Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Hi there.  Happy Friday.

This week has swung from oh-my-goodness-I’m-melting to I-need-a-sweater.  Right now things seem to have settled on a perfect balance between the two.  Hopefully that will last long enough for me to enjoy it.

The weather has been the least of my concerns this week – standing upright and moving has been my main focus.  I did a lot of yard-work and furniture moving over the weekend, forgetting that I am not, in fact, Super Woman, and I have been paying the price all week.  It is a mistake I make more frequently than I’d care to admit.

Ah well, this too shall pass.  In the meantime, while trapped flat on my back I’ve have plenty of time to spend brainstorming and dreaming up stories.  I think the perfect way to celebrate returning to the upright and locked position will be to give this week’s story prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Congratulations for making it through yet another week.  Hope yours has been a good one or at least one with more positives than negatives.

Among other things this week, I listened to a complete audio book for the first time.

Surprising, right?  While I love reading and enjoyed being read to as a kid, it turns out I’m just not that big a fan of audio books.  Since the book I was “reading” had a smattering of foreign words in it, it was helpful to hear them pronounced (since I was clueless), but it was challenging to figure out who was speaking sometimes, despite the skill of the narrator (who had a lovely voice).

I’m thinking audio recordings won’t be replacing my physical books any time soon.

Now that the audio book is finished and I have not yet picked up the next book off the TBR pile, it’s a perfect time to take a break and work on getting some of my own words on the page.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

If this is Friday, it must be Belgium.

Wait, that’s not right.  It does make me think I want to go watch a light-hearted rom-com/caper-movie though.  Luckily I have many options to choose from.

First, however, I have work to finish, some pre-publication ARCs to read/review, and two library books that are due to go back on Saturday.  Really, the days are just packed.

This has been a busy week catching up on all kinds of odds and ends, including *finally* remembering to book my flight for this summer’s RWA conference.  I booked my hotel in November, the conference in February, but completely forgot about the flights until Tuesday.  Fortunately, all worked out well and now all that’s left is reading through the conference workshops and picking out all of the “can’t miss” offerings.

Before I get further distracted with conference planning however, I need to spend a little quality time getting some words on the page.  My creativity seems to still be in winter hibernation mode, so I think I’ll try to wake it up with this week’s writing prompt and random words.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

What a difference a few days makes.  Last week at this time it was cold and windy and rainy. Today, there was sunshine with blue skies.  Well, okay, it’s still windy, but it’s a definite improvement.

Sadly, I’ve spent most of the week inside in front of my computer or on conference calls – which gave me much little chance to enjoy the spring-time weather.

I’m hoping to change that this long holiday weekend.  If nothing else, all the rain has caused my yard to sprout like crazy, so my new lawnmower and I need to spend a little quality time outdoors before things get completely out of control

After that . . . who knows what I’ll find to keep myself occupied.

Oh, who am I kidding.  I have a stack of books just waiting for me to power down the computer and open them up.  Before diving headlong into the new library book I picked up just today however, I plan to give this week’s writing prompt and random words the old college try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Happy Friday.  It’s grey and rainy here, which means instead of looking out my office window at boaters on the lake, I’m looking at a sheet of drizzle.  It was rainy and sunny earlier today so I was hoping for a rainbow or two, but no such luck.

On the bright side, the flowers that I planted in the backyard this past weekend are no doubt enjoying all the water.  The cat, however, is not amused.

I’ve been busy all day trying to catch up on a backlog of work here at Ye Olde Day Jobbe, after last week’s travel and this week’s vertigo.  Tomorrow looks like another day of the same, but I’ve scheduled in some writing time at lunch, before my brain completely turns to mush.  I plan on giving this week’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Welcome to the end of another week.  How was yours?  I spent most of mine at a conference in Nashville, so I’m a little blurry-eyed (late-night flight) and worn-out today.

It was a great week though and I got a chance to visit somewhere I’ve never been before.  As one would expect, the city has more than its fair share of bars, restaurants, honky-tonks, etc., with music coming from all of them.  The one street I walked down must have had live-music coming from twenty or so spots, all within a 2-block radius.  Fortunately I’m a fan of country music, otherwise I’d have undoubtedly run screaming away after a few days of hearing it 24/7.

I also got to fill the creativity well a bit when I took my camera out and did a city walk-about.  Like many major cities, Nashville has bridges, parks, statues, and works of art scattered about.  It’s always fun to search them about.  The best part, of course, was the local dog park which, when I passed it was full of happily playing dogs.

Now that I’m back and the suitcase is unpacked, it’s time to do a little writing.  I think I’ll start by giving today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints

Happy Friday.  How was your week?

Mine included a big dress-up event at work that meant standing around in sparkly (although uncomfortable) shoes, talking to strangers, and trying to hear over annoyingly loud music.  On the plus side, dessert was a “donut bar”, so the evening wasn’t a total loss.

Now that that’s over and I’m back in comfortable clothes and bunny slippers, it’s time to turn my attention to other matters – namely, getting some words on the page.  I have blank notebooks just waiting to be filled as well as a brand new package of colored pens.  Now all I need to do is to decide what to work on.

Fortunately we’ve got a brand new writing prompt and sixteen random words just waiting to be turned into an entertaining story.   Our Friday sprints have inspired some fun entries and I’ll be doing my best to add one of my own this week.

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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 today’s story prompt and/or random words will catch your creative fancy.

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