Monday, 12 March 2012

March 2012 AW Blog Chain Post!

So, I had so much fun in Feb with this (even though I went over the word limit - oops!) that I've signed up for another month of it. At the bottom of the post you'll find a direct link to each of the other posts made this month by other AWers!

This month the prompt is Rainy Days. I didn't really know where this prompt would take me, and was surprised with where I ended up, even though I still don't like it. I don't really write to be told I'm perfect, so feel free to crit my writing if you so desire - no need to be gentle with me :) So without further ado...

Write wherever the prompt inspires you. It can be fiction or non-fiction, all wet or high and dry, mushy mud or hard-packed earth. If you want to go with snow, hail, boiling hellrain, biblical frograin, or some other kind of precipitation, knock yourself out.

I sat by the window and stared out at the rain. The thick sheets made it impossible to see all the way across the yard, but it didn't matter. There wasn't much to look at anyway. Especially today. Today it would be slick with mud, torrents of water washing away what little lawn we had. I had. What little lawn I had. It was the first day that it had rained since he'd left. I was thankful for the rain, despite it's dreary misery. For the first time since I'd lost him, the weather finally matched my mood.

It wasn't long ago, that the sun had shined down on our meager backyard as we lay together, snoozing in the afternoon sunshine, bellies full and hearts warm. Those were the days that sunshine was intended for. Fingers laced with those of a lover, happy, worry free. Now, as the rain pummeled the glass in front of me, I thought bitterly of those days I'd once had. No more would my hands feel the rough warmth of his as he held my tiny fingers tightly in his huge ones.

As I sat and watched the rain, I didn't cry, sob or lose control. I just felt empty and hopeless. I welcomed the rain, for it shrouded me from the outside world, keeping me to myself, a barrier of grey sheets separating me from the people that still had what I lost. I didn't think I'd end up staying in the house, where too many beautiful memories lanced my heart with every scent of oak, every creak of the stairs and howl of the wind. Too many years we'd spent together in this house, welcoming the sun and shunning rainy days. Those were the days we cursed, but ended up cuddling on the couch or spending the day in bed making love.

Now all days seemed endless. I welcomed the rain, it seemed a part of me, the only part I was willing to hold onto as I moved on from the memories that tortured me.


Holy crap that was a bag of... well anyway, I didn't quite go where I thought I would and still don't love the piece, I think it's too choppy changey. Let me know what you think harshly if you so desire :)

Best of luck to you all, and be sure to check out the fellow bloggers by using the links below!

Participants and posts:
orion_mk3 - (link to this month's post)Bogna - (link to this month's post)
Ralph Pines - (link to this month's post)
pyrosama - (link to this month's post)
Nissie - (link to this month's post)
Lyra Jean - (link to this month's post)
Domoviye - (link to this month's post)
magicmint - (link to this month's post)
areteus - (link to this month's post)
julzperri - (link to this month's post)
hillaryjacques - (link to this month's post)AFord - (link to this month's post)
randi.lee - (link to this month's post)
J. W. Alden - (link to this month's post)
SuzanneSeese - (link to this month's post)
Turndog-Millionaire - (link to this month's post)
Tomspy77 - (link to this month's post)
ronbwriting - (link to this month's post) 


  1. Loved it! While I was reading it, I was thinking, "Oh no! How am I going to build this child up after this?!"

    Then, at the end, I had to laugh.

    However! I'd been there before, many years ago, sheltered and warm, the rain coming down in sheets, just as you described. The only thing missing was the rest of the world, because I was alone. Damn did it feel good! lol

    Thanks for bringing back some dear memories.

    1. Aw I'm so glad! Haha I love writing that brings back memories, I'm so happy that I could have done that for you :) Thank you.

  2. It was a bit of a downer, but I still liked it! And I tend not to like downers, so you must have done something right. ;)

    Well written, says I.

    1. Thanks! I tend to like writing downers more than reading them, so I'm glad you liked it!

  3. Intimate as I am with deep depression, I know exactly how this felt. Which was cathartic in its own way. Well done.

    1. Thanks :) I'm glad I could get what I wanted across - that raw feeling.

  4. Beautifully written, Julz. Your apt descriptions set a life like scene, leaving me feeling as if I was watching a movie. Keep polishing your gift.

  5. I enjoyed this very much (although it did make me sad.) You have the ability to vividly describe emotion. This talent allows me to almost completely feel what the character is feeling. Nicely done!

    1. Thanks! I had a lot of fun writing it (is that sick?)

  6. I liked reading this a lot! So sad, but also so very wonderfully written.... I'm not a big fan of rain, but you got the somber mood down perfectly.

  7. What a great use of the theme to build atmosphere and enhance the scene! Thanks, I enjoyed it.

    1. Once again Blogger hates me, so I have to make my comment as a piggyback on someone else's :)

      You did a nice job of matching dreary atmosphere with equally dreary feelings. I'd like to know what drove the MC away from their beau--seems like a story there, hopefully not an autobiographical one!

    2. I'm going to piggyback with Orion because I can't get the comments to work for me either.
      Nicely done Debbie Downer! LOL!
      Seriously I loved the post.

  8. I agree with the other comments. The description works well to describe her emotion and the physical elements, and of course they tie together so neatly. I would have enjoyed to read more. Good job!

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you thought they tied together, I felt like it was all over the place :)