PROMPTuesday #216: The One Thing

Please God Please


The question caught me by surprise. “Mom? When are you going to finish your book?”


I deflected. “Soon.” My brain raced through the reasons for my answer: too much work, health issues, rapid time slippage, not enough days.


“Have you written anything in it this year?”


I calculated the month – April, and realized we were nearly four months into 2013. I wasn’t used to being sheepish around my daughter. “No.”


She waited a second, one just long enough to let my answer settle and heave its weight. “OK.” She picked up her notebook and newly sharpened pencil. “I’m going upstairs to write.”


I watched her back and remembered several months ago when I opened my laptop and invited my daughter to read my work in progress. She read with intense concentration for a few moments and handed the computer back to me. “That’s enough.”


“You didn’t like it?” She was eight, but her opinion would shatter or sustain me.




I held my breath. Where was my breath?


She continued, “It’s inspiring,” and then added the phrase that brought my memory: “I’m going upstairs to write.”


I stared at the white screen in front of me. I read the words. I heard my daughter root around her bedroom for her notebook, her pencil. She shouted down the stairs: “I’m calling it “The Elegance of Blood!”


She loved words like I did, and spent time arranging them in patterns that pleased her or surprised us.


I don’t know if I smiled or frowned when I looked again at my words in front of me. Either way, I said what was true, “It’s perfect.”


Then it was April again.




Today’s creative writing prompt: What one thing do you want to finish before your time is up?


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2 Responses to “PROMPTuesday #216: The One Thing”

  1. Julie Shannon says:

    Loving and being loved enough.

  2. “The Elegance of Blood!” That is a terrific title!
    I mean this: I want to finish the 2 books I have in the hopper, clean out the clutter in my bedroom and take my kids to Europe.

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