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Monday, January 1, 2018

Just Jot January - 2018

I've got big plans for this year.  Blogging more is one of them.  I had 21 fewer posts last year than in 2016.  I'm hoping to get at least 180 in this year, that would be about 15 a month.  Should be able to do that, right?

To help me accomplish it, I've decided to join a few more groups.  One of them is Just Jot January or #JusJoJan sponsored by Linda G. Hill.  I like that abbreviation because it is like a combination of my name and my sister's (JoAnne).  I really miss her and I know that she would have jumped on the writing bandwagon.  She passed away before the blogosphere really got going or I know she would have had some kind of a blog for sure.  She was a writer at heart and her closest claim to fame was the time she submitted a story to a magazine and came in second place.  The winner?  Earl Hamner - you may remember him from his little story about the Walton Family.

I was introduced to the Just Jot January by my A to Z blogging friend, John Holton and I've been wanting to stretch my creative writing so I thought this might be fun to try.  In any case, the prompt for today, January 1, is Drama, suggested by Ritu at ButISmileAnyway.   (Hello, was I meant to find that blog or what?) 

So, drama.  I'm just going to say that in my experience (through my children - two girls with a boy in the middle), girls have way more drama than boys and it doesn't just last through the childhood/high school days but even into adulthood.  I don't think I've ever had my son come to me complaining about something that one of his friends said or did that irritated him but I can't even count the number of times my girls have come to me to vent about this, that or the other thing that one of their friends was doing/saying that irritated them or caused a rift in their relationship, not to mention the tears.  I don't remember experiencing this drama when I was in school myself but then again, I went to a Catholic grammar school and had very few really close friends.  Besides, I'm sure the nuns would have found drama to be some kind of a sin.  Once I was in high school I started working my freshman year and had little time for such foolishness.

I'll end this jot with a couple of pictures:

The last moon of 2017.  Tonight is the first full moon of the year.
I'm going to continue my habit of taking a selfie a month and this is from today.  My kids make fun of me for the fact that I close my eyes when I have my picture taken and I guess that's true, even when I am the one taking the picture!

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks is my first book of the year in my 2018 reading challenge.  I'm following the categories given by PopSugar again.  They are here if you want to play along.  This will be in my "book given as a gift" category since I got it for Christmas from my daughter, Amanda.

If you'd like to play along with Just Jot January, the rules are in the link here.

How about you?  What are you planning for 2018?  Love to hear about it.


  1. Happy New Year, Janet - Great post to begin the year!

  2. So sorry to hear about your sister. It's funny how creativity tends to run in families, isn't it?
    I'm sooo glad I had boys, in part for this reason! I can't handle drama. :P
    Thanks again for joining in, Janet! :D

    1. JoAnne passed in 2002 but I still miss her. She was the oldest of the four of us and the one I was most like, even though there was 12 years between us. I definitely feel her spirit. Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Thanks John. I thought I try something new.


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