by C.K. Thomas
Did you ever have an idea for a writing project that didn’t gel for many years? I did. I do. It’s still a foggy idea, but recently I was thinking, What if?
What if I posted photos from my file of forgotten places and asked any writers out there to write a 1,000 word story to go with a photo of their choice? Then, one day, maybe possibly publish a book of short, short stories to go with the photos. There might be more than one story to go with the same photo! Wouldn’t it be fun to see the varied ways writers were inspired by the same photo? I think it would be fascinating, even if we only ever read them aloud to each other at a gathering. What do you think?
You’re right (write), there’s no reward except for the one you experience by writing a roughly two-page story.
If you want to participate, just email your story to me, and I’ll compile them in some form. If nothing else, it will be good writing practice. No worries. You keep the rights and maybe give me one-time rights to use your story in whatever form this project might take.
I’ll be absolutely thrilled to receive even one story from even one of you!
Here are a few words written about a “forgotten place” by my husband.
Happier Times by Frank Del Monte
The children . . . that’s what it missed . . . the little ones, running, playing, laughing; hiding under it, climbing on it; making it everything from a fort to a spaceship. And when their parents called them from play, eating on it, dripping ketchup and mustard and spilling their drinks. The sweet, sticky colas and teas soaking its wood leaving stains that gave it character.
But most of all it missed the babies, the little ones, sleeping in their carriers, depending on it to provide strength and security while they slumbered.
Yeah, that’s what it missed the most.
The children . . . in those happier days . . .
Forgotten Places Photo Splash
C.K. Thomas lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Before retiring, she worked for Phoenix Newspapers while raising three children and later as communications editor for a large United Methodist Church. The Storm Women is her fourth novel and the third in the Arrowstar series about adventurous women of the desert Southwest. Follow her blog: We-Tired and Writing Blog.