Roundtable: The Scariest Post I Ever Published

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Lots of bloggers, old and new, are intimidated by the publish button. Crafting a post is one thing; making it available for the entire world to see and comment on, another. Indeed, fear of the publish button has stopped many a blogger before they even begin.

Think you’re alone in being nervous, and that the rest of us are happily and confidently clicking publish on our perfect, better-than-yours posts? Think again! Heck, I get the jibbles every time I publish something here on The Daily Post — putting yourself out there is, for most of us, an inherently nerve-wracking proposition.

But! When you overcome those nerves and send your creations out into the wild, beautiful things happen. Below, Daily Post writers share some of the posts they were most scared to publish — and what happened when they did.

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Aside from being nervous about this post right…

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August in Blogging U: Blogging 101

I can’t wait to get started! I enjoyed the last run and expect no less this time around. It’s the perfect way to stay up on your posts and connect with others!

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Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. This August, we’re offering Blogging 101— and registration is now open!

Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — August 3 – 21

Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community.

You’ll walk away with a stronger focus for your blog, several published posts and a handful of drafts, a theme that reflects your personality, a small (but growing!) audience, a grasp of blogging etiquette — and a bunch of new friends.

I have fallen in love with blogging all over again. It’s been wonderful. I am…

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One Liner Challenge

Thank you to my darling http://marquessamatthews.com/ for nominating me!

Listen up – these are the rules to the One Liner Challenge:

Write one line in the ongoing story.
Pass the challenge on to the next “victim”.
Link back to your nominator.
Link back to me, Waffles https://wafflemethis.wordpress.com/ if you could. Please, this could be very interesting.
Copy and paste all of the original story, and add your line in italics.

If you decide you don’t want to take part, please send back to the nominator or Waffleshttps://wafflemethis.wordpress.com who could send to a new person.

Here is the ongoing story…

I felt we were ready for a photo.
It was a warm sunny day and sea was an almost transparent shade of blue.
I lay there, watching the waves lap on the shore, a drink in hand, a tear rolling down my cheek.
I stand up yelling at that boy who threw this load of sand into my eyes and my drink when he jumped over me.
I then grabbed my water gun, running fast after him, I was laughing, he was jumping over people to escape. He turned to look at me, but didn’t see the two children in front of him carrying two delicious looking ice cream cones.
As he barreled into the children, knocking the ice-cream from their grasp, I caught one of the scoops of pistachio and hurled it at his head as I fell laughing to the ground!
And what luck, his mouth was open and he gulped down the scoop, spitting nuts rapid-fire style like a rabid squirrel! And wouldn’t you know it, a squirrel leaped from a nearby tree, performing a flying maneuver worthy of the best traveling circus family, catching the nuts in his mouth in mid-air!!
It was all too fantastical and I wondered for a moment if I’d forgotten to take my medication earlier…or perhaps I took too much!
I opened my eyes with a jolt, peeled my face from the sticky plastic beach lounger, and rubbed my eyes-sun and too many mojitos make for ridiculous dreams!
Unaware to her, the man behind the one way mirror furiously scribbled down notes and couldn’t help but marvel at how his creation truly believed IT was a real human being and he hadn’t even begun stage 2984DU which everyone with his intellect knows is when the real fun starts!
Professor James Loxet knew he had just one more test to carry out before the implant of the 2984DU chip, Just one more social situation, the dinner party. The thought of going to this party, surrounded by so many people, just made James cringe to his core, he hated crowds of people! Yet, at the nagging of his close friends, James, picked himself up from the beach and headed home to change for the party. Despite his nagging headache and the gnaw of anxiety in his gut, James found a sort of peace in the ritual of dressing.
The party was a very formal affair, so James decided to put on his best black tuxedo. He stood before a mirror, fidgeting at the tight-fit of his white shirt and tie, trying to feel comfortable.
The minute he walked through the rotating doors, he was greeted by Brenda, a horrid woman with a snaggletooth and unibrow who spoke through her nose and mocked his work, calling him Mr. Latex.
The back of his psyche buzzing, “Mr Latex will read your entrails!” hisses toward her.
His thought was interrupted as his eyes landed on Robin, mesmerizing in strapless long black dress with hair tied high on her head, flashing her glowing skin. Mrs. Robin, he clenched his teeth as he reminded himself of her new status.Just as he was imagining how different his life could have been if he had married her, Robin felt his eyes trailing the length of her body and gave him a cold, hard look before turning her back to him.

James would not let her go so easily, no matter her status; he rushed behind her, pressed himself against her back as one hand gripped her wrist and the other pressed firmly on her stomach.

And now I nominate https://yzhengblog.wordpress.com/ her blog has many great stories! I can’t wait to see where the story goes!

Parachutes

Always Something There to Remind Me

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Always Something There to Remind Me.”

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I’ve always loved Coldplay and whenever I hear any track from Parachutes, it sends me back to about eight years ago when I had zero responsibilities, laying in my bed in my first place. I was twenty-one years old and it was a great summer. All I did was have fun with friends, go to work, go home and completely get lost in a trance to this CD and repeat! 🙂
Now, although it was fun, I wouldn’t go back to that time LOL but this will always be one of my favorite albums 🙂

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Simple Healthy Snack

I’m in my second week of my second round of 21 Day Fix Extreme. It’s an amazing program that murders calories and comes with a simple meal plan system in order to get you RESULTS! When being active, you NEED to get your nutrition down in order to get the results you want. Snacking is often taken for granted. You have to keep your metabolism up and by excluding your snacks, that just won’t do.

I wanted to share with you a simple healthy snack. With the 21 Day Fix program you are given colored portion control containers.

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Just follow the code above and you’re golden 🙂

 

I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I went for oats with a touch of dark chocolate, vanilla greek yogurt, and half a purple container or strawberries. Trust me, this was the perfect size!

 

How delicious does this look? Simple nutrition 🙂

People tend to get side tracked, if not completely fall away from their goal when it is too complicated. This program has made it so SIMPLE to follow this meal plan (along with the workouts), stay on track, and get results. What more can I ask for?

If you are interested in a simple and effective program then please contact me for more info! 🙂

http://www.beachbodycoach.com/StephCardozo86

xo

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Knowing When To Step Away

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Social media is overwhelming at times and there is a point when  you need to just separate yourself from it. It’s been a couple of weeks from my last post and while I love blogging, I needed a bit of a break. I finished my writer’s workshop course this past Tuesday and passed with an A-. There’s something that bothers me greatly about that minus but hey, I’ll take it! 🙂

The rest of the week was downtime from my schoolwork and also from my next fitness challenge so I took the time to completely step away from posting. I focused on “me time” by taking it easy with yoga, get chores done that often get pushed to the side when there’s homework needed to be done, catch up on my current read, and continue my run along with thousands of other writers in Camp NaNo.

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Taking the time to catch up on other things that are happening in your life is important and if getting away from social media is what you need to do, well, do it!

I’m happy to say that I’m a little over twelve thousand words into my twenty thousand goal. I’ve also started my second round of 21 day fix extreme with my fitness group and I feel absolutely refreshed and ready after taking this past week off.

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So, take some YOU TIME!

I’m currently taking a media/publishing course which I’m looking forward to because I have a few short stories that are ready for publishing and this course will surely help guide me in the right direction of getting that started.

To all my writers, if you have anything published, what pointers do you have for me in publishing a YA short to perhaps a journal?

Thanks!!

xo

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