Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – It’s a Girl!

Today we had a “virtual” baby shower at work for a remote co-worker who is due to deliver a baby girl in a few weeks.   There were no party games or gifts to open, but we did have homemade enchiladas and cake.  It was a little disconcerting having a team gathering via video screens, but it turned out surprisingly well.

I’m lucky enough in my Day Job to work with a small group of people who think of each other more like family than just co-workers.  Work can be crazy, but taking the time out to celebrate birthdays, babies, and other accomplishments make it a bit friendlier.  Plus, there is usually cake.

Now that the shower is all wrapped up, the left-overs packed away, and the mom-to-be sent on her way with a random assortment of conflicting parenting advice, it’s time to take a creativity break.  I’m thinking a few minutes of Random Word Improv will be just the thing.

Care to join me?

Whether you’re celebrating with friends, working on your latest story, waiting for it to be cool enough to pull out the fall sweaters, 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.

Ready?

Today’s random words may be baby related but, as always, the theme is up to you.  There will be bonus points for actually including a baby though.

cry                    blanket                soft                      fleece

rattle               fist                         giggle                  sleepy

bottle               exhausted          parent                nursery

deliver             bath                     footprint           puppy

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 u

One thought on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – It’s a Girl!

  1. LOL, I want to know about the logistics of the cake. Was it delivered to each location? Did you all have the same cake, or was it different flavors? This really is cool — a virtual baby shower!

    (-: I just can’t with these words today. I would write something very sappy and sloppy with sentiment!

    I will say, though, that I bought another round blanket. (This summer I bought two round towels — these things are so popular right now! One was from Costco, one was from Hard Rock Cafe, and this new blankie is from a Japanese DIY store and is made of silky fleece. So nice! I’m thinking of going back and buying two or three more!) I do not want to write anything bad or vaguely conflict-y in conjunction with a warm blanket (-:. And do any of you want to listen/read me as I giggle softly, curled up with a kitty headbutting my armpit as I try to read on the sofa under said blanket? (I did use about five of the words! Maybe this is my story; what kind of emergency would make me get up from my autumnal couch? There was a rattle at the door. Not the kind you associate with burglars or drunks, but an insistent rattle from deep down in the lungs. Someone was awfully sick out there. I creep out and open the door, and into my living room falls the most handsome man I’ve ever seen. Handsome, but his face is flushed with fever, and when I touch his head, it’s burning. I drag him in from the chilly night with great effort. He doesn’t awake, and so I rifle through his pockets, looking for a clue about who he is.

    Super. A hunk on my carpet, unconscious and without any ID I can find. I go to the bathroom, and come back with a wet rag, some random crap from the medicine cabinet and a glass of water, and try to rouse him again.

    He opens one blue, blue eye — startlingly blue, like a gas flame — and whispers, “The starship is waiting,” then lapses into unconsciousness again. Ugh. Not another one. Can’t a week go by without another Xtripian refugee turning up on my doorstep?

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