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What I Learned From Participating in Karen Hellier's Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge, February 10 - 19, 2013

Updated on June 9, 2013
Kona is Exhausted From Watching Me Slave Away on the Final Day
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Lessons Learned or Reinforced

First of all, I want to say how very appreciative I am that Karen Hellier invited me to participate in this very special Valentine's Day (that's what I'm calling it) Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge.

Our friend from Alabama, wetnosedogs, also completed the daunting task. I had a great time reading and responding to her terrific hubs. She pleasantly surprised me with her wonderful range of topics and manner in which she embellished her unique writer's voice.

I am such a terrible procrastinator! How terrible? Well, let me provide you with a clear perspective of how bad I am. As I type these words, the computer clock to the bottom right reads 11:45 PM. That means I have exactly 14 minutes and change...no, make that 13 minutes and change to say a whole lot of nothing in order to hopefully qualify for a successful shout out of YAY! I DID IT!

Thank you to both Karen Hellier and wetnosedogs for taking time in between their own labor of love to give me lots of encouragement and cheering from the gallery during this especially torturous final day when I worked on and will have hopefully completed six (yes, I said 6!) hubs...in between packaging up a lot of eBay items that were sold either yesterday or today, and making two trips--one by car and one on foot--to the post office. Oh, yeah, not to mention the storage lockers where some of the items were located.

In short, or long, depending on one's perspective, it's been a very stressful day, and I can't wait to get under my covers and sleep until 6 when I will dutifully get up and go for a long walk to iron out the kinks in both my back and my brain.

All in all, though, I have to admit it was fun. One of the hubs written today, Two Boys on a Curb, may turn out to be one of those home run hubs every writer dreams of encountering in a creative moment of clarity. I also had fun writing the hub about looking for jeans in the women's section of a local Goodwill Store.

I learned, once again, that words are extremely powerful tools, and that a writer can either wreak havoc or paint with an artist's palette, depending on how he wields those tools.

Out of the chaos and stress of my day, I figuratively called out those words and created things that are new and unique.

And in so doing, I just might have tasted one iota of what God must've experienced in His moment of banging big.

YAY! I DID IT!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Jo!

    Thank you very much for faithfully reading and commenting on my various hubs. Glad you liked this one, my friend. Wish I could sit and chat with you in person regarding your take on this government shutdown, the recent "ending" to this shutdown, and the roles that this and other current events play in the grand spiritual scheme of things. The walking certainly liberates me from getting too caught up in my own concerns about what's going on. At the very least, the strolls through the countryside provide me with perspective and the accompanying peace of knowing Who's really in control of things.

    Aloha and shalom!

    ~Joe

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    Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

    The walking before you write sure helps when you take on a writing challenge. I really enjoyed this article. It is one that should be read and spotlighted for it's wisdom and great advice. It is with great appreciation and admiration of your talents, I share, vote up ++++ and tweet. Aloha!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kidscrafts

    Thanks for the kudos, Joelle! Yeah, my cat doesn't care what we think...I have to kick him out of my computer chair every now and then, and so he sullenly saunters over to a soft spot on the bed. He's so spoiled! But we love Kona! Just to appease him, I give him a cameo appearance every now and then in my hubs. : ) I'm glad you shared in this hub experience, Joelle! Have a wonderful rest of the day and evening! Joe

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    kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

    Congratulation for your 10 hubs in ten 10 days. I couldn't do it because I am too slow creating my projects! But I love the attitude of your cat.... mine yawn at me lazily as saying what is the rush....when they don't sleep all day!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Karen Hellier

    Now I can tell you the real reason why I had "procrastinated" on the last six hubs. Seems my Hawaiian Odyssey had me searching all over the USA for a certain CT alter ego. I looked high, I looked low; I looked fast, I looked slow: I climbed several mountains, and I descended into the lush valleys below; but did I find that alter ego? The answer is a resounding NO!

    But I'm still persevering...and when I find her, I'll tickle her feet with a magpie tail feather...and when she stops snorting, I'll buy her a cup of coffee, smile at her, and say, "GOTCHA!"

    Until then, I'm a dyed in the wool, true blue, Sherlock Holmesian fanatic of solving mysteries--

    and I WILL solve this one.

    HO

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    You are most welcome. I am glad you accepted the challenge. I wasn't sure if you would make it myself when you said you had 6 more to do in one day. But when I hopped on my computer the next morning and saw that you had made it, I was so ready to celebrate with you. A job well done my friend!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @prospectboy

    Come join us for the next one, my friend! That'd be awesome! You're absolutely right about the importance of being prepared. A week or so before the Ten Hubs challenge commenced, I told my wife that I was involved in it, thus shoring up my accountability...well, when I kept complaining to her about how many hubs I had yet to finish, she reminded me that I originally had had the opportunity to prepare, so why in the world was I procrastinating? You know, a million and one excuses came to mind, but she had me dead to rights--it was my own lack of preparation. But, you know, it's all a learning curve, and thus it's all good! Always a lesson to learn...By all means, please do join us for the next one. I have my own goal to keep for the year--150 hubs in 2013. Seems like a reasonable goal...as long as I don't procrastinate. Always a pleasure to hear from you! Are you involved in any fantasy baseball league(s) this year? I wish you well, my friend!

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    Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

    Congratulations on finishing another challenge my friend. I had no idea that you all were doing another one. I maybe would have joined myself, or at least it would have given me motivation to write more lol. Anyway, I know what it's like to have to finish several hubs in a single day. The first time I done the 30 in 30 challenge, I had to finish like 5. Luckily I was able to complete it, but it taught me to be more prepared next time. You're an extremely motivated man, so I don't doubt that you can complete anything that you put your mind to. Congrats again to you good sir, and all the best!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdegiulio

    Hi, Bill! Ha-ha, actually, I wasn't sure I'd make it , but I just did manage to squeak through just in time. Thanks!

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Was there ever any doubt. Congratulations.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @wetnosedogs

    Thanks, WND, for all the encouragement and loyal support through it all. Yes, I'm taking a bit of a break. But I'm already planning topics and titles to meet my own personal challenge of 150 hubs for the year. I like the discipline gained from having done the challenge. Take care, and I'll see you around the bend.

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Hawaii,

    Yay! You did it. Karen H. and I had no doubt you could and well, it's fun cheering you on.

    Hope you slept well and had a restful day. You surely deserve it.

    Got more to read.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Jim!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Wellll, it is kinda cloudy and will rain by afternoon. You are right about Hubland.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Good morning, Jim, and thank you most of all for your faithful followship. After a year of being on HubPages, I've learned that it's best to concentrate on a core group of loyal readers with an occasional stroll outside the familiar surroundings every now and then. Still, it's the loyalty and bonding that I enjoy. Always a pleasure to hear from you. Man alive, is it ever sunny over here! How about in Eugene?

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Congratulations on this monumental effort. I don't believe that I could match that output. Your hubs are always a kick to read!