Daily Prompt: Bad Signal

For yesterday’s daily prompt, I decided to do a story over at Taini’s Writings.  The post had to include a phone call, a speeding car and a crisp, bright morning.

Here’s an excerpt:

….  The tones went off.  Jason and Alan jumped up  and ran for the ambulance, Jason bringing the mouthpiece of his walkie-talkie up to this mouth as he ran.

“Unit 753 responding”

“Roger, Unit 753,” The Dispatcher said into the radio, You’ll be responding code 3 to an Motor Vehicle Accident at the corner of Brently Rd and Smithson  Map C5″

Read More:  “A Bad Call



Coming Storm (Friday Fiction Story)

I haven’t done Rochelle’s Friday Fiction in a while…  Been involved in other things and the times I do get to blogging have been taken up with other blogging endeavors, but this one just spoke to me begging me to give it a go so here’s my story (I’m hoping my word count is okay.  It said 109, but it was still saying that after making changes so I don’t know – I know it’s higher with this lead in:

photo used with implied permission for sole purpose of this prompt only (source credit goes to Kelly sands)

Katie looked up at the storm clouds gathering over head.  Looked like another late afternoon thunderstorm was on it’s way.   She worked quickly to gather up the laundry she had put earlier to dry, knowing that the rains could come at any moment.  Already the winds were picking up making the branches of the trees sway.  Such was life during Monsoon Season.  You just never knew when the proverbial bucket was going to be overturned…  Never knew when a flash flood was around the corner.  Just in time, Katie got the last of the laundry inside just as the downpour started and the thunder and lightening began in earnest.

More on this #CampNaNoWriMo Thing

I should really be doing my “CampNaNoWriMo” writing but instead of this blog (and yes, I’m probably going to work on a couple more quick blogposts after this one)  but I went to sleep last night with this post in mind —  To tired to keep going.

I have found that the original word count goal (of 10,000 words) hasn’t been a problem, in fact I ended up increasing it to 15,000, but timing has been another story.  The past couple days, it seems, by the time I get around to sitting down to my computer to do any writing it’s late evening or night when my brain is fried and I’m ready to be in a horizontal position.  Needless to say, at that time, my creative juices aren’t flowing and the Muse is NOT my friend.  The good news is that I’ve managed to write something (which is the most important thing, right?!? – WRITE!!

Another thing that I’ve been noticing (which I think, in a way, is kind of funny & ironic if not a bit frustrating) is that I can get a story going in my head (usually at such a time that is counterproductive to actually writing/typing it down)  and yet when I go to “write” the story (or part thereof) down later I find that it does not seem to follow my original idea.  Guess it’s true what they say that stories write themselves – LOL – They just need a person to actually write the words.

Ohhh yes…. And the Writer’s Block…. That dreaded word Writer’s Block  when you just sit there with a blank mind.  Not the kind where you clear your mind so that you can concentrate on a story, but the honest to goodness BLANK  where you can’t even come up with a place…  Not even a simple/single word.  Those moments where you just sit there and stare at the open document (or paper) in front of you and go, “UMMMMM”

Time to check to see what what writing & photo challenges  I’ve stuck filed away  in my “challenges” eMail folder.

#CampNaNoWriMo – Day….. Six

If I was really good at this, I’d be posting a little something on CampNaNoWriMo every day.  But, to tell you the truth,  there really isn’t much for me to say.  I’m not a writing expert (obviously) and this is my first NaNoWriMo event  so I’m pretty well limited on what I can write  blog about.

I will say that I am doing much better than I had anticipated doing.  When I started, I decided on a total (End of Month) goal of 10,000 words as I didn’t want to bite off more than I could chew and 10,000 was the minimum amount I could choose….. Here’s my word count for each day so far this month:

July 1st:  660

July 2nd:  870

July 3rd:  623

July 4th:  258  (not my best day but it was a busy one so I’m excused – right?!?).

July 5th:  814

July 6th:  538

….  Just updated my word count to 3763 well more than 25% (nearly 50%) of my personal word count goal.  Have to take a moment here and add that if I were to do the NaNoWriMo in November – the one that requires 50K words (and is more strict, I understand, about the need to be working on a novel) – I’d  have to commit to about 1650-1700 words a day…  Well I’ve gotten nearly half that a couple different times, but don’t think I’m quite up to that challenge yet.

Surprisingly, the last three day’s writings have actually flowed into one story (rather than the hodge-podge I usually end up).  Here’s some excerpts of what I’ve written:

Margaret did a double take as she looked at the name of the person that she was supposed to be interviewing for her upcoming article on the local Fire Department.  ‘John Reese’…  Surely the chances of it being the same John Reese that she had grown up with years ago were slim.


“Margaret?”  John asked with obvious surprise.  “Margaret Austin?”

Margaret swallowed a sudden lump in her throat as she extended her hand towards his.

“What brings you here?  John wanted to know.


Margaret was seriously questioning her sanity as she dialed the number on the card that John had given her a few days earlier.  What the hell was she thinking.  Maybe he wouldn’t answer.  She was just about to hang up when a deep, gravelly, voice answered.

The best advice I can give (and it is the advice I’ve been given by countless other “writers”  (Including Steve Vernon,  “Yours in Story Telling”,  who is also on the CampNaNoWriMo journey)  is to WRITE….  Don’t worry about the what or how, about details or whether or not it is done correctly…  Just open your mind and WRITE  (I must admit it’s a little easier to do if you can get your brain to shut up and let you – LOL).  Doing this NaNoWriMo camp thingy and having something to be accountable to (as well as a set goal) has really helped me to take that leap of faith and just write.
Okay….  Done with my writing & blogging for now.  Got to get a few other things done around here and catch up on my emails and such  (otherwise I’ll lose myself in blogging and writing 😉
Don’t forget to check out this week’s WWBH (My Story Here) – Entries are open till Tuesday evening  (just click on the little froggy at the bottom of the post)…. Or you can put your entry in the comment section of the post (or here) and I’ll add you in.  Happy Writing everyone…  May the Muse be with you.