365 Days of Writing – 59

Nick and Joe's 365 Days of Writing

Day 59:

Setting: Football Field
Character: Sumo Wrestler
Object: Lamp
Time: The Year 2053

Shenikwa Johns came from a family of sumo wrestlers. Her mother couldn’t hide her disappointment when little Shenikwa came along. The family just couldn’t picture a lady sumo.

But Shenikwa did what all girls her age did: she persisted.

Now the year was 2053 and she was taking the center stage at the biggest venue in the World: The LitBowl. The newest and most-highly-technical field ever designed, it was shaped like a lamp, with a giant round parking garage below and the football field and seating above.

This was the first non-football event at the LitBowl… and the audience was there in force. The sumo wrestling mat was constructed in the middle of the field, chairs set up stretching to the bleachers on all four sides.

Shenikwa walked down the ramp to the ring, her meaty thighs rubbing together with each forward step. Her icy glare met an equally devastating stare when she locked eyes with her opponent: her very own cousin, Ronnita Johns.

 

Author’s Note: This story was completed with the help of students from Christ the King School in Toledo, Ohio. I had the pleasure of conducting a writing workshop with the 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This was one of the prompts that we used for creative writing!

 

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365 Days of Writing – 58

Nick and Joe's 365 Days of Writing

Day 58:

Setting: Amusement Park
Character: Blind Woman
Object: Raincoat
Weather: Hot and Sunny

 

Round and round and up and down…

I remember what it was like to ride the tilt-a-whirl. Oh, I’d enjoy seeing the laughter on the faces of the children across from me and the anticipation of those waiting in line.

Up and down and round and round…

The tilt-a-whirl has always been my favorite thing at the amusement park. After I lost my vision, I’d still enjoy going.

Round and round…

Even if I had to wear my raincoat, that wouldn’t stop me from listening to the joyous sounds of people living their lives! Now, the days when it is hot and sunny, are the days I can no longer tolerate.

Up and down…

Blind and rain and wind and cold, yes.

Hot and sunny and humid and miserable, no.

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365 Days of Writing – 57

Nick and Joe's 365 Days of Writing

Day 57:
Setting: Principal’s Office
Character: Plumber
Object: American Flag
Other:

Joe the Plumber had become a running joke across the country, ever since his name was injected into the national political debate when he questioned President Obama’s plans for helping small businesses. Now, here he was, running around from school to school, making sure that every child had access to an American Flag when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Principal McGafney! Do you or don’t you have an American Flag in every classroom!” shouted the plumber, bursting into the Principal’s Office.

“Yes. Just how many classrooms around the country have you found without a flag, Mr. Plumber?” said the Principal, peering over her glasses tilting on her nose.

“Well, well… well, that’s beside the point,” said the bald man in front of her.

“THAT is exactly my point,” tersely replied Principal McGafney. “You’re dismissed!”

 

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