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 – 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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Michaeline: Gordon Ramsay Crossover Writing Lessons, Part One

Gordon Ramsay with a lamb around his neck and shoulders.

Gordon Ramsay took this little lamb to school. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

WARNING: Profanity. (It involves Gordon Ramsay. What did you fucking expect?)

To a certain extent, art is art is art. Still, I was surprised how applicable some of the lessons Gordon Ramsay taught his restauranteurs were to the art of writing.

Here’s the deal: I’ve avoided Kitchen Nightmares and that kind of reality show because I heard there’s a lot of yelling, and humiliation just isn’t my jam. But I was feeling depressed, spending entirely too much time on YouTube, and the only interesting thing in my recommended feed was a clip from such a show. I’d seen Gordon Ramsay on things like Jimmy Fallon, so I decided three minutes of my time was not too big of a loss.

Dear Readers, three minutes turned into hours and hours of binge-watching over the last couple of weeks. Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, I’ve seen British Kitchen Nightmares, American Kitchen Nightmares, clips and full episodes, and an assorted chocolate box of Gordon Ramsay all over the modern media. And I regret nothing.

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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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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – St. Patrick’s Edition

Welcome to another Friday or, as I like to think of it, the participatory portion of our blog.

As you may have noticed by the preponderance of shamrock decorations, parades, “Kiss Me I’m Irish” buttons, and grocery store ads for corned beef and cabbage, it’s time for another St. Patrick’s Day.  Although the day began as a religious and cultural holiday celebrating Saint Patrick on the anniversary of his death, it has evolved into a day of revelry that includes copious amounts of food, drink, and goodwill (hopefully).

My own celebration will include the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner though, frugal Irish girl that I am, I’ll be waiting until Saturday so I can buy my ingredients at post-holiday sale prices.    In the meantime, I think I’ll do a little baking.  What better addition to a St. Patrick’s Day dinner than a Guinness Chocolate Cake.  As a bonus, those 50 minutes while the cake is baking will be just perfect for a little Random Word Improv.

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Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Celebrating Women

Another week is coming to a close, bringing with it the start of Daylight Savings Time in many parts of the US this Sunday.  Fortunately I’m kicking off a 3-day weekend, so I’ll have plenty of time to make up for the hour of sleep I’ll lose when the time “springs forward” early Sunday morning.

With dry weather and sunny skies predicted for the next week or so, my 3-day weekend is likely to include a fair amount of yard-work as I attempt to reclaim my backyard from the jungle of weeds that are attempting to take over, thanks to all of the recent rains.   Regardless of whatever else I have planned, my weekend is also going to include plenty of writing time.

The last few weeks have been crazy busy with the day-job, which means I’ve had very little time or inspiration available for writing.  Watching the news coverage and reading posts about this week’s International Women’s Day marches and celebrations, however, has sparked lots of ideas that I can’t wait to get on paper, so I’ll be starting off my day with a little Random Word Improv.

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