First off, let me apologize to everyone who has been entering a word verification for comments to my blog! I just turned it off again for probably the fifth time over the past year and can't figure out why it keeps defaulting back to the word verification! If you have read this post and notice a CAPTCHA pop up in the future, please let me know because it is NOT meant to be on this blog!
Second, due to the busy schedule of A to Z, I am finding it difficult to keep up with judging and posting #WeekendWritercize results, so I have decided to suspend it for the rest of the month of April. Look for a strong comeback in May! For those unfamiliar with the #WeekendWritercize, it is a flash fiction competition that starts Saturday morning and closes Sundays at midnight Pacific time. Check out the tab for more info.
Ok, now ... onto the meat of the linked challenge. Sometimes we run across two items or people that clearly do not look like they belong together.
For example, I found a clawfoot bathtub in an open field while hiking at the foot of the Alps. Very odd.
Or think of Hugh Hefner and his teenage bunnies. Were he not famous, an elderly man nuzzling the neck of a young buxom vixen would certainly prompt some questions.
How about a cowboy at the Opera? Or a Ferrari at a rodeo?
For today's exercise, think of a couple of things that don't quite fit together and find the link between them. You can come up with the two unrelated items or people on your own, or you can pick from a few prompts below.
writercize: Find and explain the link between two seemingly unrelated people or items found together.
Here are a few options to get you started:
- wedding ring in a shoe store
- wine glass in kindergarten classroom
- yuppie and hippie
- homeless man and soccer coach
- cassette tape at Apple store
- baseball bat in bowling alley
- textbook and picture book
- scarecrow on skyscraper rooftop
- indiginous amazonian tribal member on great wall of china
- Queen of England and American farmer
Pick any of the unrelated pairs above, or create your own, and create a reason they are together!
Post as a comment, and be sure to link to your blog so that I can visit!
Click "read more" for writercizer sample response.
writercizer sample response:
Despite 35 years in the big city, J.B. Jones couldn't shake the feeling that a part of him would have fared better staying back home in Wyoming. The first thing he did upon arriving in New York was to abbreviate his name. Jay Bob didn't go over well in investment banking circles; J.B. sounded much more professional and like the trust fund kids he wished to emulate.
He moved forward, forgot about the fields and endless horizons and set his sights vertically, looking up the sleek walls of the skyscrapers for inspiration instead. But millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of hours of work later, Jay Bob knew what he really needed was another horizon.
When he bought his Central Park penthouse, he made sure there was a rooftop garden. The garden didn't need flowers or fruit trees like the rest of the rooftop gardens in New York. It didn't need lounge chairs or wading pools or organic gardners. It needed a taste of home. So when J.B. moved in, he went to the rooftop, planted some wheat and put up a scarecrow.
Lying on the ground, he looked up at the scarecrow and saw nothing but the heavens above, stretching out to eternity, just like the horizons of his youth, and he knew that his days of looking up had ended. It was time in his life to look back and bring the young man he had left so far behind to meet and calm the greedy, fast-paced middle-aged man he had become.