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Weekend Writing Prompt #116 – Amateur

When I saw this weekend’s word, I immediately went back to 1995-96 when I worked with Pat, who would become my mentor. She was a card and a half. We used to write lyrics to existing songs to roast people or initiate them into the company.  Many a laugh was had over her Kahlua and Milk (blech). Cannot believe she has been gone 18 years already…

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.  Thank you, Sammi!

Word Prompt



“Hey, Mom!  Check this out!


Sarah let out a huge belch, the likes of which would make a beer-guzzling construction worker proud.

Patricia looked at her daughter.  “Really? That’s the best you can do?  Amateur!  Come back to me when you can say ‘I am Wonder Woman’ in one shot!”

My late friend and mentor Patricia. Looks like a lady but had her sailor side, too 😉



89 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #116 – Amateur

  1. Q,

    I don’t think I’ve ever conducted a belching contest in which I said “I am Wonder Woman”, but hey, there’s always time.

    Amazingly, Kahlua is still very much a thing. And I can only imagine its most essential quality is the wasted air it supplies for endeavors such as belching contests and the like. Because other than that, I just ain’t seeing it.

    Excellent take on amateur hour in a whopping 51 words!


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  2. brilliant – you missed your vocation! And me thinks that it wasn’t just Pat being ‘a card’ whatever you mean by this…. 😉 (I read this expression from time to time and I think I get the meaning – and you fit right in!)
    And encore: BRAVO – that was spectacular!

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  3. Ah, sounds like my kind’a gal to hang out with, she does!
    Mind you, I don’t really have much of a sailor side (at least not in the manifestation of vocabulary expression …) but I do occasionally remove my halo … 😉
    I’m so sorry for your loss of her. I think she is probably hanging out with my friends Carol and Kathryn, both of whom were ladies with all necessary sides ready to be deployed …

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  4. Here’s my free-verse “poem”. No rhymes, but this is how I feel about my writing in a 51-word nutshell:

    As I scramble to finish this chapter,

    And write the next,

    As I organize my outline,

    And edit my story,

    I look at the mess I made with letters,

    And think, I’m an amateur!

    Then a friend reads it,

    And tells me, “This is wonderful.”

    I smile,

    And write even more.

    It’s not much, but writing is one of my passions.

    God bless,

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  5. Very visual tale Dale. (See what I did there?) lol. Anyway, as a Sailor with 28 years of past experiences, I have been blown away a few times by the most dainty, lady like women from time to time. Made me feel like an amateur. Good job as usual.

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