Greet

Today’s #CleanWIP collaboration is Greet. [More info]

Photo by Jan

~ Earl Chinnici ~
“Hi Rita. This is Rachel of the Write Connections morning show. I’m here with Jenny Foster, author of…”
Rita made it clear she knew who she’d called. “I read the book last week and loved it—especially the part about confronting your fears. As I pulled from my driveway this morning, I heard you say I could win a luxurious evening hanging out with Jenny and her man. I could sure use a little good news.”

[Incidentally, reading over this excerpt all by itself like this is a little awkward since confronting your fears is the main theme throughout the entire fictitious book to which Rita is referring.]

Relaxed Friday 60

It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

Photo by Christiane

Thanksgiving

Ever heard of a cornucopia of Thanksgiving wishes? A little food for thought…

Photo by Norbert Staudt

Jukebox

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Jukebox. [More info]

Photo by Nuno Lopes

Authors – Poets – Bloggers
We recently left Facebook and moved our social group for authors, poets, and other creative people to MeWe. We do not miss Facebook, but we do miss those who have not yet joined us on MeWe. We hope to reunite soon.

Private group for authors: https://mewe.com/join/cleanwip
Public page for readers and authors both: https://mewe.com/p/cleanwipmagazine
Friends with the owner: https://mewe.com/i/chinnici

Delight

Today’s #CleanWIP collaboration is Delight. [More info]

Photo by Gerd Altmann

Berry

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Berry. [More info]

Photo by Neeme Katt (slightly altered for this article)

Bread

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Bread. [More info]

Photo by Hans Braxmeier

Relaxed Friday 59

It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

Photo by Tim Hill

In Case You Missed Us
(We missed you too. Welcome back.)
The CleanWIP Magazine group for authors, poets, and other creative people has a new home on MeWe as well as a public page where we can share news and all sorts of fun things with the readers. We apologize to anyone who didn’t catch the advance notice of the move. Incidentally, Facebook’s concept of prioritizing content Facebook deems important played a large part in our difficult decision to make the move. Though the move has been a great deal of work and we dearly miss those who have yet to find us on the new-to-us platform, we’re quite excited about the considerable uptick in visitors and interactions now that fans of CleanWIP Magazine are allowed to directly decide for themselves regarding the importance of our message.

Overcome

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Overcome. [More info]

Photo by Rita

Discuss

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Discuss. [More info]

Photo by Andrew Martin

~ Jessica Marie Holt ~
The two women glared at each other across the table. After a moment, Ellie wrapped her hands around her coffee. There was nothing pensive about her look anymore. She stared at June with laser focus. “Well. I have something to discuss with you.”

June was intrigued.

~ Earl Chinnici ~
I began writing as I stopped smoking tobacco cigarettes gradually. When I published a memoir about two and a half years after I quit, I included most of the hand-written notes from my composition book in a raw, nearly unedited form to help convey the experience to readers who might be looking to break free as well. Tomorrow is the Great American Smokeout for 2020 and I’ve been offering Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You as a Kindle Free Book Deal several days this week to help encourage those who might be joining in. Readers can add it to their libraries free until midnight Pacific Time tomorrow.

Here’s one entry from the journal portion of the book…

9:47 AM – I smoked this cigarette after discussing smoking on the phone for about twenty minutes with a close friend. A few minutes prior to lighting this one, I noticed the pain in my ankle seemed to go downhill gradually and yet rather quickly. I suspect that this is most likely due to an increased heart rate from the anticipation of getting my next “fix.”

Thunderclap

(a parody by Earl Chinnici)

Photo by David Mark

Anyone remember the crowdspeaking app Thunderclap that allowed people to have social media users agree to send out a specific tweet or post at a specific time to help make a thing go viral? My timing was off on this one though. Very soon after I created this, Facebook blocked apps such as Thunderclap from posting and Thunderclap announced its imminent closing. Perhaps we can file this parody under nostalgia.

(awesome instrumental)

ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

(Thunder!)
ah ah ah ah ah ah

Thunder!

Thunder!

Thunder!

Thunder!

I was tagged…
In the middle of a Facebook post
(Thunder!)

Once I clicked…
Well, I knew there was no turning back
(Thunder!)

What’d they want?
What did they want me to do?
(Thunder!)

An event!
And… “we need help… yeah… more help from you.”
(Thunder!)

Click on the link…
Agree to the post…
Accept all the terms…
“We’ll do the rest.”

We’ll all Thunderclap!

We’ll send this post out…
Many people, at the same time.

Even in Texas, yeah Texas
Yeah, we’ll have some fun.

We’ll send it to girls
Boys and everyone else…
Send it to bots, send it to tots…
Yeah, yeah, we’ll… we’ll… tell everyone.

Social media alerts
Thunderous support…
Now won’t you be real kind?
We’ll all…
Thunderclap!

Thunderclap!
Yeah yeah yeah, Thunderclap!
Ooh…
Thunderclap!
Yeah..

Social media alerts…
Yeah, thunderous support…

(awesome instrumental)

ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah
ah ah ah ah ah ah

Thunderclap!
Thunderclap!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Thunderclap!
Thunderclap!

Yeah, yeah, yeah
I said yeah!
It’s all right!
Yeah!
It’ll be fine!

Yeah! It’s all right!
Yeah! It’ll be fine, fine, fine!
Thunderclap!
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Thunderclap!

Thunderclap!
(Thunderclap!)
Woo hoo, yeah…
(Thunderclap!)
We’ll all Thunderclap!
ah ah ah ah ah ah
Thunderclap!
Thunderclap!
We’ll all Thunder…clap!

Connect with the author: Earl Chinnici

Website: https://CleanWIP.com
MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/chinnici
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Earl-Chinnici/e/B00L894LL6

Hike

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaboration is Hike. [More info]

Photo by LUM3N

Habit

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Habit. [More info]

Photo by Shirley Hirst

Reflect

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Reflect. [More info]

Photo by Quang Nguyen vinh

Relaxed Friday 58

It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

Photo by J.W.Vein

While

Today’s #CleanWIP collaboration is While. [More info]

Photo by Silvian Coconeanu (cropped for this article)

Liberty

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Liberty. [More info]

Photo by Tom Kranz

~ Earl Chinnici ~
(a few lines from the opening chapter of one of one of my current works-in-progess)
Now, we’re inseparable. When one of us has a rough day, the rest do everything possible to lift our comrade’s spirits. We lost the illusion of security we had always known, but we refuse to succumb to the anguish and the nightmares. There’s no time for it. We have lives to live—and a story to tell.
We didn’t set out to be heroes, but heroes we became. I’m sure you’ve seen our faces on billboards and subway walls. We’re uncanny symbols of America’s determination and resilience. Some people claim we’re not human; some claim we’re not real. We want you to know we are. We do have feelings.
The entire world has heard the sanitized version of that fateful day and how our actions saved millions, but due to matters of national security, the president urged us to wait a year before opening up to the media. On the White House lawn, he commended us for our bravery; in the Oval Office, he thanked us for our silence.
So much remains untold, but through this symphonic memoir, we hope to answer many of the remaining questions. We hope to silence a couple vicious rumors too.

Do

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Do. [More info]

Photo by Marijana

Dark

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Dark. [More info]

Photo by Okan Caliskan

Bright

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Bright. [More info]

Photo by Tim Hill

Nobody lights a candle for it to be tucked away and hidden. No. A candle is placed where it provides light to everyone near it. Be like a bright candle to everyone near you. Be a person who encourages, loves, helps…

Relaxed Friday 57

It’s Friday! Here’s the scoop on #CleanWIP Relaxed Fridays.

Photo by James Wheeler

Dinner

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Dinner. [More info]

Photo by Maura Fay

Candy

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Candy. [More info]

Photo by Aline Henda

Earl Chinnici ~
From my first published book, Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You, which will be featured as a Kindle Free Book Deal on the days leading up to this year’s Great American Smokeout (November 19, 2020).
~~~
It took me a few months to grasp what was going on here. I was unwittingly using hard candies as a substitute for the sugar I had been ingesting through cigarettes in a manner very similar to how I used nicotine patches to wean off nicotine. If I would have understood this at first, it is possible I might have been able to regulate my usage of candy and used it as more of a tool than a new addiction. Instead, I eventually realized that these small hard candies had become a very large problem for me.
I then attempted to wean myself off the hard candies, but when it seemed it was going to be nearly impossible to do it this way, I decided to stop buying those candies altogether. I am sure I used more sugar in my coffee over the next few days than I normally would have, but I seem to have eventually reached a manageable level.

Anyone

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Anyone. [More info]

Photo by Melk Hagelslag

~ Earl Chinnici ~
From my first published book, Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You, which will be featured as a Kindle Free Book Deal on the days leading up to this year’s Great American Smokeout (November 19, 2020).
As the nicotine levels in my body decreased, I would sometimes feel very strongly that I could quit smoking. Obviously, this was one of those moments. Other times, I imagined that it would be nice to smoke only three or four cigarettes per day and to smoke a cigarette only whenever I made a conscious choice to do so. Remember, I had inhaled poison for more than a quarter of a century. It should not surprise anyone that I was at times nervous and uncertain.

Direct

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Direct. [More info]

Photo by Günther Schneider

Brush

Today’s #CleanWIP theme and collaborative article is Brush. [More info]

Photo by Aida KHubaeva