Yesterday was a bizarre juxtaposition of just about every aspect in my life. I'd go from one thing to another, with no good sense of transition. On and on it went until I fell asleep. Maybe this isn't such a big deal; some days are just packed, life throwing a whole bunch of things at us and we deal with them, batting them down like moths. Or catching the moths in the jars while watching them fly around. Then, unscrewing the lid and letting them fly away.
So for your writing exercise for the day, please include the following plot points and settings:
- A car dealership (make it a very specific car dealership, one that's shiny, where the employees are told to wear dark colors, mostly black). It is very early in the morning, still dusky. The main character is lugging around three bags, including a computer. The character realizes she should have brought food with her but hasn't.
- A hospital. It is still very early. No one but you and the receptionist are in the waiting area. The receptionist should be wearing braces on both arms and types with two fingers. She hums while she works.
- Quick flash to the loaner car. Upscale. Main character contemplates the economy.
- A quick segue to a mammography room. Digital mammography. A friendly, chatty technician. The main character learns about the technician's daughter while her breasts are being smashed into pancakes.
- A gym. A very nice gym. A hard work out. Summarize this. Move along quickly.
- the gym great hall. All the real estate agents have camped out there, so your main character ends up working on a couch. A friend of hers or his sits down next to her, and they try to work but mostly gossip about everyone who walks by. A lot of people walk by. The car dealership never calls.
- Driving. More driving. The main character arrives home.
- The car dealership calls. Transmission mount. So far, your main character has replaced the clutch and now this. He or she has owned the car less than a year. Much contemplation about citrus fruit ensues.
- The main character's son comes over. The main character realizes that she's forgotten to do so many things, such as send a present to the son's girlfriend. The present is a rolling pin. This is an important detail.
- A cast of characters roll through the house. The mail delivery person, a woman--or a man, depending on where you are going with this. A good friend. A significant other.
- Dinner with at least two of these new characters. An argument of some kind--maybe about the friend's continued relationship with someone. Or at least a discussion. This could be the climax of the story, but likely, you will have found a way to work in the car, the rolling pin, the son, and the mail delivery person to some better climax.
- Denouement--somehow, get these characters to bed. They are all tired.
I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Due tomorrow at noon.
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