::So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for going on four years now hundreds of people have joined a kind of writing flash mob over here.

(Yup, these are Five Minute Friday writers at a meetup at the Allume Blogging Conference last year).

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We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that I post here starting at 10pm EST on Thursday night and all through Friday.

And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FMFParty (It stands for Five Minute Friday Party). And we have our own brand spanking new Facebook page now too over here. (Thanks to Karen for dreaming it up, creating it and hosting it for us!)

No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

It started because I’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And I figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.

You can meet them over here on our (did I mention it already?) Five Minute Friday Facebook page.

Your words. This shared feast.

It’s easy to join in, just:

  1. Check what the prompt is on my blog.
  2. Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
  3. {And if you don’t have a blog, no worries! Just leave your writing as a comment on my post}
  4. Link over here and invite friends to join in.
  5. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url www.new.thegypsymama.com but your post url www.new.thegypsymama.com/2012/07/five-minute-friday-2/ }
  6. Using the blue linky tool at the bottom of my Five Minute Friday post enter your link.
  7. It will also walk you through selecting which photo you want to show up in the linky.
  8. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky.
  9. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!

Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it Five Minute Friday rule: you must visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

So come and write with us. Together. On one word for five minutes. And then link up your post or leave it in the comments.

Today the word is CLOSE.


She sits so close to me I can feel her breath on my cheek. It’s hot and sticky and smells faintly of lollipops, black beans and rice. Her curls are sweaty and cling to her ears and she swats at them annoyed by what I find only breath-haltingly beautiful.


But she wants to be that close every day. Every day. She believes an inch between us in an inch wasted. And at 9am and noon and 3pm it’s precious. But by 6, 7, 8, 9, I start to feel chlaustrophobic. And the more I pull or resist or try to coax her to stay in bed, please or let daddy wipe you or can Micah please set up your Princess Sofia the First series, the more she super glues closer to me and I’m suddenly drowning in big batting eyelashes and wishing I could take a walk around the block.

So I do and she cries when I leave like I’ve abandoned her. Like I’ve flat out sunk the ship and left her on it. And no amount of dad or brothers or My Little Ponies will fix it. And I run away up the block and around the corner and over that crack in the sidewalk that always tries to trip me.

I run away only because I’m running a loop that will lead me right back where I started. I’m running for fresh air and fresh perspective and fresh courage to be someone’s all-day, every-day human Velcro.

And when I arrive back huffing and puffing she’s waiting at the door and screams in delight, “Mama! I seeeee you!”

And she does. She makes me so very seen.