Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Wait — is it Friday again?  Time sure flies when you fall down the rabbit hole of reading comments on the internet.

So much of what is happening in the world these days seems to fall into the “that’s crazy–you couldn’t make this stuff up” category that it makes writing fiction extra challenging.  How do you make fiction seem believable when real life seems so un-believable?

I’ll stick to focusing on things that make more sense for now, like the fact that it rained recently and then the sun came out, so there is a whole new crop of weeds just waiting for my attention.  There is also a whole list of meetings on my work calendar waiting for my attention too, so I guess those weeds will have to wait a little longer.

What won’t have to wait too much longer is today’s writing prompt–I plan to give it and today’s random words a try as soon as I finish off my last meeting later this afternoon.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy Friday. Here at Ye Olde Writing Castle, we’re celebrating both the impending arrival of the Easter Bunny (chocolate, of course) and the filing of the annual taxes (ouch!).  

According to the National Day Calendar, there are plenty of other things to celebrate today including Glazed Spiral Ham, Rubber Erasers, and the Titanic–who comes up with these?  It’s also “National Clean out your Medicine Cabinet Day”, which is definitely a good thing to do every now and then.  The last thing you want to do is reach for medicine when you are sick, just to find out it expired a decade ago.

“The day aims to raise awareness and effectively rid homes of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications sitting in medicine cabinets, nightstands, or kitchen cabinets that have the potential for misuse or abuse by family members, friends, or visitors.”

My backyard seems to be celebrating the rain we got this week, so I think I’ll head out to the deck and enjoy it for a few minutes before heading back to work.  Later today I’ll make sure to take some time to give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

If this is Friday, that must mean it’s time for a creativity break.  Sadly, it’s also time for a full work day, so my creativity will have to wait a bit.

On the plus side, it’s a beautiful day here.  Just warm enough for me to have all of the doors and windows open (with screens) and not so warm that everything needs to be shut to keep the house cool inside.

On the non-plus side, there seem to be mosquitoes everywhere, and they’re all treating me like an all-you-can-eat buffet.  Since I’m not a fan of pesticides, I’ll just have to practice my bug-squishing skills while hoping that the ones I miss take the hint and move on to safer territory.

Regardless of what happens on the bug front, I’m going to enjoy the beautiful day and take some time before dinner to give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy Friday!  I hope you have all had a good week.  Here on my portion of the planet water fell from the sky a few days, which made it a very good week indeed.  We’re still in the midst of a drought, but at least the spring flowers–and weeds–got a good soaking.

In unrelated news, I’ll be spending part of my day off today pulling weeds in the backyard.

I’ll also be trying to finish off some of the tasks on my To Do list.  Oh, who am I kidding?  It’s more likely that I’ll be drinking too much coffee and reading the latest Charles Todd book that I just got from the local library.  Somewhere along the line though, I will definitely get out my notebook and favorite pen and give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Welcome to the first Friday of Spring.  My yard is doing its part to celebrate by bursting into bloom–geraniums, lavender, lilacs, and some other dark pink flower that remains unidentified.  Even the jasmine is in bloom, in blatant disregard to Seals & Crofts’ Summer Breeze lyrics.

On the negative side, there are also LOTS of mosquitoes that have apparently decided I’m an “all you can bite” landing zone.

Pass the antihistamines.

There is a pair of birds of some unidentified type busily building a nest on the rafters of my front porch.  Periodically I see them engaging in some kind of aerial acrobatics.  It’s either a mating ritual or a technique to avoid capture by the neighborhood cats.  If baby birds appear in the nest in a few weeks (months?) I’ll know which it was.

While I’m waiting, I think I’ll pour myself a glass of lemonade (thanks to the lemon tree which is also abloom) and give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy last-Friday of Winter.  Tomorrow, the swallows are due to arrive back at Capistrano–a sure sign of Spring–and there are rain showers in the forecast–though considering our ongoing drought, that may be more a sign of wishful-thinking on the part of the weather forecasters than a sign of anything else.  

No signs for me today; I’m at a Yale climate conference, having to keep my brain fully engaged on what would normally be a day off work.  Here’s hoping it will be time well spent and a great way to wrap up the week.

However things turn out with the conference, I’m sure I’ll be ready for a change-of-pace once it is over.  I plan to take a mental creativity break later on and give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Is it Friday again?  I think someone must have stolen a few days out of this past week.  Daylight Savings Time starts here at 2:00am Sunday morning, which means the weekend will be an hour shorter than usual.  I much prefer the “Fall-back” portion of Daylight Savings rather than the “Spring-ahead”, but it is nice having more daylight at the end of the workday, so . . . always a bright side (so to speak).

No day off for me this week, though I have been trying to remember to log off of the work computer before dinner-time, rather than doing “just one more thing” over and over and missing dinner completely.  I’ve even found the time to finish some craft projects in recent days–one was a baby blanket that I made and then unraveled and started again several times.  Now I’m working on transforming a pile of material scraps into a quilt, all part of my effort to streamline the collection of craft-supplies that has accumulated in the garage through the decades.   At this rate I should be done about a week before the end of time . . . as long as I stay away from the craft stores.

Somewhere between the day job, the quilt projects, and a handful of meetings I think I’ll take a break, enjoy the plants blooming in the yard, and then give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Welcome to the first Friday in March.  Hard to believe that it’s almost spring, but the new lilac bush that I planted a few weeks ago is budding like crazy, so spring can’t be too far away.  Lent (for those who observe it) started this week–the colorful Mardi Gras King Cakes in the local bakery were my first clue about that.

Sadly, I missed Shrove Tuesday, though I did venture out of the house yesterday for breakfast, which did include pancakes, so I think I’m covered.  What wasn’t covered were the faces of the people around me at and around the restaurant.  Mask mandates are going away in many places, though people had to show proof of vaccination to get in the restaurant, so there was that.

I was supposed to be off work yesterday and today, but the five days of work this week that I tried to fit into three days didn’t quite fit, so I wound up working yesterday after all (after those pancakes).  Ah well, one day off is better than none.  

I haven’t decided what to do with my day off –so many books to read, so many projects to finish.  Earlier this week I finished the baby blankets I was making for a friend who is expecting (as we speak), but the next blanket I made didn’t turn out the way I wanted so I think I will unravel it and start again.  Annoying, but at least it was a small blanket.

Other than that, I’ll try to avoid watching too much news and give today’s writing prompt and random words a try instead.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Well this week sure took a turn for the worst, at least from a world peace perspective.  Just as COVID restrictions are starting to be relaxed and interacting with others seems like a definite possibility, pandemic fears have been suddenly been replaced by the specter of war.

I can’t even imagine.

Makes the people complaining about wearing a mask and getting a shot for the good of society seem like a bunch of whinners when one watches news coverage of people leaving everything behind and sheltering in the subways with the sounds of bombing in the distance.

Perspective.

I’ve had the news on all day, with the hope of hearing something positive, and have been crocheting baby blankets as gifs for a few soon-to-be-arriving babies, as a way of focusing on something positive.  Good thing I’ve got a big yarn stash.

One advantage of being a writer is that if you don’t like whatever might be going on in real life, you can always write a revised version that turns out the way you want.  I think I’ll do a little reality-revising after work by giving today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Welcome to the end of another week.  I hope yours was a good one.  Mine included a day off, so it was certainly a quick one.  For many in the U.S., this coming Monday is a holiday too — President’s Day — so that will make two short weeks in a row for me.

Yay!

Last week I spent my time-off getting ahead of the weeds in the garden, planting a new climbing rose, and wandering up and down the aisles at the local garden center, where a new lilac plant somehow made it into my cart and subsequently into my backyard.  I love lilacs and one of my old established bushes had an unfortunate run-in with some pest that ate away its entire root-structure.  This replacement plant is a variety I’ve never grown before, but I’m hoping it will flourish.

We’ll see.

In the meantime, I’m working on finishing some of the many in-progress craft projects that are cluttering up my sewing area.  I’m trying to streamline a bit, so finishing projects seemed a good step.  I’ve already finished two decorative pillow covers (with zippers!) and am getting ready to start on a quilt top.  At this rate I’ll be done somewhere around forever and never.   

Somewhere along the way I think I’ll give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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