Naming Our Next Creative Endeavors, in 6 Words

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I have an unfinished book. Or two.

6 words graphicRaise your hand if you can say the same. I’m not talking that Danielle Steele paperback collecting dust on your nightstand. I’m talking, fingers to the keyboard, creative endeavor, this’ll be so cool writing that gets left behind like the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs.

One of mine is a book about the NFL in the 1970s.

Every month, I compile a post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in six words. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

May is Creative Beginnings Month. What’s one creative endeavor you have in you that you need to start? Even better: Start it. Maybe use this post as square one to finally get it underway.

What would yours be?

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1. Conquering my gosh darn knitting needles.

Tara, of Aiming High Wife

2. I’m going to play a ukulele!

Yvonne T., of Hello World

3. Make Disney World vacation photo album.

Dana H., of Kiss My List

4. Equip our LEGOman for hockey WC.

Tamara G., of Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom

5. Take the page onto the stage.

Jenn C., of

6. A crocheted blanket for baby nephew!

Courtney W., of Blog Me This

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7. Learn a whole song on guitar.

Eric W., of All in a Dad’s Work

8. Stop procrastinating … finish writing my story.

Mary Lou Q., of Me in the Middle

9. Write now, or forever remain unwritten.

Leslie B., of Ink Interrupted

10. My first book, a future best seller.

Alison T., of Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops

11. Pencil sketches – window to my soul.

Laura B., of The Real Adventures of Becoming (whatever this thing is that I’m presuming is the authentic and genuine) Me

12. My book. For real this time.

Tricia M., of Raising Humans

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13. Harnessing Tina Fey’s humor and wit.

Erika, of Anxious Mom

14. Memoir, ‘My Life as a Pantser.’

Susan D., of Color Me Writing

15. Start freelancing again – pitch someone NOW!

Rachel L., of Don’t Eat the Pencil

16. I need to start that book.

Andrea M., of About 100%

17. Write the book that lives within.

Charlotte K., of My Pixie Blog

18. Learning guitar and piano: Part dueux.

Kim, of Protean Mom

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19. Stop being afraid; submit that script!

Tammie, of The Graying Chronicles

20. Two room apartment? Wagon wheel garden 🙂

Lyn C., of The Call of the Pen

21. Quiet book to entertain kids overseas.

Holly C., of Simplify Create Inspire

22. Time to finally publish my novels!

Sandra, of A Momma’s View

23. StART painting quotes on wood today!

Pat C., of New Bloggy Cat

24. That book, concept complete, frozen mid-research.

Laura, of Riddle from the Middle

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25. Ace Recital Hair Buns for Dummies.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic

26. Weed, hoe, seed, water backyard heaven!

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me

27. Help Grace start her own blog.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

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  1. Holly says:

    Forget the haters, just do whatever!

    I love yours. Yay Grace!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Word! Thanks Holly. She’s been wanting to write a blog for a while … maybe we’ll start Memorial Day.

  2. I really am excited about Grace starting a blog and would love to see what you come up with now! Thanks for including me once again this month, too 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’ll be fun – she wanted to do one that had sports highlights at first, but I think she wants to write more now. Glad you could be part of it again – you have 100% attendance, Janine.

  3. Awesome! Some of us have some impressive goals!!! 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Sometimes it’s impressive just to have goals, right Courtney? Thanks for helping out

  4. stomperdad says:

    Great stories and so many unwritten books! 😀 Thanks for the inclusion!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Maybe some best-sellers in here, Eric. Thanks for playing along.

      1. stomperdad says:

        Thanks for having me. I must have had 6 different stories before I settled on one.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Sometimes it takes a mini tournament to find the right one. Other times, the right one is the first one and the only one, Eric. Thanks for playing.

  5. stomperdad says:

    Reblogged this on All In A Dad's Work and commented:
    Eli, the Coach Daddy, heard Yoda tell Hemmingway “Use 6 words you must.” So with just six words, Eli challenges us fellow bloggers to pen our own story. You might even find a new blog to follow! Happy reading!

  6. Dana says:

    Go Grace! I don’t think my daughter has any interest in starting a blog, but she certainly has lots to say!

    Happy to join you again, Eli. And I’m also happy to say that I completed my creative endeavor- the Disney vacation album is complete!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Dana. I bet if your daughter guest posted on your blog, she’d get the bug. It’s a bug, isn’t it?

      So glad you’re here. Blog friends come and go, but I’m glad we stick around.

      I think you get the first slice of pizza for having cranked out your creative endeavor first! Some of us might not have even brushed our hair since the post went live. Look at you!

  7. Kim says:

    so many great entries – as always 🙂

    and let me know when Grace’s blog is live – go Grace!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You guys bring it every time, Kim. I’ll definitely promote Grace’s blog!

  8. Mary Lou says:

    I just love this idea …. and I love the Ken Robinson quote! Thanks for included Me In The Middle ! This was a great assortment of wonderful blogs! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I thought Ken’s quote said it perfectly, Mary Lou. Glad you could join us. I hope you’ll see some traffic from here, too.

      1. Mary Lou says:

        Already connected to a few of the other bloggers! Thanks, Eli!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        we run with the same pack of hooligans, apparently, Mary Lou!

  9. I need a deadline – to succeed!
    There’s 6 words for you, too 🙂 I am sorry I didn’t make it, but – things just got a little crazy, I am still catching up on my blog comments from almost two weeks ago – arrrrgh.
    Great post as always.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Good one! No worries about not making it – but next time, I will give you a deadline. You wouldn’t be the first who needed one! Glad you liked it, Claudia.

  10. ksbeth says:

    great list, sometimes we just have to jump in the deep end, or it will never happen. I’m hoping you take yours to heart and start it soon )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That first step, right beth? Grace and I will hopefully get a few posts ready for her this weekend.

  11. Lyn says:

    What a great crop of creative endeavors. May they bloom and grow forever.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Lots of mind power mixed up in here, Lyn. I second your wish!

  12. Kisma says:

    Looks like we will all have a lot of reading in our future 😉!

    Great line up and yeah for Grace!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s a common theme, isn’t it? I predict great things for Grace’s place.

  13. Awesome ideas. I love that people are creative. The only thing I could contribute to the list might be: bed of weeds needs landscaping now.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked it, Sue. We all have this creative energy; just need to put it in motion. Landscaping gives plenty of space for creativity.

  14. 1jaded1 says:

    Learning the art of taking hints..

    Congrats to Grace to starting her blog. May she have a healthy readership. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hints are tough, LJ, because they’re so ambiguous. Thanks about Grace! It’ll be fun to see her run with it.

  15. So much creativity, so little time to follow-through – or is it something else that is holding people back?
    Can’t wait to read Grace’s first post on her own page, I’ve seen some of her work here on yours a while ago!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      If it’s time, I wish we could all devote one day per month to clear the deck for creativity. Can you imagine?

      yes, Grace guest-posted. I’m eager to see what she comes up with, Tamara!

  16. Thanks for the fun, Eli! d=(´▽`)=b

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for contributing to the fun, Pat.

  17. You get to the heart of matters, quickly! I need to stop thinking and ruminating and start painting that furniture…and stop being fearful of not being perfect!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You get there quick in six words, Sandra. I hope you do take brush to furniture soon. Look forward to visiting your blog again – it’s been too long.

      1. I think you may have inspired me, again! You post got me thinking about my hearts truest desire so I tookthe leap and started a new blog on WP, The.Authentic.School. It is going to be a place where I post tools, resources and my thoughts. The tag line is ‘valuing people. making progress.’ Stay tuned and thanks!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Again? Good! Send me a link so I can check it out and pimp the hell out of it. Love the idea!

      3. I will send the link when there is content…working on it. Thanks for your encouragement!

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        Keep me updated!

  18. Charlotte says:

    So many wonderful pearls of wisdom here that I’m amazed by all you can say with less! Thank you for this, for creating this wonderful space for creatives to gather, and for always supporting and encouraging us in new and unusual ways. Just went to meet new blog friends 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Six words just gives you enough space, Charlotte. It can be done! I’m grateful for the community that contributes to this and supports each other.

      Hope not only that you find a couple new blog friends, but that someone will find your words, too, and love them as I do.

  19. Lulu says:

    Thank you for including me in your 6 words! It was so much fun to participate, and it actually really made me think. I have four days left in May to make my creative plan a creative reality. My flight just landed at Logan (YAY vacation!), and my pencils and sketchbook are in my bag! No excuses! Sending you joyful thoughts for a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for playing, Lu. Sometimes these things can provoke thought. How’s your creative plan going?

      Email me something out of your sketchbook this weekend. If you have a chance, grab a slice of pizza at Sal’s for me, would you?

      Have a great weekend.

  20. amommasview says:

    Seems like there are many books in the making 🙂 And I love the hair bun one… So glad my daughter is not doing ballet anymore… not need for perfect buns in Jazz…

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We’d better get writing, Sandra. And my girls won’t even let me go near their hair, even though dad knows all about braiding and half-up-half-down.

      1. amommasview says:

        Hahahaha… oh the hair is a tricky subject…

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I can be sent out for feminine hygiene products, but don’t let me attempt a bun, apparently.

      3. amommasview says:

        Hahahahaha… funny… 🙂

  21. Rorybore says:

    Oh wow – she’s really going to start her own blog??!! Awesome. You two will have such a fun, bonding experience over that. My son wants a YouTube channel, but he has to wait another year because his mom is a stickler boring panties worst mom ever about rules. *eyeroll for eternity*

    Love how so many of us want to write books! We need to start a book club and help one another out! That would be a great weekly meme: post a paragraph of your most recent creative writing and share it! Hmmmmm, coffee chat may be getting an over haul next year. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      She wanted to – and when I told her I’d help this weekend, she shrugged. I think she wanted to swim and play and relax, and I don’t blame her!

      Rules, especially for social media and the like, are the best. He’s lucky to have a mama who cares, your son.

      I hope we all get the words on the pages. This would be one hell of a book club, Rore.

      Let me now if you add that featured to the coffee chat – I’m in.

  22. This is such a fun idea! A lot of creative endeavors – you should do a follow-up! I want to know how it goes for some of the participants.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Jennifer. I love the idea of a follow-up … in what, three months? Look forward to having you join us for June, too.

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