It hasn’t been the best of weeks here in beautiful California, which is currently experiencing the deadliest fires in state history. The set in the northern part of the state started on Sunday and are continuing to blaze away. Though they are miles away, but the air here has been smoky all week and there is a dusting of ash on the back deck. Thousands of people have lost their homes and businesses – including two wineries – and dozens of people are confirmed dead so far.
The news coverage has been constant and the images terrible, but here and there have been some bright spots – the ceaseless efforts of the responders, the neighbors helping each other, and the many folks who have stepped up to donate, provide support, and help out however they can. There were even some images that brought a smile, like the policeman leading a llama to safety.
Many people were evacuated from their homes and are now stuck in temporary shelters in a kind of limbo, waiting for the time when they can go back and find out if they even have a home left. Some had only moments to get out of their homes and left with little but the clothes on their backs, while others had time to at least pack at least a few things into their cars before evacuating. It’s hard to imagine having to go through that.
As I’ve looked around my own home this week, I’ve mentally played the “what if” game. If I had to evacuate and had only 5 minutes, what would I grab? How about 30 minutes? Is there anything so important that it couldn’t be left behind? Probably not. When a life is on the line I’m pretty sure there is little else that is really critical.
For now, I think I’ll take a break from following the progression of the fires to do something creative. I’m thinking a few minutes of Random Word Improv will be just the thing.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re feeling grateful for what you have, helping out someone in need, slaving away 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 words are random, so the theme is up to you. There will be bonus points for actually including a llama though.
house trees water cloud
teapot neighbor support escape
daisy children bike ring
truck pool fence sister
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.