Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Moment #90: 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 character(s) better just by answering the question. I hope you do too. )

What makes a birthday memorable?

A flood of gifts. A mailbox full of cards. A Facebook wall inundated with well-wishes. A day of pampering? Phone calls from friends and relatives?

Or maybe...

Feeling all alone? Having a loved one forget? Someone else ruining the day that is supposed to be special for you?

Certainly birthdays can be memorable for both the good and the bad.

Why do I bring up birthdays today?


It's my birthday! It's my birthday! It's my birthday!

I thought it might be kind of odd to do a birthday post, but then I thought, Why not! Today's the day. And what I love most about birthdays is hearing from family and friends, or even better spending time with them. So I might as well share it here and celebrate with all my blogosphere friends, too.

Some memorable birthdays from my past:
  • I don't remember the age, but I do remember a particular cake. It was an Orange Blossom (one of Strawberry Shortcakes friends) doll cake. I thought it was sooo pretty.
  • My fifteenth birthday, when I was new to the Seattle area, when I had no friends and bangs that had just been cut up to here! *holds fingers just below my widows peak* Yes, that short!
  • For my sixteenth birthday, my parents gave me a hot air balloon ride to take with a friend. How cool is that? (Yes, I had finally made a friend.)
  • And for my 30th, I threw myself a party! Because I wanted to.
So, I have to say, thanks for stopping by here today! It feels like you're part of my celebration. I just wish we could share a piece of cake together.

What is your main character's most memorable birthday (for either good or bad reasons)?

And if you have your own particularly memorable b-day (again good or bad), please share!


Jane Makuch said...

Happy Birthday Jolie! May all your wishes come true!

Michèle Griskey said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great one!
I generally try to forget mine. :) I did have a nice on a couple of years ago when my sons made me a chocolate cake from scratch.

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy Birthday! Hope today is one of those memorable ones!


Jennie Englund said...

Happy Birthday!

Orange Blossom was my favorite too. She was so cute, and smelled THE BEST (until my friend Andrea and I took her swimming).

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