Anais Nin: The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
Did you hear about this? A judge in Hawaii recently sentenced a man to a cruel-and-unusual punishment: He has to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend.
Last month, Judge Rhonda Loo ordered 30-year-old Daren Young to write 144 nice things about his former love, after he allegedly sent her 144 “nasty” texts and calls in violation of a protection order. Judge Loo also specified that Young can’t repeat any words when writing out the compliments — so he’ll truly have to write out 144 individually great things about his ex-girlfriend.
The compliments list isn’t the only part of Young’s sentencing. He also received time served for the 157 days he spent in jail, as well as two years of probation, 200 hours of community service, and $2,400 in fines. Young also agreed to move on with his life, finally.
What do you think? Can you come up with 144 nice things to say about people, let alone one ex-girlfriend? And do you think you can write all of these nice things and not repeat one word?
I enjoy writing. When I was a young teenager, I tried to write a story about a young girl who loved knitting. I remember writing a chapter or two and then running out of ideas. Boy, I wish I still had a copy of that novel! And in high school, I wrote for the school newspaper. As a seasoned legal secretary, I belong to NALS, an association of legal professionals with state and local organizations throughout the country. While serving as president on the state and local levels, I always looked forward to writing my president’s message.
Until starting this blog, I hadn’t exercised my writing “skills” much. I am still enjoying writing this almost-daily blog and I intend to continue next year. I will be moving to a new host, but that shouldn’t change anything for you, the reader. My official address is carynwolchuck.blog, which should be easier to remember. We’ll have a new look and a new name. No more trying to creatively name The 60 Blog everyday. As you’ll remember, I opened up the renaming to everyone. And Leslie came up with the best of the best. Yes, my sister, and the odds were not stacked in her favor in the least.
I have written more than 365 blog posts. More than a year of days have gone by. My birthday is coming around once again. I’m redoing the look of my blog, with the help of my blogging mentor, Stephanie. She did all the technical behind-the-scenes stuff, and if I could, I’d have her do everything. Come to think of it, I may ask her to write a guest post some day.
I’m taking a short writing break after this weekend and will start up new and shiny on Thursday, November 9. Look in your email box or on Facebook for SIXTY WHAT.