Saturday Ideas #14

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: Do you hang back at parties and observe people?

Sentence: Sultry is too nice a word for hot and humid.

Paragraph: Father left us on Christmas Eve, but he’s not dead. He just went away and made Mother cry. I watched him go, when I looked out to see if Santa was coming yet. I thought he was just going to get some cigarettes, ‘cept he had a big suitcase with him. He never did come back. Not ever. Not to open the present I made for him or to watch me open my presents or to celebrate any of my birthdays. I don’t know what happened to him and couldn’t care less.

Prompt: You’re hiking in the mountains on a beautiful fall day and hear a growl nearby. Bear or puma? Has this happened to you before? Do you have any way to protect yourself? Are you alone? How far back did you see another hiker? Describe your dilemma.

Word of the Day: cachinnate – vi. to laugh loudly or too much (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.

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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, genealology, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 18 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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