see the next one. :~)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    By now, you have my explanation...you should see all three by the time you read this reply by me.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    I saw that, Kathryn! She is such an accomplished writer. When I saw all the ads on her posts, I thought she must be doing quite well! And she's still in her twenties. Read her lovely article about how to make a ladder shirt, and I just had to tease her about the model in her photos.

    There are some very cool people on HP that I've been blessed to meet, present company definitely included, and I am very grateful for that!

    Re: the walk, my wife drops me off just before her workplace, and I then choose one of several routes that eventually lead back home. It was sunny with temps in the upper sixties--great day for walking...but then, I say that about cloudy days, too! LOL!

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    Paradise7 3 years ago from Upstate New York

    Maybe what you need is some throw-away topics. Make a list of 25 questions that you have in your mind--about ANYTHING AT ALL! From the source of white noise to what polar bears eat, to why earthworms don't get stuck moving through soil....anything.

    Then, friend, do a little research and write a hub. Publish it quick, just after spell-checking it and scanning it for grammar and continuity errors.

    Go on to the next one.

    You'll be done before you know it. Don't agonize over them. And believe me, if it's a question in your mind, chances are someone, or maybe even several someones. will Google looking for the answer.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Nancy, just a heads up, my friend. If you don't see your comment, it's because I'm late in getting to it. It will only show up once I approve it. Because I was on a walk, I only got to it a few minutes ago, You should see it now. Just so you know for next time. But I'm certainly NOT complaining...I hope you know that. Welcome back anytime!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Bill, I know the feeling. It's Monday, yeah? Busy, busy, busy!

    Which is why it means so much to me, knowing what a full table (not just plate) you have! It feels great just having you stop by...and that's what I like about you, my friend...you ALWAYS show up!

    Thanks for all your help. If your ears are burning, it's NOT the dormant volcanoes of WA waking up. It's just me raving about you to others in my comments every so often. Once again, loved your hub about rhythm today! Ciao, my friend!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You're good to go, Nancy, because I was a klutz when it came to dancing. That's why I was partial to slow dancing because I could fake that, no problem. I would always be so nervous that I'd talk my head off with the girls. Might've even stepped on a couple of feet, but I survived the sixties. Sorry about the scare! Often, I write with tongue firmly embedded in cheek. I like to poke fun at myself because I can be so serious about things, especially when I'm under stress...like this entire month of June! Hmm, I wonder why? Ha-ha! It's 11:11 Pacific Time, and I have no clue what I'm going to write about...all I know is that by midnight tonight, something will get published. I am such a procrastinator, a device effectively utilized by an individual suffering from fear of success. It's an ongoing battle, I tell ya! Pray for me, girl! I'll lick it yet! Aloha and smiles!

    Joe

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

    Bravo! I would say this one is Perfect! I also see that the advice you have given to your son, so many years ago, has come back to remind you to face your *fears* head on! This was so delightful and I give you a standing ovation! Shared, tweeted and just love it! UP ++++ across the board! :) Here is an idea for one of your next hubs if you wish. What does the hawaiian lei's mean? Best of luck. Your braver than I am :)

    Aloha

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, Cyndi! I am very blessed to have a wonderful team leader in Karen Hellier and to be in the awesome company of wetnosedogs, Karen, Chris (via his work on another literary site), and anyone else that I'm not aware of at this point. I encourage you to go for it when you're ready. Thank you so much for stopping by! Aloha, and wishing you the very best!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Joelle, I totally get that! You are super busy, my friend! And with eBay, my walking, helping out with the household chores while my wife's at work, and taking care of the yard, it seems that the days are more like 20 hours long. We do the very best we can to contribute benevolent and beneficial things to our global village, and that is sufficient, my friend. I have the greatest appreciation for women writers who produce wonderful literary creations in the midst of caring for their families. From my perspective, you're doing an amazing job! Thanks for sharing your uplifting words. Peace and aloha, Joelle!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hello, Kathryn!

    I can always count on you for a morale boost and great feedback. What I'm learning is that I could have done a better job of preparing way ahead of time for this 30/30 Challenge. Then again, I may have the kind of writer's gene pool that requires extreme stress at the 11th hour in order to produce something halfway decent. That's the way I did my papers in high school and college, and I survived both experiences. Still, if I can have at least a notion of what I want to write about on a given day, I can go on my walk and let the idea fester on the back burner. Invariably, because it's in my subconscious at that point, something will happen on my walk that will trigger a somewhat clouded concept of the form my hub will take. Then, after winding down for a few minutes, taking a shower, fooling around on eBay and procrastinating every which way but Hubsville, I'll get a tall glass of iced water with lemon or a cup of coffee, pluck myself on a chair, close my eyes, and wait for that first impression to come by...I'll write for a few minutes...get up and go downstairs, pilfering the pantry for some junk food, and--seeing my wife's face pop up in a cartoon balloon--quickly exit the kitchen and head back up to the computer desk. I write like I'm still on a walk, just literally all over the place. It's a wonder things fit into a logical sequence by the time I'm done.

    But...as you can see...I'm meandering again. So, until the next break, know that I appreciate you and that in many respects, you're already a Challenge teammate! Proud to have you on board!

    Joe

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    Nancy C Moores 3 years ago

    Joe, are you deleting my posts hahaaa I have put two here and neither one shows. Well, anyway loved this hub.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    You know, Mary, reading your words is like having you across the table from me at a coffee shop somewhere. We'd have so much to talk about, my friend, starting with what you did for fun as a kid and reminiscing about the good old days. Ah, give us some background music by Carole King and James Taylor, and we're good to go, hippie girl! Ha-ha! Sounds like a nostalgia hub coming up! Bill wrote a great piece today about rhythm that made a lot of sense to me. While it's very important to be versatile as a reader/writer, I miss the great writing of the sixties. There was indeed a very special rhythm going on in the free love era. So it's up to us literary throwbacks to keep that rhythm alive! And YOU, my dear, are doing just that! Aloha, and have a bitchin' new week! Ha-ha!

    Joe

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    Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Oh, here's my second comment to you, as I am reading other comments:

    ~ You walked over 6 miles this morning?! Now I feel like a complete light-weight (I mean, wimp). Great job! I was happy when I walked for 45 minutes, and then walked up the 13 flights of stairs today.

    ~ I read Natasha's blog regularly, and it is fantastic!!! I am one of her fans :)

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    Nancy C Moores 3 years ago

    I wrote a comment Joe, don't know where it went. But loved this hub too. Loved the analogy you used here. I always learn something from your hubs. Thank you, and your witty sense of humor.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    How very kind of you, Margaret!

    I love to do so many wonderful things that it just doesn't seem like the day is actually still a 24-hour period anymore. The perspective of a young child is vastly so different than that of a senior man (thank goodness for the word senior--great synonym for older and a nice way to get a discount when eating out or going to the movies! LOL!). Just got back from a nice 6.35 mile walk, so I'm a bit rummy. Thank you so much for stopping by and for gracing my hub with your gracious comments. Have a wonderful week, my friend! Aloha!

    Joe

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Yes!

    Your intro is exceptional. Just thought I'd mention it.

    There is a flow to your writing, and you never lose the thread that holds it all together. Very good writing my friend.

    And I have to run...so very far behind today.

    Aloha,

    bill

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    Nancy C Moores 3 years ago

    Heyyyy Joe,

    You've done it again. Again, very informative and upbuilding, and encouraging. You give me new insight every time I read any of your hubs. Thanks, but you have kind of scared me with this one. hahahahahahaaa I have to practice rhythm I was always the one doing her own dance moves. Keeep up the great work of keeping us entertained we love it.

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    Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

    I like the thought of "feeding the ravenous wolf inside." I've never formally taken the challenge, but I've often thought about it and even kinda, sorta listed it as a short term goal one month. You've reignited my interest in doing it. Maybe the fire will take this time. I have an overall goal of being more focused and more prolific. This will help.

    Thanks for the inspiration. Voting up and sharing.

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    kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    The 30 days challenge would definitly be a challenge for me too because I am working on videos and I am posting on my blogs and my websites as well.... at one point .... there is no more time in the day.

    Good of you to do it Joe! I love your writing... always interesting and all kind of topics!

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    Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

    Joe, I wasn't sure how scary the view inside your head would be, but I read this, and I love it! You're honest, and the entire introduction sets it up. I love how you compare it to a play.

    This is encouraging to read, and also to think that participating in a 30/30 could help writing on a regular basis become habit. As nerve-wracking as it must be to hear the clock ticking, their are many benefits to it.

    Well done on another hub, and good luck! You're trucking along quite well, I think :)

    I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.

    ~ Kathryn

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    ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

    Joe-Now that five hubs have been published in a short time span your tremendous success is incipient and we are sure you will show us how to meet such challenge head on by dint of commitment, discipline, focus, diligence and hard work. Thank you my dear friend. Wish you all the best.

    Aloha.

    Arun Kanti

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    Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

    "...dry and stilted..." if you, my friend, are dry and stilted I'd hate to think what I am! Your writing is always so warm and interesting. You draw us in, or should I say suck us in ;)

    The 30/30 Challenge is definitely a challenge. If you think its tough now, wait'll you get to day 20 and don't know what to write about...sorry, just reminiscing. However, at the end of the 30 days and 30 hubs, yes, you will have more followers, you may have written a great hub, but most of all it does build your "writing character". See, you've learned already :)

    I know you're only on hub 5 but as we say in my family, "You're doing a heck of a job!"

    Voted up, useful, funny, awesome, and interesting. I wish there was an insightful button 'cause I'd choose that one too! Sharing cause you really are a great writer my friend. Aloha!

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    Margaret Perrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

    I don't know how you're doing it - I don't think that I could turn out that many hubs in such a short time. I think that it's a great challenge, and that you're right - it gets you in the habit of writing, and that the writing becomes easier and more natural as you progress. I'm enjoying reading your work as you continue on this journey. As far as becoming a bona fide writer, as far as I'm concerned you were already there!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Awesome, Natasha! is your blog public, as in Etsy-related? Let me know if it is. I'd love to follow! Thanks!

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    Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

    I don't always post both Saturday and Sunday, but I post at least Monday-Friday on my main blog! Like you said, I sort of have a rhythm. =)

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Natasha!

    It's insane! About ready to drive me to tear up all my shirts! LOL! Actually, once I find a rhythm, it gets better. So you post to your blog daily? Well, that takes discipline and commitment. Thanks for being the very first to comment on this hub! Aloha!

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    Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

    I don't think I could to a 30 in 30 challenge! I already blog on at least a daily basis. There is no way I could write a hub each day, too! Kudus to you and best wishes!

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