Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Are you in the holiday mood yet?  I can hardly help it myself, having been watching the Hallmark Channel holiday movie marathon for weeks now.  I figure it’s better for my piece of mind than watching the nightly news.

My house is definitely getting in the holiday spirit, though not very quickly. There is a holiday tree in the corner, but it’s still awaiting lights and ornaments.  Guess I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

Maybe.

Right now I’m just focusing on making it through one final day of work before calling this week done.  I was off at a conference for a few days, so that made the week fly by.  As a bonus, the conference was near a favorite New Orleans style restaurant, so my week included Jambalaya and Beignets – a definite win.

Now that the leftovers are gone, it’s time to turn my mind back to writing, which has been on the back burner lately.  I have some revisions to do, but first I think I’ll flex my creativity a little by giving today’s story prompt a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

Happy “NaNo-is-just-about-over” Day.  I don’t know about you, but it is often the day that I do a search-and-replace in my manuscript to spell out all of the contractions I’ve used, just for those few extra words needed to put me over the finish line.

Just me?

Ah well, it’s all a process.  If you’ve been NaNo-ing, congratulations; whatever your final word count is and how ever you got there.  As long as there was writing involved, I’m pretty sure that counts as a win.

In between working, writing, reading, and – to be honest – a fair amount of staring off into space, I’ve been cooking and baking and slowly putting out the holiday decorations.  It feels a little early, but I know the time will rush by when I’m not looking, so I figure early is better than late.  No Christmas tree yet though.  Not only is it still a bit early for that, but all of the neighborhood tree lots seem to have disappeared – victims of building that’s going on in the area.  I’ll have to do some searching this weekend, otherwise all those strings of lights and boxes of ornaments are going to look pretty strange just piled up on the table.

But that’s a problem for another day.  Today’s goal is to get some words on the page (and not just blog post words).  We’ve been having rainy weather that’s perfect for curling up on the couch and being creative.  Before I tackle my WIP though, I think I’ll give today’s story prompt a try.

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Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

According to the sign at the local Starbucks today, Pumpkin Spice Lattes – the quintessential sign of fall – will be arriving in 5 days.

Really?

If you’re a fan of Pumpkin Spice Lattes perhaps you’ve been anxiously awaiting the announcement, but I’m not and am in no hurry for the seasons to change any more quickly than they already do.   It feels like this year has flown by, leaving my well-laid plans for all the things I was going to accomplish by the wayside.  I need all the time I can get to get back on track; no matter how tempting curling up with a festive warm beverage and a good book sounds.

The only book I should be curling up with, based on those aforementioned missed deadlines, is the manuscript I was supposed to have finished revising several weeks ago.  (I blame Georgette Heyer for the delay!)

After I get home from work today, but before I dig into those revisions, I think I’ll do a little creativity-warm-up using the writing prompt and random words below.

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Elizabeth: Friday Story Time and Sprints

This has been an odd week, what with the US 4th of July right smack in the middle.  We may have been celebrating our nation’s independence, but I really think of it as a holiday celebrating some really good collaborative writing.

I hope you’ve had a good week, whatever yours involved.  Mine will be ending with more of a whimper than a bang, due in part to an 8:00am meeting.  Who schedules 8:00am meetings on a Friday?  Probably the same people who schedule them at 5:00pm.

Anyway, once things are wrapped up a Ye Olde Day Job, I’ll be heading home for a relaxing adult beverage (or maybe a root-beer float) and then heading off to Ye Olde Writing Desk for some quality (or maybe quantity) writing time.  I think I’ll start off with today’s writing prompt and see what happens from there.

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