Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy Friday everyone.   I hope those who celebrated Thanksgiving last week had a wonderful time with good friends and good food, and no side-dish of trauma. 

With November having come to a close, it’s time for all of those who were participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to take a breath and look at all you managed to accomplish in thirty days.  I hope your writing was successful, however you choose to define success, and that you’ll be inspired to keep writing.

Now that we’ve reached December it seems like the days are just flying by.  I’m slowly putting out some of my holiday decorations–at least the ones that are puppy-resident–though it still feels like it must be far too early (despite what the calendar might say).  

The weather is beautiful here right now, though still a bit soggy from yesterday’s rain storm.  Things should be dried out just in time for the next storm tomorrow.  Not that I’m complaining.  We definitely need the rain; it’s the muddy little doggy-footprints I could do without.  

Today is a busy work day, but whatever else I manage to get done (or not) I’ll be giving this week’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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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 either today’s random words or writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.

Ready?

Prompt:  “The weather outside is frightful . . .” 

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

          habit             negligee            judge                   wink

          minute          throne              masterpiece         yoga

          leopard         stair                  publicity              green 

          cotton            reception         pipe                      appetizer

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!

Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy Friday and congratulations for making it through another week!  My week has passed in a blur of meetings, webinars, and endless phone calls.  I didn’t even realize it was Friday until I’d made it halfway through the day.  I definitely need a weekend!

For those of you who are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I hope your writing has been successful so far and you get your 1,6667 words for the day (more or less) on the page before the day is out.

The weather is beautiful here, though a bit chilly.  Should be perfect weather for me to do some fall cleanup and other assorted outdoor tasks this weekend.  I already made a start on putting up the outdoor holiday lights last weekend, but I need to get the rest up and then do some plant-trimming and mulching.

The fun never ends!

I may have gotten a late start today, but whatever else I manage to get done (or not) I’ll be giving this week’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy Veterans Day–and thanks to those who have served and those currently serving.  My parents were both in the service during WWII and I found some old snapshots of them today, looking impossibly young in their uniforms.  I remember playing dress-up in one of my dad’s old navy uniforms when I was a kid, though I never remember either parent ever talking about their time in the service.

For those of you who are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I hope your writing has been successful so far and you get your 1,6667 words for the day (more or less) on the page before the day is out.

I’m not NaNoWriMo-ing this year, instead I’m spending my time doing home repairs and the thousand and one things that always seem to be on the ToDo list of a homeowner.  The puppy is doing her best to help–or more accurately, to get in the way whenever possible–so progress is not as fast as I’d like.  At least I can’t complain that there’s nothing to do.

Whatever else I manage to get done today–with our without the puppy’s assistance–I’ll be giving this week’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy Friday!  For those of you who are participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I hope your writing is off to a good start and you get your 6,667 words (more or less) on the page before the day is out.

I’m not NaNoWriMo-ing this year, though I have in the past, with 2 1/2 completed manuscripts to show for it.  This year, with a high-energy puppy in the house–who thinks all time should be spent either eating, sleeping, or playing fetch–writing has had to take a temporary back seat.  Best of luck to all of you writing out there!  I’m hoping to do a delayed NaNoWriMo in February, when the demands on my time have slowed a bit (fingers-crossed).

Meanwhile, I’m currently bundled up on the couch while working, since the house thermostat registered 56 degrees this morning.  Fortunately, the puppy is cuddled up next to me asleep and radiating like a little living space heater.  I have a full work-day ahead of me, but this evening I’ll be giving this week’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy last-Friday in October.  If you don’t have your costume ready and pumpkins carved for Monday, you have a whole weekend left to get ready.

If Halloween isn’t your thing, today is “National Chocolate Day“–a day celebrating all things chocolate, which is something I can definitely get behind. Research suggests that chocolate, when eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure–just in case you need a reason to eat some.

My current favorite chocolates are dark-chocolate-lemon-cremes from Ethel M Chocolates.  Sadly, I don’t currently have any of those, so I may have to settle for a Kit Kat bar instead, filched out of the Halloween candy bowl.

Halloween preparations and chocolate celebrations aside, once my work day is over I’ll be giving this week’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint (the Weekend Edition)

Happy “National Color Day”–a day that focuses on the impact color has on each of us.  Nature seems to be a big fan of this day, from the beautiful leaves falling from the trees to the colorful pots of chrysanthemums for sale at the local garden stores.

My yard is getting into the swing of things with sunny yellow lemons and a range of colorful late blooming roses, though with the puppy around, things are predominately dirty (sometimes muddy) brown.

It won’t be long before the fall colors transition in to the red and green of December.  I noticed one of my neighbors putting up their holiday lights just last week.  Talk about an early bird!  For now, I’ll just concentrate on enjoying all of the fall colors (and attempting to keep the dirt in the yard instead of the house).

The ToDo list for this weekend is just packed, but somewhere along the line I’ll be giving this week’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy “World Smile Day”–a day devoted to smiles and spreading random acts of kindness.  That sounds like just the ticket to counteract the negativity that seems to be sprouting up like weeds.

“On World Smile Day, people worldwide are encouraged to do an act of kindness and make one person smile. Each year the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation holds special events on World Smile Day. The day is wildly popular in Worcester, MA, the birthplace of the yellow smiley face.

In 1963, Harvey Ball created the familiar yellow smiley face. A commercial artist from Massachusetts, Harvey Ball, created the smiley face design for a State Mutual Life Insurance company campaign. Ball aimed to spread goodwill and cheer throughout the world with his smiley face.”

Hopefully, everyone will get a chance to celebrate the day one way or another.  I’ll do my part, once I get a chance to leave the house, but first, I’m going to see what kind of smile I can get out of today’s writing prompt and random words.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

I can’t believe that I almost forgot it was Friday–it has been so busy this week that I’ve lost track of time.  Fortunately I’ve got a reminder in my phone for Saturday, so I won’t accidentally think it is a work day and login to the office.

Things may have been busy here, but they have been heartbreaking for the folks in the path of the recent hurricanes.  Looking at the devastation of houses leveled, vehicles tossed every which way, and high flood waters, I can’t imagine what it must be like for anyone living through that, even for folks that were prepared and have gone through things like this before.

Thankfully, the biggest problem here at the Writing Castle is keeping the floors clean with a puppy around that likes to dig in the mud and stand in her own water dish–my mop is definitely getting a workout.  While the floors are drying and the puppy is napping, I’m going give today’s writing prompt and random words a workout of their own.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy Fall!  It doesn’t quite feel like it is time for Summer to come to and end already–especially with today’s sunny skies–but the stores have their Halloween displays out; the coffee shops have pumpkin lattes back on the menu; and I’m starting to see ads with “holiday gift ideas” so time is definitely passing.

Here at the Writing Castle, where I’m trying to balance an online meeting with a barking puppy, time seems to be dragging endlessly.  Apparently, the puppy is not in favor of endless work calls.

I second that.

Naturally, the minute I hung up the call, she decided it was time for a nap.  Before she springs back into action, I’m going to try to fit in a few minutes to give 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 that, like me, you have been able to enjoy some lower temperatures this week and haven’t had to worry so much about melting into a puddle of sweat.

Today it is just beautiful here, which is very timely since I have to do a lot of outdoor work this weekend — removing the plants that didn’t survive the heatwave, trimming back others in readiness for their fall resting period, and a variety of other repairs.  All that while making sure the puppy doesn’t “help” by pulling out plants that that I’d prefer remain in the ground and alive.

Ah, the fun never ends.

Currently, the puppy is sitting out on the deck, staring off into space, apparently thinking deep puppy-thoughts while I’m busy with the day job.  Somewhere along the line there will no doubt be a vigorous game of fetch as well as a walk, once my work meetings are all wrapped up.  I also need to fit in time to give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

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