Captain’s Starlog, Day 3 . . . wait, that’s not right.
Welcome to the end of a crazy week. It started slow and has ended up with the entire state of California in “time-out.” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard people reference the 1918 influenza pandemic (formerly known as the “Spanish Flu”).
Fans of numbers and charts are undoubtedly having a field day dealing with all of the data points floating around. I must admit even I had a bit of fun (relative term) playing with one of the interactive “what if” scenario charts in one New York Times article.
When I haven’t been busy tracking the news, I’ve been busy trying to maintain a semblance of normal as my day job department has transitioned to “work at home.” It’s not much of a change for me, since I periodically work at home, although there have been some drawbacks, like the fact that I looked up at 8:30 this evening and realized I should have stopped working hours ago.
Tomorrow I plan to do a better job of managing my work at home time. If nothing else, I’d like to avoid another 8:35 dinner time. Since it appears we’ll be trapped at home for the duration, I’m busy thinking about home improvement projects I can tackle. If things go on long enough I’m pretty sure I’ll wind up painting the walls; that’s far better than climbing them. I can’t help but think how ironic it is to be trapped at home during the one time when calling in all of the various repairmen I’ve been waiting to schedule is not an option.
For a treat, I think I’ll give today’s writing prompt and random words a try after work.
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 random words and writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.
What if: “Your character is entering week 2 of quarantine?
Feel free to interpret the “What if” any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:
flavor terror meat daffodil
deceit doctor captivity playtime
crystal graffiti boredom boast
hiss casino ammonia applause
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!