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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: Just another Thursday
By T. F. Chezum


I clicked the refresh button. “Come on. Why are you so slow?”

“What’s wrong, Babe?” My wife shuffled out from the bedroom.

“The new topic isn’t up yet.” I clicked the refresh button again.

“Thursday mornin’.” She poured a cup of coffee. “It figures.”

The screen blinked.

My heart raced as the page appeared. “Window?”

“Is that the word?” Pam stirred sugar into her steaming morning beverage.

“What kind of topic is that?” I twirled my chair away from the computer. “Let’s see, a child escapes a mean stepfather through the window.” I drummed my fingers on my chin. “Sounds too cliché. How about a sick young girl loves to watch the field of flowers out her window.” I paused, pondering the possibilities. “That’s way too sappy. Unless it gets torn up for a new condo complex.” I grinned.

Pam rolled her eyes.

I spun back to the keyboard.

The rising sun burst through the window, shattering the darkness.

“What is that?” I deleted the sentence. “I need something I can work with.”

Myron peered through the broken window. His eyes riveted…

“Aaugh .” Disgruntled, I pressed the backspace button. “Myron? What am I thinking? May as well be Wilbur, or Schmedly?” I stood up and stretched my arms. “I need a good name, and an inspiration.”

“You can think about it at work.” She kissed me on the cheek. “And don’t forget to pick Timmy up from school today.”

I set the notepad on the seat beside me; a spattering of ideas scribbled about the page. “No, no. That won’t work.” The heavy slashing lines I ripped through the words helped vent my frustration.

A honking horn snapped me back to reality.

“Can’t you see I’m thinking?” I glanced up from my hash mark filled page; the green glow from the traffic signal crept into my consciousness. “Uh-oh.” I rammed the car into gear and proceeded through the intersection.

“Eyes, windows to the soul?” I opened my email. “Nope, way too obvious. Bank teller’s window?” I gave an exasperated grunt. “Wait, I’ve got it,” I blurted, drumming my desktop. “Stained glass.” I grabbed my pen and jotted my thoughts.

“Oh, don’t tell me.” My boss lurked at my office door, a perplexed look plastered on his face. “It’s another one of your challenge things.”

“I’m kind-a stumped.” I set my pen on my desk. “The word’s window.”

“Well I hope today’s staff meeting doesn’t interfere with your writing plans.” He tapped the doorframe. “Oh, and stained glass sounds a little cheesy.” He chortled, returning to his office.

“What’s this?” Timmy picked up my notes as he slid into the front seat.

“Just some thoughts.” I waited for him to buckle his seat belt and pulled out of the parking lot.

“Must be challenge time again.” He laughed. “Let’s see what you got,” he said, reading the notes. “Strained gass? Pretusion ratsy rectum?” His eyes bulged. “And you say my writing’s bad.”

“Maybe I should do a poem.” I paused, my thoughts scrambling. “Something like, I’d build me a castle with dragons and kings, I’d ride off with them as I stood by my window and looked out on those.”

“Isn’t that a Billy Diamond song?” he quipped.

“It’s Neil Diamond,” I huffed. “Well, how about a famous writer who says his stories are windows into different worlds, but he gets stalked by a mysterious person who wants revenge for a stolen idea.”

“And some windows shouldn’t be opened?” He stared at me. “Ummm, Stephen King called it Secret Window.” A smile tugged the corners of his lips. “What’s the topic, writing?”

“Don’t be silly. They’d never use writing as a topic.” I scratched the top of my head. “How about a man stuck at home, and he thinks he sees a violent crime at his neighbor’s house while looking through his window?”

“Didn’t Alfred Hitchcock already do something like that?” His sarcastic words echoed with an undertone of laughter.

I turned on the air-conditioner.

“How ‘bout using through the looking glass as a title?” He chuckled.

“That’s a mirror, besides…” I glanced at him. “I’ve decided to write about a car window.”

“That’s boring,” he protested.

“Not if you do it from a bug’s perspective.” I tweaked his ear.

We laughed.

“So tell me.” He placed the notepad beside him. “Why do you put yourself through this every week?”

“Because, I like it.” I smiled. “It’s fun.”

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Pat Guy 01/18/07
Ahhhh! One who understands! How refreshing! Loved this slice of life into a Faithwriter! Kudos!
Delores Baber01/18/07
Now I wonder why I feel so at home in this story? But on a much less talented plateau. Today, I simply admire the talents of those better than myself. Thanks!
Mo 01/18/07
This made me smile. Thanks.
Crista Darr01/19/07
"Just another Thursday." Ha! This is hilarious. I love it.
Kathie Thomas01/19/07
I'm beginning to understand the addiction and have already written for the new topic just announced. I wonder how it will fair once work gets busy again?

Enjoyed the read!
Susan Gibson01/19/07
Thanks! An articulate reminder that ideas are everywhere, if we only look. Thoughts we can all identify with, written in ways we can all hope to emulate!
Joanne Sher 01/20/07
Can't we all relate? I laughed through this - especially "Writer would never be a topic." hehe. Hehe!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/20/07
This so well expressed what so many of us feel. Now I really understand what "challenge" means. When I rush to the computer on Thursday to find out the word, I think, "I can't do anything with that," but then it's like a "double dare." Like you I try out ideas and scribble them down and let them roll around in my thoughts for some time, but unlike you, I don't express myself like a "master." Thanks for a great read.
darlene hight01/21/07
Ahhh...the life of a writer! Isn't it totally fun to be quirky and misunderstood? Thanks for the laugh
Jan Ackerson 01/21/07
This is perfect! I really grinned at "Schmedly" and "Strained gass? Pretusion ratsy rectum". What a great sense of humor you have!
janet rubin01/21/07
Oh, it's about me:) very nice
Pat Guy 01/21/07
Why am I not surprised this is yours Tim? Way to go! Had me laughing out loud all by myself. (sorry - had to comment twice)
Sandra Petersen 01/22/07
I especially liked the comment "Don’t be silly. They’d never use writing as a topic.” Ha!

I enjoyed the humor throughout and the Dad and son word play back and forth was nicely done and believable. And, yes, I too commiserate.
Loren T. Lowery01/22/07
Sharlyn Guthrie01/22/07
I wish this were funny, but it's totally true! Actually, it's funny, too. Thanks for the day brightener!
terri tiffany01/23/07
Someone has a great sense of humor! Fast moving - lots of actions with great dialogue!! thoroughly enjoyed this one:)
Venice Kichura01/23/07
I can really relate to this amd enjoyed knowing I'm not alone on what I go through on Thursday mornings. Great job!
Sara Harricharan 01/24/07
I definitely liked this! So much fun to read and very effectively capturing a 'Thursday' for a challeng-oriented writer! I loved the dialouge and carrying around a notepad. Sounds like me. Except I take a big, fat notebook! Thanks for sharing!
Leigh MacKelvey01/24/07
I kept laughing at myself in your MC. I can't believe how you captured so much of what "only I" go through every time I see "the one word" I knew I'd hate to see on Thursday morning! I've never liked a-one of them, but have come up with something anyway!
I love your wit!
Betty Castleberry01/24/07
I'm smiling. This was really fun, and so true. I have to ask, though, been spying on me, haven't you?
cindy yarger01/25/07
Fun idea. I liked the way you involved everyone around your main character and they all had ideas for her. Good job!
Amanda Brogan06/10/10
Naw, they'd never do one on writing! HeHe! Fun story! :D
Amy Michelle Wiley 10/11/10
Haha, I've written some about the addiction. Fun story and there are a few good ideas in there. ;-)