Serenity Now

SerenityA lot of people make resolutions to ring in the New Year. Others select a word to focus on instead. This year, for 2014, I want to envision, and strive for SERENITY.

With a full house, writing projects looming and a busy calendar to juggle, those calm moments are essential for finding inspiration.

Writing Prompt: What’s the one word you’re choosing to focus on for the next twelve months?

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Happy New Year!

I Cannot Tell A Lie

LiesWe’ve all been lied to, that’s just one of the cruel parts of life. On the flip side, it’s probably safe to say we’ve all told a lie, as it’s simply a part of human nature. So, when this writing prompt came to be, I thought, this will be easy! But you know what’s crazy? I had a hard time coming up with what I wanted to write.
And then it came to me.  All of the times I have lied to myself. Particularly the time in high school when I lied to myself by thinking that I could audition for the leading role in a musical. Ironically, I was telling a lie and being lied to all at the same time.  By me.
This will be no problem, I lied.
You have all of the confidence in the world, I fibbed.
You have the voice of an angel, I coerced.
Unfortunately, when the time came, a teeny tiny squeak came out of my body and I immediately turned and walked off stage. Knowing with full confidence that I was lying to myself.

Writing Prompt: Write about the worst lie you’ve ever told or the worst lie someone has ever told you.

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Beautiful Disaster

BeautifulDisasterIf you ask me to talk about one of the greatest disasters of my life, without batting an eye, I’d tell you it was my divorce.  I literally felt like my life was ending and there was nothing anybody could do to bring my life back together.

Had someone told me then how my life would be now, I’d never in a million years believe them.  Never.  At that low point, all I envisioned for myself was constant rejection and failure, not to mention how scared I was to become a single mother with two kids.

Fast forward to my nearly picture perfect life with my beautiful well-adjusted kids and amazingly wonderful Dutchman I share a home with.  The outcome from that messy equation years ago is more than I could ever ask for. 

Writing Prompt: Write about a situation where something good came out of a bad situation.

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Giving Thanks

sexyturkeyI love this writing prompt so much because there are so stinkin’ many things to be grateful for around here.  Since I could go on for 2 days straight about everything I am thankful to have, I will narrow it down to two things.  The obvious and the not-so-obvious.
 
1.  I am incredibly grateful for my health, my amazing family, and the incredible friendships I have. Seriously, this is a perfect trifecta for me and I know not everyone is lucky enough to have all three of these things and I am truly grateful.
 
2.  My ability to imagine that I look 10 years younger than I am, to have an ass tighter than any Victoria’s Secret model could dream of and that every one of you can’t wait to buy my next book.  In other words, I am grateful to have an imagination that just won’t quit!
Happy Thanksgiving from my tight ass to yours!

Writing Prompt: Share what you’re thankful for this year.

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No Prince Charming

The most memorable characters in novels and films are those who are great at transforming themselves. I remember first seeing Edward Norton in Primal Fear where he portrayed a man accused of murder. Not until the very end (Spoiler Alert) do viewers discover he became someone else in order to convince everyone, including his own attorney, that he was innocent.

There are stories written about sweet and romantic men who act one way in public while turning into someone entirely different behind closed doors. Same could be said about female characters who seem to have multiple personalities depending on who they’re with. Remember Bridget Jones and how she kept transforming herself into who she thought others wanted her to be? It’s an age old story, really.

princecharmingThis image of Cinderella and Prince Charming is not unlike the image of the characters we just described. At least in public, this fairy-tale “couple” must play the role built around the happy ever after ending we all know. But what happens when their costumes come off and their make-up is removed?

Writing Prompt: Write about the real life relationship between these two individuals and create a scene that takes place immediately after they exit…stage left.

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Our Neighbor Nancy

lovethyneighborWe ALL have a crazy neighbor somewhere in our hood, right?  The fat guy that insists on wearing his underwear (ONLY!) to get the newspaper, the family with the teenagers that throw wild parties every weekend or maybe the abandoned looking home with the creepy old man you rarely see?
 
I have a feeling my wacky neighbor could be a relatable one.  She never ever ever ever ever ever stops talking.  Ever. Lucky for many of us, her child also attends our school, so she manages to corner us on our block AND in our school parking lot.  And let me tell you, if you are cornered by her, you will hear all about her latest dental work, her rash and every last detail of her menstrual cycle…
 
Just the other day I received a text from a different neighbor claiming she’d been “Nancy’d.” Apparently, pulling into her garage from the grocery store, she didn’t close the door fast enough, because there was Nancy, inside her garage, talking at light speed through my other neighbor’s rolled up car window.
 
Here’s the thing.  I enjoy being friendly and social.  I love to make eye contact and smile as often as possible. So, it’s quite a test on my social skills to dart my eyes away and duck my head to avoid being Nancy’d.
We all have some form of a Nancy, right?  Please, tell me I’m not alone here?

Writing Prompt: Write about your annoying neighbor. You know the one.

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Risk and Regret

photo(8)Last night, we held our Virtual Book Club on Twitter for founder Summer Felix’s book, Lost and Profound, in which we briefly discussed (without spoiling the storyline) regret and making risky and oftentimes impulsive decisions when it comes to relationships.

Taking risks is often a part of discovering who we are, what we want, what we don’t want but feeling that gut-wrenching anxiety of regret often gets in the way of allowing us to learn from our mistakes or growing from our experiences.

Writing about what we would have done differently and changing the outcome of a situation is always a good way to come to terms with this emotion. This week’s writing prompt is a more personal one, although with every writing prompt, you’re free to write about your own situation or a fictional one created for a character you make up.

Writing Prompt: Write about a time you took the risk …and ended up feeling regret. What would you have done differently if you could do it all over again?

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Scary Story

The day is over and no one will be home. Finally time alone to yourself. Before you throw on your sweats and pour yourself a glass of wine, you make your way to the bathroom. Too tired to turn the lights on, you pull off your pants and squat onto…. someone else’s legs.

Writing Prompt: Write a scary story in 4 sentences or less.

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Get Out of Your Way

blockEvery writer deals with it at one time or another. Writer’s block. That dark, non-creative cloud hanging over your head. That laundry list of things to do that keep you from sitting down to write.

What is it that keeps getting in the way? What roadblocks do you continue to come upon?

There are way too many excuses for not writing, but I can think of a million reasons why you should stop letting “those things” get in the way. In fact, I’d argue that it’s YOU that’s really needing to get out of your way.

Writing Prompt:  Write about the things that are getting in the way of your writing. Write a long list if need be or a “my dog ate my homework” type of exaggerated excuse to explain why you’re not writing.

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Scents and Scentsibility

newbornbabyWhat is your favorite scent?  What does it make you think of?

Upon seeing this week’s writing prompt my brain immediately went to the rather cliche and very commercial scent of pumpkin.  And of course, with pumpkin, I think of Fall leaves and crisper air, skinny jeans with boots and a looming, endless holiday shopping list.
 
But that response puts me to sleep quicker than a re-run of The Waltons.
 
Alright then, Summer.  What IS your favorite scent and what does it make you think of?
 
Well, the smell of coconut reminds me of suntan oil from the 80’s which takes me right back to playing on the beach as a kid.  The smell of pine has me in the opposite season, all bundled up sipping hot cocoa by a fire.

But my absolute favorite smell just has to be the smell of a newborn baby.  The perfectly soft milky smell mixed with baby powder makes me think of my own precious babies and of my most important role in life.  Being a mom.

Writing Prompt: What is your favorite scent?  What does it make you think of?

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