Kick Off Your Writing Week Prompt

air freshenerI thought it would be fun to kick off each week with a writing prompt. Whether you’re a professional writer, an aspiring one, or a dabbler, why not join in? Every month I’ll pick a random winner from the comments I collect. The prize won’t be a trip to Disneyland or a new car, probably more like a bar of chocolate or possibly a new-car air freshener, but hey, having written a story you weren’t planning to write should actually be reward enough, right?

Stories shorter than 200 words can be left in the comments section. Longer than that, please just leave a comment saying you participated and I’ll put you in the monthly drawing, too.

Most importantly, have fun!

Today’s prompt: I stepped off the path into the woods, crossed the creek, and when I got to the towering red cedar, I walked around it three times, and then bent over to knock on the door that had appeared in the trunk near the roots.

Friday 5 – Five people I’d love to meet

This is total fantasy day here at the blog. Here’s a list of five people I’d like to meet and why.

  1. Meg Cabot – do I really have to say why? I mean, she’s just the coolest, sweetest, most cheerful person on the web and she wrote The Mediator series.Megcabot-signing
  2. Dolly Parton – not only a fantastic songwriter and performer, but she loves books. Did you know she has a wonderful literacy charity to put books in kids’ hands? I’d love to talk to her about extending it to include YA. Dolly-Parton-Pure-Simple-Tour-2016
  3. Judi Dench – only the most fabulous actor in the world. I wrote her a fan letter and she sent me a lovely letter back. I’m not embarrassed to admit it either because do you have a letter from Judi?
  4. Jay Leno – not only did he inspire part of Speed of Life by talking about the automotive restoration program at McPherson college (my main character wants to go there), but I’d love to just talk cars with him! And see his awesome collection.1963 Jaguar XKE
  5. My agent, Michael Bourret! I know…What? He’s been your agent for more than eight years and you’ve never met him? Nope! But someday our paths will cross.

Other writers have decided to join me posting their lists of five on Fridays. Check out Alexa Barry’s Friday Five. If you are doing your own Friday Five, feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Kick Off Your Writing Week Prompt

air freshenerI thought it would be fun to kick off each week with a writing prompt. Whether you’re a professional writer, an aspiring one, or a dabbler, why not join in? Every month I’ll pick a random winner from the comments I collect. The prize won’t be a trip to Disneyland or a new car, probably more like a bar of chocolate or possibly a new-car air freshener, but hey, having written a story you weren’t planning to write should actually be reward enough, right?

Stories shorter than 200 words can be left in the comments section. Longer than that, please just leave a comment saying you participated and I’ll put you in the monthly drawing, too.

Most importantly, have fun!

Today’s prompt: My mother’s long-haired cat slipped out the front door as I came inside after school and I did a u-turn, running after it before it could get away, but…

Friday 5 – five things I do besides writing

Cooking – I love to cook. If you follow me on Twitter, you might think I get tired of it around dinner time, but honestly, it’s a great release and uses a different part of my brain from writing.

0013_24Ae1024Walking – I do this every morning with or without my husband who is part cat and not that fond of walking in the rain. Not that I love it, but I’d rather get a bit wet than give up my walk.

Baseball – Nope…I don’t play, but I listen to it on internet radio. I’m a huge Cubs fan and this is our year!

Nothing – This is an art I’ve cultivated and is not a natural state for me. But trust me, it’s worth learning how to do if you’re one of those busy people who never seem to stop.

Building miniatures – I’ve built one of the room that my characters live in in Speed of Life. I’ll be sharing that later on the blog. They’re a lot of fun to build! If you want to see one, here’s a video of the miniature for my writing cabin before it was built.

Other writers have decided to join me posting their lists of five on Fridays. Check out Alexa Barry’s Friday Five. If you are doing your own Friday Five, feel free to leave a link in the comments.

Kick Off Your Writing Week Prompt

air freshenerI thought it would be fun to kick off each week with a writing prompt. Whether you’re a professional writer, an aspiring one, or a dabbler, why not join in? Every month I’ll pick a random winner from the comments I collect. The prize won’t be a trip to Disneyland or a new car, probably more like a bar of chocolate or possibly a new-car air freshener, but hey, having written a story you weren’t planning to write should actually be reward enough, right?

Stories shorter than 200 words can be left in the comments section. Longer than that, please just leave a comment saying you participated and I’ll put you in the monthly drawing, too.

Most importantly, have fun!

Today’s prompt: Jenny tore the house apart, but she couldn’t find it, and if she didn’t hand it over to Theo before noon, she might as well be dead.

Friday Five – Things I love about spring…

  1. Daffodil 2014 Daffodils, of course (yes, I know they’re gone for the year already, but they always say spring to me!
  2. Uncovering my lounge chair and reading in the weak, but warm sunshine.
  3. There are quite a few people in my life with spring birthdays which leads to cake.
  4. Asparagus.
  5. The farmer’s market begins!

Other writers have decided to join me posting their lists of five on Fridays. Check out Alexa Barry’s Friday Five. If you are doing your own Friday Five, feel free to leave a link in the comments.

 

Kick Off Your Week Writing Prompt

air freshenerI thought it would be fun to kick off each week with a writing prompt. Whether you’re a professional writer, an aspiring one, or a dabbler, why not join in? Every month I’ll pick a random winner from the comments I collect. The prize won’t be a trip to Disneyland or a new car, probably more like a bar of chocolate or possibly a new-car air freshener, but hey, having written a story you weren’t planning to write should actually be reward enough, right?

Stories shorter than 200 words can be left in the comments section. Longer than that, please just leave a comment saying you participated and I’ll put you in the monthly drawing, too.

Most importantly, have fun!

Today’s prompt: My feet pounded against the wet pavement, rubber boots splashing through puddles, so close…but the school bus pulled away just as I reached it, faces laughing and jeering in the windows.

Friday 5 – places I want to set a book

  1. London – I’d love to camp out there for a month or so to get the feel for the place. Anyone wanting to finance that, just drop me a line. London
  2. A road trip across Canada – either by train or car.
  3. Italia – notice I called it Italia, not just plain Italy. I know there’s a book inside me wanting to be set there…preferably a tiny little town in Tuscany.
  4. Chicago – yep, it will have something to do with the Cubs. 480x200_wrigley_field
  5. My island – so far I haven’t set anything here, but every time I leave the writing cabin (not as often as I probably should), I’m reminded of what a neat place it would be to set a book. This will definitely happen!

Other writers have decided to join me posting their lists of five on Fridays. Check out Alexa Barry’s Friday Five. If you are doing your own Friday Five, feel free to leave a link in the comments.