My friend Author Erika Kind nominated me to take the Freestyle Writing Challenge. Euro-girl Erika (who lives near the place I write about below) is a ball of cosmic energy with a delightful blog site. Check it out!
Rules of the Challenge
- Open a blank document.
- Set a timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever length you prefer.
- Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!
- Nominate others to take the Challenge.
And drum roll, please…
…the topic Erika assigned me was…
My Best Vacation Ever
I’d had a rather half-baked conversion in my mid-20s. Not that it wasn’t real, just that it was still going on.
As a newbie college theatre professor, I’d taken a group of students to study acting in England with Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley, Albert Finney, and other members of the Royal Shakespeare Company (amazing group, eh?).
After the students flew home, I hitchhiked over to the Continent for a long-hoped-for spiritual retreat at L’Abri, the community founded by Francis Schaeffer in the Swiss Alps.
I arrived hungry to have my spiritual questions answered and discovered that the community was on its official annual housekeeping retreat—not one of the teachers, including Dr. Schaeffer, was in town!
Cranky, and quickly running out of money, I rented a mattress in a hayloft at a local pig farm (charming, eh?), and soon found a dozen other spiritual/intellectual misfits like myself from all over the world who’d arrived the same day. They were even hungrier (spiritually) and more lost than I was.
So I spent the next two nights teaching ad hoc Bible lessons around a bonfire on a Swiss mountainside, answering their questions as best I could. We argued, laughed, bonded, and worshiped sweetly but unorthodoxly until late each night.
When I took the train to Paris three days later, I felt inexplicably fulfilled. My questions hadn’t been answered.
And yet, they had.
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Word count: 243
Time: 10 minutes, plus a few extra to edit (typos keep me awake at night)
And my nominees are:
- The Screenplay of Life Chronicles
- The Earl of Southampton’s Cat
- The Feathered Sleep
- Intrepid Muses
- Joy Indestructable
- Squid’s Cup of Tea
- Tutons Tubas and Other Tales
- Memoir Notes
- Charlotte Hunt
Nominees (assuming you accept the Challenge): Get ready with your timer, then scroll down to see your topic.
And your topic is…
The Book (or Books) That Changed My Life
Have fun, be brief, and dig deep (but briefly). Did I mention you should be brief?