Notes from the desk of Indigo Vales: I completed (yes? completed?) a flash fiction piece that comes from a photo prompt at my beloved HoW. I find I do very little writing that isn’t cathartic unless inspired by the prompts found there. I hope that as I increase my reading diet and continue to bend my back to the writing wheel each day, there will be less blogging and more “real” writing. It is a goal. A vague one. I haven’t actually created a publishing goal lately. Am I in a position to create and state one right now? *Notes empty coffee mug. Distracted. Will come back to that.*
In my excited state I shared the story with my spouse who said (to paraphrase) “Good writing, where’s the rest?” So now I have to decide what to do with the rest of the piece. Is there enough of a tale to tell about Volusia and her friend Darwin? Does she ever decide to get her passport and travel to Cambodia and see the temples beneath the moon? Will she stay in love with her life, her freedom, or make the biggest mistake of her life and fall in love? What happens when a young woman uproots herself from her lavish family to see what happens when she throws herself at the footsteps of the world? Um, looks like there’s a rest of the story there… But I wanted to write about Niko, who is still stuck at the bottom of a crater, grievously wounded! How will he get out? Does anything interesting happen to him if he makes it back to his village? Less of a story there, no matter how much I enjoyed writing about his dilemma.
All I know is, it’s going to be a busy day here for my family. Some life-changing times going on. I believe there’s going to be some river-sitting and beer drinking in my future this afternoon, and tonight, and tomorrow, and I shall bring the laptop along with me and see if I can coax any words to come along.
Sandra Davies said:
Spouse worth his weight in rubies, K! I’d say let publishing goals go hang and concentrate on the writing – far more enjoyable.
His typical response is “where’s the rest?” But in my time at HoW and a recent communication with one of our writers, I have learned that if I practice “short” then I’m going to be good at “short.” I want to branch out and create longer pieces. This story was 666 words (sorry, coincidence), but man it felt good to create her, and ONWARD! I could not ONWARD but for the talents that arrive at HoW, you and your offspring, be sure!!!!