#TuesdayThoughts: PromptaPalooza Characters

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Welcome back to PromptaPalooza! A week-long event (probably) packed with writing prompts!

Today’s prompt is based on randomly-generated characters from Seventh Sanctum, which has an amazing array of comprehensive prompts.

So comprehensive, this isn’t even the whole list of potential characters! Pick at least two of the characters in the list below and work your magic. Or not magic if that’s not your thing.

Genre, format, length are all up to you.

Have a great Tuesday!

The list:

  • The romantic mercenary with an unexpected destiny.
  • The tough, humble murderer.
  • The delusional peddler.
  • The awkward, cooperative rogue who lost meaning in life.
  • The strong rascal.
  • The focused spy.
  • The bodyguard from a good family.
  • The aged, persuasive priestess from a bad family.
  • The rebellious laborer who had a near-death experience that changed them significantly.
  • The nimble bounty hunter.
  • The tough farmer haunted by flashbacks.
  • The unpopular merchant with no hope.
  • The wise, patriotic rogue living on borrowed time.
  • The tough, brave heroine haunted by dark memories.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird AND FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

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#TuesdayThoughts: Sticky

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Coffee, yet again, seems to be keeping its full glory from me. I’m already nearly down to the bottom of the cup, and I’ve found no inspiration.

How dare it.

It’s a sunny day today, one with a haze more suited to August, but I suspect it didn’t mind that September borrowed it. Streaky clouds in the sky and not a bad day for getting things done.

Which I need to do.

We had yet another new trainer this morning on Daily Burn, and I wonder who will be leaving. It seems to be the cycle of life with that program; trainers arrive, trainers leave.

He seems good. We’ll see when he leads the full thing, who knows.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking there just may be another cup of coffee in my future. Have an alert Tuesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird AND FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts:

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It was darker than it should have been this morning when I got up. Rain, with heavy clouds. By the time I finished my workout, the sun had broken through, gorgeous golden streaks breaking up the gray.

But that didn’t last.

There’s a thin silver layer of clouds now, punctuated with lower, bulky clouds, and I think it’s raining again in the distance.

Appropriate as we shift into fall.

I’m amazed how this year has zipped along, and now we’re in the back end of it. Incredible.

This week I’m setting my sights on some new and/or unexplored writing projects, letting my completed manuscript sit before I tackle it for a first-round edit. It seems like the week for that, or maybe it’s just me and rainy weather.

Whatever the weather where you are, I hope you have a great Tuesday, and if you’re in the path of the hurricane, please stay safe.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird AND FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Hypocrisy on the brain.

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(Hippopocrisy?? GET IT??)

So if you’re a twitterer–and maybe you are and maybe you aren’t–a right-wing “free speech” advocate who bemoaned the “loss” of First Amendment freedoms in a column became so upset with a college professor who called him a bedbug, he told on him to his university provost.

Poor irony is so overworked in this cartoonish hellscape in which we now reside.

Apparently the original tweet got nine likes and zero retweets, but the retelling of the tale, complete with whiny complaint letter, has, at the time of this writing, roughly 63,000 likes and 10,000 retweets.

Ain’t that a bedbug at an allegedly high-end resort.

It got me thinking about characters, because honestly who would believe that guy was real. Sadly he is. And a little too over-the-top and on-the-nose for fiction, and did I mention the hellscape?

But humans are rife with hypocrisy, and not only does that make for a fantastic character trait, it can also help move your plot. What happens when their hypocrisy is revealed? How do they react?

What do they do?

In this case, they go on news shows and whine some more and claim that the letter to the professor’s boss wasn’t to get him in trouble or anything and free speech except if it hurts his own specific feelings and why is everyone picking on him?

You get the idea.

So how is that received? What happens because of that? In this world, he’ll probably get another juicy column out of it, but let’s stick to the rational world of fiction.

Have a great Tuesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird AND FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Yep

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Is today another two-cup of coffee day?

Probably.

How do I feel about that?

Ask me later when I’m trying to go to sleep.

Today there’s an odd golden light through mist or rain, not sure which. It looks a bit like sunset, though it’s only 10:30 in the morning. But time’s been weird, so who really knows.

And yes, I have that other cup of coffee now. Sitting right there beside me. Doing its thing.

At least today I feel more mellow than draggy. Not extra-perky, not by any stretch of the imagination, but at least conscious in this reality.

Which is about all anyone could ask for, really.

So I’m taking my coffee and doing Tuesday. Have a great day.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird AND FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: a List

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  1. Wow I’m groggy today.
  2. How am I so groggy today? I was so perky yesterday.
  3. I need to reheat my coffee.
  4. Maybe I need to make more coffee.
  5. Is Tuesday supposed to be more of a grind than Monday?
  6. I’m so groggy today.
  7. Why haven’t I reheated my coffee?
  8. You should be able to write while napping.
  9. I guess you can. It’s called “dreaming.” Not great plotting though.
  10. My reheated coffee is too hot.
  11. Wow I’m groggy today.

Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird AND FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Scattered with a Chance of Something Pithy

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It’s Tuesday, all Tuesday, and I’m struggling with online forms which shouldn’t be so tough to do. I think it’s me.

The weather looks just as unfocused, like it would rain if it could get it together. I empathize, weather. I empathize.

It was one of those mornings when I woke up groggy, I could have kept sleeping if I didn’t have to get up, and my brain doesn’t want to get into gear. I had busy dreams and now a bit of a headache, and I’m hoping to manage a slow trudge through Tuesday.

Forward, but perhaps not at a sprint.

You and I both know I probably should have had more coffee.

But on we go, regardless. I hope you have a fantastic Tuesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird AND FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.