Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Happy Friday; hope your week has been a good one.  It’s been cold and periodically damp here in my part of the state, but down south the areas that were battered by flames a short time ago are now dealing with flooding and deadly mudslides – a definite reminder not to underestimate the power of Mother Nature.

Hopefully you are safe, comfortable, and dry, wherever you may be.

As we said in last week’s post, we are inviting those working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication) to share a bit with us on Fridays – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with.

For those without a story in progress, or those who just want to work on something new, we’ve also got our weekly writing prompt, loosely based this week on an old exercise I found when reading through my writing folder looking for inspiration.


Here is today’s writing prompt:

Write a story that begins:  “Had I but known what evil lurked in Marybeth Anstruther’s heart, I never would have bought that salamander.”

And includes:  the town sheriff

Whether you’re sharing a bit of your current work or writing something fresh based on the writing prompt, we hope you’ll join us for Story Time.

Happy writing to all!

4 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

  1. Kicking things off, here is my brief attempt at today’s writing prompt.


    Had I but known what evil lurked in Marybeth Anstruther’s heart, I never would have bought that salamander, but since the salamander in her kindergarten classroom unexpectedly died, I offered to pick up a replacement on my planning period so that she could make the switch before the kids noticed. There was just too much going on to deal with the circle of life in a classroom of autistic children.

    Unfortunately, Marybeth had a reaction to the toxic secretions of the salamander and was dead as a door nail by nap time, something the new sheriff found very interesting, since it was no secret Marybeth had been sleeping with my good-for-nothing fiancée for the past few months.

    Because of that damn salamander I went from #1 teacher to #1 suspect.

  2. Had I but known what evil lurked in Marybeth Anstruther’s heart, I never would have bought that salamander. I needed it for Wizard’s Firestarting 101, and I never, never, never dreamed that Marybeth would have sold me a defective salamander. Marybeth told me there was no way I was going to try that salamander in the shop when she had just got in a shipment of ancient scrolls . . . and the mummy wrapping! No, she smiled and convinced me to buy the darn thing, and then she had the nerve to bow to me as I left the shop. I felt so adult and competent!

    My first clue should have come in when my “red” salamander’s pigment started coming off on my hands, leaving blue patches like some sort of lizard alopecia. My second clue? When the Great University caught on fire and burned to the ground. I sure didn’t get many chances at a clue, and you’d think the dean would have been understanding. But, no. After the volcanic incident with the Chocolate Lava Cakes during the spring term’s Beginning Banquet, the dean had no more patience with me. He called the town sheriff, and had me thrown in the gaol.

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