Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy “National Spinach Day” (if you’re reading this on July 16th).  It’s also “National Corn Fritter Day”, which is not quite so healthy, but they definitely something I remember loving when we had them on “Fish Fridays” when I was a kid.   

It’s also both “World Snake Day” and “Guinea Pig Appreciation Day”.  I’m guessing it might be best to celebrate those separately, just to be on the safe side.  

Frankly, I’m holding out for “National Lay Around the House Reading and Watching Television Day,” but I haven’t been able to find that on any list.  Instead, what I’ve found is a ToDo list that never seems to get any shorter; probably because I keep ignoring it.

Today’s another regular work day for me, so there’s not likely to be a great deal of celebrating to do.  On the plus side, a number of my co-workers are off on vacation, so it is at least likely to be a relatively quiet day.  Our crazy weather has been quite chilly this week (the heater even kicked in one morning!), so whatever I do, I’m not likely to wind up sweaty.  Well, except during my time on the elliptical.  After that I plan to work on perfecting my Gin & Tonic skills and to take a shot at today’s writing prompt and random words.

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:   Putting the “Pro” in “Procrastination”

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

shovel          logic              freezing       promised

weed            slippery        debate          hoax

cement        everyday       bedtime       bloody

hobby          worn             gin                collarbone

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!

3 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

  1. I know I’m procrastinating, Elizabeth! I’m sorry about having to work today, but the weekend promises to be warmer, so that will be better anyway. 🙂

    Why My Parents Decided to Move to Havana
    “But you promised,” Avery whined, rubbing her collarbone. The weather had turned cold, freezing the pond into a slippery sheet of ice and, I hoped, killing the weeds in the garden. Avery had fallen on the cement, dropping the shovel, and injuring herself. She was right: I had promised, but logic dictated another course of action, and my participation was not open to debate.

    “I bloody well did not,” I said, pouring myself another gin. Gin on the rocks: the only way to celebrate the formation of ice in any form. I did not necessarily advocate the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, but everyone needs a hobby. “Anyway, sweetikins, it’s almost bedtime.”

    “It so is not.” She plumped down on the sofa in exasperation. I had to admit: she looked worn.

    “Have a G,” I offered, my everyday cure for just about everything.

    She took the glass and downed it in one gulp. “Spring’s a hoax,” she said. “Let’s move to Havana.”

    • That was fun, Kay. Love the “everyone needs a hobby” bit. If Gin is really an everyday cure, I better hone my skills a bit more. With an internet that’s been off an on today, I could definitely use a cure.

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