Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Welcome to the end of another week.  

According to the Calendar of Days, today is “National Doughnut Day” or, if you prefer, “National Chocolate Macaroon Day”–both seem like tasty celebrations.

Although I’m always happy to celebrate Doughnut day, I hadn’t previously been aware of the story behind it:

The Salvation Army created National Doughnut Day in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. This day began as a fundraiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army. The goal of their 1938 fundraiser was to help the needy during the Great Depression.

In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army. It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe. Home-cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops.

The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.”

Who knew?

After work, If I can avoid getting donut crumbs all over my keyboard, I plan to 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.

Ready?

Prompt:   I didn’t know that! 

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

chemical             animal        mineral         frogs

gimmick             divia            zipper          amusing

fingertip             fraud           promise       addictive

historic               gossip         duck             decay

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!

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