Search for a new 2022 Challenge


I am stuck in a quandary because I desperately need to find another hour or two to add to my day. You would think that once a person retired, she’d have all the time in the world to explore new activities. You’d be wrong. Life seems to fill in those unused gaps in time. That being said, my search for a new 2022 challenge has started.

The Challenge I took on in 2021

I started on the first day of January 2021 to explore different styles of poetry, and I also challenged myself to write at least one original blog post every day of the year. I explored various poetic styles from Limericks to Cleave Poetry, and I wrote through my knee replacement, sickness, and NaNoWriMo.

The difficulty of posting every day became hard o achieve, and I missed five days in total. I found the poetic adventure stimulating. As a child, I fell in love with poetry, and I started writing in verse in elementary school. When I became an adult, I somehow got away from it and moved in a prose direction. In 2021 I enjoyed connecting with my roots.

The search for a new 2022 challenge begins

I am a very competitive person, but only when that competition is against me. Those situations where I have to bet someone else to win don’t appeal to me. That’s why I fell in love with NaNoWriMo. The 50,000-word challenge is all about me doing better as a writer. I’m a winner before I type the first word on my laptop. I like walking because it is about the steps I get in every day without running a race against another person to reach a finish line.

I am a person who loves challenges, so I am searching for unique goals in 2022. I’m looking for ideas. One thought I had centered around writing my adventure blogs in a sort of epic poetic form, sort of like Homer’s Odyssey.

My The search for a new 2022 challenge ideas

One of the goal I need to strive for involves devoting myself to my prose writing. I’ve fallen behind in my editing and book writing. I’ve allowed ideas to slip past me when I should have reached out and grabbed them. It’s not a good idea for a writer to let these glimpses of inspiration float into oblivion.

Word Daddy claims I need to find some balance between blogging and writing. He’s quick to point out that I need to publish before I get too old to string two coherent thoughts together. What he’s saying is that I’m an old lady, and I might die before he ever gets paid. He’s right about that, but I will never confess this to his face. My characters complain that they aren’t getting enough attention.

Maybe I should document my clumsy attempt to self-publish. That should make for few humorous glimpses into my life, but at least it won’t be boring. The problem being I have no idea where to start. All the technical stuff has me stumped. Does anyone publish a Self-Publishing Guide got Dummies? You now one of those yellow books with big black lettering.

That said…

If any of you in blog land have any good ideas about how I can steal a few hours to compliment my day or a good challenge for 2022, please let me know. I’m open to any helpful ideas or feedback. I am down to the wire and hungry for ideas.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

15 thoughts on “Search for a new 2022 Challenge

  1. I love the idea of setting a challenge. and now you have my noggin going so I can come up with a goodie.
    as far s advice I would say wake up a little bit earlier and meditate for at least 10 minutes. That always helps me balance myself and I tend to waste less time in my day.
    Good luck to you and Happy Holidays!

  2. I get up at 4 AM, Molly. That was the only way I could find a couple of hours. I think it’s a problem for most of us. Writing in time-consuming! I hope you have a happy healthy productive 2022!

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