Thursday, February 26, 2009

Writers Workshop: Alphabet Soup

This week, Mama Kat is offering these five writing prompts:

1.) For your birthday a sibling has decided to have the first six months of your blog printed and bound. Write a forward for the book.

2.) Write a 26-line poem using all the letters of the alphabet, where the first line starts with the letter "A," the second "B," the third "C," etc., culminating with the final line starting with "Z."(writersdigest.com)

3.) Start your story with, "In retrospect, I wouldn't say it was my best idea." And end it with, "And that's how I attempted to make this world a better place.(writersdigest.com)

4.) What would the truth have done? Write about a time when honesty was NOT the best policy.(writingfix.com)

5.) What made your childhood bearable? Write about it.(writingfix.com)

Well, I immediately nixed choice #1. I know that Sister Kitten would rawther write the forward, and she always surprises me with what she writes about. I know I could get really creative with choice #3, but I am sleep deprived right now and don't have the energy to think much. Choices #4 and 5 would lead to something schmaltzy, and I'm not in the mood for schmaltz tonight.

The alphabet poem did sound like fun, though, and I'm gonna give that a try...here goes...

Another day, another dollar,
But I really want to hollar,
Can I take this great day off?

Don't tell me that I'm whining,
Even though I'm really pining
For change--perhaps a new coif?

Gotta be grateful these days
Have a job with decent wage,
I know I'm very lucky.

Just the other week,
Karma seemed real bleak,
Layoff--that would be sucky.

My boss gave us the news,
No job cuts--we said "Phew!"
Onto brighter days.

Please forgive this author,
Quite frankly, it's a bother
Rhyming leaves me hazed.

So in conclusion I
Think think that I will try
Undoing all my rhymes.

Very quickly I realize
Why I can't apologize
EXcept these aren't the times.

You see, I have to finish what I started.
Zing! I'm done--I'm now departed.

I thought the rhymes would be catchy, but I'll be honest with you--this was very difficult! Once I start to rhyme, I can't stop. It was hard enough coming up with the letters of the alphabet!!

On a side note: Jenners, this'll be my entry for your bad writing game.

At least I got something outta the deal.

9 comments:

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

That is beautiful Bookkitten. You did such an outstanding job that I just can't believe that you had any difficulty in the least :)
Take good care and........

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Cammie said...

LOVE the ABC poem!!
Will keep this in my back pocket for another time....

Cammie said...

PS---I cant get on Twitter from work, go follow me so I can remember to follow you back when I get home tonight!!
:)

CDB said...

Very cute! I did the same one!

Chessa! said...

I love this! This is fantastic to get myself going. I'm definitely coming back here to copy it and try it for myself. Sometimes I need a little help to get the writing going...
As for the quote on my blog...isn't it wonderful? so simple yet poignant. I've no idea where it came from bc I googled it and it takes me straight to the Etsy page where my lovely friend first bought the print. You should go over. I gave her credit on my post but of course I'd love a link here too:)

Jenners said...

And that is why I went with the "free verse" route -- no rhymes at any time! I thought it was good -- and it turned funny at the end, a little bit out of control. I refuse to accept it for the Bad Writing game as it doesn't meet the criteria. Nice try though.

Heather said...

Great job with the poem. I skipped the assignment this week - couldn't get my brain flowing!! :)

Vickie said...

That is pretty good. I don't have the talent for writing.

Mama Kat said...

Great use of the word "coif".

This poem is VERY relevant for our family as well!! Great job!