Writing Prompt: The Spice of Life

Have you ever noticed that everyone has condiments and sauces in their kitchen? Oregano, Salt, Rosemary, chili powder, Cumin, Pepper, Malt Vinegar, Brown Sauce, Mustard, Mayo, Thyme, etc…etc…

What does what we smother our food with say about us? I once knew someone who had everything, and I mean EVERYTHING with sweet chili sauce. One could call this a metaphor for life, taking the sweet with the painful, but let’s face it, the lad is just a freak.

Describe your favourite condiment. Give us texture, taste, why you like it, the works. What does your favourite say about you?

Me, I’m going with Tomato Ketchup…

Writing Prompt: The Spice of Life

Writing Prompt: Speed Dating

I’ve been thinking about the sort of things we tell people when we first meet them. When we stand there in the pub with someone for the first time, what we say and how we conduct the conversation has such an impact on what happens next. Ever notice when you shuffle your feet around trying to think of what to say, most of us revert back to the old reliable things like, what we do, where we come from or worse, our opinions on the state of politics or the weather.

Wouldn’t it be great if we all behaved a bit more like every new encounter was a 3-minute speed date? How fun would it be to ask people what you really really want to know about them or told them something truly important about yourself in that time instead of canvasing the same old boring shite when you have a conversation with some one new?

If you had just three questions to ask someone and only three things you could tell them about you, what would they be? Draft a conversation between two strangers that follows this line. It can be a new colleague, a date, a new classmate, the girl behind the perfume counter at Harvey Nic’s or a stranger at the bus stop. Just make it something out of the ordinary.

Have fun and be brave.

Writing Prompt: Speed Dating

Quote for the day

There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes. 

~William Makepeace Thackeray

Vision – 55 words

Sarah remembered someone once say, “Carrots are good for your vision.” He was late again. Often, answering the phone, there was only dead air. Other nights, she smelled perfume on his coat. Much good they’ve done me, she thought, an empty chair before her. She lifted a carrot from her plate and took a bite.

Quote for the day

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. 

~Sylvia Plath

Writing Prompt: Fears and Phobias

When I was five, I went to Newport Beach with my family. My brother and I waded into the surf with my parents sitting nearby on a picnic blanket. Although the memory of the day in terms of detail is dim, I recall a basket of fried chicken and a bottle of coke.

We were warned that although we could gather water in our buckets to help create sand castles, we were not to get too close as neither of us were particularly gifted swimmers. That is sill true today. Want a laugh? Watch my brother’s dog paddle and my feeble front crawl.

As I leaned forward with my green plastic bucket and red spade, the surf knocked me over and sucked me into the Pacific. I turned over and over as my arms flailed around me. I felt a sudden despair as I let go of my bucket and spade and tried to reach for the sky. Sandy water filled my mouth and that desperate claustrophobic feeling hit me.

A pair of huge hands reached in and pulled me out as I sputtered out sand and cried while rubbing my eyes. Dad, having spotted the incident was no more than a few seconds behind me, but those moments in the water were enough to give me a fear of drowning from which I have never quite recovered.

I’ve recently rejoined the gym and they have a pretty decent pool. I’ll be doing a few laps before work on Tuesday, I’m just making sure the dingy is nearby.

Today’s Prompt: Fears and Phobias

Usual rules, 500 words and think about what scares you.

Quote for the day

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke. 

~Arthur Polotnik

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