Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Happy 1st Friday in October.

In my post earlier this week I mentioned that social media can sometimes bring out the worst in people, but yesterday I saw the opposite and it made me think that Luke Bryan may have been right with his song, I Believe Most People Are Good.

I have a group of friends and acquaintances that I only know through the internet.  We met as commenters on various websites and blogs and formed a community that has lasted for years, supporting each other through good times and bad.  Most of us have never met face-to-face, but we’re friends nonetheless.

Yesterday, I saw the positive power of that community surround one of our own who has been tirelessly battling against advanced cancer; a cancer that seems finally to have seized the upper hand.  There were messages of love and strength and support, and I hope they were of comfort as she saw them or her husband read them to her. Over the past years, it has been wonderful seeing this group rally around each other, whatever the circumstances, and it’s nice to know they are there, no matter what.

It looks to be a beautiful day out at the moment, a good time to take a little break from the internet and focus on something different.  I think I’ll take my coffee out onto the patio and see what I can do with today’s random words and writing prompt.

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 month our story prompts are inspired by the Amazing Story Generator©.


Here we go:

“After too many cups of coffee a Shakespearean scholar does on a blind date.”

Feel free to include any (or all) of the following random words:

confused          extravagant      bananas          private

chapter            flinch                 appear             duel

hospital            beautiful           dinner             swindler

stun                  duck                   fountain         whisper

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!

4 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

  1. I loved the setup, and I had this great idea: I’d have all the replies of the Shakespeare scholar be quotes from a play! Yeah, that was really hard. And I didn’t get in all the words. And my story doesn’t make much sense. Poor characterization! Insufficient conflict! Meager plotting! But it was fun anyway. Here we go.

    All’s Well That Ends Well

    Mac washed out his cup at the sink, his hands twitching, and jumped when the phone rang. The name Antonio appeared on the display.

    “Et tu, Brute?” he said, picking up.

    “Funny,” Antonio said. Long used to the extravagant speech patterns of his scholarly friend, such quotes did not confuse him in the slightest.

    “Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”

    “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” Antonio said. “What are you doing tonight?”

    “I thought I’d go to the hospital and feed bananas to the ducks in the fountain,” Mac said, stunned out of his usual linguistic excess. He and Antonio met at work, and that was the extent of their friendship.

    “You’re not doing that,” Antonio said. “You’re taking a beautiful woman to dinner.”

    “You speak an infinite deal of nothing.”

    “Nope. She’s my wife’s cousin, she’s writing a book, she’s stuck on this chapter, you can help.”

    “These violent delights have violent ends, And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume.”

    “Then I better reserve a private room,” Antonio said, unflinching. “You don’t want to stain the carpets.”

    “Remember, that I am an ass; though it be not written down, yet forget not that I am an ass.”

    “It’s written down all right,” Antonio said. “Doesn’t matter. I promised the wife. You’re going. Bright Star, seven o’clock. The private room. Be nice.”

    “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”

    “Whatever,” Antonio said. “Thanks, bud. Have a good time. See you Monday.”

    • That was great Kay. I saw no lack of characterization, plotting, or conflict! I had the same idea as you, but the depth of my Shakespeare is sadly low. I was chuffed to recognize the “ass” quote from Much Ado.

      My only question – exactly what chapter is the wife’s cousin stuck on?

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