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Unexpected talents and party tricks

Did you know that I am a “natural born killer”? This is what my partner says, at least. I have a talent for killing quickly and precisely, without hesitation. Before you close the page in horror, know that I am a natural born killer of flies. And sometimes mosquitoes. I can normally hit them on the first try. Sometimes the second. But they don’t stand a chance in this house.

My son, on the other hand, has a talent for flaring his nostrils. He can flare them out so wide, he looks like an angry little bull. I cannot move mine on command at all, so he didn’t get this ability from me.

For today’s prompt, write about an unexpected talent or party trick you can do.

Things you hate doing-July 2, 2022

So today I had to make a video for a class. I truly, truly hate seeing myself on video. Like, I cringe and have to look away. If someone takes a video of me, I refuse to watch it. I know somewhere out there, there is a video of me dancing at a school assembly in the teacher group dance, but I have never seen it. I know I will likely be traumatized and really, who needs that stress in their life? Back to my assignment-I made the video but I just did a screen share presentation of myself showing slides. Still had to listen to my voice, but I can handle that…at least I didn’t have to put on makeup!

For today’s prompt, write about something you really hate doing.

Crazy work stories-July 1, 2022

Today at work a co-worker who recently started working at the school told me a story from a couple of decades ago. He caught some middle school students smoking a joint in a field near the school, and he stopped and asked them what they were doing. They offered him their joint, and he ended up smoking it with them. Then, he completely forgot to finish the rest of his job duties for the day and left the tasks undone and the building unlocked. He got written up for neglecting the tasks, but fortunately no one found out about the joint. And here I thought I had some crazy work stories!

For today’s prompt, write about something crazy you’ve done at work or school.

Mythical Creatures-June 30, 2022

So we just finished Who Killed Sara on Netflix and we needed a new show to watch at night to wind down. I saw a recommendation for Legacies and decided to check it out. Great show! We stayed up way too late watching it. As someone who has always been interested in mythology and fantastical creatures, I really enjoyed the different creatures the characters encounter in the show. My favorite so far is the dryad, the spirit of a tree. She was so kind and elegant. Definitely would pick this for a Halloween costume. Her costume in the show was super cool.

For today’s prompt, write about a mythical creature.

Betrayal-June 29, 2022

Okay, so this will be the last day of talking about Girl in a Band-promise! But I just finished the book today and in the last few chapters, Kim Gordon opens up about the end of her long marriage to Thurston Moore, who betrayed her to have an affair with another woman. Gordon’s life was upended and she was deeply hurt and betrayed. Although she is an incredibly strong woman, the death of her marriage was devastating, nonetheless.

For today’s prompt, write about a time when someone betrayed you.

Courage to go for it-June 28, 2022

I’m still reading Kim Gordon’s Girl in a Band, and I’m continuing to be struck by how Kim didn’t really see herself as a musician, yet she made this amazing career from her time as a bassist in Sonic Youth. Even though she says she didn’t really have any musical training or talent, what I’m noticing by her story is that she did have courage and authenticity. She just went for it, throwing her entire being into making music and art, not worried about what others were going to say or think. It made me reflect on what is truly possible when we live with courage and stay true to our heart’s desires.

For today’s prompt, write about what you would do if you had the courage to just go for it and live out your heart’s desires.

The Art of Randomness-June 27, 2022

I am currently reading the memoir, Girl in a Band, by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. I’m currently about halfway through the book. In one chapter she recounts the early days of Sonic Youth–writing songs and starting to perform. In some of the band’s first songs, Gordon says that the members of the band all wrote down random lyrics and she “cherry-picked” some from the list, which she goes onto say is a method of working she still uses. Critics praises the lyrics and how “meaningful [they] were, not realizing how randomly they came about in the first place.”

For today’s prompt, channel Kim Gordon and put together some random lines (either from your own writing or you can pull from others) into a poem, song, or piece of prose. See where the art of randomness takes you.

Longing for Rain-June 26, 2022

Another super hot, dry day in California. I have been longing for my favorite weather, rain (but not super cold rain!). I daydream about water-oceans and mist and holding a steaming cup of coffee while walking down a city street, stepping over puddles and feeling drizzle splatter on my face. I don’t think it’s going to come anytime soon, though. We are facing a long, dry season, the only water likely to come from the firefighters hoses as they douse the wildfires that seem to be popping up everywhere. Firework season. I really miss the rain.

Your prompt today: write about your favorite weather.

If I Could Escape-June 25, 2022

Lots of heavy things going on in our country right now. Many people are fighting and protesting, and I admire their strength and determination. But for me, my reaction is more flight than fight, and I’ve been thinking about wanting to escape to a better place for me and my family. Today’s prompt will be short:

If you could escape somewhere right now, where would you go? What do you imagine your life would be like in the new place?

What’s in a Name?-June 24, 2022

We have a wonderful “breakfast guy” at work who always makes sure the students, staff, and community have plenty of breakfast foods and snacks. (He also takes care of lunch, but since I only see him in the morning, he is the breakfast guy to me). I always enjoy chatting and gossiping with him before school starts. The funny thing is, he calls me by the wrong name. Although my name is very simple, many people over the course of my life have called me this alternate name. To be honest, I have never really liked my real name and I kind of like this other name better. It has two syllables instead of one, has possibilities for fun nicknames, and it just sounds more elegant. So I haven’t corrected him yet; I have just enjoyed being this other, more elegant and put together version of myself for five minutes every morning. With my alternate name, I imagine myself as a world traveler, a writer, a person who actually speaks other languages instead of just muddling through a bit of conversational Spanish. I wonder if my life would be different had I been named the alternate name instead?

For today’s prompt, write about a name that you often get called by mistake. How do you feel about this?