Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Off the Grid

The Hermitage at Dunkeld
© Eldridge Photography

I’ve recently returned from a vacation in Scotland where I had a wonderful time taking in the sights, enjoying some quality family time and, at least partially, stepping off the grid.

Normally, I’m almost always connected, with the internet just a wi-fi or cellular signal away.  In Scotland however, I had no cell service on my smart phone, and my iPad access to the internet was limited.  While there was free wi-fi accessible in the major outside areas of Edinburgh, on the Isle of Skye, accessing the internet meant a walk to the bus stop in the center of town where there was a free signal.

It was an interesting experience.

I hadn’t realized just how much I had become accustomed to hopping onto the internet whenever a question popped into my head and periodically dropping by the blog to check for comments.  I will admit, however, that it was kind of nice not to be able to check in with work (or for them to reach out to me) for a few days.  While the break was nice, once I adjusted, I was happy to get back to a fully functioning smart phone and a connected computer when I got back home.  After all, I had a lot of unanswered questions to look up.

I may be back on the grid, but I’m trying to keep my connectivity down to a reasonable level.  What better way to enjoy a little temporary “off grid” time than with a little Random Word Improv?

Care to join me?

Whether you’re taking a technology break, working on your latest story, or just looking for a distraction, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page.


Today’s random words may be vaguely internet related, but the theme is up to you.  There will be bonus points for including a highlander though.

connect               search               wired                  signal

text                        drop                  remote               silent

service                 tower                talk                      phone

message              free                    wait                     peaceful

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.

Okay.  Are you ready?  Let’s sprint!

*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*

Ah, you’re back.  Kind of fun, right?  Can’t wait to see what you have come up with.

3 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Off the Grid

  1. So, I decided that this word group looked like it flowed so well from last week that I thought I would just continue with last week’s castle start.


    Dinner wasn’t just dinner. It was a service fit for a god. Jack Canton must’ve had a 10-star chef on staff. They had wagu beef with duck comfe and black truffle, for the main course. Dessert had both chocolate and gold in it. But the wine…it was nine parts elixir of the gods, one part elevated grape perfection. When a drop fell, it was like a small, silent death. Kara wanted to mourn its loss, the dress be damned.

    There wasn’t much talk while they enjoyed their dinner. It was peaceful and free of distraction, except for Jack Canton himself. Whenever she looked up and caught his eye, she caught one of his smiles. It was electric, like she was wired. Everything tingled with a bit of fire. Each look and smile would connect with a different bit of her body, like he was fine-tuning his connection to her.

    The wait staff had cleared dinner while he’d been running his very personal signal trace of her person. Whether it was the fire, the wine, or Mr. Canton, she felt awash in warmth, cloaked in it like the down duvet at the edge of the bed, in her room. Room? Bed? His signal was strong and his quite probable message had been internally received. Talk about sub- text.

    There was no “phone a friend” option here, it was just her, Canton, & a couple dozen special forces trained Canton associates, in the tower of a remote castle.

    He offered her his hand. She took it and he escorted he back to her room. A perfect evening with a perfect gentleman.

    “I have to go in to the office tomorrow for most of the day. You can feel free to stay here and enjoy the castle and grounds, if you would like. I’ll send the helicopter to pick you up for dinner around five.”

    She searched his face and mannerisms for any deception. There was none.

    He reached in around her and opened her door for her. “Oh, and you’ll need the wifi password to check your mail and things, it’s highlander1665, all small.” The warm of his breath caressing her earlobe and neck ever so slightly, as he released her to her room.

    She closed the door, leaning back on it for strength. What a shocking jolt it was to be disconnected from him. Electro-magnetic, a force of nature, some sort of lost god? Jack Canton wasn’t anything like what she had imagined him to be and things were getting complicated fast.

    • Whew….is it warm in here?

      That was great, Penny. So glad you decided to continue last week’s story. Loved the phone-a-friend line and the password bit.

      I definitely want to know what is going to happen next.

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