Daily Prompt: Dream Job

So excited for a Monday off! It gives me a chance to appreciate the snow from the inside of my home and to catch up on writing and art projects. Before I get too far off track, let’s take a look at the Daily Prompt:

f you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.

Unfortunately, I’m not presently working my dream job. If money was no object (or if I was independently wealthy), I would have the most awesome job. Can you guess what it would be?

I love (and want) to travel. So my dream job would be…drum roll…a travel writer, who incorporates art—either sketching or photography. And since I enjoy cycling and running and hiking, I would be sure to include those sorts of activities in my posts/articles.

Imagine sitting in an outdoor cafe in Italy, sipping a latte, and sketching the buildings around you. This would be your morning start before pedaling into the countryside and checking out the scenery and stopping to take some photos. You would return to your villa to shower and change before heading into town for a dinner of pasta and wine.

Can you feel the sun on your face? Taste the rich, bold flavors of the red wine on your palette? Ah…take time to enjoy before heading to the next destination!

What do you think? Would you like this kind of job? If you have any suggestions on how I can make it happen, I’m all ears!!
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The Daily Post: Bicycle

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.”

You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?)

This one’s an easy one: bicycle. I really enjoy  cycling, not only for the exercise but for all that you get to see. The sights, sounds, and scents are so much more pronounced when on a bike. In a car, it’s easy to miss little things. Besides, I enjoy photography. I’m sure I would be stopping a lot to take pictures along the way! There’s no time limit for this trip, right?

I’m also a huge fan of back roads and national parks. My route may end up being convoluted so I could take advantage of the sights and avoid the busier highways and byways…don’t want to end up as someone’s hood ornament!

Also, one point of clarification…I would want a sag wagon to accompany me, in case of a mechanical issue, severe weather event, or just a sore bum. It would be nice to have some place to take shelter and rest  (and some place to carry my extra gear).

What would be your preferred method of travel?

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The Daily Post: “Singin’ in the Rain”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Safe inside, toasty warm, while water pitter-patters on the roof… describe your perfect, rainy afternoon.

I’m going to assume this is the “perfect” fall or winter rainy afternoon. If it was a summer rainy afternoon, I’d be curled up on the porch swing, reading and napping. The sound of the rain on the roof would be rather relaxing. Ahh…my parents have a decent size back porch. I recall spending several rainy summer afternoons out there as a child. Whether we were sketching or coloring in coloring books, we had fun being outside, but staying dry.shutterstock_464638
For a rainy afternoon this time of year…well, I’d be lounging on the couch either reading or watching Netflix. I’d be wrapped up in a cozy fleece throw and sipping hot tea. Chances are my cat would either be laying next to me or on the top of the sofa napping (you know how kitties love to be up high!). I have skylights in my house, and I enjoy the sound of the rain hitting them. Hail, not so much. But, overall, it would be a very peaceful and relaxing experience.

How long do I have to wait for one of these to happen?? *grins*

Monday Flash: Gotta Have Faith


What a great photo for this week’s edition of Monday Flash Fiction! Avery was very excited to see where her story would go. Not trying to spoil anything, but she decided to skip the sad ending. *thank goodness*

Feel free to check out the group’s Facebook page here.

The stories are to be no more than 500 words (shh, this one’s a bit over), and are to be based on the picture prompt.

I hope that you enjoy this week’s story!


Gotta Have Faith

Avery Dawes

Blinding headlights pierced the night and time slowed to a crawl as the monster truck crossed the centerline and slammed into us. The seat belt bit into my torso as glass shards pierced my skin. The car spun, bouncing me around the interior like a rag doll.

Once we came to rest, I fought for equilibrium. I have to reach Matty.  The vague sound of sirens wailed in the distance. Pain radiated in countless waves. If only I could move… The darkness beckoned, and I gladly—willingly—succumbed.

My subconscious awakened, and disappointment coursed through me. Wasn’t my life supposed to flash before my eyes? What was wrong with me? I’d been so focused on Matty, the love of my life. We were nothing without each other. He was truly my other half—no way could I go on without him. Continue reading “Monday Flash: Gotta Have Faith”

A Writing Prompt

The Writer’s Digest prompt for September 23rd. “The Never-Ending Dream”

At an old bookstore, you find a book that helps you interpret your dreams. But something is strange about it. You fall asleep reading the book, and find yourself in a dream that you cannot wake up from. What is it? And how will you snap back to reality?

I’ve been mulling over this prompt. It intrigued me, but nothing came to mind right away. A dream I had the other night has stuck with me and just may fit the prompt.

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