Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday Centus - My Worst Nightmare


Saturday Centus time once again. This is a great little writing exercise hosted every week by the fabulous Jenny Matlock at Off On My Tangent. A simple premise, take a writing prompt provided by our lovely hostess and add 100 words or less to make a story. Sounds simple, but it's not as easy as it seems!
After the shake up last week, I was terrified that we were going to have to write a Western! But no, back to our normal program, with this week's prompt being provided by Sami.

This week's prompt:

Somewhere over the rainbow...

And my take on the prompt:


Why had I listened to the girls? A lark, they said. Totally out of character for you, the class bookworm. Worse case scenario? Feeding lines to giggling girls or a small part as a munchkin. But this? Had Mrs. M lost her mind? 30 years of trying to coax talent out of hordes of hormonal teenagers had finally pushed her over the edge!
Looking at the audience from the wings, my stomach rolled. No salvation there. A full house. Wobbling into the spotlight in those stupid red heels, I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and opened my mouth.
Somewhere over the rainbow...


30 comments:

Bookie said...

Nice job...sure can feel the girl's angst!

Cheryl said...

Sweet post. Yes I do believe someone has gone round the bend.

Tina said...

Loved this one. You set the scene so vividly I could feel her emotions clearly. Great job!

Tracy said...

Brilliant well done

jfb57 said...

Excellent! I can feel your heart thumping!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Kat, you constantly amaze me. You are so good at this. Wow. I felt like I was there and could feel your anxiety. Great job. Hope you are having a super day. Hugs, Marty

Sue said...

GREAT job! And it rang true, ruby slippers and all.

=)

xinex said...

Cute story! Thanks for praying for my friend and her family, Kat...Christine

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

BRAVO!! Kat great job of it...this is something I could never do ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Viki said...

I'm sure there are a lot of reluctant people that perform in high school. I really liked this take on the prompt. Good job.

jeff campbell said...

Such a wonderful, in the moment story...well crafted...Peace and blessings

My name is PJ. said...

The nerves - that's me. I could feel them because I've experienced them. So well captured.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, I love it, Kat! I can picture you in pig tails and a blue dress with ruby slippers! You really do have a wonderful talent! And I loved seeing the gardens...gorgeous! There is really a little of everything reflected there, isn't there? How fun to be able to spend th eday! I hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Tgoette said...

This was awesome, Kat! I could sense the terror. Another fine job this week!

cj Schlottman said...

Anyone who has ever experienced stage fright can relate to this charming post. Funny, I had terrible nightmares when I had to play piano or sing, but the stage gave me permission to by someone else. I loved it!

Thanks.....................cj

Jane said...

Stage fright...yikes! I could never get through a piano recital without hyper-ventilating. But when I was on stage...no problem. I guess because I was no longer "me". I was that character... I also rarely feel nervous when I have to speak to a group...oftentimes hundreds of women. I wonder why......

Thanks for sharing the info re: Blue Bell French Vanilla for root beer floats. Marty says..."Be still my heart...and where's the root beer?"
Hugs,
Jane (artfully graced)

BECKY said...

Oh, I'm so glad I stopped by, even though I'm not participating this week. I LOVED this!! Fabulous, dahhhling!! :)

Bonnie said...

Hi Kat, jump in! The water's fine.

I loved the pics you took of the park I especially loved the Japanese garden and how adorable that the little tortoise crossed your path.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comments. I loved this old house. It has good vibes.

Take care, Bonnie

xinex said...

Thanks for your prayers, Kat. It is much needed. The family just cannot get over the sudden loss...Christine

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow - great scene you have there. I wished it could go on! How do you do that???? Linda

Mumsy said...

I got nervous just to read this..I can feel her anxiety! Wonder post, Kat..

DesignTies said...

You really and truely are good at this, Kat!! So when will you write your novel ;-)

Happy to hear that you liked my ResinArt project... I enjoyed creating them so much that I have another couple of photos to work on ;-)

Victoria

Melissa Miller said...

Kathy you are a gifted writer. Amazing job!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Kat, I love it! I didn't know where you were taking this, and I love that you incorporated the theme song as her part in the play. The wobbly red heels I loved, too! Perfect. You really do a great job with these. :-)

Thank you for the birthday wishes. I am currently preparing to call Triple A. I have a dead car battery. What is it with me and machines this week??? They know we are having company. ;-)

XO,

Sheila

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Kathy, you really ARE a writer. It is so hard to get your reader to visualize something in less than 100words (at least in my very wordy opinion!), but you have done it. I could feel the fear! Great writing! laurie

Malisa said...

I have been a theatre director for 30 years now! Your character was one of those students I kept my "earp bucket" backstage for! Puke and perform! :)

I just posted my contribution for the week. Please join me at my blog!

Malisa

Tina said...

dread those moments from my school days. prob still couldnt do it now though - especially singing lol.

Im a little late posting from last week. Hope you can still stop by. Thanks :)

http://www.mummy-diaries.com/2010/07/saturday-centus-chasing-rainbows.html

Jenny said...

You sing it girl!

I loved this.

I can totally relate to this experience...almost exactly.

I love the way you wove fear and nervousness through this perfect little gem of a story.

Terra said...

Feeling anothers feelings as I read. Priceless.

easternsparkle said...

Woo hoo!! Great image there!