Yep, it’s the fourth Saturday of the month and that means a new challenge regarding something you’re afraid to write. But...
I get a letter from the court saying that I’m being summoned to jury duty. Okay, it’s a civic responsibility and I’m up for that. Some years I was involved with a business where I was earning $500 a day and jury pay was -- about $4.00 per hour.
Those times I was excused. There were other times when the court was twenty miles away and I had no (reasonable) way to get there. I was excused.
There have been many times I’ve been in the “1-Day, 1-Trial” situation and, when I called in, they said I wasn’t needed.
All that just to say that I’ve served on two military courts martial, but never on a civilian jury until... this week.
I obviously can’t talk about the case but it appears I’ll be involved with it until the 4th of February (we’ll see how that schedule holds out).
So, even though I’m supposed to put up a new challenge for you, I didn’t get around to it this week and you’ll just have to put up with writing about...
This Week’s Challenge:
I’m winging it here, folks: let me hear about your jury duty stories. Use prose or poetry to tell me about that time you were on a jury, faced a jury, or managed to get out of jury duty.
If you’ve ever served on jury duty, give us a synopsis of what it was like.
After this thing is over, I’m planning on writing about the difference between military and civilian courts. If you’ve ever served on both, let us read your opinion of the differences.
People use any number of excuses to get out of serving on a jury because they are afraid of doing it or just don’t want to take the time. If you’ve ever avoided jury duty, I’d love to hear what excuse you used.
I’m in Southern California so my story deals with California and U.S. law. However, we have writers from all around the world and I’d love to hear something from them. Do you have jury duty? How long does it last? What size is a typical jury for your country? Can you offer an excuse to get out of it? What are your responsibilities if you’re on a jury?
If you’ve ever been in court facing a jury and feel comfortable writing about it, I’d love to read what you have to say about the experience.
Watch Out For:
Don’t know the legal ramifications about talking about individual cases after they’re over, so I’ll advise you to change all the names dealing with any legal case you mention -- just in case.
First, I said I’d write something for this week and I will -- honest. I’m sensing a trend here in that, due to the number of submissions, you seem to like poetry challenges. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm!
(Saturday Writing Essential) Distillation by Patrick M.
Mary Ann Slavcheff chose to make her submission in a comment.
Ms Lee P. chose to make her submission in a comment.
POEM: Birthday............ SunWE Free Verse and Sunday Writing Essential by Barbary Chaapel
Saturday Writing Essential by Ed Da Head Toker
satwe by Christina Williams
Satwe-01/19/2013-Heart's Poison--Iambic Pentameter by sarah leanne
I was limited in the time I had to prepare my column and I might have missed some submissions. I apologize if I did and, if you’ll let me know in a comment, I’ll have your submission listed next week.
Weekly reminder: Don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.
- Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.
Challenge: I’m winging it here, folks: let me hear about your jury duty stories. Use prose or poetry to tell me about that time you were on a jury, faced a jury, or managed to get out of jury duty.
- There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
- Post to Gather Writing Essential.
- Tag your submission with SatWE.
- Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
- I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.