Friday, September 21, 2012

Five Minute Friday

Wide

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...


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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. 

10 comments:

  1. Hi Linz! I'm stopping by from Five Minute Friday. I'm so glad you could join us this week. I currently live in Kansas, so there is no ocean for me, although I have been to both coasts of the US, and I would also use the word "wide" to describe the oceans. It looks like you've written a lot more this month than in the past, good for you! Keep writing! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Nikki, and how cool of you to notice my recent up in blog activity :) I appreciate the support!

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  2. Hi, Linz. Visiting from Five Minute Friday, even though I haven't written my post for today. :)

    The ocean is such a wonderful place. There is something inviting about the breeze, the salty sea air, and the feel of gritty sand underneath.

    What really grabs me at the ocean is its power, yet calming presence. It almost always reminds me of God.

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  3. I also love the ocean - just not the sand part of it! At. All.
    But I love the sound.
    in from 5 minutes

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  4. I love it! Such wonderful description, you take us there with you. On the salty shore hearing the soundtrack of sand, seagulls, waves crashing.

    So happy you are joining up with 5 Minute Friday and with the twitter party. :) Welcome to our craziness. So glad to "meet" you.

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    1. Thank you, Leigh. I'm excited to fall into the folds of this Friday commitment - was having sort of a terrible day but sitting down with my writer's group girls and doing this together did wonders for my spirit. Nice to meet you, too :)

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  5. I grew up land-locked in Kansas, but I'm now a Carolina girl. I can relate to the calming, soothing feeling the wide expanse of sea provides the soul. I'd move to the beach in a heartbeat. :) Thanks for sharing. Visiting from 5mF. Happy Friday! :)

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  6. Welcome to FMF! So glad that you've joined us! We lived in Florida for several years and it was so nice to live close to the beach. We miss it. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings!

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  7. Goodness! Where'd all these Kansas girls come from? We must be a bunch of landlocked mermaids. I loved your entry too Linz and I want to put in a plug for the wide summer prairie. If you ever get a chance -and- you have time to take time, don't miss driving through Kansas.

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