The Collection: Swimmingly

This week’s prompt, set by Charli Mills, at Carrot Ranch was to write a story in 99 words (no more, no less) as indicated below:

September 5, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the word, “swimmingly.” which means “smoothly or satisfactorily.” What is the situation? Who is involved? Let the word take you into a story. Go where the prompt leads!

This pedometer geek writer came up with following story:

My Writing Process

When the writing prompt is posted, I start thinking about what to write. Ideas are considered and rejected.  Once an idea comes, I write until what I wanted to convey is expressed.

Then I edit, removing irrelevant words to reduce the number. Sometimes the prompt doesn’t resonate at all. This is one of those prompts.

Still, it kept nudging me, making me hyper-aware. I’d read something and the prompt would appear in it. Some television programs used the word. I heard people say it, and eventually I decided to allow it to dictate this post, and it did, swimmingly.

~Nancy Brady, 2022

As hard as may be to believe, this writer either saw or heard the word, swimmingly, several times in the past week, and it’s not a word I hear often.

I am sure that the rest of the Word Wranglers over at Carrot Ranch will have some impressive stories. Check out the Swimmingly Collection at (and don’t forget to wear your water wings).

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About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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14 Responses to The Collection: Swimmingly

  1. JC home says:

    Very well done. I really like how you fit the word in there at the end. You like the challenge and that shows. Keep it up. Always a pleasure.

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  2. I liked reading about your writing process and glad all is going swimmingly.

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  3. Jules says:

    There are no coincedences… So some believe.
    Glad things went ‘swimmingly’. 😉

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  4. Cleverly done, and it’s done, with that word having the last word. Fun!

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  5. JC, I believe in the power of “cheerleading,” that is supporting other writers. Sometimes I don’t do it so well, but you certainly do. You are a WordPress cheerleader extraordinaire! ~nan


  6. Norah says:

    Well done, Nan. It’s funny what we notice when it’s been drawn to our attention, isn’t it?


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