Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Some weeks can’t come to an end quickly enough and this has been one of them.  Once again we have families here in the U.S. trying to understand the latest act of senseless violence.  Even here on the other side of the country, there is talk of little else.

Needless to say, creative writing isn’t currently high on the list and even trying to read the current ARC that I’m reviewing has been challenging.

However writing can be a good way to work through issues and even figure out what you think about things.  Better yet it can sometimes provide a needed distraction, so after work tomorrow I’ll be giving this week’s writing prompt the old college try.

Care to join me?  (I completely understand if you’d rather not.)

For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.

If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, maybe our weekly writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.   This week we’ve got a theme and some random words to work with.


Here is today’s writing prompt:

Write a story where:  they all lived happily ever after

And includes any (or all) of the following random words:

hopscotch          photograph        promise           daisy

couch                   whiskey               nectar               blissfully

charm                  believe                 vision                contestant

sunshine             homemade        flawless            luck

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 today’s Story Time.

Happy writing to all!

One thought on “Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

  1. It has been a hard week. But our stories can change the over-riding story, maybe. Escapism can help highlight what we’re trying to escape from . . . .

    So, here goes. It’s not finished. Anyone want to take a stab at the next steps, LOL? I promise to check back, and coo in awe, or greedily take the next bit of the story a little further, LOL.

    Regina Anne Wilkins was lucky to be a contestant on “What’s Your IQ?” Damn lucky. She’d already won a one-way trip to sunny Los Angeles to take part, and she’d racked up a microwave, a trip to Cancun and a desk chair. She needed pots and pans, a trip to Nebraska, and a couch, but that’s how the wheel of fate spun, she guessed. The cute PA told her that she could take cash in lieu on the desk chair, anyway. That Randy was so nice. He’d also given her a number of a local pawn shop so she wouldn’t have to lug the microwave back to Omaha. Really, he was a vision of loveliness, and she’d like to suck nectar from his sweet lips, except she had the feeling he was nice to everyone, not just goofy nerds from the midwest.

    Yep, she was darn lucky, Gina reminded herself again. Except she had to stand here under the hot lights with that pompous ass, Andrew. All the nice contestants had gone down in the first and second rounds, sent home with appliances and furniture and trips to not-too-expensive exotic climes. Now, here they were in the third round. The loser would go home with a case of whisky, a charm bracelet from Steffany’s, and a cruise to Alaska (drinks not included, so buy a case of water before you go, Randy advised). The winner would go home with a cash prize that would pay off half of Gina’s student loans. Honestly, Gina couldn’t afford to be a loser. The microwave pawn ticket wouldn’t pay to get her to the Calliope Cruise Lines’ nearest port of call. Heck, it’d be just about enough to get her a ticket on the bus to Salt Lake City. She’d have to pay the rest.

    Losing was not an option.

    But Andrew freaked her out. He’d spent a half hour hanging out in the doorway of her dressing room while the hairstylist tried to do something with her limp, brown bangs, giving a monologue about obscure facts and gameshow trivia. She knew that at least three of the things he said were absolutely fake. And at least 75 percent were absolutely true. Which left her wondering: which of the rest was true, and which was false, and would the missing bits come up on the quiz? He finally left when she pretended to fall asleep in the make-up chair.

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