Prompt (s)

I am writing every day for 100 days. Thats lots of days. I’m not totally sure I’ve done anything optional for 100 days in a row ever.

So today is day 1. This should be easy.

Its not.

Topics I considered:

  • Sunshine, snow and ice…but I am getting bored of the polar vortex, and that’s me being nice.
  • Different roles we play. How to stay ourselves as we shift in our relationships with others.
  • A follow up to the minecraft post that involves graphic and upsetting images. Which I would depict, but would describe, and then I decided I didn’t even want to describe them because it turns out Nicole’s parents read this blog (hi) and at least one person in the administration at our school (hi) and Steve’s aunt (hi). So that couldn’t work.
  • How well my medication is working. (Quite well. Just today I have had tea with a friend, done 3 loads of laundry worked on two real world projects, prepped to volunteer at Oliver’s school, fed the cat, cleaned myself, cleaned cat pee, gone to the doctor, had lunch with a friend, visited another friend at work, and planned my winter TV schedule. Someone should give me a goddam cape because I am a super hero. Sure that might be a regular day for the rest of you super heroes…but in my world that deserves a cape. Oh! AND I went to the mailbox, emptied it, recycled the bits we don’t need and left the bill on top of the pile instead of burying it under a catalogue. That is the cherry on my day in the life of a functional person sundae.)
  • Then I decided I needed a prompt so I started looking though Cards Against Humanity for a prompt. That wasn’t the best idea. For the same reasons I can’t describe the most horrible link that Leo clicked on because of his minecraft skype connection. It was called Happy Puppies. There were no puppies. There was no happiness. It put the whole box of cards against humanity to shame. Don’t search for it. Really.

After rejecting all of those ideas I turn to the internet for writing prompts. The internet thinks that only high schoolers need writing prompts. This makes me think of my college application which was in part about this guy.

Which reminds me that I found all of my elementary school journals and I was going to take a look at them. Its possible that I wrote for 100 days in a row because my mother forced me to keep a journal. However that was not intrinsically motivated. So I’m not sure it will count.

I’m just going to leave this flapping out here. Tell me…have you ever done something for 100 days in a row?

Please guess in the comments how many days I can stick with this. Do not worry about hurting my feelings. It might just motivate me to keep going. All of you…the thousand people who read this post. Just leave yourself anonymous and put a number there. Between 0 and 100. But don’t put 0. Unless you want to lose.

See you tommorow?

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Anna Palmer

Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.

45 thoughts on “Prompt (s)”

  1. I made a resolution to drink more water last year. I successfully drank water each day. With some intention. Some days it was 8+ glasses. Most I didn’t even count, I just tried to do it. If I didn’t count the glasses or ounces of water, I definitely wasn’t keeping a calendar, but I think for at least 2 months I was focused, and for several more my attention was heightened.

    We also did the Whole Life Challenge and I didn’t eat any gluten for 60 days. That was something. And I liked it.

    I think you have just inspired me for the only possible use of a real, paper wall calendar. I’ll bet a bunch of those are on sale right now. Kind of satisfying to X off each day one at a time, right? There’s a certain Myers Briggs Type for that.

    1. Yes. I like a good x. Or a strong slash. Which I why I write lists. I even put the things I have already accomplished on the list for more strong slashing opportunities. With very little bloodshed.

    1. Is this the year you were born or an actual guess. Plus, thank you for playing. You were the first out of 41 readers to put down a number. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    1. Its a combination of Viibryd (new tier one so you need pre approval that you have tried alternative anti depressants or the insurance wont cover) and Limotrogine. Which is for seizures. But has a secondary effect as a mood stabilizer. It has taken me 5 years to feel balanced and I have felt good for 2 weeks so it might be a little early to celebrate. But it is nice to feel this way even for a few weeks.

      1. I am anonymous. It didn’t appear to post the first time and I didn’t mean for it to be anonymous. After having had lunch with you on Thursday and talking about and seeing the mood change I”m changing my guess to 31

  2. 365

    That is the number of days in a row I watched a TED video every morning. Its the only resolution I’ve ever stuck to for more than a day. Learned about all sorts of random stuff, most of it long forgotten, some of it irrelevant or so mind-blowing it couldn’t possibly be grasped by a simple wonk like me, but there were gems that stuck. Keep up with your writing. There will be some gems.

  3. I’ve done several things for 100+ days in a row but most I won’t publicly admit to. The one thing that sticks out in my mind that I did for over 4 months was work 12+ hours every day of the week. it wasn’t something I really wanted to do but it came with the job, good old political campaigning. Not really optional but it was the job I signed up for.

    I am confident you can do all 100 days. I know you have enough thoughts and ideas to keep you going for at least that long. My suggestions is to come up with a list of ideas you would like to talk about ahead of time so it’s not a day-of struggle. Plus you can use the process of coming up with topics as a whole post on its own. Maybe even throw it out to your readers to give their opinion on what they would like to hear your thoughts on. Best of luck!

  4. 30 days. a month. life usually throws everyone a crazy , abnormal day once a month and you can’t or just dont want to get to your “shoulds” for the day.

  5. 95. I would say 100, but I am hedging my bet on the potential not to be connected to the internet or something more important getting in the way. You don’t seem like you will run out of fascinating topics to cover. Life is interesting, there is so much to talk about. As for me, I have never set out on purpose to do anything for a certain number of days. Perhaps I should.

    1. The Shelburbian dream! I can plan my inauguration at Shelburne Farms. Plus I have so many initiatives to launch. The streetlight phasing plan. I need to put the executive seal on the deer crossing sign scrum. Etc.

  6. I’m going with 11, not because I don’t think you can do more, but because I think to myself: “How many days can one go without the wheels falling off in someway?” Also you seem particularly manic in this post. I feel somewhat kindred to you through your writings and know that it is really hard to keep at something like that. I hope I am way wrong and mean no disrespect. If you wrote extra buffer posts on good days for the bad I’d push the number to 100 or better, perhaps forever. 🙂

    1. I hear you. I think 11 is a pretty good guess. Or lower. I don’t think I’m manic (although for sure I am sometimes) more that I wasn’t really WANTING to write. So I just blurted out some stuff and hit publish. Would the buffer posts count? I guess it depends on the purpose of the 100 days is it to build a habit or to get 100 posts up.

  7. The idea of the buffer posts is appealing, but it defeats the purpose and they become bluffer posts.

    Since there is no length requirement on the blog posts, I’m going with 101. You can be inspired bySNL’s Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey.

    Congrats on the meds.

    (Also, I want to know if the water drinker noticed any improvements)

  8. Ha! Oh man. I don’t know if I’ve done anything optional for 100 days in a row… Like… really, nothing comes to mind.
    I think you’ll make it to 100. Nothing motivates like naysayers.

  9. When you write them, I’ll read them. Every day. I rode a bike for 62 days and by the end all I could think about was when the goal would be complete so I could just get the hell on a plane and come home.

  10. Oh let’s see… I’m going to guess somewhere between 27 and 35. If you make it past that, you’ll possibly pull the whole 100 days off. But then: I can’t even begin to wrap my head around 100 days. Will we be in Spring yet when you’re through?

    1. I know. Doesn’t 100 days seem so long. So very long? I know it is more than half of the kids school days. They do that odd 100 day celebration at our school. Because they have accomplished so much. Day 5 baby. I just realized that I will have to complete 50 entries to even GET AN F. That worried me.

  11. I am just seeing this now, & I swear I didn’t peak ahead, but I see you have a few additional blogposts that I’ll read. I think If u make it to 8, you ‘ll make it to 100. (I’ve had coffee & slept for more than 100 days straight….the 2 constants in my life.)

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