Happy First Friday in November.
Wait, that can’t be right.
Pausing to check calendar . . .
OMG it is November already!
Well that certainly explains all those holiday decorations at the stores.
As I’m writing this post it is actually late on Halloween night. The trick-or-treaters are nowhere to be seen. I’m not sure if there ever were any in the neighborhood, but I am sure that none made it to my porch. Perhaps they all went to one of the local trunk-or-treat events instead. Or perhaps with all of the recent fires and evacuations and power outages no one was in the mood for going door to door.
While I didn’t see any little costumed ghosts or goblins at home, I did see a wide range of costumes today at work (well, I’m assuming at least some of those were costumes). Sadly, my department was costume free today since we had a Big Important Meeting that required projecting a Professional Image! A meeting that was, of course, cancelled at the last minute.
Talk about a trick!
Ah well, at least I won’t have to worry about meetings or image for the next five days; instead, I’ll be enjoying some time off work. I’m planning to use the time to get a good start on this year’s NaNo story. Before I start that writing, I have a book to finish reading. Somewhat ironically, it’s Things You Save in a Fire, by Katherine Center. I’m just a few chapters in but I’m pretty sure the “things” in the title doesn’t refer to physical things nor does the “fire” refer to an actual fire. According to the blurb it is a novel about family, hope, and learning to love against all odds.
Before I start my NaNo writing I think I’ll warm up my creativity by giving today’s writing 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 would: “Your character save in an emergency”
Feel free to interpret the “What if” any way you choose and include any (or all) of the following random words:
cocoon challenge indecent compartment
copper fortress crawling bizarre
official conversation frantic forgiven
bluff air murky sunrise
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!