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Exercise #146 : "After"

Write the first few sentences of a story that begins thus:

After she lost 300 pounds...

After she lost 300 pounds, Bridget's life finally seemed to be moving in the right direction. She had a boyfriend and a steady job, and she had never felt better about herself. Of course, her self esteem had been never been anything about which to boast, but it was something to look in the mirror and smile for once.

She had just finished applying mascara to her lashes when her cellphone vibrated in two short spurts followed by a clip from Aerosmith's "Dude Looks Like a Lady."

"Hello?" she said.

"Hey," said her father, "How are you?"

"Fine, you?" Her father normally called once every few days to check on her, but something in his tone sounded strained.

"I'm alright." He took a deep breath. "Your mother is in the hospital."

"Oh, my god. What happened?"

"Not sure. Danny found her an hour or so ago in her house. She was unconscious."

Danny had found her. "Is she alright?"

"The doctors don't know."

Bridget sat down and covered the right side of her face with her hand. She shook her head. "And Danny?"

"Shaken, but ok." Her father sighed over the phone. "She's at St. Rose. Critical care."

"Ok," she said faintly. "I'll be there in around an hour."

"Drive safely."

"I will."

Funny. It seems that whenever her life seems to be turning around, something happens to dash it all to pieces.


And there we have it. For some reason, this one was extremely difficult for me to write. I sat in front of my computer for longer than I'm willing to admit trying to think of where I wanted to go with it. To be completely honest, it got to the point where I was just going to chalk this one up to writer's block and save it for later, but, as my first exercise after a long break, I felt the need to push through and finish no matter what. The result was a bit meh feeling, but I got through it! High fives all around.

In other news, I have officially been cast in a lead role for my University's production of the opera The Ballad of Baby Doe! Yay! I'm so excited! I was worried because we hadn't heard anything from the director in a few weeks, and she said she was going to have a full cast list by the end of finals week. Unfortunately, other circumstances made the finalizing process take a really long time. At any rate, I found out today that I will be playing the part of Augusta Tabor in the fall, and it's going to be a ton of fun.

Here's a list of Upcoming Blog Posts:
  • Iron Man 2 - A Review
  • Robin Hood - A Review
  • Valentines Day - A Review
  • Veronika Decides to Die - A Review
  • Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler - A Review
Can you tell that someone has been watching a lot of movies lately?? :) Don't judge. At least there's one book on there, right? Right???

I'm currently reading Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle by Rosalind Miles. It's next on my list of "Books I Own but Have Never Read." The list is slowly lowering in numbers, but there is still a rather daunting amount to tackle.

What are you guys reading right now?

Additionally, I dropped off my resume at the Melting Pot by my house today, and I got the hiring manager's card so I'll be sending him a follow-up e-mail at some point in the next week. Wish me luck! Because I need a job like nobody's business. At this point, I am willing to do anything short of prostitution. Hopefully, someone will find my resume worthy of employment. If only my little blogette here actually produced some income. haha

Well, I'm off. This post has taken so long that I have to start working on tomorrow's post asap.



Diandra said…
Believe it or not, I haven't read in weeks. Well, apart for a weekly news magazine to keep track of what's going on in the world - and Neil Gaiman's "Blueberry Girl", with which I've bribed myself to take the first part of the final exam. (The second part takes place tomorrow, and I will bribe myself with "Crazy hair", I think... or "Instructions" - I am a Gaiman fan girl.)

I really look forward to having the time for a loooooong novel again - in reading as well as in writing. And I still have to fight through "Pride and Prejudice". *sigh*
Murr Brewster said…
I got a book out of the library and attempted to read in bed. That's with no glasses, and the print about four inches away from my head. This book smelled like a motel room for smokers. I can't get through it. First time this has ever happened. Do I go back and get another copy? Tumble it with a dryer sheet? I stuck it outside in the sun to flap in the breeze but to no avail.

I recommend "Into The Beautiful North."

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