No, I’m not talking about politics in today’s post, I’m referring to the recent announcement that, after 146 years, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be folding up the tents and calling it a day later this spring.
I don’t know about you, but I have fond memories of going to the circus when I was a kid. The jugglers and acrobats were my favorites, though the clowns were always a bit disturbing. As I got older, the lure of the circus faded, especially when they added the noisy, smelly motorcycles that used to race around and around in big circular steel cages. The lure apparently faded for others as well, especially those against the continued inclusion of animals.
As a fan of Regency fiction, mention of the circus brings to mind Astley’s Amphitheater in London which, in 1768 pioneered the standard circus ring and was the place to go to see feats of trick horse riding, acrobats, clowns, and other acts. It was entertainment enjoyed by Londoners of all ages.
While we might not be able to run away to the circus right now, we can bring it to life here on the blog in today’s round of Random Word Improv.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re slaving away on your current manuscript, taking a break to smell the roses, or secretly dreaming about becoming a trapeze artist, 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 giving today’s words a try once I get out of my all-day meeting at the day job. Feel free to join in anytime; no juggling or acrobatic skills required.
For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:
- Pick as many words from the list as you want
- Write the first line(s) of a story (or a whole mini-story) incorporating your words
- Post your results in the comments section.
All right, let’s get started. Here are today’s randomly selected circus-themed words– can’t wait to see what stories you find hidden in the list.
circus clown calliope trapeze
elephant ringmaster acrobat performer
tightrope juggler stilts unicycle
tent stage laugh freak
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.