Monday Musings #12

The purpose of this blog is to help writers with their work, to be museful or perhaps instrumental in unclogging thoughts. To this end, I am providing a daily question, beginning sentence, beginning paragraph, prompt, and word-of-the-day to stimulate your “little gray cells.”

Question: How would you rate yourself on having and using good manners?

Sentence: Despite her age, a little girl thrill tingled up and down her spine.

Paragraph: The deer in New Braunfels were thriving pests, eating carefully tended gardens and porch plants. Without natural predators and no guns in the city limits allowed to be fired, these gentle creatures roamed free and multiplied like rabbits. Living in groups of females and fawns, they stopped traffic when they crossed the neighborhood streets. Only at night did they retreat to the gulleys and brush-covered hillsides. Occasionally, bucks were seen, which incensed Ramona Willett, who felt it was irresponsible that the deer population had been allowed to grow unchecked. No city plan was in place to take them out to west Texas to live or die. So one fine morning, after returning from breakfast with her husband to find her supposedly deer-resistant lantana and Mexican petunias decimated, Ramona fervently vowed to go after the despicable beasts – legally, or not. 

Prompt: You are having a nice leisurely lunch when some rowdy people enter the eatery. They are loud, disrespectful, and using foul language. The young servers and manager seem at a loss as to what to do. What do you do? How can they be removed from the premises? Do you nonchalantly dial 9-1-1? Does some other patron make them leave or calm down?

Word of the Day: thalassic – adj. 1. of the sea or ocean; marine 2. of bays, gulfs, etc. and inland seas, as distinguished from the ocean (WEBSTER’S NEW WORLD COLLEGE DICTIONARY, 3rd ed., 1996)

If your work needs a title, tweaking, or critiquing, please do not hesitate to ask. Cyranette is here for you.


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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