Writing Draft: Initial Musings About Justice

Initial Musings About Justice

Originally I thought my draft for last week’s writing prompt was going to end with, “…to be continued…”. And I was right.

Reflecting on what justice is, is an important thing for all of us to do. And talking about what justice is might seem straightforward at first because we all seem to have similar instincts and innate perceptions about what justice is and what it is not. However, perhaps ironically, justice becomes a lot less straightforward when we view it from the lens of our legal systems…

Writing Draft: A Short Piece About Feminism

A Short Piece About Feminism

As I worked on this week’s writing prompt, Write A Short Piece About What ‘Feminism’ Is, I started digging deeper into various schools of thought on feminism. I came across notable feminists within those schools of thought, their work, and their various approaches for advocacy. And what I ultimately discovered, ironically, is that feminism is not essentially about women or femininity at all.

An Imagined Dialogue Between Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter

An Imagined Dialogue Between Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter

Originally I planned to post this draft last Friday, for last week’s writing prompt. Let’s just say… some things happened that don’t usually happen and I was unable to do so, and I had to unexpectedly take a week off. I am happy to announce, however, that there will be some important additions and enhancements coming to the blog soon, which will significantly enhance its value, quality, and focus. So keep an eye out.

Now, as far as the draft below is concerned, it is indeed rough. Very rough. I could spend months on this draft and still feel as if it needed more work. But the point of completing Daily Drafts & Dialogues writing prompts every week is to keep myself writing every week, every day and allows me to take a break from my other writing work and keep my creative juices flowing.

Writing Draft of Chick Lit

Chicks on a Plane

Below is my draft of this week’s writing prompt: Write a Few Paragraphs or More Of Chick Lit or Women’s Fiction… After Learning More About Each Genre. It’s been a while since I’ve written a piece of fiction. So in that regard, this was a different and enjoyable writing exercise. But as I was writing this piece (and thinking about writing this piece) I continually struggled with whether I should incorporate what I thought of as stereotypical chick lit tropes in it, as I was also discovering more about the history of this genre (For more on that read: What Exactly Is “Chick” Lit” or “Women’s Fiction”? Are Their Designations Sexist? and A Conversation About Chick Lit and Women’s Writing Work). Or if I should make this piece more satirical, or dark…

Ultimately I’m not sure if I glorified stereotypical chick lit tropes in this piece or not, or if that was what I was even trying to do while I was writing it. But here is the draft anyway. I might come back to it at some point in the future. Or I might not. 

Musings on Reading Four Hundred Souls for Black History Month

Musings on Four Hundred Souls

Below is my journal entry about Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, for this week’s writing prompt

If I’m being honest about my experience reading this book, I should say that I’m still processing and reflecting on a lot of what I’ve read from it. 

I’ll try to keep the journal entry below brief because I don’t want to spoil the reading and learning experience for those who haven’t had the chance to read the book yet, as this book should be required reading for everyone. 

Essay on Trump's Second Impeachment

A Short Essay on Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

This week’s writing prompt, Write an Unbiased Essay on Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial, was extremely challenging. Why? Because our deeply partisan situation in the United States, further propagated by a deeply partisan Congress and other deeply partisan public and civic leaders, makes an inherently political impeachment trial, well… deeply political. Not necessarily fair or just. And a deeply political trial is challenging to write about without referring to or alluding to biased, deeply partisan party politics or rhetoric because partisan politics and rhetoric is its lifeblood. 

Below is the draft of my unbiased essay on Trump’s second impeachment trial. It’s unbiased because it doesn’t include references to political parties, or include overtly political or rhetorical terms or phrases—which also ended up making this essay short and difficult to write. Because without such political references and rhetorical language, there ultimately isn’t too much to say about an inherently political trial. Or is there?