Wednesday Wits #20

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: Of what are you the most proud?

Sentence: Within the long-fallen log lived a thriving hive of bees.

Paragraph: The heroic act of saving his baby sister from being run over cost Jack Seavers his left arm. It had been crushed, but not amputated. As he grew from the 10-year-old boy he had been into manhood, his arm had remained small, limp, and red. When it flung around as he ran, others found it repulsive. By the time he was in high school, his heroic act had been forgotten and he became resentful. Resentful that he could not play sports, that he was unpopular, that girls turned away from him. The Seavers, not knowing how to deal with their son’s discontent, were unable to bolster his self-esteem. Hence, eventually Jack the hero turned into Jack the wife beater.

Prompt: Everyday as you commute to work or go shopping, you see something that piques your interest, something you keep wondering about. What is it that captures your eye over and over again? One day, when you have nothing else to do, go and investigate this curiosity. What do you discover? Is it cool or corny? Good or bad? Amusing or intriguing?

Word of the Day: wappenshaw – n. a periodic review of troops formerly held in Scotland to satisfy military chiefs that their men were loyal and properly armed (RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER’S COLLEGE DICTIONARY, 1991)

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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