Writing 101: Day 12

Today’s Prompt: Write a post inspired by a real-world conversation.Today’s twist: include an element of foreshadowing in the beginning of your post. Realization As we walked through southern California’s winter haze, my heart locked in a sheath of steel, cold and gray, I kicked a pebble across the sidewalk, daring it to fight back, staring it down through Clint Eastwood eyes. “I want to buy a gun.” I despised the person who walked beside me. Last night he impersonated one of his favorite comedians, Rodney Dangerfield. Here, take my wife, please, just leave me alone. I loathed him. Mr. Runupstairsandhide … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 12

Writing 101: Day 9

The Assignment: Day Nine: Point of View Today’s Prompt: A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry. Write this scene. We encourage you to give fiction a try, even if that not what you normally do — it can be a fun way to stretch. If fiction feels like a bridge to far, take some element from the scene that speaks to you, and write a non-fiction piece about that. Today’s twist: write … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 9

Writing 101: Day 8: Once upon a Childhood Fragrance

Day Eight: Death to Adverbs Today’s Prompt: Go to a local café, park, or public place and write a piece inspired by something you see. Once upon a Childhood Fragrance By Leneé Cobb Spring floats upon the April breeze along this one section at our community park. It’s back here, along the stream as it meanders among tree roots and rocks. Every year I make it a point to hike to this specific area at the back of the park so I can breathe its peculiar fragrance. I know it comes from one of these trees growing along the banks … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 8: Once upon a Childhood Fragrance

Writing 101 Day 7

Writing 101 Day 7: Assignment: Write about a contrast between two things using dialogue. Revision 2: See comments below for the advice I employed Tug-of-War By Leneé Cobb Although I assured my best friend I was fine—fine enough for her to take a shower—she’s been in there less than five minutes and I can no longer speak. She didn’t want to leave my side but I insisted. She looked like crap. She’s been up for days and I don’t know the half of how she got here. It’s a good three-hour flight from where she lives. She left her newborn … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 7

Writing 101 Day 6

Writing 101 Day 6: Second attempt This assignment deals with character description.We’re supposed to describe people we recently met. Now that ought to really freak some people out. These assignments are given to us on a daily basis and that leaves only a limited amount of self-editing time. These are my “within less than a day Scribblings.” For that reason, the following story (and others found within this blog,) may read much better at some future date. Please add your comments to areas that I can improve upon, etc. Note to my readers: Just because the following story is to … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 6

Writing 101 Day 5

Day Five: Be Brief Today’s Prompt: You stumble upon a random letter on the path.   Between the Lines by Lenee Cobb As I pulled the car to the side of the logging road and parked, the sun filtered down through young leaves and spritely-tipped branches. What would have been gray and spooky a few moments ago now appeared welcoming. Car doors quietly shut, so as not to interrupt the birdsong, and I locked it up and motioned my brother and our neighborhood friend to follow me down a deer path I knew by heart. Moss cushioned the ground, giving … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 5

Land of the Midnight Sun: Part 6

Land of the Midnight Sun Part 6 Chapter One: Cliffhangers and Heroes by Lenee Cobb   How many times, logically, should you have died? Can you count them on one hand, two? Did your survival ever depend upon the selflessness of another? Did they pay a price? Tonight, I want to pay tribute to a couple of heroes. October 1964 We have a green and white Chevy Nomad station wagon packed full from the back area to the luggage rack on top. Behind the station wagon sits a 24-foot trailer. All our valuables are in the trailer, fancy plates and … Continue reading Land of the Midnight Sun: Part 6

Writing 101: Day 4

Day Four: Serially Lost Today’s Prompt: Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more. What About Loss? Loss. This is supposed to be part 1 of a 3 part series of bite-sized blog articles. You’re welcome to join me as I explore this topic. I’m not sure where I want to take it. Perhaps you could give me some feedback in the comments area on what aspect of loss you’d enjoy reading more about. Anyone who’s read my blog posts dealing with The Land of the Midnight Sun knows I’ve suffered … Continue reading Writing 101: Day 4

Writing 101 Day 3

Assignment Day 3: Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you? Memorable Music Part 1 (because I may add to this at a later date.) There are three songs from my childhood that stand out above the others: She’ll be coming around the mountain, Tumbling Tumbleweed, and Mockingbird hill. My Grandpa Stuart could play any instrument—any. I only met one other person in my life that could do that. Extraordinary musicians. Grandpa once played violin for the great Caruso. In later years, he had two bands, Tommy Stuart’s Lucky 5 and … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 3

Writing 101 Day 2

Assignment: Today, choose a place to which you’d like to be transported if you could — and tell us the backstory. How does this specific location affect you? Is it somewhere you’ve been, luring you with the power of nostalgia, or a place you’re aching to explore for the first time? The Stray Sod As we climb out from inside the cavernous roots of the cedar tree, we must be careful not to slip. The bark is slick with moisture. The air outside is thick with rising sap, worm-turned earth, river spray, and sweet fern. Only when one bends down … Continue reading Writing 101 Day 2