Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: GATHERING (07/14/16)
TITLE: It Is a Process
By M. C. Syben
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I take a deep breath as my stomach broadcasts a long sustaining growl. “Pizza,” my brain screams. My thoughts suggest mozzarella and fresh organic tomato sauce on top of a thin crispy crust. “Mmmm.” I lick my lips.
“No!” My conscience gains control. I’m down twenty-five pounds. I hope to lose twenty more, but pizza fantasies won’t accomplish that goal. Besides, I ate three hours ago.
I’m frustrated. “Lord, why did you designate the Dutch dominant genes to me?” At my heaviest, I looked like a three-tiered dumpling. I felt more like a boulder formation. The weight loss took a doctor’s help and a lot of perseverance. I’ve still a long way to go. Let’s see…where was I…oh yes, a deep breath.
I inhale again. Surely, the intake of fresh oxygen will stimulate the senses, increase the imagination, and provoke synapses to fire. Oh, oh. Cumulus clouds are building. Afternoon storms are definitely on the way. God must be an artist. One cloud looks like a huge hand holding a bird. Another appears to be a flying dragon. I could stare at them all day. Come to think of it, I have stared at them most of the day.
Alright, I will try again. I re-arrange the ice pack on my lower spine. Lift one leg up, heel on top of the back of the couch. The other leg is bent, just so, supporting the laptop. Sigh. I’ve been going through this level of intense pain for months, and months, and months.
Good grief, I thought I had turned off the phone.
Just as I suspected, another reverse mortgage sales call. Back in position. Deep breath. Time to write. What was the topic? Oh, come on. Usually, I place it on the top of the page, first thing, so I don’t forget but not this time. I’ll just read from the beginning; surely it will come to me…
…Nope. I haven’t a clue. What does that say about my writing? But, then again, I was blessed with ADD. It is difficult for me to gather my thoughts. Oh, “gather.” That’s the word…or is it gathering? Alright, I’ll visit the Faith Writer's site and make sure.
Okay. “Gathering.” How could I forget? Faith Writer’s had their Gathering, an event in Georgia this weekend. It was only two hours away. I’m more disappointed about not attending than I realized. That would have been something to write about. You know, a delightful combination of Christian writers converging in one place. I bet there were a lot of giggles along with some deep insights.
“Oh, get over it.” Health issues can’t be helped. At least there is hope for next year…maybe...if I’m a candidate for the sacral operation. I’ll find out next month. I better stop ruminating and get with this week’s challenge contest.
A bit heartless to use the word “gathering” for those of us who couldn’t make it. I know, I’ll Google it. From the Free Dictionary, I find:
1. an assembly; meeting.
2. an assemblage of people.
3. a collection of anything.
4. the act of a person or thing that gathers.
5. something gathered together.
6. a gather in cloth.
7. an inflamed and suppurating swelling.
Well, I’m not writing about sores or pus. I’ve no desire to delve into seam stressing, material, or anything like that. So, it’s back to gathering something together. Hmm. I’m so thirsty. Maybe a big bottle of water will activate brain cells?
I place the lid back on the bottle and stare out the window. What a view I have while I collect my thoughts. Oh, look, the hummingbirds have finally returned! The new nectar must be working.
Usually, a trickle of notions turns into a stream of ideas, that collects into a lake of concepts where eventually one main spark floats to the forefront of my brain. Then I begin a story. Right now, I’m still at that trickle stage—not to worry. It is a process; the dead line is Thursday—three full days left to write.
Maybe, I’ll have that Pizza after all—low Cal, of course.
Fiction (or is it?)
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