(Note to self, I thought I’d lost the random prompt generator, or that it had been discontinued, but you can find it at The Daily Post homepage!)
Prompt! The next big thing in technical innovation I must really have is…
… the home holo-deck! So, while standing at my desktop, I can slip into work, do my shift, slip home after in the blink of an eye. I’d not need to change my clothes before slipping back out to eat a nice meal and enjoy a couple of hours socialisation. All without going anywhere and spending no real money on fares or food. Much less of my day would be wasted for travelling! I’d be back in time for a quick blog and still manage to get an early night and plenty of sleep.
I could spend my vacation in Hawaii (or anywhere else in the world / universe) without growing a huge carbon footprint to get there – and still be able to sleep every night in my own comfy bed without troubling my neighbour to dog-sit while I’m ‘away’.
Wouldn’t that be nice? I really must have one!
Just one more thing – a widget you plug into your neural network that captures every thought that should count as poetry or writing! The number of times, lost in thought, something is processing away, generating a lovely long string of something that really should have been written down but is forgotten by the time you arrive at some writing time.
Wouldn’t it be nice to access all that mislaid meandering and make something potentially great with it! (It wouldn’t be the next BIG thing, probably a grain of rice size nano-worm you drop in your ear and away it goes…)
So, this found image (from pixabay.com) is this week’s prompt for my self-led writing challenge – you’re welcome to join in if you like – you might even prefer to find your own pic to use as a prompt…
The image above (from unsplash.com), inspired the following flash-fiction writing output:
Knowing she stands on the other side of the river, I reach forward, arms stretched out, palms upward to feel the warmth of the sun as I made my offering to her. I had no way of giving her a gift and she deserved so much more than an empty gesture.
I wonder how long it will be before the travel ban is lifted and I can journey to the city again to see her. I long to keep her safe. I worry for her, alone, trapped within the city limits.
If only I had a boat, I could try to reach her – though I might be shot for my intrusion. If I could swim against the current I might dare, for living without her is death itself. I wrestle with these thoughts all day and much of the night – oh, if I had wings and could soar the skies and swoop her to safety!
I cannot see her, but I know she is there. I hope she knows I am with her, in spirit.
[copyright, Stuart Mullen, 2016]
Both the images I selected (pic-step prompt #1) triggered a number of ideas and sparked some writing excercises and outlining other excercises and ideas. This result stands alone, fairly fine as is, in isolation from the muddled meanderings of other efforts, so this week I decided to share this for my self-led Take-A-Step-Thursday:E-write challenge. Maybe I’ll even continue weaving the story with other fragments … and if you’re inspired to write something yourself, from the picture prompts or my writing starter above, I’d love to hear about it via comments or pingbacks 🙂 Feedback most welcome too and will be reciprocated a.s.a.p.
Now for pic-step prompt #2, I must simply find an image for the prompt for this next week’s writing. (My TASTe:write goal-setting post will appear at my rough-work-book-blog, Snailzpace Daily soon after, with links to be updated).