It’s a special poem for the holidays!
Those two words are all you need to jump-start any story, whether you’re halfway through your work-in-progress, or just trying to figure out what to write next. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing flash fiction or a multi-volume epic. It all begins the same way.
Got a bad case of writer’s block? Start asking the “what if” questions. What if your hero fell off a float in the 4th of July parade and injured his leg? What if your bad guy got the hiccups at a critical moment? What if a kangaroo pocketed a critical piece of evidence and hopped away?
I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in school these days. So much information available at our fingertips. Back in my day (you know, when we had to walk five miles to school in the snow, and it was uphill both ways), the library was king when it came to research. Sure, we had the complete World Book Encyclopedia set at home (most bought with S&H green stamps from the A&P), but it was several years old.
Veterans Day was last week and I spotted an article on one of the coolest memorials I’ve ever seen. It’s in Arizona, and every year on Veterans Day the sun shines through the openings in the monument and highlights the Great Seal of the United States. You can check it out here.
The doorbell chimed and Albert shuffled to see who it was this time. At sixty-eight years old, moving between the kitchen, the sofa, and the front door met his daily exercise requirements. Up until a few months ago, walking the dog had been included in his regimen but Sancho had gone to wherever dogs go when they pass on. Pets and people. Always dying on you.