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For this month's writing prompt write a scene using the following sentence to start;

The streets were deserted. Where was everyone? Where had they all gone?

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PostSubject: November's Writing Prompt   November 1st 2009, 3:03 pm

The days are longer and colder and we are in the middle of fall. But what exactly is fall?

Let us know what autumn means to you and share the beauty of leaves turning color.

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PostSubject: Re: November's Writing Prompt   December 2nd 2009, 7:07 pm

Oh! I just love the trees changing color. I'm a tree fan big time myself, and I love them all! Creepy looking ones are the best in my opinion the kind that you see in graveyards with no leaves haha. But when the trees turn color, it marks the official approach of Halloween and Christmas the holidays and they are the best time of year, hands down!

The air smells different (cleaner, somehow), people seem nicer (or is that just me?), and the days get brisker (man, I hate heat!).

To me, autumn means the best and most beautiful part of the year, and something to celebrate!
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PostSubject: Re: November's Writing Prompt   December 2nd 2009, 8:21 pm

Well I'm not quite sure about the people being nicer, because when the time comes where the holidays - in this case meaning Christmas - are only a few weeks away, everyone gets stressed out. You can tell that with the traffic on the streets and the stores packed with people. Everyone seems to be in a hurry. That's at least how it seems to me.

I do agree with you about the different smelling air. The days get colder and the air fresher. I do not care for those very hot days either, am a fall winter guy myself.

I like to say the way a tree changes. With a full coat to nothing but branches. Very nice.

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