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Prompt #79 Surprise!

Surprises are a part of life whether you love them or hate them. Some surprises are planned by well-meaning loved ones. We offer gifts wrapped. We jump out at one another from behind furniture in unlit rooms after days of cryptic talk and avoidance. We hide engagement rings and stage elaborate and theatrical events all to make a moment unforgettable. Sometimes we play pranks on each other some mean-spirited, some funny, some juvenile pleas for affection. Even prearranged surprises can go awry for better or worse.

Sometimes people surprise us by changing or expressing a view we’d not anticipated. Sometimes life surprises us. Some of these surprises are positive winning the lottery, getting pregnant after years of unsuccessful attempts, the remission of a long-standing seemingly indomitable disease. Some of these surprises are unwanted an unexpected illness, a loss of employment, car problems.

Surprises teach us a lot about ourselves because they force us to wake up, stand up, grow up, let go. They invoke emotional responses laughter, tears of joy, tears of remorse, shrieks of terror, shrieks of delight. Surprises penetrate our armor. As writers we take advantage of surprise tactics to get a reaction from our readers plot twists, strongly worded/antagonistic declarations, grotesque metaphors and so on.

For this week’s prompt you can either attempt to “shock” your readers or you can write about the theme itself. Surprises are on my mind lately because Isadora just had a birthday and mine is one the way.

About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded.

22 comments on “Prompt #79 Surprise!

  1. mindlovemisery
    November 2, 2014

    Sorry for the delay my computer was not cooperating this morning

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  4. georgeplace2013
    November 2, 2014

    This is a true story – thankfully not mine:}

  5. phylor
    November 2, 2014

    Aah, yet another novemberite! my list keeps getting longer!

    • mindlovemisery
      November 2, 2014

      Nov 8 what about you?

      • phylor
        November 2, 2014

        Nov 6
        Friend today
        Hubby Nov 5
        Landlord Nov 7
        Friend Nov 12
        Grandfathers: Nov. 4 and 6
        and so it goes!

      • mindlovemisery
        November 2, 2014

        I have some relatives in November as well XD

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  7. julespaige
    November 2, 2014

    Your prompt helped to move Sonja along…

    Happy Birthday November Folks!!!
    I have a niece on Nov. 3rd.

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  11. LauraALord
    November 3, 2014

    I had so much fun trying to make this a surprise 😀 http://historyofawoman.com/2014/11/03/procure-break-up/

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  13. Prajakta
    November 4, 2014

    So yay! I am November as well 😀 Nov 22. My dad is Nov4 (today!) and sister Nov 1! Love this month

    • mindlovemisery
      November 4, 2014

      Me too =) I have cousins, a grandmother, a father in law, and of course me.

      You have the same birthday as my grandmother XD

      • Prajakta
        November 5, 2014

        Ah! Now this is brilliant 😀 November is the month of birthdays

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