Category: Blogapalooza

Decisions, Decisions . . .

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly ‘Blogapalooza’ series where bloggers are provided a writing prompt and given 60 minutes to publish a post about it.  This month’s writing prompt is:  “Write about a decision you made that changed the course of your life, for better or worse.” This one is easy for me.  I... Read more »

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown: The Funeral Recessional That Never Was

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly “Blogapalooza” feature where bloggers are provided a prompt and required to write and publish a post within an hour.  Tonight’s prompt was this:  “Pick a song that has special meaning to you and explain why.” My Dad’s been on my mind a lot today.  Probably because the first... Read more »

When a Cake Is More Than a Cake

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly “Blogapalooza” hour wherein bloggers are given a prompt at 9:00 pm and required to post their words by 10:00 pm.  Here is this month’s prompt: “Write about a time you lost your temper or somebody lost their temper at you.” I have been feeling bereft lately.  For days,... Read more »


This blog is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly blogapalooza where bloggers are challenged with a topic at 9:00 PM and required to publish a post an hour later.  Here is this month’s topic: “Without trying to be humble, write about something you’re really good at.” Oy.  I have to laugh because as of late, I am... Read more »

Tomorrow Is Thursday and I Get to Shower

This is an entry in ChicagoNow’s monthly “blogapalooza” hour where we are challenged with a blog topic and given an hour to write about it.  Here is the topic: Write about your tomorrow. Not figuratively — literally write about anything that you hope, fear, believe, expect, anything, that you may experience tomorrow. I have a... Read more »

When Perfect Isn't Possible

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly “Blogapalooza” challenge where bloggers are given a prompt at 9 PM and one hour to complete a post on the topic.  Tonight’s challenge was, “Write what your perfect day would be like, either in reality or fantasy.”   Well, the clock is telling me that it is already... Read more »

The Writer Who Doesn't Read

This post is part of ChicagoNow’s monthly Blogapooloza Hour where a writing prompt is given at 9PM and bloggers have one hour to complete a post.  This month’s prompt is:  “Write about something in your life you’ve given up, but that you wish you still did.” I used to be a reader, but now I’m... Read more »

I Am a Mom

This is part of the ChicagoNow Blog-a-palooza challenge.  Once a month all bloggers are given a writing prompt at 9:00 PM and instructed to write our little hearts out until 10:00 PM when all involved post simultaneously. Here is today’s prompt: Write about something you learned or experienced since you woke up this morning. Dammit.... Read more »

Figuring It Out

This post is part of the ChicagoNow monthly collective “blogapalooza” wherein one topic is presented at 9 p.m. and bloggers are afforded one hour to write their little blogger hearts out, publishing whatever they have by 10 p.m. Today’s topic: Write about a great challenge faced by you, by someone else, by an entity, at... Read more »

The Second Kind of Help

This blog post is part of a ChicagoNow network wide “blogapalooza” wherin any ChicagoNow blogger writes about the same topic provided by our community managers.  Only catch is that we don’t get the topic until 9 p.m. and have to publish by 10 p.m.  It is ON, baby.  Today’s topic: Write about a time you... Read more »