The sea, the sea is what I think of when I hear the word, wide. I love the sea. I'm from the sea. Not that I'm a mythical creature of the half-fish variety, just that as a Floridian I consider myself as such. No matter where I am in the world, if I'm near the sea I feel comforted, at home even. Be it the Atlantic Ocean, Tyrrhenian Sea, or the Geiranger Fjord, the proximity to salty water eases this ache I carry around for home. When I can close my eyes and breathe in the damp smell to my toes, my pulse slows. When I can hear the laughing call of a seagull flying overhead, the corners of my mouth pinch up. When I can sit and just feel the humidity settle politely onto my skin...
Now the explanation. This is my first go at participating in what's called Five Minute Friday, a writing prompt-driven exercise that has turned into a veritable community of writers. The Five Minute Friday initiative is the brainchild of Lisa-Jo Baker, and to learn all about it (and maybe join, yourself) check out her website.
Basically, you visit Lisa-Jo's site on a Friday to see what the prompt is for the day. As you may have surmised from what I wrote above, today's was Wide. The you set a timer for 5 minutes, and write without editing, without reading over and revising, to this prompt, whatever comes and post it to your blog. This is the scariest part to me. After posting your piece, you link back to her site and invite others to join in. The most important rule to this is that you read what others have posted before you and comment to support and encourage.
If you're on Twitter, use #FiveMinuteFriday to find others who are a part of this growing community. I'm kind of Twitter-illiterate presently, but am getting help.