January 1, 2021 – Day 1

Filling the Void

The first is always magical – it’s a beginning it’s the first footprint on a new world, the first track through the new snow – turning over a new page and opening a new book and what is to come – that’s up to you.

There are times I look at a blank page, in a new journal and I want it to be something special but I’m afraid to start because – what if it’s not good enough?

I have a lot of empty journals.

Today’s Prompt: What is good enough?

Day 42 – February 11th, 2020

He saw another mountain

I was thinking about how there’s always a beginning in an ending and how a long story, is usually a collection of short stories stringed together by the seconds between them.

And then the old song “The bear went over the mountain…” started worming its way into my ear.

It just keeps going and going…

 

Today’s Prompt:  Continue? Y/N

Day 41 – February 10th, 2020

Point of View

There are so many times where – I realize that thing where we are all the heroes of our story. The person who cut you off in traffic… in their world, they had plenty of room and you’re just overreacting.

The guy who backed up and almost hit you, who says “I saw you!” well, obviously they didn’t because either you saw them first and got out of their way or well… they’re full of it.

We all have those moments. As I get older, I tend to be more concrete in things – I want to make sure the person knows how close they came to tragedy… except of course when it’s me.

 

Today’s Prompt:  We are not omniscient, but what if we were?

Day 40 – February 9th, 2020

One minute

I wanted to write something about trying to follow someone who is going in 12 different directions at once, and I couldn’t. When I write, I want order – if I want to write something that is non-linear, I am much better off writing it linearly and then throwing everything up in the air and trying to put it back together again.

I wonder if chaos theory could be applied in reverse – randomly putting things into order and getting it sequential? would it really be chaos then?

Today’s Prompt:  What are the chances?

Day 39 – February 8th, 2020

Close your eyes

Our house has some odd acoustics. Sounds that are in another room can sound like they are in the same room as you are. But that’s not all – sometimes the sounds change, something frying in the kitchen can sound like running water, and don’t even get me started on EVP.

What you hear isn’t always what you think it is, but its fun to imagine the sound and its source, especially if they don’t belong in your current setting.  Just imagine what would happen if what you were hearing was actually there in the room with you.

Today’s Prompt:  Why is there a forklift in the dining room?

Day 38 – February 7th, 2020

Are we the product of our surroundings, or our perceptions?

It has been a very polarizing few years. Not because of what people are actually doing, but because of the perception; because of the prisms the news and social media are using to portray the world around us. Rather than focusing on the good things that a group is doing, we’re finding all the negatives about them and zooming in on them, until that is all that exists.

Either conservatives are the open and caring people of the world, or they are the ruin of civilization as we know it. Oddly, the same is true for liberals.

There is good and bad in both one is not inherently evil and the other inherently good. They are ideas that need to be balanced and made feasible in the real world.

Today’s Prompt:  Balancing good and bad

Day 37 – February 6th, 2020

I’ve been doing this how long?

I have to laugh, I was thinking about the posts here and how they work and I’ve always just done them, but then I realized that I actually start with a thought, and then I write about what it means to me and somewhere in there the thought leads to the actual prompt and then I say the prompt.

I mean – it’s worked this long– I just hadn’t realized that I was doing it. I hope you’re getting as much out of these prompts as I am writing them

Today’s Prompt:  You don’t always see the fruit of your labor

Day 36 – February 5th, 2020

Support Staff

One of the things we tend to forget when we’re writing is the support staff.  The people who make the hero being heroic possible.

This is also true for us as writers – there are tons of people behind the scenes that make our job possible.  There’s the lady behind you on her phone talking really loudly and then looks at you like ‘this is a private conversation.’ There’s the person who randomly paid for your meal in the drive through – they all become part of the story – both of your writing and in your story.

Where do you fit in in their story?

Today’s Prompt:  Support goes both ways

Day 35 – February 4th, 2020

Limelight

We tend to see ourselves either with the harsh rays of someone giving you the third degree and we see every wart and every imperfection or we see ourselves with that soft light that makes us look our best.

We never want people to see us the first way, and they rarely see us the second. They tend to see us as we are in that moment– and never realize that we are so much more than what you see.

Today’s Prompt:  We are what we are– whatever that is.

Day 34 – February 3rd, 2020

Wisdom

One of the cool things about wise quotes is the fact that many times they mean different things to different people, and yet they can all agree that it is wise.

Stupid things you say – are universal… and they can’t be unsaid – doubly so on the internet

Today’s Prompt:  One moment in the spotlight