Exercise originally written on June 10, 2009

The following was written in 10 minutes from the writing prompt: “I shook my head and said, ‘Exactly what part of his weekend seemed like a good idea!” There has been no editing and the piece is in it’s raw state: repetitious words and all.


John and Amy had been planning this camping trip for months. A location they had never been to was bound to be an adventure. Though they were newlyweds they decided to give John’s younger brother Ted a treat and bring him along.

Amy went tent camping like her mother did — everything but the kitchen sink plus two large dogs. Just living outdoors for three days was rough enough for her.

The trio had lucked out and been able to borrow the 24 foot boat that belonged to John’s boss. After setting up the campsite they decided to put the boat in the water and try it out. Upon arriving back at the shore with the boat they tied two dogs up to a big, old tree and headed out for a swim. The three had barely gotten into the water when the dogs began yelping. Running back, John and Ted discovered the dogs surrounded by a couple dozen hornets. Braving the stings they strode in and set the dogs free.

After arriving back at the campsite the guys set about soothing the dogs’ and their own stings while Amy cooked dinner. Instead of ants for pests they had another visitation of hornets, And so the weekend went.

On  Sunday they packed up all their gear and went down to the lake to pull the boat out of the water. As John backed the truck down the long, steep boat ramp he saw a stream of liquid running down from where he had just come. The transmission fluid — all gone. The truck was stuck at the bottom of the ramp — immovable.

John had had it. He shook his head and frustratedly exclaimed, “Exactly what part of this weekend seemed like a good idea!”

Now it’s your turn. Please take up the challenge use the prompt to write your own 10-minute exercise. Then post it here as a comment or send it to me at NicRaith@yahoo.com. Happy writing!


About torimcrae

Tori is a good writer aspiring to be a great writer. The mother of four adult kids she is currently pursuing postponed dreams. She enjoys her grandkids, traveling with hubby, spinning fiber, weaving, and raising Shih Tzus. Currently Tori posts to this blog on Mondays and Fridays.
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