Welcome to the end of a week that feels like it has lasted for an eternity. I haven’t watched the news or even turned on the television set since the election started here in US. The brief results I heard from friends or via Facebook posts I didn’t scroll past fast enough left me feeling heartsick about my country.
The ongoing pandemic, which is surging ever onward and upward, isn’t our only sickness. Racism. Hatred. Greed. Ignorance. Gaslighting. A me-first attitude (and screw everyone else). The country has those diseases too, and there isn’t a vaccine, let alone a cure, on the horizon. I knew those things all existed, but I thought they were in ever shrinking pockets of people, and on the way to extinction, rather than flourishing and growing. The tunnel vision of privilege combined with wishful thinking.
I spend the time in my day job working on issues of equity, diversity, sustainability, and inclusion. Looking at the way my fellow citizens have voted on the issues and people put in front of them during this election, I feel like I’ve been working on a completely different planet. Thus, I’ve skipped watching the news and tried to remind myself that the arc of the universe does tend toward justice; that there are good people out there doing good things; and that life is a marathon, not a sprint.
NaNo started on Sunday, but I just haven’t been able to face putting words on the page. Instead, I’ve read my way through Golden Age mysteries like they were going out of style, watched amusing animal videos, and crocheted one blanket and started on another.
My 30-days-of-NaNo will start on the 10th. In the meantime, I’m going to do my best to focus for just a little bit and give give 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 either today’s random words or writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.
What if: “Your character is running away from something?
Feel free to interpret the “What” any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:
adventure volcano mouth bigwig
canvas martini favor couple
cable clinic wasp riddle
sugar careless recluse diva
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!