Five O'Clock Somewhere

Welcome to Five O'Clock Somewhere, where it doesn't matter what time zone you're in; it's five o'clock somewhere. We'll look at rural life, especially as it happens in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, cats, sailing (particularly Etchells racing yachts), and bits of grammar and Victorian poetry.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The year’s final writing challenge

The toughest part: brevity

Over at Proper Course, Tillerman has issued his final writing challenge of the year. At first glance, it looks quite simple: Write a blog post telling what your best blog post of the year was, and describe why that post is the best.

The hard part: The description of why that post is the best has to be 30 words or fewer. This is especially challenging for us wordy types who have no problem cranking out the words, such as during National Novel Writing Month, when the goal is to produce 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s especially challenging since the post that I consider the best of the year was so extensive that I had to cover it in three installments, A Peak Experience with Team Zorro, parts 1, 2, and 3.

This post is simply the best because it captures the complete elation that comes from sailing well, with a wonderfully coordinated crew and a fantastic skipper. It makes me happy every time I reread it and remember.

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Blogger Andrew said...

Nice story. It's fine by me if you stretch the rules, if the result is as much fun to read as this. I'll be back, not just for the sailing but also because Claudia and I were married in Abiquiu in 1997! [Where do you sail in Rip Arriba County?] Andrew

Mon Dec 29, 08:49:00 AM MST  
Blogger Carol Anne said...

Andrew --

Thanks for the positive comments. I've looked at your blog; my grandfather was a woodworker who would appreciate what you do.

In Rio Arriba County, the best sailing is at Heron Lake, where motorboats aren't allowed to go faster than trolling speed. The sailing season is short (April through October), since the lake often freezes over in the winter.

If you and Claudia want to take a second honeymoon or memory reminder trip, I can suggest a lot of places you can go to!

Tue Dec 30, 01:40:00 AM MST  

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