It has been one of the strangest, longest years I can recall. I woke up this morning with a character dictating a story to me.
As a writer this is a humbling thing and you hope you can keep up with what the character is trying to tell you… the same thing happens in music, when I’m playing my guitar and the sound takes me to a place where all I want to do is sing.
If I’m lucky, there is a song in there and if I’m really lucky I get enough of it down that I can build the song from its humble frame into a finished piece. It’s easier now with technology – I didn’t used to have a device that could record everything sitting in my back pocket – so much lost, but what was found and recreated meant that much more.
I have been blessed with an imagination and a heart of hope. And so look to tomorrow and the new year with hope, joy, and a challenge, the same challenge I’ve made for the past several years – 42 Flash – 42 reflections followed by a writing prompt – use them as you will – hopefully they will be kindling to feed the fires of your own creativity.
Share the stories and reflections if you want, or keep them to yourself – but please, write.
Creativity and Heart is what this world needs – be a part of that.
Happy New Year… in 4…
What makes someone virtuous? Is it something we do consciously or simply something we are? Is it possible for someone to make a conscious decision to be virtuous, to chose virtue over something? In religion and sometimes philosophy we talk of ‘fallen’ angels… is there such thing as a risen demon?
Today’s Prompt: rising above – spiritually
Sometimes I think we’ve decided to just drop prudence. We do what we want and the justify our action or worse, when we aren’t prudent, we find someone to blame for our decisions. We have the phrase “The lesser of two evils” but we don’t have anything for the “Greater of two goods.” Or even the lesser of two goods. I guess because they’re both… well… good. But what if you had to sacrifice one virtue for another? Which would you chose?
Today’s Prompt: The Greater of Two Goods
I have often said that any situation where you can find something to laugh at, is one that can’t get the better of you. I don’t know if it’s a fool’s hope, or a fool’s weapon, but sometimes, all you can do is pick up and continue on. When you know what you’re doing must be done- it’s sometimes just what you have to do.
Today’s Prompt: Is perseverance courage, or just stubbornness? Does it really matter?
We talk about virtue, but there are always things that can make things not so virtuous. We have sayings like “Penny wise, pound foolish.” And “False Hope” and “liquid courage”…
Today’s Prompt: A virtue that isn’t virtuous.
I guess since I’ve spent a week on the seven deadly sins, I should take a peek at the virtues. (is it sad that I have to look them up?) prudence, justice, temperance, courage (or fortitude), faith, hope, and charity. Some are easier than others, some of them require balance, justice and temperance balance each other… Courage, faith, and hope tend to work together.
Today’s Prompt: Going back to the alien races – what would their Seven virtues be?
I keep thinking about the seven deadly sins and one image keeps coming to mind:
Today’s Prompt: The wrathful sloth
I’ve always enjoyed the mirror universe concept. Where everything is the opposite.
Today’s Prompt: What deadly sin would trip you up in the mirror universe?
Seven sins, seven days of the week, seven dwarves… makes you think
Today’s Prompt: How would you match up the seven sins to the seven dwarves? (extra credit… give them a day)
The standard issue Seven Deadly sins are: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. What would the seven deadly sins be for an alien race? Maybe a telepathic race, or a warrior race?
Today’s Prompt: Making up your own seven deadly sins.