Thursday, July 1, 2010

Have You Been Saved?

"A message to all members of NaBloPoMo

...The theme for July is SAVED. This month we want you to tell us about the things you've kept, rescued, or otherwise prevented from being lost forever."

I enjoy the idea of NaBloPoMo or National Blog Posting Month as it's known to the non-texting segments of our society. The idea is that you sign up with the group and commit to posting a blog everyday for a month. It's a wonderful tool that many writers-not just bloggers-use to get their creative juices flowing. Some participants are able to produce wonderful prose everyday for a month, others just put whatever comes to mind down in order to earn a virtual badge to say they did it. More power to them.

I successfully; earned three badges. I've participated a few other times and simply couldn't do it. Life got in the way or I just plain ran out of steam. Twice I managed 28 blogs but something precluded getting to the finish line. I wish I could commit to the program but, like my diets, I just procrastinate too much. When I get the notice on the 1st of each month and see what the theme is, however, I'm always tempted to give it another shot. But I have no plan to write a blog everyday on demand anymore. The theme is now a prompt only for me. I'm not a graceful looser, why set myself up to fail?

So when I read the opening statement above I had to laugh. My entire blog for the past 3+ years has been on that theme. Through my Ramblings, I have SAVED:

1, People and places that maybe only I remember -that way

2, Songs no one has thought of in decades,

3, Events,important or poignant at the time,

4, Silly stories with no reason to relate except they were silly,

5, Poems-always written by someone else,

6, Dreams- I've always believed they could come true.

7, Opinions - ask my my sons and DILS -I DO have opinions.

8, Pictures- sometimes shaky and not enough of them,

9, Accomplishments ; Lone Duck, Commodore Salazar, Sage Words, Skooba

10, Best Friend- Geezerguy

11,Bragging sessions- Fair Warning~ my eldest is 41;youngest 32 with two in the middle so there will be more bragging -- but just wait until October!!!!!

12, Jokes,

13, Inspirational essays -I try to encourage when I can,

14, Recipes,

15, Memes - okay maybe I could have skipped those.

16, Adventures - lots,

17, Misadventures-- lots more!

18, Fantasies,

19, Our dog Clancy -actually she saved or rescued us.

20, Books - I read constantly but only recommend the best ones.

21, Excuses - I will probably have more.

22, Fears - I try to keep them private but once in awhile...

23, Hopes- Hope is another word for Tomorrow.

24 , Observations- wonder if anyone agrees with them?,

25, Craft ideas

26, Other writers' blogs- sometimes they just say it better.

27, Goals- without goals why bother with Tomorrow?,

28, Friends - I saved 4 friends from 50 years ago in my heart- suddenly we are all chatting on Facebook -amazing!

29, Tips- okay so those came in forwards-but I saved them!

30, My past - Some of my memories may have been colored by time but so what ?

So there! That's 30 saves I've succeeded! Where's my badge?

I've been asked occasionally by well meaning people, "Have you been saved?" Personally, I guess that's up to God to decide. Until then, I'll keep Rambling on when the spirit moves me. Who knows, someday I may need to re-read these blogs so I'll know - I've been saved.

See ya down the road,



Karen said...

maybe i should have "saved" more and wrote less. I am still trying to retrieve lost data. Can you hear me crying from Kanab???

Geezerguy said...

No badge till you do them all. One to go. (I like the rest)

Word of the day: rusnetr...A person who catches ruses by casting large nets on the water.

Yarntangler said...

Karen ;
Don't be surprised to discover you become the focus of one of these blogs if I get my act together and continue the theme this month!
I lost my 2nd children's novel last year by not having proper backup. It was in the editing stage!!! I'm only about 2/3 done recreating it from the original short story I'd written!

Old Newsie said...

"Have you been saved?" Oh, yes, and in turn I've saved, well you know what I've saved. I could make a list but I'e made them before andI've saved them. But let's try for the fun of it"
Cancelled checks back to 1936
Numer plates from past cars
Business cards. Advertising pens and pencils, thermometers, pasts year calendars, Worlld War II letters. Classmate letters from 1941. Oh, oh, no more space in this box

spiritualastronomer said...

Very creative - I love how you structured it. But Jim's right - you've still got one more to go. Gonna save any money in Hurricane tomorrow?