So you know those little square perfume samples that come tucked in the magazine, the circular, the weekly ad for Ulta? Yeah, the ones that have two scents, one flipped on the back of the other.
Those squares of sensory seduction sit several deep at the corner of my desk. When I sit down to write, it is a new ritual. Peel back a new one and enjoy the waves of wonder that wash over me while my fingers play with words.
Weird? Probably. Necessary? Definitely not. Interesting? Sure. Inspiring? We’ll see.
And just like certain books now have a soundtrack, certain posts have a scented stamp. Certain scents call me back to writing.
Really? About the books with the soundtracks? Yes.
The posts and the scent-stamp? No. The aromatic lure to keyboard? Nope. At least not yet. But it sounds good, right?
At least right now it smells good while I sit at this old solid wooden desk, in the corner of the room, under the soft golden light of the lamp that’s been mine since high school, typing out these words and drawing in deep breaths when I can feel that I’ve been holding mine for just long enough to get the words in my head down on the page.
Yes, it’s the Slice of Life Challenge. I wasn’t sure what I would write tonight. I am still not sure what I am writing. But it is right in front of my nose. Yes, I’ll write what’s in front of my nose.
Write what is fronting my nose.
Really? Probably. A strong start? Definitely not. Interesting? Sure. Inspiring? We’ll see.
Today is the first day of the 12th annual Slice of Life Story Challenge (#SOLSC19) hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write each day in March as part of an international writing community. I appreciate any comments, especially those that
- reinforce writing decisions that work and
- coach into those that don’t.
Think of each comment you leave as a little writing conference we are having together. Come on, make me a better writer today! Thank you!