Saturday, April 30, 2011

It has been days since I have done anything creative. I have been floating along in my own life like a Styrofoam cup in a gutter, bouncing only where each day takes me.  I wait impatiently to get outside for spring air, green grass between my toes, and flowers blooming, but rain and storms abound. Yet, I can not complain because dampness in my life is nothing compared to losing a home or a loved one like others have faced in these last rages of Mother Nature!

My one writing light ray has been acceptance of a poem by the Yellow River Review, a literary journal of Minnesota State University. It won't be used until September, but it is something to look forward to at the end of the coming summer. This tiny perk has made my mind bubble just enough that I could do Centus today.

Jenny is celebrating a whole year of presenting the Saturday Centus. Her prompt of Although the traditional gift for a first anniversary is paper has put everyone in the mood of anniversaries of some sort. As usual we had to use only 100 words, a nice sharpening device for tight writing! For complete rules, visit Jenny at
My effort is below.

                                   A Light Bulb Moment of Inspiration

The guys at work warned him NOT to forget the anniversary. Paper they said. Amy read books, but how could he know what she wanted to read? He only read the stock market?

Paper to write on? Nah, no one writes anymore. Amy texts like crazy and emails constantly.

Paper plates for a picnic? No, she’d have to pack the food basket while he grabbed the blanket. That was no gift.

She buys a paper for ads every Wednesday. That's it! Although the traditional gift for a first anniversary is paper, he’d give newspapers to last a whole year!

He just knew his thoughtfulness would choke up the little woman!


Linda O'Connell said...

I'm sure she'd want to choke him. I loved your description, "Floating like a styrofoam cup in a gutter." Congrats on your acceptance.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats on your poem getting accepted, that's great! I agree with Linda, I see a choking in someone's future:@)

Judie said...

Yes, I can see her choking now, her face red, apoplectic, an extension cord in her hands, just waiting for him to sit down to dinner.

cj Schlottman said...

Wow! Congratulations on having your poem accepted for publication.

As for today's centus: What a dork! Good writing, as usual.


PS - Thanks for your comment on my centus. Comments really do mean a lot to me.

Ames said...

Hahaha I'd choke him if that's what I got for an anniversary gift. Men! Sometimes they just don't get it. Good one Claudia!
Hey! Congrats on your poem being accepted by the Yellow River Review! Hugs!~Ames

Dazee Dreamer said...

hahaha. I'd choke him all right. that was a good one.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Big congratulations on your upcoming publication! That's wonderful! Love your story. Men are such knuckleheads. . .LOL

BECKY said...

Congrats on your upcoming publication, Claudia!! And I love this anniversary story! Too funny!!

Madge said...

She should have gotten him some "almond scented" cookies. said...

That's a man for you. When they're most proud of their efforts, they've missed the mark by a long shot. Nicely done, Claudia. That is wonderful news that your poem will be published.

Porky said...

Very well done on the poem. The Centus is clever too. I'd be happy with the newspapers, unless part of the fun was going out to pick them up.

Karen S. said...

Oh this is funny!..and congrats on being published coming up soon!

noexcuses said...

Sounds like something my guy would get me! Nice job! So happy for you and the upcoming publishing! Congrats!

Nonna Beach said...

Great job !

If that was me, I would be very happy. Since I'm an avid couponer, the more copies of the Sunday paper, the better !

How wonderful to have one of your creations published ( I'm not surprised )Bravo !!!

Jo said...

okay, i would be choking him ... lol!

Sue said...

Congrats on the publication!

And I'm sure this romantic gift will knock Amy right off her feet.


Jenny said...

Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! I'm so excited for you and your publication!

I'm glad it gave you the impetus to heave a rope over to the side of the raging waters of the gutter and climb out of your styrofoam cup.

What a wonderful story and intro you shared here today.

I always enjoy your writing.

And I think the fella in your story might be needing to room with the fella in my story.

Thanks for linking up!

And congratulations again! Can't wait to read it when it's published.

Betty Craker Henderson said...

Well, I don't least the guy is trying! That's more than what many of them do, isn't it?

Rebecca said...

I recently came across this blog. I thought it might be interesting to you.

Are you back to your creative self yet? The most creative I've been recently was in the flower beds yesterday. God a few things moved around...waiting for the sun to shine :)

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