Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Welcome to the end of another week.  I don’t know about where you are, but here we are in the midst of a bit of a warm-up.  It’s not burst-into-flame-Arizona-hot, but some nearby areas are expected to top 100 degrees (F) in the next day or two, which is far hotter than I’d prefer.

Fortunately, there is currently a nice off-shore breeze blowing through my backyard and the dependable Fischer-Price fan (a hold-over from the toddler years) is steadfastly circulating the air in my writing corner.

I got to leave the house for a brief grocery shopping trip this afternoon.  Everyone was wearing masks, keeping their distance, and the worker that I needed help from went above and beyond to be helpful.  All of which restored my faith in humanity, which lasted right up until I caught a glimpse of the evening news a few hours later.

Ah well.  At least I know goodness exists.  Even if it is sometimes hard to find.

Later in the afternoon Friday, as I and my coworkers wrap up our work week, we’ll be having a “virtual coffee break”.  It’s a chance for us to get together.  Separately.   Not quite the same as a team lunch or getting to chat face-to-face in the hallway on our way to and fro, but it’s what we have for now, so we’re going to make the best of it.  Some may turn the event into a “virtual happy hour” but whatever happens, I’m hoping it will be a nice way to connect and end the week.

Before that, I’m going to give today’s writing prompt and random words at shot.

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 either today’s random words or writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.


What if: “Your character has to plan a virtual event?

Feel free to interpret the “What” any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:

ballerina          dusk                 bauble          home

blankly             daughter         attic              barn

pessimist         crabs                drum            puppy 

chewable         amusing          operatic         pesky

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!

2 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

  1. I’m feeling the heat with you, Elizabeth! I hate this hot weather. Although I’m staying indoors today, and I’ve made a big pitcher of iced tea, so I should be okay through the afternoon. Lazy days it is. My characters weren’t in the mood, either. 🙂

    The Talent Show
    Atlanta Chatwin gazed blankly out at the backyard of her suburban home. Her seven-year-old daughter Isabella, the aspiring ballerina, flitted across the grass with her new puppy. Her sister Austin, the eternal pessimist, sat across from her.

    “Why couldn’t you live in the country?” Austin asked. “What you need is a barn to put on a show. Like Judy Garland used to do.”

    “That was just in the movies,” Atlanta said.

    It was dusk. The sun had set and the fireflies had come out, shimmering above the damp grass like Christmas baubles floating on air. Crickets had set up an operatic chorus. It was a beautiful evening and would remain so until the mosquitoes, pesky creatures that they were, came out.

    “And then we could go up to the attic and find wonderful costumes in our grandparents’ old steamer trunk,” Austin persisted.

    “That was just in the movies,” Atlanta said. “Anyway, if it had been our grandparents’ steamer trunk, the moths would have gotten everything.” The moths had already chewed up anything in their lives that was chewable.

    “So what do you want to do?”

    The sisters were responsible for planning the elementary school’s annual talent show, although “talent” had little to do with it, either from the planners or the participants. The project was complicated by the limitations of Zoom.

    “I thought we could dress everybody up as seafood—you know, crabs and lobsters, like that.”

    “Charlie the Tuna,” Austin said.

    “Yes,” Atlanta said, optimistically. “And then they could beat on drums and march around. Like a marching band.”

    “That’s one idea. Amusing.”

    Atlanta took a sip of her adult beverage. “You think it’s too late to buy a barn?”

    • I will admit, putting on a show in the barn is exactly what came to mind when I looked at this list of words.

      Nice job with the sprint and I hope you are enjoying you iced tea and staying cool. I’m thinking I should make a milkshake to help stay cool here at home.

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