One of my blogging friends, JM Strother, recently encouraged readers to post a short fiction piece on Fridays and announce it on Twitter to help build a following. He also participates in a Writer’s Adventure Group (WAG), which involves responding to a short writing exercise devised by Nixy Valentine. He’s suggested posting the WAG piece on Fridays, thereby fulfilling the two assignments with one bit of writing. Though I don’t Twit, and haven’t officially joined the WAG, I found this week’s assignment “easy” and decided to give it a go. It’s not fiction, but since Jon never follows rules either, I don’t think he’ll mind.
WAG Assignment #15: Describe a favourite tool in concrete terms, but also show how you (or whomever it belongs to) feel about using it, and how it leaves an individual or particular mark on the end product.
I’m a practical person and like tools that serve multiple purposes. Metal hot dog tongs are particularly useful in the kitchen, not only for rescuing sausages from boiling water, but for grabbing the chili pepper and other condiments from the top shelf of the cupboard. I’ve also used them to pick up socks that fall behind the dryer. Climbing on top of the dryer and reaching behind it with a pair of hot dog tongs is fun as well as good exercise. They are also helpful for rescuing cat toys that get knocked under the china cabinet, and for scraping behind the couch cushions for missing remotes and wallets; not very helpful for picking up loose change.
Nothing’s perfect, but my trusty tongs make life easier. Mine also have sentimental value as they were given to me by one of my good friends about 15 years ago. They’ve lost their shine, but I think of Linda every time I use them so they are here for life.
Do you participate in a writing group? What do you do to stimulate your creative writing?