In this series, I will take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and craft a short piece of creative writing around it. My goal is to embrace the meaning of the word in some unique way, all the while trying out different styles, rhythms and characterizations. It is as much an exercise in creativity as it is an exploration of grammar. Enjoy!
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By Alex Seise
And when the wanderlust caught like a shower of sparks rained down on a pile of dry cotton and sallow summer hay, he walked. For miles he trekked, destination unknown save for a desire for stark quietude. The city was no place for tranquil meditation; the young man craved a shady glen deep in the nearby forest where he could read an old book, stare off into the sky and nap peacefully without the drone of civilization sending his dendrites racing. Whether such a place existed was beyond him; but he vowed to search until he could be certain, or until his legs gave out. Whichever came first, he thought, be it ecstasy or exhaustion.