Writing.com Anniversary

I received the following email today:

Dear Valerie,

You opened your Writing.Com account 7 years ago, on January 10th, 2011… which makes today your very own Writing.Com Account Anniversary.

So, from everyone at Writing.Com… Happy Account Anniversary! 

We wish you a very inspired day, filled with creativity, fun and, of course, lots and lots of writing. Please take a moment to stop in and visit Writing.Com. Write, read, review or just have some fun! Write On, Support @ Writing.Com http://www.Writing.Com/

First, I was shocked that it had been seven years, and then I thought about a fun contest I participated in at Writing.com which started three days after I joined. The 15 for 15 Contest challenged writers to respond to writing prompts (photos) for 15 straight days, writing for no more than 15 minutes each day. I blogged about this once before including my story that won for that day.

On my seventh anniversary at Writing.com I’m including another entry that won a runner-up award. I highly recommend these types of activities and contests for writers because it forces pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. And responding to prompts makes writers think beyond what they may normally write. Even non-writers should try it – it’s fun.


“I love you to Pluto and back!” Jason said lovingly, while on one knee grinning ear to ear and looking into Natalie’s eyes.

“It’s to the Moon and back, goofball.”

“No, it’s not. Pluto is far further than the Moon, and I love you more than the simple distance to the Moon.”

Natalie couldn’t help but love this man. The past nine months she’d learned more about love than she had in the thirty years before. Jason, unafraid of his feelings, and unafraid of commitment and attachment. She’d never met anyone like him.

“Where are you?’ he asked, sensing she had wandered off to another place, which she seemed to do quite often.

“I’m right here, my love, just lost in thoughts. I haven’t gone anywhere; I’m still with you.”

“Good, because I was thinking that we should go grab a blanket and sit outside in this nice crisp air and stargaze for a while. Then I can show you just how far Pluto is, so you’ll see how much I love you.”

Natalie cooed, “I can’t think of a better way to spend our nine-month anniversary.”

“Nine months? I thought it was nine days?” Jason smiled again, gazing at her mouth this time, and seemed expectant of an answer.

“Nine months, nine days — who’s counting? I’ll get the blanket and lead the way to the best spot here on the hill.”

As they settled in together lying on their backs, bodies warm, close, and sharing heartbeats, he whispered in her ear, “Please tell me what you see.”

“I see the man I want to spend the rest of my life with, Jason.”

“I meant what do you see in the sky, but I like your answer better.”

On the nine-month anniversary since their first date, Jason committed to marry Natalie and take care of her for the rest of her life. And Natalie committed to loving a man forever who had no sight, but a heart that was out of this world.




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