The Pain of Creation

I”ve been having such a hard time writing anything lately. Part of it is the snowy winter, part of it is my messy house, but most of it is my chaotic brain. So I am taking baby steps, trying to put words on paper even when they aren’t what I want to say. (But when I can placate the chaos in my brain waves, it’s very likely I will spew words, words, and more words. This is your only warning 🙂 .)

Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch has issued a new challenge: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the theme, “women create.”  I’m doing something a bit different this week.


I tried to create a feel-good dinner
but burned the onions and rice
(the carrots were still edible).
I tried to create harmony
but people-pleasing? Not my forte.
I gave up pretty quickly.
I tried to create smiles
By telling stories about my muddy dog
who has more Facebook friends than I.
I tried to create awareness
but my friends asked why my wall is so depressing.
It’s not me, I said; it’s the world.
I tried to create hope
but was trolled on Twitter.
Hope’s so trite these days.
I tried and tried.
I will create again.


  • At least you keep trying. That is what’s most important. Hope that tomorrow’s muse has the power of blocking out all the world.

    Jules DixonJanuary 31, 2017
    • She’s gotta have the power of Thor’s hammer…or maybe five of those hammers. Five hundred?

      C. JaiJanuary 31, 2017
  • Love this! I love how you wove your trying week into something positive, perseverance. I had a hard time with this prompt and almost went prose but just couldn’t find something that wasn’t trite. You achieved what I wanted to 🙂 Nice job!

    Diana J NagaiFebruary 1, 2017
    • LOL The most forced part of this week’s outcome is the positivity 😉

      C. JaiFebruary 1, 2017
  • Meant to say I tried a poem. I actually tried both and nothing came to fruition.

    Diana J NagaiFebruary 1, 2017
  • Perhaps what is created is not a woman’s greatest achievement, but rather that she creates against the odds of ever succeeding. It’s an ongoing act of trying to right/write the world. Looking forward to when the dam breaks!

    Charli MillsFebruary 2, 2017
    • Well said, Charli! (although success tastes so sweet…) I hope the dam breaks soon (because SO MUCH to write!!!).

      C. JaiFebruary 2, 2017

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