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, for hosting!
Well, hell. Crispina finally chose a picture that I had no matchy-matchy for! And no, I was not going to go out with my camera searching for a similar situation. Nope. That’s not how I roll. So this week, for Crispina’s CCC, I am going a more classic route, if you were. With a story of sorts. Actually, I am doing something I thought I’d not done before but upon checking, not only did it once before but did it for THIS very challenge… go figure. So, for this challenge, a haibun.
They were such a bright and colourful couple. No, not that they were colour-matched – he preferred earth-tones to her more jewelled ones. I mean colourful in manner. They were funny and entertaining, each sharing their part of the story they were telling; one speaking over the other but not in a rude take-over manner. They were just so enthusiastic it bubbled out uninhibited. There was never a dull moment when these two were on a roll… They each had their roles, working in harmony without losing themselves.
Good Wednesday! Hope all is well in your necks of the world. This week’s Friday Fictioneers, as always hosted by the wonderful Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is brought to you through J. Hardy Carroll’s picture. I could not help but go to Montreal for this one. Should you have a different idea that you’d like to share, click on the frog below and add your 100-word story!
J. Hardy Carroll
Let’s go visit the Biosphere on Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Wasn’t that the Expo ’67 American Pavillion?
Yep. The most famous geodesic dome created.
Didn’t it burn to a crisp?
Yeah, sadly, a welding accident in ’76 while fixing the acrylic cover.
That blows. But then they fixed it up, right?
Took forever and by the’90’s became a water museum.
Cool. Wait. What happened during the ice storm in ’98?
Some damage and it was shut down for five months. By 2007, Environment Canada decided it would be called an “Environment Museum”. Only one of its kind in North America.
Funny how things work, sometimes. I can’t remember if it was Thursday or Friday (2nd or 3rd of January) when I thought to myself: I wonder if Dawn is doing her Attitude of Gratitude thing this year. Not two days later (or three) what do I get in my inbox but Dawn’s post! Serendipity at its best. Let’s just say that if she hadn’t, I would have been sad and maybe, just maybe, I would have done my own anyway. It’s kinda nice to be part of something that already exists, dontcha think?
The rules are really simple. Set the timer for 15 minutes and start listing – very stream of consciousness, this thing. I will do exactly that by listing whatever pops into my head and at the end, shall return to my list and clean up typos, remove duplicates or even maybe cheat by adding more deets to the items, because, well, if I stop to write all the whys, then my list will be shorter. Then again, this isn’t a contest so, does it matter just how many I have? Maybe cheating won’t even be necessary! Okay, Rogerson, just shut up and write already.
The following are the things for which I am grateful or simply bring me joy and peace:
B – for what you give and what you agree to receive;
My sisters – no matter what’s what, they will be there
Mom – same thing, without you, I’d not be here
Dad – no longer here, you still influence some of my decisions
Mick – no matter that you’ve been gone five years, you are still a huge presence, not to mention a great muse for my writing
Writing – the ability to share what I want to say and have people receive it
Reading – we learn so much about life, the world when we open ourselves to reading
Friday Fictioneers and Rochelle in particular for being the first challenge that opened me up to writing more
Blogosphere – for introducing me to so many fantastic writers
Friends made over the blogosphere – it’s amazing how close we can become, like you, Sawsan, now a flesh and blood friend
Julie, Giselle, Linda, Cathy – my girlfriends who are there to drink, eat and be merry with
My guy friends – who keep me laughing
My boys – for keeping me real – whether I like it or not
The scent of petrichor in the summer
The sound of rain on a window when lying in bed
Being able to sit outside on a covered porch when it rains
Big fluffy snow in winter, especially on Christmas Day
Zeke – for giving me a reason to get out and enjoy the fresh air
Standing outside, and realising all is silent and being in the moment
Wine (and beer or spirits 😉 )!
The sound of the wind in the marcescent leaves
My house – it keeps me safe from the elements
My health – it might have blips from colds but otherwise, I’m healthy
DK – for introducing me to soooo many books and for being you, who shares such beautiful things
My laptop – which keeps me connected to so many people
Hang Outs – which allows me to chat with my bestie face-to-face
Warm thick socks in the winter
Dresses in the summer
My capacity (capability?) to smile through the tough stuff
My ability to love freely
Photography – a way to capture everything that grabs my attention
Being by the water – lake, river, ocean
Travel – introducing me to cultures and broadening my horizons
Cooking – not only to nourish but also to show my creativity
Discovering my creativity, which I was so sure I didn’t have till it was pointed out to me
Movies – being able to escape into another world for a couple of hours
Merril – for introducing me to poetry and inspiring me to keep trying it
Frank – because you introduced me to sooo many fabulous bloggers and your concerts were the best that I was honoured to act as your Maître D’ and because I want you to know that I am going to miss you – blogging. I shall hound you elsewhere 😉
Light to see
Dark to rest
Love, in general – amorous or friendly
Sex and the joy of sharing intimacy
My eyes – so I can appreciate what is out there
My ears – listening to the sounds around me, music, my loved ones’ voices
My limbs – though they sometimes let me know they need more limbering
My sense of humour – which helps keep me out of trouble
My ability to connect with people of all stations
My intellect – which permits me to have proper conversations on all sorts of things
My curiosity – which keeps me learning always
My snarkiness, which keeps me from not being taken seriously
To you authors who trusted me with your works and allowed me to be a beta reader – I am beyond chuffed
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. I always enjoy these challenges, so thank you, Sammi!
They planned to meet at lunchtime which would give them a chance to dispel any butterflies they might feel. They walked hand-in-hand, both trying to ignore the electricity that ran up their arms while they walked and searched. They discovered a cool joint with a hippy vibe that served excellent beer and simple, yet fun food.
The decor was perfect to get them talking about this and that while they each surreptitiously stole glances. The chilled beer barely managed to cool their inner thoughts, though.
As soon as they exited, he pulled her to him and kissed her passionately. “I could devour you right here and now,” he growled.