Writing 101, Day Two

Today’s Prompt: If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

So, this one didn’t have a time limit, so I’m going with my normal ten minute sprint.

If I could be anywhere at all right now?  Pittsburgh.  I know, it’s not exotic, and it’s not far away, but it’s my favorite place in the world.  I got a chance to explore some more of my favorite city over Christmas.  My mother in law got tickets to a musical event at Heinz Hall, thinking that my older daughter wouldn’t be with us that night.  Plans changed, and she was.  We couldn’t get an extra ticket, but I saw a Starbucks across the street.  Now, understand that I live in a very small town, and I am sometimes a hipster.  I love Starbucks and we don’t have one in my little town of Butler.  So, I jumped on the chance to go write there while my family saw the show.

I wrote a whole new prolog for Broken Patterns.  And I looked around at all of the people.  There was just so much life there, so much going on.  Tired college students working on their studies, a couple sitting way too close to each other, parents trying to have some quiet time while their kids munched on some huge cookies.

After the show, back out on the streets, there was a girl doing a fire eating show, trying to make some extra money for school.  Did you know there’s this great place in Pittsburgh called the Cathedral of Learning?  It’s like a massive castle, and it’s open all the time for the college students to go study in.  Situated in the middle of the campuses, it’s like a dream of a mage acadamy.  Oh, and there’s a little coffee bar on the second floor that sells snacks.  If I could be anywhere at the speed of light right now, I’d be there.  I’d be sipping a coffee, typing this up.  Well, I’ve got the writing and the coffee (Starbucks house blend, I buy it in bean form and grind it myself,)  But I don’t have the Cathedral.  That’s my favorite place on Earth, I’ll tell you that.  If you ever get a chance to visit, do it.

Oh, and the park right in the middle of the three rivers, with the huge fountain?  You know, the one so big they had to install a special meter that lowers the water on windy days so it doesn’t hit the nearby buildings, and kids play in the outer ring in the summer.

Did I mention that in Pittsburgh you can find people fishing in the rivers in good weather?  Just fishing, in the middle of the city. Yeah, that’s how we roll here.

That’s the end of my ten minutes.  See you tomorrow.

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