Happy Friday and congratulations for making it through another week. Mine has been a very short work week, since Monday and Friday were both days off. I’d like to say I took that free time to knock a bunch of unfinished tasks off the ToDo list, but that would definitely be a work of fiction.
I did do a little bit of clearing out in the garage, but my efforts were stymied a bit when I got to the local charity drop off with my bags full of items to donate and found that they had instituted a 2-bag limit. Ah well, at least I got rid of few things, so that’s progress.
With my clearing-out efforts stalled, I moved on to the holiday decorating portion of my time-off program. This whole year has been crazy and challenging and not a little scary, but having a big tree next to the fireplace, covered in colorful lights and shiny garland provides the promise of just a bit or normalcy. The pillows and afghans on the couch have made their annual transition from blue/white to red/green, the holiday flannel bedding is in place, and there is a Merry & Bright welcome mat outside the door (not that anyone will be actually using it). Sometimes it’s the little things that brighten up the day.
The tree might have an angel perched on the top, but there are no ornaments yet. The Hanging of the Ornaments is something my son and I have traditionally done together since he was a toddler. This year it may be an odd socially-distant-ornament-hanging-dance, but we’ll do our best. Right now I’ll just enjoy the sparkly lights and pretend those dummy boxes under the tree are filled with wonderful, magical gifts.
In between my gift fantasies and possibly an afternoon nap, I plan to 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 starting a new tradition?
Feel free to interpret the “What” any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:
sphere funnel glimmer gazelle
pulse imaginary melody binge
lantern moonbeam game amuse
believe nectar cube childish
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!