Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Some weeks can’t come to an end quickly enough and this has been one of them.  Once again we have families here in the U.S. trying to understand the latest act of senseless violence.  Even here on the other side of the country, there is talk of little else.

Needless to say, creative writing isn’t currently high on the list and even trying to read the current ARC that I’m reviewing has been challenging.

However writing can be a good way to work through issues and even figure out what you think about things.  Better yet it can sometimes provide a needed distraction, so after work tomorrow I’ll be giving this week’s writing prompt the old college try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

As this week comes to a close, I’m just getting back home after a week of a Day Job conference in sunny Arizona.  Among other topics, I found it interesting that the conference, which was focused on green businesses, included a couple of sessions around storytelling.

Apparently even the business community understands the power of a well-told story.

As usual, I took my latest draft manuscript along with me to work on in the evenings after the conference and, as usual, I brought it home untouched.  Long days packed full of information, networking, and sensory overload are just not conducive to creative writing – at least not for me.

Now that I’m back, the suitcase is unpacked, and I’ve gone through the stack of accumulated mail, it’s time to pull out the writing journal and get some new words on the page.

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Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Another week, another Friday.  It feels like the week passed more quickly than usual, possibly because my work week didn’t actually start until Tuesday.  I had a very productive day-off on Monday, so I’m thinking I should do that more often.  Not a lot of writing done, but you should see my wonderfully organized new crafting area and substantially cleaner garage.   I may not have finished a story, but I at least finished something from my To Do list.

I’m considering that a win.

Now that there’s a place for (almost) everything and (almost) everything’s in its place, it’s time to pull out the writing journal and get some new words on the page.

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Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Friday already – how did that happen?  This week seems to have just raced by, but the number of things on my to-do list doesn’t seem to have decreased at all.  I’m pretty sure that two more things were added for every one that I crossed off.

Fortunately I have a little down time now, so I’m going to make some hot cocoa, cuddle up with my favorite quilt, and see if I can make some progress on the mess-in-the-middle of my current manuscript.

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Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

2018 has gotten off to a busy start at the day job with priority projects, a packed travel schedule, and lots and lots of deadlines.  Fortunately this week is ending on a slightly quiet note, so I’ll finally have a little time for myself and, more importantly, for some writing.


Hopefully you have had a little time for yourself and your writing this week too, whether it’s a few stolen moments or a luxurious block of time.

For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with.

For those without a story in progress, or those who just want to work on something new, feel free to give our weekly writing prompt a try.   This week we’ve got a starting sentence and some random words to work with.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – The Adorable Edition

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The year is rapidly coming to a close and I’ve been busy finishing up all the little odds and ends that need to be taken care of before the calendar flips over to January.  Just when I think I’m done I think of one more thing to do.

Obviously the answer is to do less thinking, right?

Whatever you’ve been doing, I hope you’ve all had a good week.  Part of mine was spent with the adorable four-legged family addition above – she’s guaranteed to make any day better (well, for everyone except the cat; the jury is still out there).

Now that Santa has come and gone, the local radio station has stopped their 24/7 holiday playlist, and the dozens of cookies I made have almost disappeared (I can’t imaging who might have eaten them), it’s time for me to spend a little quality time with my latest story.  To ease into writing I think I’ll get things started with a little Random Word Improv.

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Elizabeth: A Visit from “Saint” Nic

Time for another entry in our annual Short Story Challenge (you can see this year’s words here).

Kay got us off to a delicious start with her feel-good snowy tale Botticelli Pizza, followed by Michaeline’s Steampunk Christmas Story and part one of Jilly’s mysterious ghostly tale Midnight Reflections (you’ll have to wait for New Year’s Eve for the conclusion to that story).  If you haven’t read them yet, make sure to check them out; they’re each fun, entertaining takes on this year’s words.

My own entry features Detective Cassie McColl and Nicolai Papadopoulos, who readers of the blog might remember from a series of Friday Writing Sprints earlier this year (or was that last year?).  Hope you enjoy it.


A Visit from “Saint” Nic

I gave the zip-ties encircling the wrists of the latest felon to cross my path a tug to make sure they were secure before handing him off to the security guard for transport to the local jail.  That made eight, with four hours still to go on my shift.

If it was up to me I’d have made a public spectacle of walking him out the door as a warning to all of the other wanna-be criminals in the area, but the owners of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino preferred a more subtle approach.

Definitely a mistake on their part. Continue reading