It's Tuesday night, or early Wednesday morning if you're the technical sort, and that means I'm avoiding my "real" writing assignment like the plague. I like to think of it as giving the story time to develop in my mind while I click here and there and not a serious case of procrastination. At any rate, in the interest of forcing myself to finish writing tonight and slide into bed before 3 a.m., I present you with another easy peasy next word word play.
Next word is one of my favorite exercises to loosen the brain muscles. It's simple word association - I give you a word, and you tell me your first gut reaction word in response. Really I give you five words and you tell me your first reaction to each one individually. Don't look for a hidden link among the grouping of words ... if there is one, it's unintentional. Explanations optional, but always entertaining.
writing exercise: Write the next word you associate with each of the following words:
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juggle: life - feeling a little unbalanced with too many balls in the air at the moment, but trying to focus on one at a time to move things along
blue: sad :(
fork: road - specifically thinking of this Robert Frost poem I love so much (from http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15717):
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by," And that has made all the difference.