Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

After 5 flights, 3 days of meetings, and more “talking to strangers” than I care to think about, this week is finally coming to a close.  Only one more black-tie event remaining and then I can call the weekend officially started.  It can’t be too soon for me; I have lots of “nothing” planned for the coming days.

This week’s travel did have its positive side.  I was in Minnesota, where I have some distant family members who I haven’t seen for years or rather decades, so it was nice to get a chance to visit.  The weather was beautiful and lilacs were blooming all over.  Their fragrance, like the accents of many I spoke with, brought happy memories of time spent in the area when I was a child to mind.  It was an unexpected bright spot for a trip that I hadn’t been looking forward to in the least.

Now that I’m back home, where overcast skies have replaced the clear blue ones that I left behind, it’s time for me to catch up on all the things that were put on hold while I was jet-setting around and talking to strangers.  First up on the list will be getting some words on the page.

Care to join me?

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 today’s writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.   This week we’re going old-school with nothing but a list of random words for you to play with; the theme is up to you.


Here are today’s random words:

rabbit                   silence              countryside          confuse

drama                  award               concert                  dilemma

breakable            fence                wizard                    martini

photograph        birthmark         amusing                regret

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!

2 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

  1. For some reason, I feel like rabbits are everywhere these days. A friend of mine was scheduled to visit “Rabbit Island” over the weekend; maybe that’s why. Anyway, here’s my sprint:

    Dear Wise Woman Welda:

    I’m an emancipated rabbit goddess, currently doing a stint with food services on the moon. It’s not my dream job, but, hey, it’s part of the dues I need to pay to get a good gig on earth, right? But, I’ve been up here for two and a half years, and there’s this werewolf who worships me. I have to admit, I find him really attractive, too, but seriously? His anger issues scare me, and even though he’s vegan right now, I don’t know how long that can last. He’s invited me to come for a visit during the next dark of the moon. He’s super sexy, and his Skypes leave me quivering. What should I do?

    Moon Buns

    Dear Moon Buns:

    Most advice columnists these days would sit on the fence, and tell you to give the guy a chance. Who knows what he’s really like? But let’s face it. You are a rabbit, he’s a wolf. While it’s amusing to imagine a flirtation where the “opposites attract” mode is switched on full-throttle, the fact of the matter is that you may not live to regret your impulses unless you take some precautions. Meet him in a public setting, like a concert. Under no circumstances should you traipse out into the countryside with him on the first date. Pack your silver bullets. Be prepared to lace a martini with wolfsbane if necessary.

    All that said, you should be fairly safe meeting him during the dark of the moon. It might be a fun fling, and provide a lot of great stories for future dinner parties.

    However, in four and a half years, you’ll have your full-moon evenings free again. What will you do when he turns into a ravening beast during one of those future dinner parties? How do you prevent the wedding rehearsal dinner from turning into a bloodbath when your relatives meet his? And even assuming love overcomes everything, there’s one of the big, old-fashioned questions: how will you raise the children?

    Wouldn’t it be easier to use a dating site such as Moonstruck or DatingRodents to find a potential partner that would leave you with better odds of survival?

    The cards say: The Tower. Oh Moon Buns, let this be your towering! Now you can start building new relationships on the bare ground.

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