Friday, October 17, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Long

I'm very excited again this week to join a talented group of women bloggers in an online, unedited flash mob free write. This week, the word-prompt given to us by our fearless leader Kate Motaung (whose wonderful blog can be found at is "long". My timer is set for 5 minutes; ready, set,


I have to admit that when I saw this week's word, I almost didn't participate. "Long"? I just didn't have a clue what to write. Where to start.

"Long" can be a verb, of course. What do I long for? More time with my son and daughter, more peace with my work situation, a new job in a new town with a better climate (to me, better is more moderate), a stronger & more personal relationship with my Lord and Savior, a close group of friends to do things with on a regular basis, toned arms (no more bat wings), personal peace.

"Long: can also be an adjective relating to time. What things do I long (sorry, couldn't resist) to be long? Walks on the beach, visits with my children, a healthy lifespan for my children and for myself, talks with close friends, time to write, time away from my job.

How else can "long" be used?  Hmmmm . . .

Oh, it can also be an adjective in respect to the length of something. Hmm . . . oh, I'd love for some of my favorite books with my favorite characters to be longer. I hate to lay them down, to leave my friends on a shelf. My hair. Every time I get it almost to the length I want, it drives me crazy and I impetuously have it cut . . . again. But growing it out is only 1/2 of the issue -- I need to know how to fix it once I get there. lol

Now I know how my students feel when, for a free write session to start off class, I give them a word they struggle with. Will the 5 minutes ever end? Please . . . tick, tock. I long for the timer to

And mercifully, it did . . . the timer buzzed, and I could stop. This was a long (once again, I couldn't resist) 5 minutes for me. :)



  1. You did it! So many meanings from the word "long." It's a great exercise in writing, isn't it? We're FMF neighbors this week! Nice to meet you!

    Christy @ A Heartening Life

  2. Hi Christy!

    I'm a FMF newbie and I am making the rounds of the blogs that participated. Some posts were all "long" compared to mine haha because like you, I also had a difficult time thinking what to write about the prompt. :) Glad to have joined, though, and I look forward to writing more FMF posts. :)


  3. I want those really wonderful books to go longer, too. I hear you. Love your ramblings! A FMF friend.

  4. I'm so glad you stopped by, Gabriele.

  5. Welcome to FMF, Lynai!! I'm a newbie as well. I joined about a month ago and then was "gone" a week or two, and I really missed participating and being part of the group. I will definitely check out your post this week. :)

  6. Nice meeting you, Christy! I was so stuck that all I could think of to do was think of the various meanings. lol I'm hoping for an easier word this week. :)