This is my second year participating in the National Novel Writing Month event. Although I have prepared with lofty plot ideas, with detail developement of characters and and thier personalities. However, my best laid creative plans are usually thwarted for one reason or another as the month unflods. My novel’s focal point is a local gym in Fort Myrs Fl and how the committments of … Continue reading “Lofty.”
The participation within any race builds anticipation as you approach the finish line. Seeking something produces the anticipations of finally grasping and holding what is sought. Formulating a plot line, creating characters, with complex backgrounds and personalities to become close friends within the mind creates anticipation to complete a 50,000-word novel during National Novel Writing Month before midnight November 30, 2016. Currently, at 41983, and my prize … Continue reading “Anticipation.”
It is often said, “Flattery will get you nowhere.” However, I believe a little or a lot of honest and sincere flattery will go a long way to please a loved one, or will it? Take the case of my neighbor Calbert Winston. I happened to be outside to watched him accidentally run over his wife’s prize-winning red rose bush with his riding lawnmower. I … Continue reading “Flattery.”
In college, there were weekends when many in my dorm would venture out to the lake near the university for a keg party. I reluctantly attended hoping to leave after an hour to return to my room to study some world history. It was a warm evening when I met a beautiful girl named Saundra, Thompson, standing next to her telescope. She was an astronomy … Continue reading “Twinkle.”
Several days ago, I wrote separate responses for WordPress daily word prompts for the words “stubborn,” “praise,” “muse,” “crave,” “profound,” and “apology.” As I formulated my thoughts, I recognized the calm, peaceful, and relaxed feeling of absolute happiness within me that had me reflect upon and contemplate why? As a child, my parents, teachers, and friends told me, I was hyperactive, I needed to slow … Continue reading Realizations of a Travel Writer.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Teacher’s Pet.” Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her? I have known many impacting teachers, professor, and mentors, but currently in my life as I continue my journey and aspirations to become a … Continue reading “Teacher’s Pet”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Burning Down the House.” Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab? It is 2:00 am and the house is on fire, the kids are safe outside with the dog who alerted everyone and is on the front lawn barking at the fire blazing through the roof. … Continue reading “Burning Down The House”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pens and Pencils.” When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era? I love this prompt, as I have from time to time written letters on beautifully decorated stationary to family and friends. What is astonishing, … Continue reading “Pens, pencils, crayons, 18 century feather quill, and a letter stamp”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In Good Faith.” Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality — or lack of — for the first time. I guess like a lot of people, over the years, I have witnessed my fair share of horrors and miracles, humanity has provided. I was fortunately and uniquely sublime to go with … Continue reading “In Good Faith”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Secret Santa.” You get to choose one gift — no price restrictions — for any person you want. The caveat? You have to give it anonymously. What gift would you give, and to whom? Over the years, I have played the role of Secret Santa either at my church, work office and my community home owners association. … Continue reading “Secret Santa”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Alphabet Soup.” Write down the letters of the ABC. For each one, choose a word that begins with that letter. Now, write a post about anything — using all the words you’ve selected. A – Always B – Best C – Child D – Dressed E – Excellent F – Friend G – Going H – Hurt … Continue reading Alphabet Soup
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “One at a Time.” In response to the Daily Post’s writing prompt: “One at a Time.” Today, writes a post on the topic of your choice — using only one-syllable words. With the lights dimmed in the gymnasium, fifty children of the Paulson Youth Center, all below the age of eight, dressed in white gowns and red Santa … Continue reading The “Play”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Good Tidings.” Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to. I finished pumping gas into a car at my father’s gas station when as I go to get the money, the driver who isn’t a … Continue reading Good Tidings
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ready, Set, Done!.” Now I have been a little absent for the past several days as I push forward in my attempt to complete the National Novel Writing Month event that I’m participating in. I have not yet finished, however, in the excitement of the retirement lifestyle, I’m truly enjoying this adventure. I’m continuing to learn as … Continue reading Ready, Set, Done!
(Daily Prompt) Yesterday, your pet/baby/inanimate object could read your post. Today, they can write back. Write a post from their point of view (or just pick any non-verbal creature/object). I have never been attached to inanimate objects like cars, or sentimental items such as a baseball caught at a major league game. So, as I drove onto the beach and parked the car, I heard … Continue reading Return Address / Inanimate object discussion.
(Daily Prompt) Fill in the blank: “Life is too short to _____.” Now, write a post telling us how you’ve come to that conclusion. Life is too short to worry, or stress one self when you cannot physically change something immediately. Patience, perseverance, determination and resolve, are key words to recall during one’s life time. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/no-time-to-waste/ Continue reading No Time to Waste
(Daily Prompt) Someone’s left you a voicemail message, but all you can make out are the last words: “I’m sorry. I should’ve told you months ago. Bye.” Who is it from, and what is this about? Now considering I don’t have a hard-line phone or carry my cellular around with me throughout the day, or for several days. When do I received this message, most … Continue reading Bad Signal
(Daily) Someone or something you can’t communicate with through writing (a baby, a pet, an object) can understand every single word you write today, for one day only. What do you tell them? It has been seven months since I began communication via a chat room, then email, and several difficult telephone conversations in broken English and Italian, that now I’m ready to meet my … Continue reading Literate for a day
As a five-year old child, I enjoyed watching cartoons, so on a sunny Saturday morning, I’m watching the Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show and I’m in haven, watching all the cartoon action and I loved when the show ends with its iconic signature sign off statement from Porky Pig, “Thats All Folks”. I turned the television off and walked into the kitchen, where my … Continue reading The Saturday morning Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show and a Sears Kenmore Wringer Washing Machine.
(Daily Prompt) You step into an acquaintance’s house for the first time, and discover that everything — from the furniture, to the books, to the art on the wall — is identical to your home. What happens next? Several years ago, my wife, Trisha, and I attended a dinner party held at my neighbor’s home of Tom and Pam Gregory, who live four doors away, in … Continue reading Doppelgänger Alert
You’re sitting at a café when a stranger approaches you. This person asks what your name is, and, for some reason, you reply. The stranger nods, “I’ve been looking for you.” What happens next? I respond with my best impersonation of Robert De Niro’s character in the movie Taxi Driver, “are you talking to me”? My response forces the stranger into a perplexed look, and … Continue reading Greetings, Stranger (Daily Prompt)
As I read this prompt several days ago I recognized the word “Yeats” and thought of the Irish/English poet William Butler Yeats and I began to ponder how I shall meet my fate. I researched some of his poems and found the following poem, that I feel touches on the subject. He wrote this poem for his intended love. When you are old and grey … Continue reading I shall meet my fate?
It is 2:00 AM and for the past eight hours of a twelve-hour shift, it is still raining. I only just want to rest my eyes as I lay on the ground guarding my perimeter position. I remain awake fighting off sleep trying to stay alerted and prepared to listen for any movement of my enemy. My shift ends at 6:00 am, but when I … Continue reading The light of day
A Bookish Choice. A literary-minded witch gives you a choice: To become either an obscure novelist or a popular paperback author. Which do you choose? As an aspiring write, I would choose to be the obscure writer to be admired for decades and I in particular don’t want the notoriety because it would complicate the quite lifestyle I lead. I want to write and provide … Continue reading A Bookish Choice:
My favorite time to write is in the early morning hours of the day, but I am perplexed, as to why I am inspired to write late in the evening at a Denny’s Restaurant. Apparently this isn’t unusual, where upon my arrival between 9:00 and 10:00 pm there are two or three other customers writing or completing some form of work. I read the blogs … Continue reading Effective times to write and where