Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

This week has had its share of excitement but I’m not sorry to see it heading for an end nonetheless.

Last week the Warriors, our local pro-basketball team, wrapped up their season with a championship win, which meant that this Tuesday, there was a victory parade with crowds of people and periodic confetti cannons.  More importantly for me, it meant that the streets around my office building were all closed off, requiring me to work from home, since teleporting into my office was not an option.

I was not too disappointed.

It was a beautiful day and I got to see the parade from the comfort of my own living room, while taking conference calls in my pajamas and avoiding a few hours of commuting.   Really, I should do that more often.

Now that the confetti has been swept up, the streets reopened, and the portable bathrooms taken back to wherever they roost, it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming.  For me that means a trip to the dentist for a check-up, but then it’s off for something a little more enjoyable like lunch at my favorite outdoor café.  I’ll be taking my smoothest pen and my new writing journal and giving today’s story prompt the old college try.

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.  Seriously – feel free to share.  I’m going to keep asking until someone does. 🙂

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’ve got a character to go along with our random words.


Here is today’s writing prompt:

Write a story featuring:  a compulsive liar

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

committee              burden                amoral              hangover

bloodsucker            ambition             vulture              badge

prank                       search                 suave                 duel

tragic                      dolphin               treasure             contortionist

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!

3 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

  1. I finished my book today! I have many rewrites of the ending yet to do, plus I have a list of things that I already know I have to fix, but I’m definitely at the end of the story, so I’m very excited. I decided to use this opportunity to write a sprint based on the completion of a book. The sprint’s ending is shaky, as it is in my own book, which seems okay for a first draft. Also, the name of the bar in the sprint makes no sense, but those were the two words I couldn’t figure out how to work in. 🙂

    The committee had convened. The vultures had dueled, to tragic consequences. Still, the burden had lifted: the book was finished. No matter that it was no treasure. It was completed, that was the main thing.

    “I’m going bottoms up at the Dolphin Badge,” said Glenda Palimpsest. “Don’t search for me. I’ll see you when the hangover lifts.”

    “I’ll send the text down to production while you’re gone,” said Earl Opus, the amoral bloodsucker whose ambition knew no bounds.

    “That you will not.” Abe Scrivenery might be a compulsive liar whose pranks had sunk many a first edition, but today he’d proved to be a suave contortionist whose clever transitions had tied the last unlikely threads and ensured a happy ending for all characters concerned. “For better or for worse, we have always acted in concert. This time is no different. The Revisionists must have their say.”

    The dreaded Revisionists. And wouldn’t they just make a muddle of everything?

    • Congratulations on finishing the book; that’s wonderful. Fun use of today’s words. I especially loved the “dreaded Revisionists.”

  2. Congratulations on finishing your book, Kay! That totally justifies going bottoms up. And there’s an old pub on the Thames called Dogget’s Coat and Badge, which supposedly refers to a historic amateur boat race, so imo the Dolphin Badge isn’t even a stretch.

    Loved your sprint. I’m choosing to believe there will be a happy ending for all, despite those dratted Revisionists.

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