Tuesday Tips #84

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: How many times have you been burned by forgetting that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree?

Sentence: Revitalized, the grass wriggled and giggled after an all-night shower, ready to grow in the sun’s glow.

Paragraph: The first things Abbie bought, when she left home, were a loaf of soft, white bread and a tub of margarine. She stood at the studio apartment’s kitchen counter and fixed herself three half-sandwiches, using a knife from the sack of mixed utensils Aunt Rita had given to her. On each slice of bread she spread a thin layer of oleo, then folded them in half and squished them flat with her fingers. In anticipation  she smiled, closed her big gray eyes, and took a bite. Hmmm. Tasted just like it did in elementary school on a very rare occasion when her mother gave her fifty cents for a hot meal, which always came with a slice of bread and a little packet of margarine. Otherwise, every day Abbie ate a packed lunch containing a stale bread sandwich. Cheap two-day-old bread her mother always bought on a limited budget. After having that first school lunch at age eleven, Abbie vowed that when she was grown she would only eat fresh bread. Leaning back against the counter and surveying her empty domain as she chewed with great satisfaction, she made a mental list of other essentials she was going to need.

Prompt: Name three words you have bastardized or invented in your writing.

Word of the Day: solatium  n. anything that compensates for suffering or loss; an additional allowance. (MRS. BYRNE’S DICTIONARY of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words BY JOSEFA HEIFETZ BYRNE. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press and University Books, 1974.)

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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