Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Now With Girl Power!

Rosie the RiveterToday’s Friday Writing Sprints comes courtesy of “that guy at the flooring store.”

Yesterday, I stopped at the store to get more adhesive to finish installing the hardwood floor in my library.  While the clerk rang up the sale, the other guy at the counter explained how to keep the glue from hardening while I worked.

“Just have him place a sheet of plastic over the top when he’s not spreading it on the floor . . .”

I looked around for the “he” in question.  I thought maybe my five gallons of adhesive came with a free man or something (it would explain the price), but no such luck.  The guy’s assumption that “some guy” would be doing the installation had me mentally shaking my head.

I think I need a little Random Word Improv to wipe the incident from my mind.

Care to join me?

Whether you met your writing goals this week, spent your time soaking up knowledge at the RWA conference, our encountered some sexist guy at the store, a few minutes of improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page


For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:

  1. Pick as many words from the list as you want
  2. Write the first line(s) of a story incorporating your words
  3. Post your results in the comments section.

All right, let’s get started. As you can see, we have a bonus phrase to go along with our theme today.

Bonus phrase(s):              “little lady

Here are our  specially selected random words.  Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

                Build                     strong                   capable               tool

                Measure              competent         screw                    muscle

                hardware            motor                   plan                       hammer

                Angle                    wrench                 feminine             clamp

 Okay.  Are you ready?  Go!

*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*

Happy writing to all.

3 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Now With Girl Power!

  1. The motor in the computer fan made that weird whining noise that sounded of cat hair and distant pleas for help. James sighed. Computers were capable tools, and wonderful bits of hardware, but they just didn’t last. He’d hoped to get four years out of it, and now it was conking out at two and a half. He could feel that little muscle by his eyelid twitching. His credit card couldn’t handle the strain of a new machine. He’d have to ask the Dreaded Linda.

    Linda Clampett was not a little lady. She had the build of an Amazon, with feminine, competent hands that could tease stray components out of tiny corners. She was altogether adorable, and she had made it plain that she had absolutely no interest in him beyond work. And even there, he was treading on thin floors; he was afraid his current computer problem might send him plunging right through the floor to the basement of the building of her esteem. He crossed her off his list of desirable partners.

    But the little things snuck up and attacked his heart and his libido. The angle of her pen as she chewed the end during boring meetings. The way her hair swung when she erased the white board. The way she crunched numbers mentally, beating the calculators of the lesser nerds who surrounded her. The way she screwed up her eyes and sent laser beams through stupid co-workers. A woman strong beyond measure and beautiful beyond description.

    But he was her boss. He couldn’t take advantage of his position, but even if he could, she’d crush him like a bug. The situation was hopeless, and as he reached to turn off the computer, the keyboard burst into flames. (And then he gets very heroic by fighting the fire, but it turns out that HIS boss fires him for neglect. He gets a job with a rival firm, then runs into Linda at a seminar, and invites her out for coffee, and finds that his situation isn’t as hopeless as he thought.)

    • Wow Michaeline, you’re on a roll there. I hope that means that you’re feeling better. Would love to know why James’ keyboard burst into flames. Glad to at least know he’s got (possibly) a happily ever after in his future.

      • I felt like I was being too whiny today (-:. I do feel better after that!

        James’ keyboard burst into flames because of cat fur, combusting. This was a non-magical foray. It would be a more interesting story if it burst into flames for other reasons . . . maybe Linda got drunk last week and accidentally hired a white witch to make James “fall in love” with her. A bumbling fairy godmother. With a very shrewd appreciation of what catfur can do. I’m feeling a little O Henry with this.

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