DiAnn Mills, our FHL President, (Faith, Hope and Love) sent an email to members this week. When we travel, she wanted to know if we found a story when we came upon "the beauty, the downtrodden, the victorious, and the beaten?"
I responded that I did, and I've used what I've seen in my travels in several books. But then, I began to laugh as I remembered the photo I'd taken recently while hubby and I traveled in a nearby country town. I've seen lots of items for sale in a yard, but this was the first for a toilet.
Let's make up a story about this one, shall we?
Well, let's see. This item isn't a thing of beauty, but maybe we could go with the victorious theme.
The dialogue could go similar to this.
Wife: "I want a new toilet."
Hubby: "Why? This one is perfectly good. No need to spend money."
Wife: "This one is hard to clean and the lid is broken. You threw it away, remember?"
Hubby: "Yeah, but it still flushes."
Wife: "Water sprays out the top when we pull the handle."
Hubby: "Who cares?"
Wife: "I care. Did you ever think about the way you fill up the thing? No telling what other mess spews into the bathroom."
Hubby: "Okay. I'll make a deal with you. You can have a new one if I sell the old one."
The wife became the triumphant winner. Voila! I just wrote a short story. The Toilet in the Yard.
Thanks DiAnn for the suggestion. I think most authors write about what they see, hear, and what (or who) they know. Our imaginations are always at work. So is my outrageous sense of humor.
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