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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Dear 2020 from the Pandemic People Writing Prompts for the 15th

MORE ABOUT THE BLOGGER Howard-Johnson is the multi award-wining author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered by Modern History Press in its third edition. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. Learn more on her Amazon profile page (http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile). Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/Last-MinuteEditing) is one of her booklets--perfect for inexpensive gift giving--and, another booklet, The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) helps writers who want to be traditionally published. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it will help them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs at all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com)

Dear 2020 from the Pandemic People Writing Prompts for the 15th

I've seen social media memes that suggest some people feel they would like to "return" 2020. We are all thinking about the pandemic at least sometimes, and our lives have changed in some ways. For us, we experienced the birth of a new grandchild several states away. A pandemic baby! And visiting is not yet possible. 

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Our second grandchild was announced in the fall of 2019 to be born this spring. How wonderful! We couldn’t wait to hold, touch, and smell the new baby. Holidays flew by as we made plans and sent baby gifts to our son’s family. Was it a boy or a girl? Yes, they answered.

OK! Whatever!

Before we ever could purchase our tickets, the news of a new illness was making headlines. Maybe the illness wouldn’t take very long, and then we could take the trip.

A neighbor mentioned the airlines sent her a voucher for her ticket for a flight for her Grandmother’s 90th birthday. Voucher? The airlines canceled the flight? Hmmm? We started thinking twice. 

Soon we were riveted to the news. Our trip plans were cast aside; we began to worry about their trip to the maternity ward. Would they be exposed to Covid-19 in the hospital? Would mom be healthy? Would the baby be healthy? Anxious and concerned, we waited for the call.

Finally, the call. “It’s a boy!”

Good, good, but more importantly, would they get home healthy and without the virus? Yes, they made it home safely. Everyone was OK.

The first and subsequent baby photos reveal a very suspicious-looking baby. Eyes off to the side, he seems to be saying: “What am I doing here during this pandemic? Why was I born now? What is this place?”

This experience helped me realize we are all in the boat together. This month's prompts are all for 2020 and our recent experiences. As always, there are six prompts and six plain pages, all with pictures. The beginning is always selecting a photo you think will inspire your writing. If none of the photos appeal to you, simply get a blank piece of paper and write your own story. 

I wanted to add a baby writing prompt page. I have seen some hysterical images on social media of mad babies, and was able to find these. This is one page from the PDF. 

Dear 2020 from the Pandemic People Writing Prompts for the 15th

The stories may be shared with family and friends, and help to tell the story of living during this time in history. 

This prompt is about working from home. The commute from BDR (bedroom) to LVR (living room) couldn't be better! 

Dear 2020 from the Pandemic People Writing Prompts for the 15th

I hope you like them! Carolyn Wilhelm, Wise Owl Factory

Self-publishing from the Very, Very Beginning UDEMY Teacher

BS Elementary Ed, MS Gifted Education, and MA K-12 Curriculum and Instruction

Dear 2020 from the Pandemic People Writing Prompts for the 15th

Dear 2020 from the Pandemic People Writing Prompts for the 15th

You might also like our other writing prompts, posted on the 15th of each month. 

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