Clueless at Goodbye

Your Daily Theme for June 21
 
Goodbyes
People handle goodbyes differently. Some prefer celebrations. Some prefer sentimental recollection. Some prefer quick “I’ll see you soon”s.
Write a scene in which your character is saying goodbye to someone or something he/she cares about.

 

She walked over to her laptop and opened her email. The email from Figment said that this was to be the last Daily Theme. Cradling her head in her hands, she wondered what she could possibly write about in a hundred words that could possibly do justice to what their prompts had done for her. She promptly shut down the laptop. Clueless. After dinner, she hesitantly reopened the email, and, looking at it, she instantly knew what she would do. She opened up word and typed out her first sentence: She walked over to her laptop and opened her email.

Red and Gold

Your Daily Theme 

for June 20
 
Opening Line
I snatched the mask from his face. “You?! It was you all along?!”
 
Use this line as inspiration for a short story or poem.
He smiled and took my hands in his. “Of course. I wondered how long it would take you to recognize me.”

“But…,” I spluttered. “This doesn’t make sense – we’re from different universes.”

“So?” Still that serene smile, constant as ever.

“How are you here?” I asked softly, looking up at his worn face.

“You needed me.”

I swallowed. “Will you…can you stay?”

“As long as you need me,” he said. “I’ll stay as long as you remember me.”

“That, I will.” I gingerly touched his scar. “Always.”

I woke up to the brilliant red and gold sunrise. Thank you.

Link to my piece on Figment:

http://figment.com/books/659901-Red-and-Gold

 

A Symphony in a Breath

Your Daily Theme  [Figment]

for June 18
 
It’s Only Natural
 
Get inspired by nature, and build a poem or story around something from the natural world. It could be something as majestic as a mountain, or as simple as an acorn you found in your backyard.

Stepping out

Of self-imposed quarantine

Something seemed

A little bit different.

The air was like frigid water

Thrown in my face.

It tasted like mint strips

Melting on my tongue.

It smelled like grass,

Freshly mown and alive

With the crystal-clear water

It was fed.

It felt like every cell in my body

Went from flaccid to

Kool-Aid refreshed turgid

In the time than it took

For me to draw a breath

Like water from a well

Or a painting

With ice blue, lime green

Lavender and yellow.

So there is something you can’t get

On the internet

After all.

 

Link to my original piece on Figment:

http://figment.com/books/658938-A-Symphony-in-a-Breath

 

I’ll Never Go Away

Your Daily Theme for 6/13/2013 
Dialogue
 
“I’ll never go away.”
“You’ll never get away.”
Use these lines as inspiration for a short story or poem.

“…but it was an honest mistake!”

“So now pay for it.”

“I didn’t mean to hurt you.”

“But you did.”

“I promise it’ll never happen again!”

“Oh, I know it won’t.”

“You can’t forgive me?”

“For this? No.”

“I love you!”

“Apparently the word entails different things to each of us.”

“Doesn’t all the time we’ve known each other mean anything to you?”

“I could ask you the same.”

“Just give me one last ch-”

“Get out of my house!”

“What if I refuse?”

“Go away. Please, just go away.”

“I’ll never go away.”

“You’ll never get away.” With it.

Link to my original piece:

http://figment.com/books/656378-I-ll-Never-Go-Away

What Makes People Deserve Awards?

Daily Prompt: Person of the Year

June 13, 2013

You’re asked to nominate someone for TIME’s Person of the Year. Who would it be, and why?

I don’t know all that much about politics. My general knowledge and awareness barely covers things like the unrest in Turkey and Edward Snowden’s uncovering of the NSA’s spying activity. So no, I don’t think I’m qualified, rather, aware enough, to name anyone as person of the year.

But I am keenly aware of what people I know have been through this past year. Several friends have struggled with their education, my roommate has had on-again, off-again depression because of a guy she’s seeing, and yet another friend questioned humanity itself, saying we don’t deserve to exist. I’ve seen nearly everyone I know, whether I like them or not, fight their own battles. One friend lost a father a year ago, another  has fought her weight and managed to lose some, and so on and so forth.

I looked up today’s Figment Daily Theme a while ago:

Your Daily Theme for June 12, 2013
A writer must learn empathy, that ability to fully understand the emotional life of others. Yes, even those we find depressing, boring, or plain old annoying. It’s that understanding of others that helps us shape compelling, three-dimensional characters.

Take a peek at the News Feed of someone you once hid on Facebook, or unfollowed on Twitter, and select a particularly grating recent post (Maybe: “Off to Zimbabwe then Paris! Pictures to follow! Send me a postcard from wherever you are!”), then write at least 500 words in the voice of that person about that post, in a way that helps you better understand him/her without anger, annoyance, or judgment.

…and was stumped. I trawled through old friends’ walls, searching for something good to use to spur my writing. That’s when I realized how much I’d changed. I was spending time with people I really connected with now, people who cared about me too. I was open to new experiences, and more confident about myself and my abilities. As a result, I was  less constricted, much happier, and a more developed, mature person than I’d been a while ago.
So I dedicate my allocated CyberAward of the Year to all of us. We have all grown this past year, no matter what the cause, what the field and what the reason. We have improved our lives and, whether we realized it or not, also had an impact on the lives of those around us. Just ask a friend and see, I dare you to. And isn’t that what this award is about? To have brought about a change in the world, one that affected others and was appreciated? You are an inspiration to several because of how far you’ve come.
Go ahead, take that badge and pin it on. You deserve it.

Meet-cute

Figment’s daily theme:

Your Daily Theme for June 6, 2013
A “meet-cute” is a charming first interaction between two characters who will become romantically involved. (Think the tangled dog leashes in 101 Dalmatians.) Write a meet-cute between two characters.

Headphones clamped around her ears, vacuum-sealed, she couldn’t hear the argument raging just four feet away; couldn’t hear the net café customer yell himself hoarse about having lost his seat to some “random girl off the road”; didn’t see the owner apologetically but firmly shrug a diplomatic “no”; didn’t notice the disgruntled visitor throw himself down on the chair next, sighing audibly. She was lost, fighting far off people from far off lands…and she won. Again. She only noticed when the angry fist-on-table near her shook the table. She looked up, as did he. More than the table shook.

Link to my piece on Figment:

http://figment.com/books/651913-Meet-cute

His World

The First Thing
 
Write out a person’s day in terms of the first things he or she does. An example is provided below:
The first thing she did each day was stretch her toes over the edge of her mattress. 
The first thing she saw was her reflection in the pink vanity she’d gotten when her career aspiration was “princess.”
The first thing she ate each morning was an English muffin, pooled with melted butter.
The first thing she put on was her silver locket.

The first thing he did on waking up was to give that baby dinosaur screech-grunt, stretching as if to make his 6’ 6’1”.

The first thing he wore was his gleaming wristwatch, a reminder of paternity and duty.

The first thing he did after leaving his room was to wake his kindergartner up with a kiss on the forehead, reminding him of happiness.

The first thing he ate was a bowl of Lucky Charms, an unshakable habit since age six.

The first thing he saw when he left the house was the world; and when he came home: his world.

Link to my story on Figment:

http://figment.com/books/647890-His-World

Mary-Sue, Anti-Sue and Me

Your Daily Theme for 5/23/2013
 
Mary Sue
 
A character is referred to as a “Mary Sue” if she is either improbably perfect or powerful, if his flaws are superficial and are just used to make him a more attractive character, or if she is a stand-in for the author.
Write a fictionalized version of yourself. Make him or her as powerful and perfect as you’d like. Then, write an Anti-Sue: Yourself at your worst. Finally, fictionalize yourself, focusing on your real quirks, beauty, and failings. Which character would you most like to read about?

They met only once – at the airport, outside terminal 44A. Slipping her smartphone into the pocket of her well-tailored corduroys, she smiled warmly and made way for a woman passing the other way. Flurried, tires bulging through her t-shirt, the woman avoided eye-contact, accidentally knocking a passerby down.

Sighing in frustration, I picked myself up, dusted off and looked up at the faces of two women – one red-faced, apologetic, and the other full of polite concern. Twisting my hair back into a bun, I half-smiled, deciding to let it go. The weather was perfect outside. I grinned, waved, and walked on.

Link to original posting on figment:

http://figment.com/books/644163-Mary-Sue-Anti-Sue-and-Me

Me

In response to Meet Your Fellow Trifectans at http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2012/01/meet-your-fellow-trifectans.html :

  1. What is your name (real or otherwise)?  windandlaughter
  2. Describe your writing style in three words. first-take creative surplus
  3. How long have you been writing online? just over a month
  4. Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in? 1.Daily Post’s “Daily Prompt” and “Weekly Writing Challenge”   and 2. Figment’s “Daily Themes”
  5. Describe one way in which you could improve your writing. Probably by excising out the redundant bits.
  6. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Charles Bukowski’s “So You Want To Be a Writer” http://allpoetry.com/poem/8509537-So_You_Want_To_Be_A_Writer-by-Charles_Bukowski
  7. Who is your favorite author?  J. K. Rowling
  8. How do you make time to write? I stay up late; it’s the perfect time to write – you can write undisturbed, and you never feel bad sacrificing sleep to your passion.
  9. Give us one word we should consider using as a prompt. Remember–it must have a third definition. art art
  10. Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading. https://windandlaughter.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/walking-in-beauty/