Welcome to February! This year, the Erotic Journal Challenge theme is CELEBRATIONS! Because who couldn’t use a little more of that in their life?
Before sharing my suggestions for this month, let me do a little shout out to the participants for January. Thank you to Sir Thomas, Floss, May, Missy, Morag, Mila, Julie, Marie, Mrs. K, and the barefoot sub for linking up.
The posts I’d like to highlight are:
“Celebrating Seduction” by Mrs. K and “Cervical Health: Get Checked!” by the barefoot sub. Both of these posts exhibited vulnerability in a way that always grabs me as a reader (and a human being). These are the kinds of posts that make me feel closer to the writer and clamor to read more. If you haven’t had a chance to read them, please do:
Now, on to February’s celebrations!
Write about anything you are celebrating this month…an anniversary, an accomplishment, an event, a birthday. Big or small, if it makes you smile, it’s worth celebrating! Share what makes you happy with others.
Or maybe you’d rather focus on one of these…
Valentine’s Day (Feb 14)
International Flirting Week (Feb 14-20)
National Condom Day/Week/Month (Feb 14/Feb 14-21/Feb)
Body Awareness Month
Sexual & Reproductive Health Awareness Day (Feb 12)
Creative Romance Month
LGBT History Month (UK)
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week (Feb 1-7)
Or check out this daily calendar for something fun and off-beat (many seem to be food-related).
If none of these celebrations grab you, check out the following links to find more:
What to do:
Look over your writing options, and decide what interests or impacts you the most.
Come up with a post or writing plan (one or more posts are welcomed).
Write about your personal celebrations and/or reflect on how/why one or more of this month’s calendared sensual/erotic or relationship/sexuality-themed observances relate to you/your life.
You can link-up as many times as you’d like, but if you can see ahead of time that it will be more than two or three posts, you might want to create a tag or category and link that up instead.
Remember, this is an EROTIC challenge, so your reflection should somehow be related to something sensual or erotic OR should be relationship or sexuality-themed. It doesn’t have to be sexy! It doesn’t matter if what you write is positive or negative, as long as it isn’t intentionally harmful to others (basically…be respectful of others and think before you link up).
This is also a JOURNAL challenge, so what you write should be based on personal feelings, opinions, or experiences. Journaling can be done in lots of ways, though, so I’m not about to tell you how you have to do this. Sometimes I get my feelings and emotions out through poems, lists, autobiographical stories, photos, metaphors, etc. So the format of what you write is really up to you.
And finally, this is a CHALLENGE, which means we should be challenging ourselves to be honest and vulnerable, digging deep to find meaning and connection.
The initial prompt is posted on the first of each month. The link party will be open from the first day of the month to the last.
I will be doing a monthly highlight the first weekend of each month and sharing link-ups to social media throughout the month (I promise I’ll do a better job of this in 2021).
I appreciate it when you use the badge and link back to this post, so it is easy for your readers to find other writers and engage in the challenge, too. If you share on social media, use the hashtag #EroticJournalChallenge.