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Welcome to February’s Saturday Story Starter!
As those of you who have participated before know, this monthly feature on my blog is purely for fun–just as a way to exercise those writing muscles (think of it as Heather’s Literary Gym). There are no prizes, only the simple joy of putting words on paper (well, OK, computer screen). Also, I won’t be offering critiques, just brief words of encouragement, but I will read all your entries, that I can promise!(And if you’d like to read some of the earlier stories that have been shared, click here and here and here and here and here to browse to your heart’s content.)
I was in San Francisco recently, and came across a charming oddity outside a bakery that I knew right away would make a perfect story starter. Check it out:
Isn’t that funny? I laughed out loud! (Clicking on the picture should enlarge it for you, by the way.)
STORY STARTER: What a great springboard! There are so many directions you could go with this picture. A dog’s eye view of a city outing, perhaps. Or maybe an owner “parked” their dog while dashing in for a latte and a croissant, and came outside to find it missing. How about a canine imaginary friend–one who’s invisible to the rest of us, but perfectly clear to its owner? What kind of dogs would we be likely to see in these parking spots? What kinds of owners? Tell us about them. Invent a story. Entertain us–we’re all ready and waiting to be entertained!
If you need a jumpstart, here’s a first line you can use:
As we rounded the corner by the bakery, I sniffed the air with delight…
Ready, set, WRITE!
Look at all those names in there! Dozens and dozens and DOZENS of names! Oh, and did you notice the hat? It’s my new favorite.
Isn’t it cute? It kind of looks like a tea cozy in this picture, but it looks better on, trust me. Wish I could say that I was the one who knit it, but I have to give credit to the good folks at SmartWool this time around. I’ve worn their fabulous socks for years, but only recently discovered their delicious hats.
I’m dragging this out to torture you, can you tell?
OK, down to business, time to choose a name…
And the winner is …
The quote she chose as her theme for 2014 is: “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” — Martha Washington
Great quote, Samantha! I’m putting that one in my “keeper” file. In fact, I’m putting ALL the quotes that ALL of you shared in my “keeper” file. They were just wonderfully inspiring.
Congratulations, Samantha! I’ll be contacting you directly for mailing information for your prize — a complete set of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, autographed, of course!