Is it hot out there or is it just me?
I was watching the news earlier and the weather map made it look like much of the world was on fire (or close too it). Even at home where the coastal breezes usually keep things temperate, it has been shorts, bare-feet, and lemonade weather, since “naked” is generally not considered socially acceptable.
According to Ye Olde WeatherCaster, “fronts” are moving in, temperatures are heading down, and we should all be feeling less sticky soon. I hope so, since some of the other stories on the news were of folks who were in the midst of power-outages, just to make the high heat more enjoyable.
I’m not a big fan of hot weather, since my internal thermostat runs hot all on it’s own. As a kid, hot days like this would mean lots of time spent in the community pool, wearing sunscreen *and* a t-shirt of my dad’s, in order to reduce the chances of burning to a crisp. Now hot days mean running the air conditioner in the car on the way to work and slipping off my shoes in the office when no one can see. I’m pretty sure the pool was more fun. Plus, there were generally ice-cream sandwiches or Popsicles involved.
Today’s iced-coffee is refreshing, but it’s no ice-cream sandwich.
To take my mind off the heat and my lack of ice-cream I think I’ll give today’s story prompt and random words a try once I get home.
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), if you’re not feeling random, 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, I hope today’s story prompt and/or random words will catch your creative fancy.
What if: “Your character is in the midst of a heatwave?”
Feel free to interpret the “What if” any way you choose and include any (or all) of the following random words:
sweltering hotel indecent afterlife
official collarbone dexterity breakable
magnet volcano flamethrower collapsing
global ladybug ashes countryside
I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments. If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future “what-if” prompts. Ideas are always welcome.
Happy writing to all!