Tuesday Tips #99

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 irritates (or irritated) your father?

Sentence: Putting “kleenex,” instead of facial tissue, on her grocery list was about as defiant as Ellie could be.

Paragraph: The two-mile long alleyway between the backs of two-story apartment buildings on Hyde and Coast streets provided Erwin Harris with all he needed in life: an abundance of shelter, clothes, and perfectly good food. Besides the commercial size trash bins, carports had had been built under the second stories for convenient parking of tenant vehicles. However, they also allowed him to get out of the elements – not that there was much bad weather in Santa Monica – and sleep more safely than out in the open. The few residents who might have seen Harris, when they came home early from work or returned late after partying, ignored him and were not prone to discuss him with their neighbors, whom they had no intention of getting to know.

Prompt: Name two daffy friends you rely on to keep you sane.

Word of the Day: makebate n  archaic : one that excites contention and quarrels (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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