Ten O’Clock Scholar – picture prompt


For the next few weeks, I’m stepping away from romance and working on something new, Ten O’Clock Scholar. In this story, Peggy, a mother of two young boys, decides to go back to college and get her Interior Design degree. The only problem with her plan is a reluctant husband. Peggy soon learns what it’s like trying to complete homework assignments, draw plans, and take required home tours while maintaining a home and caring for two little ones – with no support and a lot of opposition from hubby. Will she survive and achieve her dreams? Or will the struggles and arguments undermine her and make her give up? Stay tuned and read along as we find out.

This week we’re writing to a picture prompt. Picture prompt weeks are quick reading, as we’re only allowed a 300 word snippet.

Enjoy this week’s story snippet, then return to Tuesday Tales for more delightful reading.


Textiles, History of Western Architecture, Space Planning, Lighting, Design Studio; the class requirements for an Interior Design major beckoned from the inky pages. Peggy ran her finger down the list, stopping at the classes that appealed to her. She couldn’t wait to get to some of the fun classes. But, she knew that she’d have to start with the preliminary classes first. “Introduction to Interior Design,” she read aloud and groaned. “I want to get to the good stuff.” She spoke aloud as if she weren’t sitting in the living room by herself.

A few of the classes were intimidating. Introduction to Lighting and CAD for Interior Design were two programs she’d love to skip. Unfortunately, they were both subjects she’d need to have knowledge of it she wanted to pursue this career field.

Could she do it? Could she complete the entire program while taking care of the house and her family? She wasn’t entirely sure. It was one thing to have a dream and the desire to follow it. Knowing whether or not she could achieve her dream was something else entirely.

She flipped to the pages tucked in the back of the catalog. One sheet outlined the courses she’d need – forty eight units if she took the required and the recommended classes. Another page had the general education requirements, another eighteen units. Did she want to go for the whole Associates Degree, or just tackle the classes for her certificate and get out of school quicker?

Unable to decide at that moment, she dropped the school catalog down beside her and reached for the Architectural Digest laying on the table next to the sofa. Leafing through the glossy pages, she browsed through the elegant rooms full of polished parquet floors, stunning stained glass windows and ornate stairways.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mhsusannematthews
    Feb 21, 2017 @ 13:10:45

    Great snippet. I admire her ambition. Raising a family and going to school is tough enough when you have a supportive husband, but with one like hers … No wonder she’s nervous about all the classes she needs.


  2. Vicki Locey
    Feb 21, 2017 @ 21:34:05

    What a great excerpt!


  3. Flossie Benton Rogers
    Feb 22, 2017 @ 23:51:45

    This picture prompt was perfect for your heroine’s choice of new career path. Great job!


  4. Tricia
    Feb 27, 2017 @ 21:25:40

    I wanted to hug her, tell her I believed in her and offer to help her with her homework. Great job!


  5. jeanjoachim
    Feb 28, 2017 @ 12:50:56

    I love going through this process with her. I feel her indecision and reluctance to get in too deep into school, taking course she might not like or be able to master. I love your writing.


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