Welcome to that transitional period between summer and fall where the stores are bringing out holiday merchandise while we’re all still in shorts and sandals.
It’s also that special time of year here in the Writing Castle when ants start coming out of the woodwork.
I don’t know if they’re thirsty or trying to get out of the heat, but they’ve pretty much laid claim to the kitchen for the last week or so. I’m not a big fan of toxic chemicals – especially in the kitchen – so we’re pretty much at a stalemate. I wash down the counters with soap and water every day and, as long as they don’t start expanding into other rooms, we’re okay.
If nothing else, having them around has ensured that I don’t leave any dirty dishes in the sink and that all the foodstuffs are sealed up and put away where they belong. Maybe that is the purpose of the annual ant-swarm: a cleanliness reminder.
Well, if that’s so, then consider me reminded.
I’m ending this week with a little rest and relaxation- a few days off from Ye Olde Day Jobe, where I have lots of “doing nothing” planned. I checked email on my phone today about a dozen times so I still need a little help on that but I’m sure I’ll I’ll do better tomorrow.
One thing I do have planned for my time off is a little writing, and I think I’ll kick things off by giving today’s story prompt and random words a 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), 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 had an unexpected visitor?”
Feel free to interpret the “What if” any way you choose and include any (or all) of the following random words:
purple hangover flake convertible
tense rattle driver beaten
greedy contempt backyard drink
extravagant revenge greed frozen
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!