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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Day 6: Mapping Out Writing Time: Dangle the Carrot

Sometimes, no matter how good the intentions, you need a little bit of a nudge--a reward--if you will, to get in the right mind set. PB needed a break from me and since for the first time I had NO children around, I finally did what I HATE most to do when surrounded by my angels.

I went shopping.

What an experience! I forgot what it was like to browse in stores and came back home a new woman. Especially as I discovered the LUSH vegan handmade lotions. What a godsend! No dairy or egg! Safe for Ninja Girl, as long as there are no nut ingredients. Most of you are probably scratching your head, wondering what on earth I'm writing about.

Did you know many beauty products (soaps, shampoos/conditioners, lotions, makeup, etc.) contain some derivative of milk, egg, or nuts? Label reading extends to all products that enter our household. It's an eye-opening experience--it's disappointing to walk away from all the shiny new potions that promise to make me much younger and improved to read all the chemical ingredients, in fine print, on things we eat or put on our skin. Do we really need to put things like 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead and other heavy metals on our body? I don't think so.

It was a treat to read the LUSH product labels--most of the ingredients are natural organics and as for the synthetic ingredients, they are far less than what's in most labels. Made me so happy I treated my girls (and me) to a couple lovely potions. Now I can't stop smelling my hands, the scent is so wonderful. Ahhh!

But, I can write. Time to focus on some sensory details.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Time to reward your protagonist. Write a scene where your protagonist gets a break from the conflict and refuels before the next crisis hits. How comfortable is your protagonist with the treat? Still on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop? Or totally immersed in the good times? Happy Writing!

3 comments:

Nowheymama said...

Hmm. I'll have to give a birthday hint about LUSH....

Vivian said...

Sarah,
It's a lovely treat. Hope you get a chance to enjoy!

Jennie said...

I love LUSH! It's kinda funny, but it took them *forever* to open in the US because they're so natural the FDA kept classifying their products as food.