As I slowly woke up this morning, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, and someone off in the distance was mowing their lawn. I was mentally congratulating myself on waking up before the alarm went off when I happened to notice the emergency flashlight glowing from the other side of the room. I glanced from it to my blank alarm-clock before finally realizing what that meant: the power was out.
Instead of waking up early, I was in reality late for work. Ugh.
With no electricity and thus no internet, my plans to work from home instead of driving into the office were dashed. As I was trying to remember how to get the automatic garage door open without electricity (so I could get the car out), I got a robo-call from the local power company on my cell phone confirming the outage and estimating that all would be restored in less than 2 hours. What followed next was about 20 minutes of understanding just how much I rely on having power in the house just to do basic things like have breakfast and get ready for work.
Fortunately the power (but not the internet) was back in about an hour and by the time I get home tonight, everything should be back in working order (fingers crossed on that). I thought maybe this morning’s outage was Mother Nature’s way of reminding me how lucky I am and to help me empathize with the folks in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and all the other places that have been devastated by recent events; some of whom may not have power for weeks or months, in addition to a multitude of other problems they face.
Since no experience is ever wasted for a writer, I’m sure I can put my own power outage to good use in a story. I’m thinking it may just provide a great way to jump-start a little Random Word Improv.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re powered down, enjoying the turning of the seasons, relaxing with friends, 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 are pretty random. It’s up to you to find a theme in them.
sincere adventurous jump trouble
lopsided calculate retire whimsical
purple swanky arrest toes
slippery stormy impolite explain
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 incorporating your words
- 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.