Monday, April 25, 2011

Monday Moment #116: a writing prompt for your work-in-progress

(If you’ve already read this then skip past all the italicized blah-di-blah and start writing.) Monday Moments are writing prompts for your work-in-progress. They are questions that come from my experiences and are my favorite way to find out more about my characters. I find I learn a lot. Some of it I use. Some of it I don’t. But I always, always get to know my characters better just by answering the question. I hope you do too.)


I hope everyone had a lovely weekend, whether it be from finally seeing sunshine, a lovely Easter celebration, eating some yummy candy, or all of the above. I have to say, the sun finally coming out in the Seattle-area brought some much needed sanity.

My hubby and I had a very early start to Easter. This was a preparation, organization, and communication issue. Meaning, we didn't do any of it well enough.

How about we start with the fact that I left the basket center pieces (huge Belgium chocolate eggs) in the back of the car, which ended up in direct sunlight. Not pretty. The eggs pretty much imploded.

That was just one issue.

In the early evening, I could have been stuffing eggs and filling baskets, however I couldn't because all of the Easter essentials were up in storage in an area I couldn't get to alone. Not a big deal except for the fact that my husband ended up needing to work ridiculously late, which left me alone to munch on Easter candy and wait...wait...wait.

The hubby finally rolled in around 12:30 AM. Happy Easter. It was time to fill baskets, stuff eggs, hide eggs, and oh, yeah...remember we always send the kids on a scavenger hunt. So we got to work. And, of course, on a night when we are already doing it things way too late, my hubby prepares a fairly elaborate hunt.

Here he is at about 2:30 AM, hanging a clue (that had to be found using binoculars) on the fence, wearing his boxers and boots. Nice look, no? It gave a me a good early morning giggle.

He's pinning up a paper bird that has a clue written on it.
We finally crashed around 3:00 only to hear our kids stirring just before 5:00 AM. I kid you not. The tone was serious when I told them to go back to sleep. And if they couldn't sleep to just try to. And that there would be no talking until 6:00 AM. And that the adults were not to be woken up until 7:00.

But it all ended up worth it. I don't have a picture of them looking through the binoculars at the bird clue, but I love this one of them looking at a clue that was taped to the ceiling.


They did request that this basket and egg hunt be more challenging, and I think they got what they wished for (even if it meant their parents were up way too late).

When has your character wished for something to be more challenging?

2 comments:

Solvang Sherrie said...

I am SO impressed with the lengths the two of you went to for this Easter egg hunt! You need to print out this post and show it to your kids when they're older :)

Martha Brockenbrough said...

You are such a better mom than I am! Love Derek's boxer shot. Hilarious.