Writing Challenge 3 – 3 Fears

I am, sadly, still not up for much posting today (at least, nothing that’s particularly clever), but at least I have enough energy to do part three of MechanisticMoth’s Writing Challenge (you can find part 2 of the challenge here).

So…

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society…* MY TOP THREE FEARS!

Fear Number 1:  Flying Roaches

Cockroach of Fear
Okay, I lied. It’s scary even when it’s NOT flying.

Why?  LOOK AT IT.  Tell me that doesn’t freak you out.

Even worse, it’s HARD TO KILL.  I’m telling you, my mother, my sister, and I all are more than justified for locking ourselves in a room when there’s a roach flying or roaming around the house (*cough* hypothetically speaking).  And don’t scoff, gentlemen.  You may smirk at us as you bring out your slippers and/or insecticide sprays, but I’ve seen some of you run for the hills when these things start flying.

And when it flies against your face?  *shudder*

Fear Number 2:  The Dark

Never Alone in the Dark
Because this guy is always there. LURKING IN THE DARK.

That image says it all, really.  Anything and anyone can come get you in the quiet dark, while you’re asleep.  This is why I never sleep without the television on (don’t worry, I put it on sleep timer so it’ll turn itself off).  This is also why I try to keep all limbs on the bed/couch just in case there are boogeymen who want to pull me under.

Please don’t judge me.

Fear Number 3:  A Blank MS Word Page

Blank MS Word Page
Probably the bane of any writer.

Listen:  I’m actually supposed to be writing something important today.  I even know exactly what I’m supposed to be writing.  But, for some reason, I can’t get anything on the page.  It’s just staring at me.  Mocking.  It makes me want to break down in tears (until somebody gave me ANOTHER task, which didn’t involve any writing while making me feel productive at the same time).  So I’ve managed to escape this fear…FOR NOW.

*This line was, of course, taken from an old TV show called “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” in which adolescents of all shapes and sizes gather around a campfire and tell stories.  Yes.  I’m THAT OLD.  (Incidentally, I want to know what they throw into those campfires to make they go “whoosh” in such a dramatic fashion.  I refuse to believe it’s just sugar.)

What are YOU guys scared of?

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4 thoughts on “Writing Challenge 3 – 3 Fears

  1. I so agree with you on the roach thing. I’m scared to death of those things even when it’s a dead one. Ekk! And you’re not that old, I remember that show too 😉

  2. Well… I’d have to replace your roach with a spider. My great-grandmother told me a creepy spider story when I was six. Later that day, I freaked out when one crawled on me, and I’ve had a problem with them ever since. As an adult, I decided it was time for me to get over it, so I visited the local pet shop and asked to hold a tarantula. It was a big sucker. Bigger than my hand. I think that was the problem–I’ve held rats that weren’t that heavy, so even though it had eight legs, my mind didn’t register it as being the creature from my nightmares. I could own a pet tarantula, no problem… and still go into screaming seizures when a wolf spider skitters over the carpet.

    My second fear would probably be… people. Not ALL people. Just the ones I don’t know. And can’t trust. And wouldn’t like. I REALLY don’t want to meet those people, but here’s the question: How do you know which ones they could be??? Ah… the paranoia of it all! And yet, I’m the first person in the crowd to say, “Hi, I’m Laura. What’s your name?” What a contradiction!

    I loved your third answer. And you are right… that IS scary!

    Laura Ritchie

    1. At least you’re not afraid of ALL spiders. I seem to have no immunity to any breed of roach. 😄

      As for your contradictions…I think somewhere in the back of your mind, you know that once you get that introduction, you aren’t really strangers anymore (does that make sense?).

      And that third one…all writers face that don’t they? And it doesn’t get any less scary with practice. ^^;

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