It’s New Years Eve as I write this, so I have a few more hours to post one last writing sprint for the year. Thanks to all who participated in our recent annual Short Story Challenge and our Friday sprints throughout the year. I’m always amazed at how we can all take the same words / prompt and come up with such completely different results.
I’m sipping champagne as I write this post–having my own personal New Years Eve celebration. The neighbors are apparently trying to make things feel more festive by shooting off massive fireworks from their backyard. I’m hoping the rain kicks in before they manage to light the hillside or themselves on fire. Mother Nature is also adding her two cents, with a 3.6 earthquake just a few miles away. This has been the longest year ever.
I’m going to need more champagne.
And maybe some noise canceling headphones.
My house is currently sporting several massive drying-fans, thanks to a minor kitchen flood a few weeks ago. I feel like I’m living inside of a jet engine. Chunks of my hardwood floors–that took me forever to install–have been mercilessly cut away to get to the wet and mold beneath. Ugh. On the plus side, the insurance company has hired professionals to do the restoration. Also on the plus side, there is now no more reason for me to put off the kitchen remodel that I’d been thinking about for years. Fingers crossed on that.
This week’s random words were culled from various internet lists of “most popular words of 2020” that I encountered while I was roaming around the internet recently. It seemed a fitting way to wrap things up. Once the clock ticks down on 2020 and it is officially 2021, I’m going to put down that champagne and 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.
Prompt: It’s a Brand New Year
Feel free to interpret the “What” any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:
doomscrolling bubble zoom Covidiot
Quarantini malarkey blursday kraken
schadenfreude lockdown pod mask
unprecedented wildfire essential virtual
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!