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Day 13: “Where” Writing

Suburban swimming pool, the old fishing hole, and under an umbrella.

By Denise E LindquistPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
Day 13: “Where” Writing
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I am following the outline in “SONG-WRITING WITHOUT BOUNDARIES” by Pat Pattison. I hope to be a lyricist someday and Pattison uses timed writing. I ordered his book and started this challenge because of another Vocal author.

The picture above is for the first prompt listed.

Today is “Where” writing. I have done Who, What, When, and now it is Where writing. It is good to make small changes to keep from getting bored!

The prompt “Where” is being timed and the idea is to include as many of the following list as I can; sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, body, motion! I continue to be more focused on the timing than the words.

Remember that the timer can go off in the middle of a sentence, or word. Please complete it the best you can using your thoughts! Thank you.

This is day thirteen prompts:

Timed for 5 minutes: Suburban swimming pool.

Last year I was invited to go to physical therapy at the local YMCA. It was to help me to build up my strength and stamina. I had lost some of it after I had broken my arm and started taking heart medication for atrial fibrillation.

The pool sounded like a great idea and I knew I could get past the smell of chorine and the idea of me in a bathing suit, even though I would probably start out wearing shorts and a T-shirt as I was told that would be okay.

Day one went well, even though it was tough to be there. The water not only bothered me because of the smell but burned my eyes. I then didn't like that the new T-shirt I wore in the pool was bleached and there was nothing I could do about that.

I thought someone should have warned me about the chorine and what it would do. I had a medical event that stopped my use of the pool and I realized that it wasn't going to work. I had only ...

Timed for 10 minutes: The old fishing hole.

When I was 19 or 20 years old, my husband and I managed a small resort in Washkish, MN on Red Lake. In other words about 50 years ago. We had a blast!

It was beautiful there and we were alone most of the time there. We could fish and clean our fish and fish some more. No one was there. We didn't make money. So we just ate fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

When we would have guests the work was cleaning the cabin, doing laundry, mowing the grass, taking care of the garbage and that was about the extent of it. Now and then there would be a repair, but not often.

We loved to fish because we caught fish. I loved to fish because we ate fish every day. My favorite fish is the Red Lake Walleye. I could eat that fish every day for the rest of my life if it was okay to do. Back then it probably was safer to eat fish every day than it is now.

Now, I don't fish much. During that time wrecked fishing for me as fishing was never the same again. We had our favorite spots after that. We had a good spot to fish for bullhead, crappie, and sunfish. But we never had the spot we had like in Washkish again.

Going out in the boat, I couldn't stay out as long as I could when I was 19 or 20.

Now, 50 years later, I hardly ever fish. My current husband is not a fisherman. The last time I fished was in the BWCA. Right off an island. We cleaned and ate the fish right there and buried the remains to not attract the bear.

No longer do I have the old fishing hole. It is okay with me. I will fish once in a while, like I do now. If years go by, I can live with that. I fished enough in my life for a lifetime in my early life. As kids we fished. My mother was a great cook and knew how to cook fish. That was fun but wasn't...

Timed for 90 seconds: Under an umbrella.

It looked like it might rain, so I grabbed an umbrella from the closet. When I got home I didn't need it as it stopped raining so I decided to leave it in the truck.

The next time I needed an umbrella my truck was in the shop. I was complaining until a friend offered to share hers and under an umbrella...

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Denise E Lindquist

I am married with 7 children, 27 grands, and 12 great-grandchildren. I am a culture consultant part-time. I write A Poem a Day in February for 8 years now. I wrote 4 - 50,000 word stories in NaNoWriMo. I write on Vocal/Medium weekly.

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Comments (3)

  • Flamance @ lit.3 months ago

    Wow this is so amazing job

  • Oh wow, you could eat fish everyday? I cannot eat the same food everyday. I'll get bored hehehe. Loved all your stories!

  • Alex H Mittelman 3 months ago

    Great piece! I like fishing too! 😎

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