Welcome to the two hundred and fifty-third in this daily series that is ‘5pm Fiction’. The previous two hundred and fifty stories are no longer available on the blog, but as five $0.99 / £0.77 eBook collections.
Late April 2011 I discovered StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011. I have since published (as eBooks) the 2012 and 2013 collections, detailed on http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories/story-a-day-may.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a monologue from the picture prompt below. Here is my 300-worder.
More Than I Could Have Thought Possible
I didn’t know what to say to begin with. I thought of what makes me happy, but then realised it’s not really the same thing. What makes me happy is watching a funny film, a sunny drive, or taking my dog for a walk.
Then she showed me the picture and the ‘alive’ was in capital letters. So she really meant it.
It had a picture of a bird, sat in the middle of the air, as if clinging to an invisible branch, looking at a tree. Beneath the bird was some blue lace. I’m not a lace fan but it made it look somehow regal. Classy.
I sometimes dream of flying, way up, cloud-height and it doesn’t scare me. Wrap a plane around me, though, and I’m a different person. It’s not the heights; I used to dive off a five-metre diving board, do somersaults off the three and one. Don’t now, no facilities here, lost my nerve.
So what does make me come alive? ‘Coming alive’ implies movement; an action followed by a reaction.
Writing. No surprise to those who know me. Writing makes me come alive. I create something from nothing, unplanned, and sometimes I’ll sit there, at my computer, and clap to myself when I’ve written something particularly brilliant. Of course, first draft brilliance doesn’t necessarily stretch to later edits, but at the time there’s nothing like it.
The saying goes that ‘it’ is better than sliced bread, than sex even. Is it? It depends on the loaf or the partner, but if I could only pick one of the three, it would be a no-brainer.
So, yes, writing makes me come alive; capital A, capital L… I… V… E… more than I could have thought possible.
Photography courtesy of http://www.bellahomefashions.com/what-makes-you-come-alive-serving-table.html
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