My Tales Writing Challenge 2019

Okay, so last year, I started my own blogging challenge, so I would continue researching and writing about my family history. A couple of years ago, I found an old genealogy site by Amy Johnson Crow, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Although the writing venture had ended, I followed it anyway, and it opened up a door of incredible discoveries about my family. As my year crept to a close, I longed for another writing quest, but I could not find anything. That fall, I got busy and created my own writing challenge called My Tales, and I opened it up to other writers. It was a fun experience, and I did have a few bloggers participate on a regular basis.

Once the year came to a close, I didn’t know what my next move should be, for I learned that Amy Johnson Crow had started up her writing prompts once more. One fellow blogger enquired if I were going to continue. Although I hated to see it end, I didn’t see the point since I knew I wanted to follow Amy’s new prompts for the year.

Still, I started wondering about some of the things my bloggers, friends, and family had stated. One blogger told me that she enjoyed my site and enjoyed writing challenges, but she also shared that she just couldn’t bring herself to write about her family. Even my own grandkids had their spin on the family tales. While they loved the history, they wanted to know more about my life and their mom’s childhood too. With that in mind, I decided to give My Tales another shot, except this time I would focus on prompts that could involve more individuals, for it could still include genealogy buffs as well as folks that love to write about life.

This time, I will do bi-weekly writing prompts, and I hope participants will continue to share their stories. Here are the January Themes. Happy Writing!

Memorable Mail

The Classic Nickname

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Magical Moments

Once Again

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Nostalgia is a sentimental yearning for how things used to be or how they were for a brief moment. Do you ever feel nostalgic about your childhood or other times in your life?

The Storytellers

Cherished Finds

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7 Days in 7 Lines

  • Seven ~ Tales of a Family

Street Signs

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Let’s share some stories for May! With these high-spirited topics, the tales should be fun-loving and humorous. Happy writing!

Tall Tale


Curve Ball

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Where did June go? This summer has flown by all too quickly, and I never put up the June writing prompts. I apologize to my bloggers that share their stories on this site.

This time I am not placing dates or deadlines, just the writing prompts, so share when you can.

Since July is all about hot summer nights and friends, I decided to use these as suggestions for our stories. Have fun, and do not forget to share your tales.

Hot Summer Nights


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As summer slowly slips away, now would be a great time to share your favorite summertime memories. Remember to add your stories.

Summer Hangout

Summer Excitement

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An Unforgettable Teacher

Fall Favorites

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Family Tales

Spooky Stories

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2019

Well I am ready for another writing challenge, and this year I will be following Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Looking forward to discovering more about my family and their tales.

The January Prompts
Week 1 (January 1-7): First ~ Louis Gaston Hébert: Early Settler of Quebec
Week 2 (January 8-14): Challenge ~ Marie Rollet: Pioneer of Quebec
Week 3 (January 15-21): Unusual Name ~ Now, That’s a Strange Name!
Week 4 (January 22-28): I’d Like to Meet ~ Grandmother Catherine
Week 5 (January 29-February 4): At the Library ~ The True way to Live: Laura Ingalls Wilder

The February Prompts
Week 6 (February 4-10): Surprise ~ From the Heart: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Week 7 (February 11-17): Love ~ Happily Ever After
Week 8 (February 18-24): Family Photo ~ Home
Week 9 (February 25-March 3): At the Courthouse ~ The Ties That Divide

The March Prompts
Week 10 (March 4-10): Bachelor Uncle ~ The Bachelor
Week 11 (March 11-17): Large Family ~ The Land of Milk and Honey
Week 12 (March 18-24): 12 ~ The Lives of Gaspard Boucher and Nicole Lemaire: 12x Great Grandparents
Week 13 (March 25-31): In the Paper ~ Stop the Press!

The April Prompts
Week 14 (April 1-7): Brick Walls ~ Brick Walls
Week 15 (April 8-14): DNA ~ Scratching my Head!
Week 16 (April 15-21): Out of Place
Week 17 (April 22-28): At Worship

The May Prompts
Week 18 (April 29-May 5): Road Trip
Week 19 (May 6-12): Nurture ~ Happy Mother’s Day
Week 20 (May 13-19): Nature
Week 21 (May 20-26): Military ~ Heroes and Patriots
Week 22 (May 27-June 2): At the Cemetery

The June Prompts
Week 23 (June 3-9): Namesake ~ Family Names
Week 24 (June 10-16): Dear Diary ~ Madeleine
Week 25 (June 17-23): Earliest ~ New Lands and the Allen Family
Week 26 (June 24-30): Legend

The July Prompts
Week 27 (July 1-7): Independent 
Week 28 (July 8-14): Reunion
Week 29 (July 15-21): Challenging
Week 30 (July 22-28): Easy

The August Prompts
Week 31 (July 29-Aug. 4): Brother ~ Ordering Babies From the Montgomery Ward Catalog
Week 32 (Aug. 5-11): Sister
Week 33 (Aug. 12-18): Comedy
Week 34 (Aug. 19-25): Tragedy
Week 35 (Aug. 26-Sept. 1): At work

The September Prompts
Week 36 (Sept. 2-8): School Days
Week 37 (Sept. 9-15): Mistake
Week 38 (Sept. 16-22): Cousins
Week 39 (Sept. 23-29): Map It Out

The October Prompts
Week 40 (Sept. 30-Oct. 6): Harvest
Week 41 (Oct. 7-13): Context
Week 42 (Oct. 14-20): Adventure
Week 43 (Oct. 21-27): Transportation
Week 44 (Oct. 28-Nov. 3): Trick or Treat

The November Prompts
Week 45 (Nov. 4-10): Rich Man
Week 46 (Nov. 11-17): Poor Man
Week 47 (Nov. 18-24): Soldier
Week 48 (Nov. 25-Dec. 1): Thief

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