Howdy folks,


After trading some e-mails with David for the great reboot of #JCarn– we were trading prompt ideas and well, I’ll be your host for December.

Oh how rude of me, I’m being such a terrible host, let me take your coat, come on in, wipe your feet.

As we race toward the end of 2013, it’s a natural time for reflection and in that spirit I think I’ve come up with what I hope will be an enjoyable and perhaps even cathartic prompt:

“What would you write if you could send a letter to your fifteen-year-old self?”


For December I would like you all to write a letter to your younger self. You can write about anything, no rules, no apologies. You may like to share with yourself advice, things to look out for, things you wished you did differently, regrets, hopes, what you’ve learned, about your life, choices… or just about anything that is on your mind. Ideally these are deeply personal to you and I hope it’ll be enlightening to others in its universality to the human condition.

More often than not, if it’s important to you, it’s important to others. And who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about yourself.

Looking forward to reading your responses carnies!

What’s #JCarn?

For my mom and a few of you readers who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, #JCarn, or The Carnival of Journalism, is a loose collection of journalism thinkers (and people like me) who get together to post on their blogs with their reflections on a given prompt.

If you’d like to participate head on over and sign up for the next prompt. Do it! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Also, since I’ll be summarizing what everyone had to say, if it’s not too much trouble, come back here and leave a comment with a link to your response.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say.