Stories can be fleeting, wisps of ideas that remain distant and nebulous. Sometimes, the story is a haunting loss, remaining but a glimmer of an idea: The brunette woman running through the woods, chased by the unseen. The seaside, concrete prison, from which prisoners did not even try to escape. The ominous call of an enormous angry bird, frustrated at lost prey.
I like to believe that one of two things will happen. Either the story’s time will come, and the focus will sharpen…or perhaps it’s not your own story to tell. And that’s where prompts come in. These are the stories we do not write ourselves, but release in hopes their potential will be met regardless. So send in a trade, if you so choose, to firstname.lastname@example.org, and set your prompt free.
|Ray Krawczyk||The tire blowing out made the car veer sharply.||AC Young|
|AC Young||The hawk flew through the thunderstorm.||Fiona Grey|
|Fiona Grey||The castle was filled with the friendliest vampires [character] had ever encountered.||Becky Jones|
|Becky Jones||I jumped up in surprise when the wind blew the elf down the chimney. Luckily I managed to grab him before he caught fire.||Leigh Kimmel|
|Leigh Kimmel||It was supposed to be a simple task, to add one bit of functionality to the website. But it didn’t take long to discover that every change spawned more problems.||nother Mike|
|nother Mike||The film was not going well when Don Quixote rode onto the set…||Ray Krawczyk|
Or send in an spare, for it to spark an idea from those who read but do not write, or those who are passing through, or those who fear to feel the tempestuous wrath of a muse denied for far too long.
|Spare||The first birdsong of spring.|
|Spare||The teenagers took a hard left at the first line of code…|
|Spare||The knitted pattern was a labyrinth. And within the labyrinth, a minotaur…|
|Spare||You are the poltergeist, young and green, only seventeen…|
|Spare||Unfortunately, the mirror showed all the wrinkles she would have in her later life…|
And as you set your stories free, share them with the rest of us!
Header image by Fiona Grey, Toronto Skyline over Lake Ontario