Monday Musings #24

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: Would you like to live without clocks or calendars?

Sentence: Because Aldous Hartley continued to rule the roost into his eighties, all his children still acted like chicks, scrambling out of his way with just a few peeps.

Paragraph: She sat in the front pew with the rest of the family, trying not to stare at the closed casket, wanting desperately to believe it was empty. I remember you, dear boy, sitting on my lap as we read a book. I remember you slurping down your cereal so you could rush outside to play with Sammy next door. That had been the happiest summer of my life, sweetie. I didn’t mind you letting the screen door slam shut behind you. It made me feel young again. She held some tissues to her eyes. I should be in that damn coffin and you should be sitting here! A sob erupted from deep within her as she tried to swallow a grief that could no longer be contained.

Prompt: Who was your favorite babysitter and why? If your parents never left you with anyone, with whom would you have liked to have stayed home?

Word of the Day: dada – n. a movement in early 20th-century art and literature whose exponents challenged established canons of art, thought, and morality through nihilist works and outrageous behavior.

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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