Saturday Story Starter

Welcome to the March Saturday Story Starter!  (Better late than never, right?!)

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 and here to browse to your heart’s content.)

OK, let’s get started:


STORY STARTER:  Pretend this earring was found on the sidewalk. Who might have worn it?  What did they look like? Were they young, old, in-between? Were they with someone, or by themself? Did they lose the earring, or throw it away in a fit of anger?  Did this happen yesterday, or a hundred years ago? Where were they coming from?  Where were they going?  What might they have seen, heard, smelled, etc., as they were walking (or riding) along? What will be the consequences of the loss of this earring, if any?

If you need a jumpstart, here’s a first line you can use:

My name is _________, and something terrible just happened …

Ready, set, WRITE!


Gained in translation

Several months ago, a group of students at Chung Jung Christian University in Taiwain approached me to see if I’d allow them to translate ONCE UPON A TOAD into Chinese, for a class they were taking in translation and interpretation.  Since it was for academic purposes only, I gave my permission, and earlier this week I received this:


Success!  Are they adorable or what? Look at those beaming faces and beautiful smiles — you can see how pleased they are with all their hard work.


I am, too — I just wish I could read Chinese!