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Prompt #10 – 100 Days of Summer – Reflection Wednesday

5 Jun
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Image- kabobfest.com

Prompt# 10: Write about a time someone made you feel safe.

This might be hard to believe, but it’s true, and it was the safest that I’ve ever felt– ever.
I was about 10 or eleven, and my parents were fighting all the time. It seemed as if my mother was always taking her frustrations out on me because I was Daddy’s Girl. She could hurt him by hurting me, and back then I was her verbal punching bag.
One day Dad stormed out of the house, and my mother said terrible, horrible things to me. I was frightened, sad, angry, and lost all at the same time. I ran in my room, shut the door and stood there hugging myself and crying, feeling a huge weight of hopelessness.
Suddenly, someone else was hugging me. I opened my eyes and I was in my guardian angel’s arms. I went to speak, but the angel put a finger to his lips and held me closer. We stayed like this a long time, until my tears finally stopped. When we separated, I saw that he was tall and beautiful and white light glimmered through and around him. He told me not to fear, and that, even if I didn’t see him, he would always be with me and I would never be alone.
Though I haven’t seen him again, when I get frightened or unsure, just thinking about him makes me feel safe.

Prompt #9 – 100 Days of Summer – Competition – Poem

4 Jun

Prompt # 9: Write a short scene in which your protagonist is engaged in a competition.  The competition can be anything you want it to be (a spelling bee, the soccer field, the court room, family game night).  The only rule is it must stretch your character.

Think about your character’s attitude, body language and voice.  Consider how your character would react to winning, losing or being prevented from competing.   Depending on the age of your character it may be appropriate to write this scene as a flashback or a dream.  The main goal is to get to know your character in a way that stretches you as a writer and them on the page.

image- mlive.com

Image- mlive.com

They said that I can't enter,
To run the race today.
My humans had something to say about that.
In the lineup is where I'll stay.

All they see is tiny,
But I'm a mighty boy, I am.
Let them try to pass me by,
Ahead is where I'll scram.

They'll wheeze as I whiz by them.
In the dust they'll drop, as I fly.
They all only see short legs,
It's my strength that they can't spy. 

I can run with the big dogs.
Let them think that I'm no threat.
Start the gun, raise the flag,
I'll be the fastest pet!

The flag is flashed, I dash.
I'm out in front of the pack.
I peek behind to notice,
One mutt is at my back.

For a second there he passes.
Then I give it the juice and jump.
I'm out ahead by dog lengths.
You can't beat me you big chump.

I did it, I just won!
I crossed finish line first.
Now would someone get me a drink?
This champion's dying of thirst.
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Image- houstonpettalk.com


Do yourself a favor and drop over to Lana Voynich’s blog. One can usually bet on having a good laugh. :0)

Prompt #4 – 100 Days of Summer Writing Challenge

30 May

Prompt #4: Think about the elements of setting that are important to you.  Write them down and then define them (without the help of Google).  PLEASE DO THIS PROMPT WITHOUT RESEARCHING THE ELEMENTS OF SETTING.  It’s important your base understanding is your point of reference.  You can Google after.

P.S.  This prompt is going part of a 3-day series.


Believe me, I’m working on today’s deadline for a children’s magazine story, and don’t have the luxury of time to research. If I’m off, which I probably am, I guess I will learn something new over the next three days. :0)

Off the cuff, I’d say any elements of setting that help put your reader in your story are important. I think of the five senses, though not all would come into play all of the time, or some would play out in combinations.

I’m not sure what challenge host Shannon Abercrombie means by ‘define’ the elements of setting, so I’m going to use examples.

Image - valdosta.edu

Image – valdosta.edu

Sight– Where are the characters?

She is singing a top a magnificent, vast Austrian mountain,  as the helicopter flies overhead blowing her hair this way and that. *wink*

He awoke with the new morning sun cascading across the cool supima, mocha chocolate bed sheets.

They owned the secret swimming hole, whose color blue belongs in the sky, and its coolness remained on the boys’ skin long after they climbed back up on the rocks in the sweltering sun of summer.

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Image – catsgunn.wordpress

Sound– What’s going on around the characters?

Children are laughing and talking, balls are bouncing, and swings squeak on the playground at recess.

The squawks and clucks, and moos and whinnies, rise above the soothing din of the sprinklers in the farm’s fields.

At the chef’s table, in the midst of the hubbub of activity going on in the kitchen, with sizzling steaks on the grill, clinking of pots and pans, whisks in sauces, shouts to the line cooks, they whispered sweet nothings in each others ears.

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Image- psychology.about.com

Smell– What’s in the air of the scene?

Her stomach immediately started to grumble at the first whiff of opening the bakery’s door.

As he got deeper into the pine forest, the floor became a smooth bed of crunchy needles, and, when the branches waved in the wind, he was soothed by the rich aromatics of his surroundings.

He procrastinated putting on his gym clothes in the stinky, damp school locker room because they always pick him last for the teams anyway.

The fresh air mixed with scent of hay and manure, and she knew she was home.

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Image- trainupachildlearnaswego.

Taste– Is the character eating?

She crinkled her nose and pouted as she slurped the last spoonful of disgusting split pea soup right before the big hand got to the 12, avoiding being sent to her room by seconds.

With her last sip, the champagne-soaked strawberry plopped on her face, and he couldn’t help but laugh at her adorable giddiness.

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Image- health.howstuffworks.com

Touch– Are there any tactile feelings that could put the reader in touch with the scene?

Her hand swept over the baby rabbit’s silky fur, but what she couldn’t resist was holding its delicate, paper-thin ears between her fingers.

She tried to take the fish off the hook, but it’s slimy slipperiness surprised her and she dropped the fishing pole in the water.

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Image- playingiseducational.info

Whoa boy, I hope I don’t come across like a dope here, but I’m only beginning my path to hone my writing craft again, and though I studied it in school, this old brain needs a refresher course for sure. Thanks for bearing with me.

I don’t think this challenge is going to be easy. Please let me hear it if the posts become too boring, or if you have any tips of your own regarding the prompts.

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