Friday Fictioneers: The Other Side of the Beach

 

 

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I have really missed Friday Fictioneers these past few months. I find that when I participate I feel motivated to be more active with my blogging. I hope you enjoy. Please share your thoughts.

The Other Side of The Beach

word count: 100

“The hotels on the west side are full,” Todd told Nancy.

Nancy swatted at a swarm of mosquitoes.

“This resort is abominable.” She wrinkled her nose and stared at the substandard surroundings. Why was she surprised? Todd has always been cheap. The mosquitoes buzzed incessantly. She assumed this would be the trip. 

Todd led her through beach detritus. Nancy’s stilettos sunk in the sand. He crouched down, assumed the position. The mosquitoes hovered.

“Nancy…”

Pledges of passion fell on oblivious ears.

Tears of disillusionment leaked. 

“…pawn shop ring…” he boasted.

Nancy welcomed the biting and suffocation of the mosquitoes.

 

 

 

 

 

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National Weird Day Writing Prompts – I Want You to Be Happy

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Welcome to National  Weird Day Writing Prompts. Today you have 3 choices for prompts.

March 3 is …

I Want You To Be Happy Day

Peach Blossom Day

National Anthem Day

Here are the rules:

1. Write 100 – 200 words (more or less) about the prompt provided. For example: If you chose National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day your story doesn’t have to be about the day itself but about a peanut butter lover. (It doesn’t have to be a complete story. It could be a scene, song lyrics or a poem)

2. Tag your post with National Weird Day Writing Prompts.

3. Share your writing in the comments section via a link back to your blog.

4. Read and comment on other posts.

5. Be creative and have fun.

My story is below.

I Want You to Be Happy, Dammit

Todd came from an intact family who showed the women in their family how much they cared by purchasing appropriate gifts on Hallmark holidays. This had always delighted everyone from the giver to the recipient as well as the onlookers. Females flocked to Todd like fruit flies to rotten bananas all throughout high school and college. Todd chose Mena because she was exotic looking and he envisioned their future children. Mena majored in political science and wanted to apply to pre-law so she could address human rights issues.

Todd lavished her with flowers. Mena, who spent all of her free time studying for the GRE, moved the flowers from her desk to the kitchen as they were a distraction. Todd surprised her with chocolates which she could not eat because they gave her headaches. He bought her a tennis bracelet. Mena was allergic to the nickel in it.

One day Todd said, “I just want you to be happy, dammit!” as he threw all of his gifts toward her. Mena had just collected the mail and was in the middle of reading a letter that had arrived on thick, vellum paper. “I am,” she said, her beautiful smile filling her face. “I was just accepted to Columbia Law School.”

National Weird Day Writing Prompts – Old Dr. Seuss Reads Across America Eating Banana Cream Pie

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Dear Readers and Writers,

I have some fantastic prompts for you today. The weird day writing prompts is still in its infancy, so spread the word, tap on the keyboard and express yourself. My piece will be at the very bottom.

Here are the rules:

1. Write 100 words or less about the prompt provided. For example: If you chose National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day your story doesn’t have to be about the day itself but about a peanut butter lover. (It doesn’t have to be a complete story. It could be a scene or a poem)

2. Share your writing in the comments section via a link back to your blog.

3. Read and comment on other posts.

4. Be creative.

5. Have fun.

MARCH 2, 2014:

– NATIONAL OLD STUFF DAY

– NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY

– NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY

DR. SEUSS DAY

Old Dr. Seuss Reads Across America Eating Banana Cream Pie

Jim McNabb enjoyed dressing up and impersonating others. After an unplanned early retirement he purged his belongings. A withered copy of The Cat in the Hat brought back memories of reading to  his children. An idea was born. He bought a tall, striped hat.  Jim with his stooped shoulders and puckered, whiskery face would travel across America, sharing his love of books and desire to be someone else. In Tuscaloosa, the organizers at RIF  invited him to eat at the potluck. Later in the greyhound bus, with a whole banana cream pie on his lap he was finally happy.

Something New! National Weird Day Writing Prompts

Dear Readers,

I have decided to try something new here at going to germany. Each day I will post a writing prompt that comes from a National  Day. I have no idea who decided these days  National this or that day or why, but I think some of them are weird. I thought this would be a fun way to challenge yourself, think outside the box, improve your writing, build community in blogland and have fun. I will take part as well. I hope to see familiar faces and new ones, so if you like this feel free to reblog or pass it on.

Here are the rules:

1. Write 100 words or less about the prompt provided. For example: If you chose National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day your story doesn’t have to be about the day itself but about a peanut butter lover. (It doesn’t have to be a complete story. It could be a scene or a poem)

2. Share your writing in the comments section via a link back to your blog.

3. Read and comment on other posts.

4. Be creative.

5. Have fun.

MARCH 1, 2014: 

This day has several prompts. Choose one or write about them all.

1. NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY

2.NATIONAL PIG DAY

3.NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY

4.NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY


Vicki and John fell in love at the local diner over a breakfast of peanut butter smothered bagels . Vicki said, “I never thought I could love someone as much as peanut butter.” John said, “Mm, are you going to finish yours?” They moved in together and united their collection, filling an entire shelf.  The day Vicki discovered she was pregnant she blew chunks all over the dining room after eating John’s $42 imported New Zealand variety.  The doctor said she was allergic. On Monday evening John arrived home to an empty shelf. The next day Vicki was alone.

word count: 97

Friday Fictioneers

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It’s time for Friday Fictioneers. I have not participated in this fun writing exercise for many months, but I hope to start the habit again. A lovely blogger named Rochelle is the creative genius behind it. If you click on the link, you can read the rules about participation. The above photo is the inspiration for the 100 word story of the week.

A Long, Long Time Ago

Jacques  sat next to his grandson, trying to pry his attention from the action on the small screen. “Orphe,  look at this.” Jacques said pointing to the page. The tween glanced over, “What’s that?” “A wagon pulling hay.” The child stared at him. “This was from my vacation to the country years ago. A lot of farms. ” “Farm?” “A farm was a place where people used to grow food.” “Food?” Alan sighed, “People used to eat food everyday to nourish their bodies. That was before the decades of droughts .”  “Oh. Can I have my pill now?” “Yes. You can eat.”

wordcount: 100

NaNoWriMo Word Sprints -It Might Work For YOU!

Yesterday I set a goal to get more writing done on my NaNoWriMo project. I’m still not at my ideal word count, but I did have some great writing moments.

On the NaNoWriMo site, I saw that on Twitter, there was the official NaNoWriMo handle,  a coach for the week, and NaNoWordSprints. I was curious about the word sprints. I decided to try it out. I figured if it wasn’t working for me I could always stop and go write on my own. In other words I had low expectations.

Well let me tell you, writing with word sprints was a good choice. It reminded me of some of the exercises I had done in writing  class at Story Studio. For some reason, these little exercises do something to my writing. It is like taking a class at the gym. You end up feeling sore the next day because you were using other muscles that you don’t typically work. I love that feeling – both in exercise and writing. In my writing, it opens me up to other ways of approaching the story..

Different people host for various times over at NaNoWordSprints. I encourage you to check it out if you have time. It sounds as though you can drop in anytime (free) and just write. Sometimes there are prompts and other times not. It is timed writing and they urge you to set a word count goal.

The prompt that made me take off like a horse spooked wagon was a song prompt: “I Will Wait for You”, by Mumford and Sons. At first I thought, This will never work. My story is set in the past. I had to think about it for a few minutes. At first I  worried about how this was affecting my word count. Then I had an a-ha moment and almost ripped holes in my paper I was writing so fast. The more I wrote, the more the idea shaped itself in my head. I think I might have the idea for my opening and first chapter.

If you are looking for a writing challenge, try some word sprints. I hope they will be as beneficial for you as they were for me.