It occurs to me that our entire lives are made up of searching, in both big and small ways. We spend just about every moment of every day either quietly or actively searching for something. From the meaning of life, to "where the hell are my car keys", our minds are almost constantly percolating away looking for answers.
Lately, I've been searching for my inner writer. She walked off weeks ago and took all my words with her. Even now, after finally managing to get something posted here, and hopefully breaking the block and luring her back, I find myself still casting about for direction in my writing. And it never ceases to amaze me where ideas can come from. I went to my favorite local cemetery yesterday, and found the next chapter of my serial. But ideas have come from much more mundane occurrences as well.
So, as a tiny extra this week, to any who feel like sharing. When you post, let us know one of the strangest, or most mundane things that have helped spawn a story idea? I'd love to hear them!
Our winner this week is John Xero with (Rise #38): There are so many lovely little turns of phrase here. Olivia's constant, quiet, bravery never ceases to inspire. Thank you!
Also winning this week is Sandra Davies with Found Unwanting: The amount of tension you've managed to build in so few words is brilliant. The contrast between Helvinsson's gentle treatment of the child to his very ungentle treatment of its mother, is beautifully written. Thank you!
And now, The Tome has finished searching for, and found, it's treat of bacon, and has brought forth new words!
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialized fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until 11 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) Friday, August 15th
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