Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy “National Bacon Day” (if you’re reading this on the 26th).  If you’re feeling environmentally friendly, it’s also “National Skip the Straw Day” as well.

“In 2017, a group of teenage activists called the Coral Keepers established National Skip the Straw Day to recur every fourth Friday in February. Amid frequent and intense conversations about the state of the planet and the potentially fatal effects of plastic waste for creatures in the world’s largest oceans, these high school students from Whitehall, Michigan decided to establish the day in order to educate others about the many biodegradable alternatives to these small but potent cylindrical sippers.”

Whatever you choose to celebrate, I hope you have a good day.

Here in “feels like Springtime” California, I’ll be celebrating “Digging in the Yard” day.  The local garden centers are flush with new plants, just the thing I need to brighten up my yard, which is still looking a little winter-bland.  I’ve got some climbing roses and lavender plants that need to get out of their plastic pots and into the ground while they’re still alive and flourishing.

After I get my yard taken care of I  think I’ll take a break, grab my favorite notebook, 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:   Making a new start

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

dazzling          distort              peepshow         feast

tiger                western            consultant        expose

destiny            mood                dramatic          faith

fountain          academic         driver               free

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 Sprint

  1. I hope you got your garden planted, Elizabeth! It was a lovely day for it. Maybe I’ll do that, too, one day….

    In the meantime, my sprint is more about maniacs than spring, but, hey. Spring can bring out the mania in the best of us.

    The Western Flower Show
    “Feast your eyes on this!” Aberdeen McGinty pointed dramatically to the dazzling tiger lily that had thrust powerful leaves through the snow. “I’m going to win the Western Flower Show grand prize this year, I know it! It’s destiny!”

    “It’s a distorted mood,” her husband, Grizzly, said as he shoveled snow off the backyard fountain. “Brought on by overexposure to the fumes of the free compost at the city dump.”

    “Oh, ye of little faith.” Aberdeen beamed at the peepshow that was her lily bed. “You heard that consultant at the garden center. He said all I have to do is—”

    “It’s academic.” Grizzly finished shoveling. “Or as good as. We don’t have a driver for the truck. We can’t get there. I’m sorry, Abs, but it’s that simple.”

    “You’ll see,” Aberdeen said, a militant light in her eye. “I will not be denied. This year, I will win it all!”

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