Prompt 22

“Describe the most recent moment when you couldn’t think of anything to say. Were you having a hard time making conversation, or were you simply dumbfounded?”

The funny thing about this prompt is that in an almost inception-like manner, this here is the most recent moment when I couldn’t think of anything to say. This prompt has me stumped.

Those who know me know that I’m not the type to draw a blank when it comes to saying something. I like talking to people, and the only real instance where I may draw a blank is in trying to respond to something either ludicrous or insulting, and that’s only because I can’t fathom how the person might have arrived at that statement. Read More

Prompt 21

Mary and Duncan were the eldest of their generation and, while they were cousins, they spent quite a bit of time together at the big family house on the farm, Maori, when they were children. This was particularly the case during the holidays, when Duncan was back from boarding school in Buenos Aires.

Mary was the only daughter of a widowed mother, Amy, and as such was quite indulged by dedicated motherly affection. However, she seemed to bear this well enough to still be well behaved and diligent in doing her lessons and practicing on the piano in anticipation of the weekly visits from her teacher. Read More

Prompt 20

“Write a scene in which a woman was fired after only a week on the job. Just a week earlier, the same person who is now firing her was very persuasive in convincing her to take the job”

She couldn’t believe it.

As she picked up the few things she had accumulated on her desk during her first week at the Owl Grove Publishing House, Lena was in a stunned state of shock that she couldn’t shake off.

How could this have happened? She had turned down other offers for this job!

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Prompt 19

“A storm destroys your uncle’s shed and kills his six-year-old son. Describe the colour of the sky right before the storm hit”

When I think about when Danny died, I find myself remembering the sky on that day.

We were driving home before the storm hit. My brother was driving, and a Taylor Swift song was playing on the radio. I can’t remember which one exactly. But I do remember the sky. I was staring out the window at it as the clouds seemed at battle with themselves, each churning and enveloping its opponent.

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Review: Why I chose to re-read Little Women

 

Since I read Little Women when I was 13 or so, I have regaled it as my favourite book. Even as I matured and read books that captured me more or had a deeper impact on my emotions, I continued to hold fast to the March sisters and the world Alcott had created for them.

More than ten years later, I finally decided to test the story and see how it would fare in my esteem, and I can only say I’m so glad I did.

In re-reading Little Women at a later stage in my life, I found myself drawn to characters in different ways. Elements that I looked over at the time became precious attributes of the March sisters as they transitioned into womanhood; and that transition, while in a time period where being a woman meant something quite different to what I envision for myself, became something I could relate to much more.

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Prompt 18

 

“Describe an electronic device from the future that you won’t know how to operate”

Ten to twenty years from now, perhaps even sooner, there will be a device dedicated to picking out your clothes for you.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Using Artificial Intelligence, it will require input from you through an app, of course, as to the your outfit selections for a week or two before it starts providing recommendations. The device will also scan through your closets and drawers so as to have a complete database of your garments.

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Prompt 17

 

“Name the trees that stood in the neighbourhood where you grew up”

In a neighbourhood I did not live
t’was in the farm where I did grow
and if in me you dare believe,
you’ll hear me tell this, nice and slow.

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