Elizabeth: April Short Story

Has it been another month already?  Seems like the year just started and it’s already a third of the way done.  Where’s that ‘slow down’ lever?”

This month’s short story was inspired by a recent parade I attended.  I was trying to keep an eye on my son (who was playing in the parade) and I kept losing him as the band members marched and moved in various patterns.  I couldn’t help but think how (theoretically) easy it would be for someone to slip out of formation, commit a crime, and return to his position with no one being the wiser.  One idea led to another, and the result is the short story below.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – The Sleepy Edition

Fridays are normally a day off work for me (or at least that has been the case for the past few months), but this week Friday means a pre-dawn wake-up call and a high-profile morning meeting with local corporate executives.  It’s all part of a really great project I’m working on, but dragging myself out of a warm, comfy bed will be a real challenge.  If everyone has a super-power, then sleeping is definitely mine.

The promise of a Starbucks “Unicorn Frappuccino®” after the meeting might be just the extra motivation I need to get up and out the door on time.  When I was getting coffee this afternoon, the woman next to me had one of the Unicorn Frappuccinos®.  I asked her what it tasted like and her (whimsical) answer was:  “hopes and dreams with a sprinkling of sunlight.”  Seriously, who could pass up a beverage with that kind of promise?

Early morning wake-up and delightful beverage notwithstanding, what better way is there to close out another week than with a round of Random Word Improv?

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – The Easter Edition

Though you wouldn’t know it from the current rainy / cloudy weather in my part of the world, Easter is fast approaching.  The grocery stores are filled with eggs waiting to be colored, baskets ready to be filled, and candy ready to be eaten.

There will be no Easter egg hunting here at the writing castle, though the lawn in the front yard, which has flourished thanks to recent rains, would be perfect for it.  I have at least stocked the refrigerator with eggs, ham, and asparagus – Easter celebration requirements – though the decorations remain tucked away in a box in the garage.

What better way to celebrate Easter (or at least the arrival of another weekend) than with a Random Word Improv.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Murder in the Library

As I mentioned previously, I’m currently working on a murder mystery story.  For inspiration, I’ve also been working my way through the mystery novels in my TBR pile.  All of which has me thinking of both books and murders as this week comes to a close.

What better way to end the week (and kick off the weekend) than with a little murder mystery inspired Random Word Improv.

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Whether you’re a fan of mysteries, looking for a distraction, or just feel like playing with words, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page.  I’ve got a long day of meetings in my future, but as soon as they’re done I’ll be breaking out the notepad and pen and taking a stab at today’s words (oh, who am I kidding, I’ll probably be surreptitiously doing that *during* the meetings).

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – The Random Word Edition

The end of another week has arrived, as has the end of another month.  What better way to close things out than with a little creative writing.  Conveniently, I have the whole day off work to do just that (well, that and to take care of the taxes).

I was watching the news before drafting this post and frankly our current reality, with its Russian intrigue, conspiracies, political wrangling, and controversies is so mind-boggling that mere fiction would be hard-pressed to even come close.

Nevertheless, I think I’ll give it a try, starting with a little Random Word Improv.

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Whether you’re fascinated by your own reality, figuring out just what happens next in your story, or taking a well-deserved break to relax and recharge, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page.  I have “sleep in” at the top of my agenda for the day, but writing is #2 on the list . . . .well, maybe #3, right after “procure caffeinated beverage.”  Your list may vary.

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Elizabeth: March Regency Story Snippet

A Receipt for Courtship, 1805

Normally, this would be the day that I post a new monthly short story, but Jilly and Nancy both posted story snippets in their recent posts, so I thought I’d continue that trend this month instead.

My Writing Exercises post last Wednesday featured a couple, stuck together in a cramped closet.  Coincidentally, I’ve been working on my Regency romance, which just so happens to include a couple trapped together in close quarters, so I thought that might be a fun scene to share.

As a little set-up, Michael (Wallingford) is searching for the source of some treason accusations.  He and Abigail are married, but it was a marriage of convenience and they are in the process of getting to know one another.    Abigail is, as you will notice, not your typical, demure Regency miss.

Would love to hear what you think (what works and/or what doesn’t).

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – The Cuddly Puppy Edition

Echo ©Scott Eldridge photography

Today is National Puppy Day.  For those who prefer kittens, your day is October 29th, while human babies get May 2nd.  I love the fact that someone (or many someone(s)) have found something to celebrate for every day.    In addition to being National Puppy Day, today is also apparently National Chip & Dip Day, National Melba Toast Day, and World Meteorological Day.  That’s a lot to fit in a single day 🙂

I think I’ll stick with the puppies.

For those who are curious:

“Puppy Day was established [in 2006] to bring awareness to the world about puppy mills and how to go about adopting.

Sadly, my house is currently devoid of puppies (something the cat totally approves of), so I’ll have to find something else to occupy my time.  Sounds like a little Random Word Improv is in order.

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