Jun. 16th, 2008

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He stood in front of the mirror, the pale light from a single bulb shedding over the bruise spreading beneath his left eye. He twined the skein of balbriggan around right his hand, once, twice, three times, until it was a thick, firm wad of fabric that would protect his knuckles. He flexed his fingers and folded them into a fist around the padding. He punched the heel of his left hand, a sharp jab to make sure the wrapping was tight and secure. Then he looked at the mirror again. "Never again," he whispered, and with another sharp jab, punched out the glass.

balbriggan (bal-BRIG-uhn) noun
A knitted, unbleached cotton fabric, used in hosiery and underwear.
[After Balbriggan, a town near Dublin in Ireland, where it was first made.]
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I shouldn't do this to myself, but I'm going to anyway. Remember, how [livejournal.com profile] jaylake used to keep his [livejournal.com profile] storywords journal, taking a word each day and writing a quick little piece around it? Back in March I started to do this with a separate LJ devoted to the purpose. Then I stopped, started and stopped again. A couple of days ago I started again. I'm going public with it now to keep myself honest, to make myself keep going. If I set up a public expectation for myself, maybe I'll keep doing it, and push myself into writing again. So that's what I'm going to do. Posting this here and over at my public, personal journal. We'll see what happens.
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Since this all started with [livejournal.com profile] jaylake's community, and since I contributed to that community every now and then, I'm adding here links to all of those contributions in the interests of completeness.


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