Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy “National Working Mom’s Day” (if you’re reading this on the 12th). Wait – isn’t that everyday?  It’s also “National Girl Scout Day.”

“As part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day on March 12th honors the history and legacy of Girl Scouting in America each year. The motto of the organization, which was originally named the Girl Guides of America, is Be Prepared and their slogan is Do a Good Turn Daily.”

All I remember from my (fairly brief) time in Girl Scouts was making chocolate chip cookies, learning to play Heart & Soul on a battered old piano, and a disastrous camping trip.

Here in California, it has been alternatingly rainy and sunny, with crazy winds thrown in for good measure.  The flowers and shrubs I put in the ground last week are thrilled by the rain, but it did make my evening walks a little chilly.  Having emerged unscathed from last week’s “Still Digging in the Yard but now with Dangerous Tools” day, I’ll be moving on to “Finally Refinishing those Kitchen Cupboards Day.”  I’m guessing that may be more of a month-long celebration, but at least Friday is a day off work for me, so I should be able to make a good start.

Perhaps I should just read a book instead.  

Before I start on the cabinets I think I’ll 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:   Time for Spring Cleaning

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

juvenile           plaid              hirsute            promised

boast               history          ceramic           pineapple

flytrap             clay               eternity           advertisement

under              recluse          blurry              evaluate

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 writing prompts.  Ideas are always welcome.

Happy writing to all!

2 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

  1. I am in awe of your industry. Speechless, in fact. I’m having trouble finding the time and energy to repot the plant that is clearly suffering. Maybe today, so it can enjoy the nice weekend. Which will be noticeably free of spring cleaning activities!

    Spring Cleaning
    Flora Byrne gazed at the travel advertisement featuring an hirsute Scotsman in a plaid kilt and promised herself that never would she ever visit Scotland. Her personal history boasted a series of juvenile stunts that had committed her to an eternity of regret. Such as her husband, Bernie. She didn’t need to compound such an egregious error by injudicious travel.

    Bernie was puttering around the room, ostensibly dusting the Venus flytrap, which grew fitfully in the ceramic pineapple vase, a wedding present from her blurry mother-in-law, Blanche. Flora knew she’d never get out from under the woman’s thumb. Flora had evaluated and dismissed a series of escape plans, starting with knotting the marital sheets and escaping through the window, to murdering Bernie and Blanche in their beds.

    But her feet were made of clay, after all. She hadn’t been able to bring herself to the deed. Any deed.

    Bernie, a recluse in the best of times, limited his activities to cleaning and repairing the castle. However, the Venus flytrap, similarly to Flora, did not seem to enjoy his attentions, and in fact, Flora wondered how the carnivorous plant monster would catch any flies if Bernie kept insisting on ousting them from these vast and chilly rooms.

    And that gave her an idea.

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