It is Thursday. This time last week I had a clear vision in my head of what I was going to write for Fiction Friday. This week I’m struggling – not with having no idea, but too many ideas. The prompt:
Include this line in your story – The piano accordian player slumped forward.
Annie who is providing the prompts for [Fiction] Friday in the month of June, told me when I got a sneak peak a few weeks ago of the prompts, she wanted me to write about Celia … who I graced the very first FF this year. I keep meaning to get back to her story, but as luck would have it, this year has been fertile ideas and lots of new characters have coming knocking on my door to share their stories.
Celia is patient though. Her story has been in a holding pattern since 2000 when I first ventured to a short story writing class and a rather awful backstory came out. After Googling “air raids Germany” I’ve come up with the final pieces of Celia’s story, the problem is however, I would love to do a little more research before I start writing. Even when I remind myself, first draft, no editing, blood on the paper. The research will be simply filling in the details after all. So Celia’s story it will be this week, if I can find the time among the birthday party preparations.
Which leaves Dirk Hartog one very unhappy character. I tried really hard to wind an accordian player into Hartog’s world … I really did. I even came up with a Gary Larson kind of take, where by criminals were forced to make and carry piano accordians for their punishment .. but it was just a little bit silly. However, remove the piano accordian and I *do* have Hartog’s story for this week.
It is just a matter of trying to make Hartog understand he’s not number one dog around here … I have a small man who is so excited about his first ever birthday party, a holiday to pack and plan for, a kindy disco to go to tomorrow night, flights to book for later this month, a sponge bob squarepants cake to make … oh and the list goes on. At least you get where I am coming from. Hartog will understand sooner or later – he has to share!