Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy Friday! 

I hope you enjoyed the Eight Ladies Serial story that we wrapped up on Monday.  It was fun to watch the story develop day after day and great to see how much creativity we were able to pull out of a set of random words for each installment.

Now that those characters are off living their best lives, it’s time for the rest of us to get back to writing.  And what better way than with a writing prompt and a whole new set of random words.

I’ve been doing a lot of writing this week, though not of the fictional kind.  I’m writing an article for my day job, which may not have a hero and heroine battling through conflicts and obstacles, but it has certainly required quite a bit of creativity and storytelling skills.

I think happily-ever-afters are more my style.

If you’re reading this on Friday (August 13th), then today is “International Lefthanders Day”–an observance I am particularly fond of, being of the lefthanded persuasion.  I remember how thrilled I was as a kid when I got my first pair of left-handed scissors and found an entire store just dedicated to left-handed stuff. Amazing!

Wonder what it’s like to see the world from a “left-handed” point of view? On International Lefthanders Day, August 13, you get to explore that world for a day. Did you know Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were all left-handed?  Rock out with Paul McCartney or Jimi Hendrix, the world’s greatest left-handed guitarist.  (Stevie Ray Vaughan, born right-handed, learned to play a left-handed guitar like his hero, Hendrix). There’s also Oprah Winfrey,  Julia Roberts and Lady Gaga, left-handers all.  In baseball, there were the legendary “southpaws,  Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax.  International Lefthanders Day 2021 will be observed on the 13th of August to celebrate the differences and distinctiveness of left handed individuals.

Once I finish my work article and perhaps take a break to enjoy a refreshing adult beverage, I plan 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:   The Lefthander

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

father                puppet              scissors             twelve

kissing               beautiful           stallion             gossip

teeth                 annoyance        tornado           butterfly

crowd                clover                bluster              jar

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 think it’s very unfortunate that the celebration of left-handedness falls on Friday the 13th. That just doesn’t seem very auspicious! Good luck with your article, Elizabeth!

    The Puppet’s Makeover
    Twelve-year-old Clover picked up the scissors and cut off the puppet’s hair. “Now she’s beautiful,” she announced.

    “Now she’s hideous,” her father, Ambrose, blustered. “You’re not getting a new one, and that’s that.”

    “Don’t want a new one,” Clover said in annoyance. “I like this one. Megan Thee Stallion likes her, too.”

    “Who’s Megan Thee Stallion? Who’ve you been talking to?” Clover’s mother, Rainbow, carrying a jar full of butterflies, blew into the room like a tornado on two legs.

    “Gossiping, more likely,” her father said.

    “Megan Thee Stallion,” Clover said patiently. “I was crowdsourcing design advice, and Megan Thee Stallion said—”

    Rainbow twisted the jar lid off with her left hand and released the butterflies into the room. “When they touch you, it’s like being kissed by thistledown!” she said.

    “God’s teeth,” Ambrose said. “Open the window, will you? Let the poor things out.”

    • I love that, Kay. You always have such delightful characters–and in such a short amount of words. ‘I was crowdsourcing design advice” was my favorite bit, although “God’s teeth. . . Open the window . . ” was a close second.

      As for me, article done! Now where’s that adult beverage . . . . ?

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