Another week has come to an end and I’ve spent the last couple of days covered in calamine lotion and surrounded by ice packs.
Apparently, when I was working out in the yard earlier in the week, every biting insect in the state confused me for an all-you-can-eat-buffet. I am, of course, highly allergic to said biting bugs, so now I look like one of those warning posters from the dermatologists office.
I haven’t itched this much since my son passed along the chicken pox years ago.
Obviously it’s nature’s way of telling me I should hire a gardener. Or maybe invest in some insect repellent.
Needless to say, I’ve been trying to distract myself. I’ve listened to the first half of the Hamilton soundtrack half a dozen times (the second half makes me cry and I don’t need that); read two convoluted mystery stories, hoping that having to pay close attention would keep me suitably distracted (it did not); and taken numerous cold showers (brrrr!).
This too shall pass – right?
In the meantime maybe I’ll try distracting myself with some writing – perhaps a story where the insects of the world get what’s coming to them? Or maybe I’ll just give today’s story prompt and random words a try and see where they lead me.
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 got trapped in a store after closing?”
Feel free to interpret the “What if” any way you choose and include any (or all) of the following random words:
hazy wish brave candy-maker
numskull daylight missing blindly
famous sudden artificial column
gorgeous accursed warmth bittersweet
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!