Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Key to Miss Ileen


For this week's PROMPTuesday Exercise #7, San Diego Momma generated a random prompt to give a starting phrase, the setting, and two items to include in the story.

Here they are:

First sentence for the story: “Dear Diary,”

Setting: In a limousine

Two words that must be included while writing: "Missile" and "Hearth"

And here are the “rules according to Deb”:

  • You must write your entry in 10 minutes. This encourages top-of-mind, primal thinking before the ego and judgmental brain kicks in. Just set a timer, make your kid count to 600 slowly, whatever. It’s an honor system. And I trust you.
  • Keep to 250 words or less.

Here's my entry:

The Key to Miss Illeen


Dear Diary,

Just last Sunday,
Miss Ileen showed up at church in a limousine. A limousine! She was dressed all fancy-like and wore too much lipstick and rouge, if you ask me. Miss Ileen was in the company of a gentleman who looked like he was no gentleman at all, if you catch my meaning. The ladies of the Tied Together Quilting Group and I just shook our heads, which we could not help doing, of course. Who rides to church in a limousine unless she’s going to a wedding or a funeral? Well, the smile on Miss Ileen’s Maybelline-covered mouth as she exited that limousine answered any question about what was going on inside! Why, Miss Ileen was downright glowing! And I know it wasn’t the Holy Spirit that had been in her, no sir. On Judgment Day, when the good Lord looks into Miss Ileen’s heart He’s going to be surprised. But not me, and not the ladies of the quilting group; we won’t be surprised at all. We know just what Miss Ileen’s heart holds, and it is most certainly not the key to salvation. The key to a limousine is more like it.

Until next week, dear Diary,

Ginny

29 comments:

debawriter said...

You cheeky cheeky monkey, you.

As usual:
WHY THE HELL AREN'T YOU PUBLISHED?

But you will be.

Deb
sandiegomomma.com

just jamie said...

You are a clever woman indeed.

Amber M. said...

I just love PROMTuesdays. Love them.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

OMG, you are too funny. I love it. I never could have done that.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You are a clever one! And a helluva writer.

Nap Warden said...

Girl, you can write!

Sam said...

Love it! Reminds me of Truman Capote short stories.

But I think you cheated a little. :)

Angela said...

That was too funny.
Now what brought that idea in your head? experience?
Just kidding.
Nice to see you on my blog.

Smiles!

Kathryn said...

You are a clever, clever woman! And creative too!
Great post!

Laski said...

Oooh . . . you are too, too good!!! I'm with everyone else . . . a wordsmith like you should be published (in print!).

dkuroiwa said...

...and the sauciness just keeps on coming, doesn't it!
If this is the kind of stuff that comes out of your mind in just 10 minutes, honey, I can't wait until the longer stories are ready....you are planning that, aren't you....hmmmm??!!

**love the new picture!!

Family Adventure said...

Brilliant. I can only concur with everyone else. You are truly gifted.

The name of the author - Ginny, why did you pick that name? I'm curious.

Tranny Head said...

I can only aspire to be like her when I'm old!

Kellan said...

Excellent - I loved it!! Too cute!

Have a good day - Kellan

My Ice Cream Diary said...

BRILLIANT use of "hearth" and "missile." =)

Beth said...

You are good.
(Damn good...)

Minnesota Matron said...

The Matron is part of that quilting group and she is practically falling over with: "it wasn't the Holy Spirit that had been in her. . "

Indeed! Snort!! Razor prose.

Lisa said...

I love it--PROMTuesdays seem like a blast!

Janet said...

Miss Ileen shore were havin' sum fun, weren't she!

katydidnot said...

cheater!

very clever. and deb's right. how are you not published. can this diary be a regular installment? i can imagine the tied together quilting clubs misadventures.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Replying to your comment here, because you still haven't registered an e-mail on your Blogger profile page and made it public, and why aren't you making me happy, anyway?

I am so sorry about your crown! Those are expensive. What with the root canal and the crown, I just explained to the kids that our summer vacation money has been spent on my mouth. I know I am not going to be happy thinking about this in August.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Fantastical, love it, all 10s (except from the German judge).

You are brilliant at this.

Sojourner said...

AH! That was hilarious!! You are soooo clever.

The Girl Next Door said...

YOu sneaky, sneaky (and brilliant) writer you. Loved it.

Bunny Bunster said...

scandulous!!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

always soooo clever! :)

myra said...

fabulous! snarky! clever! (i'm out of adjectives, but if i could think of more i'd use them)

OHmommy said...

Very, very clever!!!!

Scout said...

What a great exercise, and your response was very clever and more than a bit funny. Good job.