It is raining and thundering again in Chicago this morning, and more wetness and cool temperatures are forecasted for the rest of the day, so I’m feeling rather un-summery and am thinking it’s the right day for this writing exercise. A friend inspired me to think of verbs that capture hot when he used the word “skewer” recently to describe my daughter’s ability to decimate opponents in arguments. That word “skewer” struck me as such a strong verb that I thought it might be a good exercise, given that summer will be upon us, even in Chicago, to think of verbs that capture hot. I started this list, help me to add to it:

blister
burn
scorch
sear
skewer
steam