Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Mad Hatters' are the Coolest Writing Group Ever!

So, I am part of a permanent writing group once again and that makes me very happy. While we were in Edinburgh I had a marvelous group of scribbler types to meet with, share passions with and generally enjoy a good whinge  every now and again. It kept me writing. It kept me focussed. It kept me sane. Then, we encountered the whole 'recession panic, British jobs for British people, go home crazy foreigners' debacle and I ended up in Denver without a circle of support.

Luckily, I have now found a local group with whom I can commiserate, inspire, cajole and generally badger into regular meetings and cheer sessions in the service of literature. Yay! One of the best things about his group is the sheer enthusiasm for writing. We have an official binder created by members of the group that contains writing prompts, a place to list special events, note accomplishments, and a lovely chart of little tidbits for the day.

I had to share today's info: January is National Book Blitz Month, National Thank You Month and International Change Your Stars Month. This week is Hunt for Happiness Week and National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week. Today is Answer Your Cat's Questions Day and AFRMA Fancy Rat & Mouse Day.

In honor of that, today's writing prompt is:
In 250 words or less, write from the point of view of a ball of yarn being chased by a kitty:

The Mental Dialog of a Ball of Yarn at Work

Rest. Prepare. Sneak, sneak. Ah ha! Gotcha!

Turn, spin, drop, trail an end. Flip, slip, scoot; use the chair. Hide. Breathe. Breathe. Get ready, here she comes again. Jump, tumble, roll. Ooh, not too fast, she'll lose you. Leave a train of yarn. Right, she's got you again. Reel it in, reel it in, tangle, loop, contract. Wait for it, wait for it. Now! Leap, bounce, slide. Roll, roll, roll some more. Tease, tempt. Evade!

Play dead. Play dead. Don't react. Ignore the claws. Good. Oh yes! She is going crazy. Twist, slither, pop. Yeah, you've got her now. Concentrate. You've got her. Explode! Did you see her eyes? That was great! Whew.

Rest. C'mon human, wind me tightly again. Prepare. Wait for kitty to finish her nap. Ooh. I saw an ear twitch. Sneak, sneak. Get ready. Pounce!

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