Aloha and welcome to Day 5! I'm Tamara and I'm giving you the next prompt. I hope you've been enjoying your OctPoWriMo so far. Let's keep this thing going!
Today's topic: while I was pacing the floor.
I don't often pace. I'm more of a tapper or a leg shaker when I have excess energy. I'll pace for a moment and then quickly start washing dishes or cleaning something. Just something to try to focus my mind and my body. The apartment never seems big enough for pacing.
When I saw this prompt, I thought about trying to lose a problem, but never getting rid of it. It's dogging my steps. Sticking to me like a shadow.
Try brainstorming when was the last time you paced. Did you pace alone? What was the trigger? Is it nervous energy? Is it trying to physically emulate what's happening inside? While you're pacing, are you thinking, or are you just concentrating on moving? Was there something that was dogging your steps?
shadows walk with me
keeping the pace
between then and now
moving to breathe
pacing happy thoughts
Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia, where she began writing poetry at the age of 12. She published her first poetry collection, The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman in 2014 and is working on her first fiction novel due out in winter 2016. She is the Editor of The Reverie Journal, a poetry publication. She also moderates #writestuff a weekly writing Twitter chat. You can find her on Twitter here. She works as a full-time freelance writer and doesn’t post nearly enough her blog PenPaperPad. She creates videos about books and writing on her YouTube channel. She is a hillbilly hermit in Honolulu living with her Mathemagician.