Ever since I started this blog, I have eagerly awaited Thursday mornings. Thursday morning is when The Seeker’s Dungeon announces its writing challenge for the week. This week’s challenge arrived today at 5:30 a.m. The instructions were to “….take some small aspect of your life and write it up in an entertaining way. Make us laugh, make us cry, or hold us in suspense. In some form or another, entertain us with the mundane.”
How in the world could I write something like that? Hmmmm. I decided I would just live my life and watch what I did with my days. Maybe I’d get a good idea if I just did that. This prompt could take all week!
After reading the prompt, I finished editing the GreenFriends newsletter I’ve been working on. That was fun. I love writing this monthly newsletter. Once the graphic artists do their magic, it looks so wonderful. And this month, for the first time, I was using information I had obtained from friendships I’m developing in the blogging world, a world that is very new to me. Justine contributed information about bug hotels and Oliana let me use a beautiful picture and a wonderful poem she posted this week.
The newsletter is done for now. What next? Shower, get dressed, eat breakfast? No, not yet. I think I will tackle my Sanskrit homework. I’ve been taking a Sanskrit class for two years. It is getting hard and I’m getting frustrated. Each week, in addition to other kinds of homework, we have to write 5 or more simple sentences in Sanskrit. Normally I know what I want to write about early in the week, but this week I don’t have a clue…. and my class is tomorrow! Hmmmmm.
I know, I will write my 5 or more Sanskrit sentences about my struggles with this week’s Sanskrit homework!!!! First I write my sentences in English, and then I start working on the translations. I am able to translate them fairly quickly. This strategy is working well!
Here are my sentences:
कानि वाक्यानि लेखिष्यामि?| What sentences will I write?
एषः सप्ताहस्य पाठः कष्टकरः अस्ति| This week’s lesson is giving me difficulty.
अर्थं अवगच्छामि न| I do not understand the meaning.
पदानि स्मरामि न| I do not remember the words.
सम्यक् पठनं करोमि न| I do not read well.
विक्षिप्ता अस्मि| I am very frustrated.
हे!| मम वाक्यानि एव लिखितवती| येय्!| हसामि| Hey! I just wrote my sentences! Yay! I laugh.
Now the sentences are done. I start musing about what I can do for the Dungeon Prompt. Hmmmmm. Homework is a pretty mundane subject so that fits the criteria. I will write about doing my Sanskrit homework!
I accomplish that task fairly quickly too, so the Dungeon Prompt project is essentially done as well… and it is only 8:15 a.m. Now it is REALLY time to shower, get dressed and eat some breakfast! What a productive morning I have had so far, and it has just started. I wonder what the rest of my day will be like?
[Confession: I wrote this post on Thursday but did not publish it before I went to my Friday morning Sanskrit class and had my sentences checked. No way was I going to put my beginner’s level unedited Sanskrit on the web!]