Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – With Baby Elephants

baby_elephantA short industrial strength rainstorm this weekend  drummed the rain-gutter right off the house and today it was all blue skies and sunshine. Good thing that wasn’t the other way around, since today was the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk around the lake at work. That would not have been fun in the rain.

Anyway, now that I’ve finished my 10,000 steps and picked up my event t-shirt and snack bag, it’s time to get back to the computer and turn my attention to a little Random Word Improv.

Care to join me?

Whether you’re walking, writing, or just enjoying whatever fall weather Mother Nature has thrown your way, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page. I’ll be starting my writing after work, if I can get the cat off my writing desk that is. Feel free to start on today’s words without me.


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 (or a whole mini-story) incorporating your words
3. Post your results in the comments section.

All right, let’s get started. Here are today’s random words. Last week’s entries were all great – can’t wait to see what stories you find hidden in this word list. I couldn’t resist the baby elephant above. Feel free to include an alternate animal if you prefer.

spoon          video           elephant         banana

rose              canoe          balloon           napkin

necklace      blanket      chair                notebook

brush            music        sneakers         sun

Are you ready? Go!

*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*

Back already? Can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with.

Happy writing to all.

3 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – With Baby Elephants

  1. (I am in a very silly mood this weekend, so here’s a little fairytale or children’s story.)

    Carmen, the baby elephant, was an absolutely adorable child star at the tender age of one – the zoo had gone all out for her, serving a special banana cake on an edible napkin, and decorating the enclosure with balloons, well out of her trunk’s reach. She had a beautiful necklace of roses, and the video clip on YouTube had her sketching with a special brush and ink into her elephant-sized sketchbook. Carmen was a prodigy, but she wasn’t happy. She waved her ice cream spoon in the air to the music of The Baby Elephant Walk, and drew forth a thousand “awwws” from the spectators, but it didn’t please her. Carmen wanted a life of adventure.

    So, late one night after the zoo had closed, she carefully packed her favorite blanket, her special deck chair, and set off in a canoe to find adventure. Her plan was to sail down the Mississippi, and through the Mediterranean, and eventually find her distant cousins in India. She thought she might have to trek through the Alps; she’d heard stories to that effect, but being a one-year-old, she didn’t have a very clear concept of time and space.

    By noon, she was defeated. The sun was hot, she was so tired, and her sneakers were wet. She paddled back upstream to the zoo, where her mama and her zookeepers welcomed her with open arms and some mango pudding. “Oh, my darling! We’ve missed you!”

    And lest this seem all too retro and defeatist, it’s not. Carmen’s little adventure was a practice run, and she spun it into a fine story to entertain her elephant friends and her fans on YouTube, and she saved her money from the ad revenues, and when she was 15, she set off on a carefully planned, fully funded trip to India, where she met her cousins, learned to meditate, and began a whole life of adventures, documented on video pixels. By the time she reached 80, she was the grande old dame of elephant society, and she had so many stories that she never bored anyone, and was always given an extra piece of cake at parties. The End.

    • Awww, good for Carmen. What a life! And what a lovely, fun, twisty modern fairytale to start the day.

      I’m submerged in my WIP (hence my absence here in recent weeks) but will see if I can put something together before the weekend’s over.

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