Long shots at short stories

Jessica Norrie is fully recovered from the #BloggersBash and shares her usual Friday post… this time on the subject of short stories. We all have different prompts for the ones we pen.. for me it is images.. for others it might be music.. Jessica shares prompts that over the years would lend themselves to the shorter form of storytelling.. Schubert, Double Beds, Loss and a Japanese connection…head over and share your prompts for the short form of story telling.

Words and Fictions

I don’t go searching for short story inspiration, because although the imaginary ideal me often writes short stories, the real one only claims to. But occasionally a prompt pops up. Once, around 1982, it was a double bed in a Paris shop window. I was amazed by this cheaply made, ambitiously intended piece of furniture, with curlicues and carvings adorning each cream coloured plastic leg and corner. Shaded lamps were built into the looming headboard and incorporated bShort storiesedside tables featured radio cassette players and circular indents, the kind ships have to stop crockery sliding about in rough seas. The designers presumably anticipated lots of inbed activity.

I was so intrigued I got off my bus and walked back to inspect the bed more closely. Then for years in my head I developed a story of a young, pious couple without wealth, who are engaged to be married. One Sunday…

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