Writing 101, Day One: Unlock the Mind

Okay, timer is on.  I am ready to start this first writing assignment.  Feeling in panic-mode, I have to use Hubby’s Dell Laptop and the keyboard is configured entirely different from my MAC laptop.  My MAC died.  After spending two hours on the phone with two different Apple Support representatives, the MAC is still not operational.  The only resolution they came up with was to schedule an appointment for me at the local Apple Store tomorrow.

But, I am determined not to let anything deter me from completing this first day assignment.

I can’t believe this day has gone so badly.

In addition to the dead MAC laptop, the Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis kicked in.  Whenever, I over-exert, fail to pace my activities, and venture away from my normal sleeping habits, the body crashes.  Pain level, as I write, is an 8 out of 10.

The increased pain levels are related to spending a fabulous long weekend in Wisconsin with family and friends.  Our youngest grandson graduated from middle school and the family came together, as we always do, to celebrate the milestones in our lives.

This twenty minute writing, without stopping, to review what I have written is one of the most difficult things I have done.  In my early years, I worked as a secretary.  My job performance was measured by producing a neat, properly aligned document, absent spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors.  Added to this, I had to type the perfect document on a manual typewriter and many times produce five clean carbon copies.  Does anyone remember carbon paper?   So, typing a line and going back to ensure there are no errors has remained with me over the years.  I would not have survived as a secretary without immediately proofreading to ensure accuracy.  Correcting with an eraser the original document and 4-5 carbons could ruin the entire day.

OK my 20 minutes are up.  I spent too much time writing, correcting, and re-writing the first assignment.  This is a problem.  Why can’t I randomly write without worry of creating the perfect final document.  At least, as perfect as I feel I am capable of producing.



Author: SeasonedSistah2

During this final season life, I am going on a journey to define "ME." Opening up and going outside of my comfort zone to redefine ME.. Exploring and pursuing new interests that will lead to personal happiness, serenity, and tranquility. In undertaking this mission, overcoming the FEAR is my greatest challenge. Fear has played a large role in my life, but I overcame the FEAR of breast cancer, chronic pain associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Sleep Apnea. My new mantra: FEAR has two meanings: "(1) Forget Everything And Run, or (2) Face Everything and Rise. The Choice is Mine." Blogging here I come ready or not!!!

16 thoughts on “Writing 101, Day One: Unlock the Mind”

  1. So very sorry to hear that you’re in pain!
    I love your writing because it never sounds overworked to me

    Thanks to you and your family for a wonderful gathering!
    It was like a family reunion for me to see everyone again.


  2. I am so glad you completed the assignment even though you edited. Maybe you will write an unedited one towards the end of the course!

    I had forgotten about carbon copies but I definitely remember them now that you brought it up. I also remember typing things over and over on a manual typewriter because there was no way to make corrections. I wrote about my first typewriter in a post yesterday!

    I’m really happy you are taking this course and look forward to more contact with you. I hope your pain levels go way down now that you are home.


    1. Thank u for your comments. Do u still have the manual typewriter and red case! I certainly have a lot of good and not so good memories of my days as a secretary and will share some of them in a upcoming post.


      1. No I don’t have it anymore. It was in the storage room in my house for many, many years after I had a computer but I finally gave it away.


  3. I’m writing to let you know that I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I think your blog is very worthy of that recognition.

    I don’t know if you know about nominations/awards, etc. but it’s a way for bloggers to show their appreciation for other bloggers. It is also a way for other people to find out about your blog, and the blogs of people you may choose to nominate.

    You can get more information about your nomination and the Very Amazing Blogger Award process at http://livinglearningandlettinggo.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/thanks-for-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/.


    1. Hi Karuna. Thank u for nominating me for this award. I apologize for the delay in responding but was away for the weekend attending our youngest grandson’s graduation. Will definitely followup today.


      1. Remember there is no rush to responding. It is fine for you to take your time! I look forward to learning more about you.


  4. dear Yvonne, I am so sorry for the pain you’ve been in. also, for the MAC crash and having to write with an unfamiliar set up on the DELL. but you did the best you were able to do, and that is what counts. I hope the arthritis and fibromyalgia settle down soon. so glad to know you had such a lovely week-end with your family – congratulations to your dear grandson graduating from middle school ! much love and gentle warm hugs, Karen xoxo


    1. Thank u, Karen. We had a great weekend celebrating our grandson’s graduation. I plan to share photos and write about about this memorable occasion in a future post. The MAC is operational after it spent the entire day with a tech at the Apple Store. Able to save my photos, but nothing else. Lesson learned — consistently backup my data. Thank u for the warm hugs; and, I send u hugs along with wishing u a beautiful day.


  5. I love this post! I’m with the others here: I am glad to hear you are feeling better today, but can appreciate your desire to push through the pain regardless. Two thumbs up! Have a blessed day!

    ~ Angela


    1. Thank you, Angela. Yes, the pain has leveled off. Having dealt with this condition for so many years,rather than “dwell on the pain”, I “distract from the pain.” Blogging is a distraction for me.


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