Tuesday Tips #114

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 much ice cream would you eat at one sitting if you could?

Sentence: Because of the conspirative whispering nearby, she pretended to be asleep and unaware.

Paragraph: The porcelain gleamed. The metal sparkled. The tile glistened. But the soul of the man who had just left the room would forever be blackened.

Prompt: Elucidate on your latest “ouchy.”

Word of the Day: ordonnance n. the arrangement or disposition of parts, as of a building, picture, or literary work. (RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER’S COLLEGE DICTIONARY, 1991)

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[Well, this didn’t get published yesterday for some reason. Surprised me!]

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Wednesday Wits #114

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 type of headline instantly grabs your attention?

Sentence: They left him in the dark, padded room.

Paragraph: As soon as Sandra Evans stepped off the plane in Rio, humidity surrounded her like a cocoon. She did not need to look over at her husband to see that he was unaffected by the thick air. Much to her disgust, he further suffocated her by grabbing her for a dance into the terminal. He was free. She was in hell.

Prompt: Describe your least favorite TV commercial.

Word of the Day: dolorous adj : causing, marked by, or expressing misery or grief (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, 2011)

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Monday Musings #114

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 impresses you most about a person?

Sentence: Ask anyone and they will tell you that Neal Deemon was one of a kind.

Paragraph: Weak from vomiting, Tilly rested her forearms on the flat wooden railing of the schooner. Her family had left her alone with her sickness and were enjoying themselves on the port side of the vacation rental. As she gazed into the clear water, she distracted herself by going over boating terms. When the water turned black, she blinked. It took a moment to realize what she was seeing, then a big eye gazed up at her.

Prompt: Name something that surprised you over the weekend.

Word of the Day: liquescent adj. becoming liquid; melting (WEBSTER’S NEW WORLD COLLEGE DICTIONARY, 3rd ed., 1996)

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Sunday Ponderings #113

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: Do you know yourself well enough to realize what irritates others?

Sentence: An age-old tale with a twist or two always hooked his attention.

Paragraph: Mamma didn’t talk much, but we never had any doubt what she was thinking about. She could complain or protest with the loudest of silences. Her fury came through in the slamming of drawers or doors. If the house sparkled when we came home from school, something had upset her. If the house smelled delicious, something had pleased her.

Photo Prompt: little lizzie

Word of the Day: ignescent adj : VOLATILE (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, 2011)

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Saturday Ideas #113

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: Who deserves your utmost attention?

Sentence: The sun shining through the window could not disspell her fear.

Paragraph: As far as the McGraths were concerned, bygones could not be bygones. No matter how much time had passed. No matter how many generations came and went. The hate and vengeance would remain by ingraining it into each newborn’s mind…Sterling stopped typing and backed away from his desk. Years of research about the notorious case surrounded him, but he shook his head at all of it.

Prompt: Give an example of an unsophisticated palate.

Word of the Day: pavonine adj. 1. of or like a peacock. 2. resembling the colors of a peacock, as in coloring. (RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER’S COLLEGE DICTIONARY, 1991)

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Friday Notions #113

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: Are you more likely to laugh with joy or cry with sorrow?

Sentence: Pretty petulant Polly Penny’s perfectly placed perpendicular purple parrot preferred plentiful poblano peppers.

Paragraph: Mrs. Weaver’s case stayed with him all day. Poor woman, he couldn’t help thinking. She was covered in warts from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. Why hadn’t she sought help sooner? was one question that kept spinwheeling through his mind. He likened her affliction to obesity – it didn’t happen overnight.    

Prompt: Identify someone with whom you enjoy debating or arguing.

Word of the Day: bollix vt : to throw into disorder; also : BUNGLE – usu. used with up (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, 2011)

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Thursday Thoughts #113

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: Don’t you hate it when nothing comes to mind?

Sentence: “GRANDMA!” Cici yelled as she threw herself off the porch at me.

Paragraph: Since each victim frequented strip joints, the suspect list was practically endless. It also required that my partner and I return to these revolting establishments over and over again until everyone had been interviewed. Because he knew me so well, Dan tried his best not to enjoy himself. Plus, he could not forget that his wife and I were best buds. Poor guy, he really had no chance.

Prompt: Elucidate on the musical instrument that gets your blood apumpin’.

Word of the Day: palinode n. 1 an ode or other poem written to retract something said in a previous poem  2 a retraction (WEBSTER’S NEW WORLD COLLEGE DICTIONARY, 3rd ed., 1996)

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Wednesday Wits #113

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: Are you more inspired by a good, bad, or weird news headline?

Sentence: She knew better than to tease him but could not help herself.

Paragraph: Few knew that Davidson went into forensics because of his interest in vomit. From the first time he studied his own regurgitation in the toilet, it had fascinated him. He was wowed by the fact that food smelled so bad, after it had tasted so good only hours earlier. That there were still discernable chunks and undissolved corn kernels in the mixture amazed him. If his parents flushed away or cleaned up after a sibling’s mess during the night, he had sulked the entire day.

Prompt: Name your most fun song.

Word of the Day: gowk n. a fool or simpleton. (RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER’S COLLEGE DICTIONARY, 1991)

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Tuesday Tips #113

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: Why does life have to be so complicated?

Sentence: The intonation in that one “MARCH!” declared that he would not tolerate any slacking.

Paragraph: From the harem window she could see the sea of sand beyond. From the forbidden books she had read she knew of oceans, fragrant trees, mountains, and air so cold that only animal fur would keep one warm. She wanted very much to believe these strange tales, but dared not speak to anyone about them. Because the palace had ears everywhere, she traveled in her mind to magical places where there were no camels.

Prompt: Explain what can limit or obstruct your ability to concentrate.

Word of the Day: uncinate adj. bent like a hook; hooked (WEBSTER’S NEW WORLD COLLEGE DICTIONARY, 3rd ed., 1996)

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Monday Musings #113

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: Do your antagonists usually resemble anyone you know?

Sentence: Violet was her name, suicide was her game.

Paragraph: A grumbling began in the back of St. John’s United Methodist Church as soon as the visiting minister, Reverend Anthony Traveen, stepped forward to deliver his sermon. Unlike many parishioners of Methodist churches around the country, those at St John’s were well-informed, well-read, and open-minded. Traveen’s reputation preceded him. His virulent views were an anathema to all they felt untouchable, and they had no qualms about disapproving his message before it came out of his mouth.

Prompt: Write a haiku to Mother Nature.

Word of the Day: cataplexy n : sudden loss of muscle power following a strong emotional stimulus (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, 2011)

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