Good afternoon, amigos y amigas!
So, to begin with, yes, I'm quite aware of the fact that I've not done a WriterlyWednesday post for some time now. *sniffs* As much as I like writing this column, it's just been too much for me lately. And if I do any blogging, it's reviews - as you've probably noticed.
I don't know about y'all, but *my* life has been a garbled morass lately - I've had a 3 week long babysitting job, (which I'm thankful for because it's been a great way to bring in some income) piano lessons to teach, school work to finish, a novel and screenplay constantly demanding attention, among other things like just trying to get chores and work done around the house; and trying to make time for my brothers...which has proven to be hard. I am still working on selflessness in that area, and I have a WAYS to go on it, I'll admit. But I'm trying, anyways.
SO. Forgetting my own personal ramblings for a moment, let's get into the writing segment of this rainy Wednesday afternoon's post. I did mention we're being drenched here, didn't I? No? Well, it's our wet season and to put it lightly, we've not been anywhere near short on rain. I am thankful for it, because the garden needs it and so does all the other greenery - but at the same time it's getting a little old...I am not a huge fan of running in the rain, well, not when it's on slippery pavement, anyways. Don't really want to encounter any more athletics injuries!
So, I know it can be a struggle to find inspiration to write, sometimes. And that's what writing prompts can be helpful for. These may be simplistic but you never know, one might spark an idea! Here are a few I found while browsing the internet, and thought I'd share.
- It was the first snowfall of the year.
- He hadn’t seen her since the day they left high school.
- The city burned, fire lighting up the night sky.
- She studied her face in the mirror.
- The smell of freshly-cut grass.
- They came back every year to lay flowers at the spot.
- The streets were deserted. Where was everyone? Where had they all gone?
- This time her boss had gone too far.
- Red eyes.
- Stars blazed in the night sky.
- He woke to birdsong.
- ‘Shh! Hear that?’ ‘I didn’t hear anything.’
- He’d always hated speaking in public.
- She woke, shivering, in the dark of the night.
- The garden was overgrown now.
- He’d never noticed a door there before.
- She’d have to hitch a ride home.
- ‘I told him not to come back too!’
- His feet were already numb. He should have listened.
"Take some time out of your day to people watch. This works especially well in a coffee shop, restaurant, or some other public place where interaction is the norm. Jot down observations about the people around you. Describe a loner, a couple, someone how works in this public area. How do they interact? What's their body language say about them at this point in time? How does the employee react to those around him?"
This one above is something I'm sure many of you fellow writers already do, probably even involuntarily. I find myself taking in my surroundings all the time, without even thinking about it.
Let me tell ya, you can learn a whole lot about the world you live in when you are observant!
Now, onto the review.
I was sent an awesome homemade paracord bracelet from Hailey Smith, a sweet writer friend of mine whom I met on GTW, a writing group on Facebook.
Hailey has made an assortment of different colored/styled paracord bracelets. I liked this navy and white one best...I find it rather nautical looking.
The awesome thing about paracord bracelets, if you didn't already know, is that they are as practical as they are cool-looking. You can unravel them to get a good long stretch of cord, which is super strong and durable and could be used in a variety of survival situations where a rope might be needed.
My mom bought me one at Christmas last year, and it was also homemade by somebody we knew. I like it a lot - but I think this one is made a bit better.
It's easy to put on, with the little plastic buckle. Also, it fits my wrist perfectly!
Overall I like this bracelet a lot. It has a practical purpose, yet it's also pretty neat looking, and it matches with most of my wardrobe.
If you'd like to get your own handmade paracord bracelet like this one, check out TH Designs where Hailey and her mother sell a bunch of different homemade items, including these bracelets.
Hope y'all are having a blessed week! Happy Independence day, early!
Note: I was provided this item from Hailey Smith in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed remain mine and mine alone.