Thursday, November 29, 2012

Free-Writing Challenge - Tom Gammarino

The brilliant author Tom Gammarino offered a challenge to choose a topic and then write about it non-stop for 10 minutes. I chose the topic of Christmas and away I went. Reading it now, though, it's interesting to see  how I veered off-topic a few times:

 Given the season, for my freewriting I decided to write about Christmas. The Christmas season is upon us and it is a beautiful thing. I think the fact that I am Christian and have an 11 year-old daughter makes it even better. We always kick off the holiday season during the Thanksgiving school break for her by watching Home Alone and Home Alone 2. Those movies always make me think of Christmas. I wonder what happened to little Kevin McCallister’s acting career? He seemed to have a promising future but I guess not. I honestly cannot remember any other movies with him in it. The movie had Joe Pesci. I loved Joe in those movies, Casino, and the Lethal Weapon movies. After watching the movies it’s on to Black Friday. I always wondered why they call it Black Friday. Black usually denotes something sinister or scary like the Black Death or black out of a football game. I guess White Friday doesn’t have the same ring. I’ve never waited in line anywhere though because I’m too lazy and the discounts don’t seem to be worth it. If Porsche has a 50% off sale I will go. Until then, it’s mostly showing up late in the day to get something small. I wish I was in the mainland during Christmas. It’s too warm here in Hawaii and doesn’t have the same feel. I want a white Christmas and to build a snowman. We went to DC to visit my sister at Christmas the other year but no white, just cold. The cold means hot chocolate, though, so still a good thing. I also found my old transformers that year. I had most of the original ones. They’re in my living room now even though the wife doesn’t really like them there. Says it messes with the theme. Our theme is Japanese and they’re Japanese so I don’t see the conflict. I guess that’s why I never get to pick anything out for the house. The house is really windy tonight. The howling of the wind is distracting me while I write. I really need to focus harder, but it’s hard because I’m trying to just let my thoughts flow wherever they want to for 10 minutes. Oops actually it’s been 12. I definitely need to learn how to type faster than I just did.

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