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A word of caution before you go ahead 

This is a "lovey-dovey" kind of post. Lots, and I mean, lots of love ahead. Maybe even a bit of mushiness. And yes, I'm vain enough to accept the appreciation that they have thrown at me. But I promise you, none of the feedback was "sponsored" in anyway. 

I stare helplessly at the empty white space behind her, which resembles a vast bottomless abyss taunting me to make my move. My lips feel parched and I am suddenly very conscious about the gigantic  beads of sweat that are now starting to form on my forehead.

I try to take a deep breath, but it seems impossible. I feel like I’m being strangled. And as my eyes start to get misty, I see her. Disappearing and then reappearing, as if playing peek-a-boo with me, trying to tempt me to do something. Anything. But my hands don’t move. They just lie limp by my side, and I wonder if I’ll ever be able to use them again. And then she starts to blink, almost in a pattern, which makes me feel she’s laughing at me. At my wordless-ness. "Damn you …..stupid blinking cursor” 

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This is me, when I have the dreaded "writer's block". Or when I have to fill in one of those “About Me” sections which masquerades around as a harmless little text box. I always feel overwhelmed trying to describe myself as a person. So overwhelmed, that I sometimes almost breakdown. The problem, you see, is to writing something nice and appealing about myself. It's almost an impossible ask for me. Of course, I can use the self-depreciating humour technique that has become ever so popular. But then as I've discovered, it can become boring and outdated quite quickly.

We started Project 365 in order to ensure that we came up with something creative and "out-of-the-box" for every post that we did. And keeping true to that value, every now and then we pick some rather strange prompts. And today's is one such one. My "Goliath" today is the prompt,  "If humans had tag lines, what would yours be?".

For those of you who may be “marketing-ly challenged”, a tag line is that short, yet ridiculously important catchphrase or slogan that usually accompanies a product or service. Sometimes they are absolutely brilliant and makes you wonder if you could have come up with something as catchy. Other times they make no sense at all, what so ever, but just sounds so sassy. And some other times, they just make you regret the fact that the people who came up with those slogans are some form of writers too. Just like you and me. (Yes, I’ll let that sink in for a minute! ).

Now let's imagine what happens if people did have tag lines that were honest and gave others a little bit of insight into the real you. It could be like one of those little "thought bubbles" that we see in cartoons and animations. Maybe, it will be a reality one day. Anyway I digress. So the question is, "What would your tag line be?". Since I'm absolutely ridiculous at coming up tag lines, I cheated a little bit. I picked SIX awesome writers that I've  known through their blogs, chats and talks (and a bit of Facebook “information retrieval”). And then flashed the smiliest of smiley emoticons at them and asked them for a favour. In other ways, you could say I invoked the “blog-ship clause” (Kind of like the friendship clause but for bloggers).

And this is what they had to say: (Be warned : They obviously think I’m some sort of author in the making and an awesome person. They could be wrong. or right. or just high on the “drug” that I spiked in their virtual drink).

 

Hema

RekhaJairamAlkaSeetaDagny

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. Especially when it comes from people whose writing prowess I admire. So how do you express your gratitude to these lovely writers? You just write a tag line for them. So here’s my “tribute” to this lovely unrelated sextet who are only joined by the love of writing.

HemsReksJai AlkaSeeta

Dagny_1

And before I wind up this rather lovey-dovey post, I think it’s only fair that I sum up what I think my tagline should be. For I don’t think I’m all that amazing as these brilliant people have made me out to be. I’m impatient with a short fuse and don’t know to say the word “No”, amongst others. But most of all, I procrastinate with things I don’t want to do. Instead of getting “less-interesting” things over and done with,  I just keep putting them away till I am forced to do it. So I suppose an apt tagline for me would be, a mini-variation on the famous Nike tagline.

Sid_Justdoit

 

[This post is written for the Project 365 program at We Post Daily aimed at posting at least once a day, based on the prompts provided. The prompt for today was "Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be? ”  Once again, this post is about how awesome I am. Deal with it :P P.S I asked a few other writers too. Sadly they were a bit pressed for time. Else you would have seen how much more awesome I could have been. Okay, I just feel like Reggie from Archie comics now ;)]