November Writing Experience: Gratitude in 100


Hey team –

I am grateful for you. Even if you pop in every once in a while. Especially if this the first time you’re here.

Many of you swing by without saying a word and that’s kewl. But I’d love to hear from you.

So… I have this idea:

November means Thanksgiving around these parts and so I want to do a writing experience; I’d say “contest” but I don’t have a prize for anyone and my being a child of serendipity and equality, there is no such thing as a “perfect” submission. What I would like to do is collect all your submissions and put them in one blog post that I will publish on the day before Thanksgiving and you all can feel connected with one another through your expressions of gratitude. If you don’t participate with a submission, you will be able to participate by hearing all the expressions.

Here it is:

  • 100 words or less about what gratitude means to you. Not what you’re grateful for (like an iPod or the last seat on the bus), but what it means. Writing this is meant to be introspective and candid: (show, don’t tell). It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be lyrical, it just has to be original and what you want it to be. A poem, a string of nouns or verbs… up to you. Oh, and it has to be not disgusting or obscene. Any weirdness in that regard will not be tolerated. If you wish to remain anonymous, I will treat you as such.
  • 10 words which describe you (remember, you don’t have to give your name).
  • An image of you or what best features your summary.
  • Your website or blog or way for others to reach you if you are interested in providing it.

Send your submission to me at by 11pm Monday, November 19. SHARE THIS POST if you wish!

Thank you for playing along. I can’t WAIT to read and see what you come up with!


About Grass Oil by Molly Field

follow me on twitter @mollyfieldtweet. i'm working on a memoir and i've written two books thus unpublished because i'm a scaredy cat. i hail from a Eugene O'Neill play and an Augusten Burroughs novel but i'm a married, sober straight mom. i write about parenting, mindfulness, irony, personal growth and other mysteries vividly with a bit of humor. "Grass Oil" comes from my son's description of dinner i made one night. the content of the blog is random, simple, funny and clever. stop by, it would be nice to get to know you. :)

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  3. just now seeing your twitter tweet, so this is the first I’m hearing about this. I would love to play along, I’ll try… maybe I can get something written by 11:00am tomorrow. I will let you know.

    • Hiya Amy! Tomorrow at 11pm. you have more time. (and if you need more than that let me know.) It’s been “YAYAYYAY’d” like mad, but no one is really … participating. Which could make it very easy for me. Maybe I should tweet it more? I dunno. I hate to bombard people. Seeing manic tweets on my feed makes me twitchy.

  4. Reblogged this on Grass Oil by Molly Field and commented:

    Today is the day. Tonight is the deadline: 11pm MY time: Eastern. I appreciate all the submissions so far. I really do. Relly relly dew. Thank you. If you haven’t written 100 words yet, please do. You must feel gratitude for SOMEthing: your pillow, a marshmallow at a campfire, a song that reminded you of that time when you did that thing with your friends at that place and you all laughed… the book someone lent you that showed you how life can be; that blog post which inspired a poem you wrote. 100 words, right here. Just now now: 101.

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