The NaNoWriMo sprints are over, yet the endurance test has only begun. Fall colors still blaze around my house as I slowly drag out the red, white, green and gold decorations. The Hub is playing Eric Clapton and I’m blasting Christmas carols on my computer.
And, we averted near-disaster: I picked up a few writing assignments and the Hub got called into work tomorrow.
Thus I’m feeling as though my head is spinning. It reminds me of the days when the Radio Geek was a young Ballerina and danced the Nutcracker every December for six or seven years in a row (yes, I lost count). It felt like a decade of Decembers saw me backstage helping with bobby-pins and quick costume changes.
My hands are not fast. I’m still awkward like I was as a kid as if I never outgrew that stage. I fumble, confuse left and right, and will notoriously be known as that parent who put the Prince’s vest on upside-down. Considering that he was a young 20-something hunk, I can live with being the cause of that costume malfunction. He danced bare-chested that year.
Now where was I…oh, yes, dissonance continues to be a theme in real life. I know harmony will follow these transitions–the house will be fully decked with evergreens, the writing will continue, work will roll in to save our bacon (or buy it) and I’ll win the war of Christmas music in the home. The Hub eventually gives up. Writers are a persistent lot.
Last week was a blast with all the unlikely and unusual pairings. So I thought I’d continue to roll with it and come up with something seasonal and something odd. Sugar cookies and toilet paper. Santa’s sleigh and an Austin Allegro. Reindeer and black flies. A manger and a New York City penthouse. Boughs of holly and barking wiener dogs. The Nutcracker and the emergency room. Holiday ham and a WWII uniform. Chestnuts roasting and a railroad hobo. Prayers and vagrancy.
If you experience brain-freeze at the idea of coming up with a pair, use any of the above examples. Or jot down the first thing that comes to mind in association of “Christmas” or “Hanukkah” or “Yule” or “Kwanza.” Then pair it with something that seems the opposite or different. Playing word games can free up creative ideas.
December 3, 2014 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that pairs something seasonal with something odd. You can select your own two or pick from the suggested pairings above. Keep one associated with the December holiday season.
Respond by December 9 to be included in the weekly compilation. Rules are here.
And a huge, harmonious thank you to Rough writer, Larry LaForge, who has wrangled a compilation or our latest compilations at Larry LaForge 100 Words. And, it’s hopeful to called, “indefatigable.” Gracias, Mi Amigo!
Drummer Boy and White Linen by Charli Mills
“I’ll sit with him,” announced Aunt Mary. Weary expressions from family members old and young, nodded, grateful. It was Appalachian custom to sit up all night.
Uncle Joseph stoked the embers and laid a large log on the fire. Like yule, it would burn all night. He kissed his wife’s cheek, following the young cousins and their mothers to the sleeping loft.
Aunt Mary had saved a swatch of white linen. She began to lace its edge–an extravagant gesture for drummer boy’s mother. He was already swaddled in what linen remained after burying all his older Confederate brothers.