One Man’s Trash…

As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another one’s treasure.”  Anyone who wants to dumpster dive in my trash this week is bound to find a bounty of old make up.  Some of it never used, but it was several years old.  And even as I looked longingly at the never opened capsule of lipstick, I had to remind myself that if that color was so awesome, how come I never used it.  Plus it had been through at least one move.  Yeah, so not putting THAT on my lips.

Anyhow, writing prompts are the topic for this week, so I decided to use yesterday’s bathroom drawer as inspiration for my writing prompt.  All you hoarder types will have a wealth to choose from.  You obsessive neat freaks might have a bit of trouble, but if you’ve ever helped someone else clean out a drawer, fridge, closet or garage, you can find something to talk about.

Here’s your prompt:  Imagine you are a CSI agent and have stumbled across a garbage bag filled with items which came from someone’s decluttering efforts.  How could someone have committed a crime with those objects?  (You neat freaks may be declaring that someone having THAT much makeup is a crime in and of itself.)  What is in the bag?  How could someone have died from this evidence?  Give yourself extra points if your CSI-style story is more fitting for a sketch on Saturday Night Live.  (Trust me, they need the help.)  On your mark…Get set….GO!

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Young Adult fiction writer
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7 Responses to One Man’s Trash…

  1. jeff7salter says:

    This is a cool prompt.
    Let’s see. I think the portion of evidence I discovered were obviously the contents of a bathroom medicine cabinet. The usual stuff like cotton balls, band-aids, disposable razors (used & un-used), wrinkled (nearly empty) tube of toothpaste, travel-size shaving cream, and five bottles of sleeping pills! The pill bottles appear full — tho I can’t count them til I get back to the CSI lab — and they are sequential in date. An original Rx and 4 refills.
    But why none taken? Or, why none taken YET?
    Did this individual change his/her mind about needing them? So why get the refills?
    Or … saving them up for one big finale. Maybe suicide?
    Or, much more likely, MURDER!
    But murder of whom?
    Probably the neighbor with the dog that keeps pooping on his/her lawn…
    Or … the 3rd cousin (twice removed) who keeps the family name in the papers for horrendous crimes — though he somehow avoids prison.


    • Micki Gibson says:

      Thanks for the compliment, Jeff! Coming up with writing prompts is always a struggle, but then I have to remind myself that’s the easy part. Not sure why I decided to take the crime route, but it’s amazing how creative some of y’all can get. I like how you didn’t go for the obvious with the sleeping pills. Thanks for stopping in! 🙂


  2. tonettejoyce says:

    Dang, Micki,this is good…and a challenge!
    (SNL DOES need help big-time, but not from me today,I think!)
    There was a stack of boxes marked “DAV Pick-up” next to the garage and a sign at the mailbox that read “SUV 4Sale: Inquire within”. Next to that at the curb were more trash bags than usual.
    The black one had been torn open by the next-door neighbor’s terrier, and the story was clear;the man wouldn’t need his SUV anymore, nor his clothing in the boxes. His shaving articles, his toothbrush, his Soap-on-a-rope,his few trophies and papers from his desk, were strewn about, and with them, a lacy red thong 3 sizes smaller than the lady in the house could wear. The agent smiled and now he’d better get that search warrant fast to chase the handyman’s pickup truck before the man could dump the sealed galvanized trash can wherever the woman looking out the window paid him to lose it.
    (Hey,I am going to do something with this!)


  3. tonettejoyce says:

    Thanks…I’m kind of afraid of where that came from so suddenly!


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