Saturday Ideas #71

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: What is the key element of your personality?

Sentence: Gone were the days when Albert knew what he was doing or where he was going.

Paragraph: The balance of power in the Sweeney household depended solely upon our mother’s mood, which varied greatly between passive/content and aggressive/rage. During the lighthearted times, Dad was in charge and we had fun. The rest of the time we tiptoed on eggshells to keep from waking the seething dragon in woman’s form. We called her Mrs. Sweeney in the dark of our closets, where we waited out our sentences for the slightest offenses, like not brushing our teeth long enough. As far as she was concerned, when one of us did something wrong, we all deserved to be punished. Even when we were whisked away by one grandma or the other for a week of summer bliss, we could not enjoy the last couple days with our impending return to the house from hell.

Prompt: Explain what freedom means to you.

Word of the Day: recrudesce vi. to break out again after lying latent or relatively inactive (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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One Response to Saturday Ideas #71

  1. Thanks for sharing. I found your blog through the creative writing page at wordpress. As an aspiring writer, it’s always a huge help to feel part of a community. I’ll follow your posts. If you get a chance, stop by my blog and check out the novella I’ve been releasing. If you have any feedback, both positive or negative, it would be worth its weight in gold. Thank again!

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