Harbor

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

Photo by Peggy Choucair

Mine

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

Photo by Hangela

In 2009, the US Senate passed a resolution to establish National Miners Day as an official day to honor miners and to reflect upon their many great accomplishments and sacrifices. The date of December 6 was chosen out of particular respect to the 1907 mining tragedy in Monongah, West Virginia.
So, while much of our article today might reflect a different meaning of the word, we nonetheless thank those who risk everything to gather the raw resources for the products we use.

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

Photo by Couleur

New to MeWe
We recently moved from Facebook to MeWe and our site stats show we’re rebuilding our social presence stronger than ever. Since we’re so new to MeWe, we’re revisiting many favorite articles on our new magazine page there. We’re also reconstructing our collaboration group for authors, poets, bloggers, and other creative people. We hope you’ll join us there if you haven’t already.
Private group for creators:
https://mewe.com/join/cleanwip
Public page for readers and creators:
https://mewe.com/p/cleanwipmagazine
But, Earl, we are friends:
https://mewe.com/i/chinnici

Roof

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

Photo by Mario Ohibsky

Earlier this week…

Mutt

Photo by CJ

~ Earl Chinnici ~
(This is likely the lengthiest teaser I’ve shared so far from this WIP. I’ve not yet released the name of it for public consumption.)

Dana excitedly told us how much she loved the book already and that she’d just picked it up the day before, hoping to find a way to handle the stress from an awful predicament she and her husband Mark were dealing with at the time.
“It started early Friday morning about three weeks ago. We woke to a horrific sound. Our dog Rocky must’ve reckoned it was after his food. I thought he was about to scratch a hole through the door. We worried he’d jump the fence if we let him out.”
“What happened next, Dana?” I asked.
“Well, I thought it might be a delivery truck at first, but it sounded more like a tank. Mark said he didn’t see any reason someone would have a tank out there, but he wrapped himself up appropriately and said if he wasn’t back in ten minutes, I should call the police and let them know we’re under attack.”
“What,” I interjected.
Dana continued. “That’s exactly what I said. Then he told me he’s just kidding but ensured me that one look at Rocky would send even the worst of enemies trucking. Mark growled and then added ‘I’ll be back before you can spell onomatopoeia backwards.’ ‘I hope that horrible noise is gone long before then,’ I tell him. ‘I love you, baby cakes.’ Oh wow. Are you going to edit this?”
Dana has such a soothing voice. It’s ideal for radio. I reminded her the show is aired live, then urged her to continue.
“Oh my.” She chuckled, obviously a little embarrassed. “Well, Mark returned about fifteen minutes later…

Trick

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

Photo by Dana Ste

Secure

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

Photo by Matthias Wewering

~ Earl Chinnici ~
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.

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.]

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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

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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.”

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

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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…

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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).
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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

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

Photo by Jill Wellington

Stroke

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

Photo by Earl Chinnici

Respond

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

Photo by Earl Chinnici

Escape

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

Photo by Alain Audet

Crime

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

Photo provided by Pixabay

Vision

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

Watercolor by Evren Ozdemir

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Photo by Rene Rauschenberger

We’re a day late seeing this, so don’t wait until tomorrow. Get it now.

Scratch

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

Photo by Daga Roszkowska

Thrill

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

Photo by Frank Winkler

Life

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

Photo by Bruno

~ Laurean Brooks ~
Once upon a Trick-or-Treat. Click this link to enjoy a hilarious Halloween adventure via Smart Girls Read Romance. A gorilla mask and a scary old man made this night memorable.

Background

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

Photo by Quang Nguyen vinh

Face

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

Photo by Ian Lindsay

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

Photo by Larisa Koshkina

In case you missed it…

Cane

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

Photo by Mabel Amber

On our THEMES page, we post new themes each Thursday for the week ahead Sometimes this occurs before sundown. We post these chronologically descending to prevent the need to scroll through the many past themes to find the current and approaching themes.
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Thursday, October 22: SCRATCH
Wednesday, October 21: THRILL
Tuesday, October 20: LIFE
Monday, October 19: BACKGROUND
Sunday, October 18, 2020: FACE

Bring

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

Photo by Michael Gottwald

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, Book Three of The Magdalen Cycle, an historical fantasy set during the crusades…
Hugh grunted. Henri glanced up at the brown-haired former prince of Galilee. His was not a face that hid his annoyance well. His hawk nose lent him a fierce look that marched his piercing blue eyes. “My lord, I was born in those hills. I know the land. If the Germans meet no resistance, they will for certes find themselves riding down into lands patrolled by Muslim riders. We must ride out after them before they succeed in their raid. Perhaps, we can bring them back before they endanger the peace.”

~ Earl Chinnici ~
My words were not as well-received as I’d hoped. “You must be out of your mind, Jenny. You think I should apologize after the way that country-clubbing jerk treated me? Whose side are you on anyway? I should have known you’d bring up my temper again. You never let things be. Most people put in their two cents, but you always manage to donate a dollar.”
I nearly lost it then and there, but managed to recall the second chapter of my first book where I wrote about my “Live Happy This Second” theory and I replied with every bit of stoicism I could muster. “That’s not very nice, Charlie. If you didn’t want my opinion, you shouldn’t have asked.”

Train

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

Photo by Liselotte Brunner

Kick

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

Photo by Sepp

Earl Chinnici ~
Many people kick the habit and addiction of “Tobacco Cigarettes” each year and a lot of those people choose the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout as their quit date.
Planning ahead has been proven to greatly increase the rate of success—which is one reason I’m mentioning this today. There’s plenty of information online on this topic and I will offer the book I wrote as I quit gradually as a Kindle Free Book Deal during the days leading up to the smokeout which this year will be held November 19.

Full

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

Photo by Myriam Zilles

Scott R. Rezer ~
From my current WIP, The Gambit Queen, Book Three of The Magdalen Cycle, an historical fantasy set during the crusades…
Isabella wore only a thin chemise, but the heat of the candles brought beads of sweat to her brow. She swooned a little, but tightened her grasp on the beads. A pain lanced through her back. Nothing uncommon with this child. “Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum…” she said, wincing, mouthing the words of the prayer in a murmur. Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee…