Saturday Ideas #22

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: Did you know that aspartame, which is in all diet/sugar-free products and some non-diet items, converts to formaldehyde in your liver?

Sentence: I looked out the window and wondered why all the squirrels and birds were going crazy.

Paragraph: From the mountain overlook the breathtaking view of Ralston Valley could be seen. Thirty miles long and eighteen miles wide, its fertile soil and spring-fed creek was  ideal for farming, and in 1878 Henry Ralston had bought it all. His descendents had turned the flourishing vegetable farm into the most famous flower farm in three states and turned Henryville into a tourist destination with a plethora of charming B&Bs. Ralston Flower Farm supplied seeds and flowers to wholesalers and distributors around the country from their fields and fields and fields of tulips, carnations, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, daisies, birds of paradise, gardenias, bluebonnets, orchids, and dozens more. One of the selling points in travel guides says, “As you drive down the mountain, open your car windows and inhale the aromatic scents wafting up from the valley floor.”

Prompt: It is Saturday and you have not had a day off in four months. What will you do on this unexpected day of freedom?

Word of the Day: luteous – adj. : yellow tinged with green or brown (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, 2011)

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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3 Responses to Saturday Ideas #22

  1. blueghoul says:

    That’s an interesting fact. Aspartame to formaldehyde right in your liver. Lovely word of the day, too! The entire concept of the blog–to defeat the little monster known as writer’s block–is something curious and yet a little amazing.

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