Joe’s Water

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.

slice of life challenge

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!

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m so amused at the thought of connecting certain posts with certain scents! I was ready to believe you. My favorite part of the post may be your description of where you sit, though. I feel like I can picture it so clearly.

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  2. caryharrod says:

    Morgan,

    I’ve been away from writing for so long; your post simply reminded me how much I adore words. Talent…that’s what you’ve got. Yours is the second post I’m responding to and to be honest, I’m feeling quite inadequate and yet your words breathe new life into me. What I love most is your voice; I don’t know you and yet I hear you. Such as…

    “Really? Probably. A strong start? Definitely not. Interesting? Sure. Inspiring? We’ll see.”

    and…

    “Yes, I’ll write what’s in front of my nose. Write what is fronting my nose.”

    That’s brilliant. My favorite? “…certain scents call me back to writing.” Probably because I feel called back to writing. Something maybe previously smothered, coming back to life. Thanks for the jolt…I’ve got you bookmarked.

    Cary

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    1. Morgan says:

      Thank you for such specific feedback. I was a little embarrassed about the topic and the title, but felt more playful than usual last night. Glad it spoke to your love of language. Thanks again.

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  3. bbutler627 says:

    Hahahaha! Damn, you crack me up sometimes. The topic at hand that’s written optimistically and totally freebased. I like it. This repetition with the questions and answer shrugs – “Weird? Probably. Necessary? Definitely not. Interesting? Sure. Inspiring? We’ll see.

    SO GOOD. This first slice is light and playful but your sensory word choices are top-shelf. Nice to slice with you again, friend 🙂

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  4. mrssurridge says:

    You’ve got me intrigued! I will be back to see how your scenting fronts your nose…

    Liked by 1 person

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