I know it's after midnight and technically already Wednesday on the East Coast, but in the Southwest it's only 10:30 p.m. and I just got home from our monthly SCBWI schmooze about half an hour ago and decided to post on a whim.
We have a new schmooze coordinator, Brian Herrera (a new writer, new to SCBWI, but very talented and very nice) and discussed various topics for the year for our schmoozes. I met lots of new people and chatted with old friends and we are now starting a pre-schmooze schmooze with dinner beforehand so we all have more time to talk and visit which we all think is a GREAT IDEA!!! And I got to eat pizza so that is always good.
Which brings me to this . . . at the end of the schmooze Brian gave us a 3x5 card and a writing prompt and had us write for ONLY FIVE MINUTES. Because there were only six minutes left of our time, of course.
I usually do *not* like writing prompts because I feel like I'm forcing words or thoughts when I have a blank mind because I've been busy doing/thinking about other things, but tonight my 5 minutes of words turned out fairly interesting.
I started writing a Victorian paranormal fantasy thing . . . I think.
So I'll share because I'm open and confident like that. Ahem.
The writing prompt was: The window opens . . .
The window opens and I perch with bare feet on the sill, toes gripping the smooth oak ledge. The air is sharp, there's a breeze blowing in from the North Sea. My black hair lifts, tickling my neck as my nightgown drifts against my ankles.
Down below me in the castle courtyard, a team of horses suddenly arrive in the circular drive, pulling a carriage.
I waver on my feet, stuffing down the urge to let go .
I'll have to fly tomorrow night.
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