It’s the first day of a brand-new May, which means Story A Day is ON!
There’s a reason I plan much of my annual creativity around this challenge. Every year, creator, coach, and host Julie Duffy offers up a series of prompts that expand my writing horizons and make me a better writer.
Even better, this challenge lends itself to exploration, so I often use it to “get to know” a project, or expand one…
And this year, I’m doing both.
For my main project, I’ll be exploring the characters and world for my eighth Kifo Island novel draft. I’m delving into backstory, what-if’s character sketches – wherever the daily prompts take me. The resulting stories will be flash fiction – around 333 words each (because I love that number).
My secondary project will be a series of 100 word fan fiction drabbles. It won’t come as a surprise for regular readers that I’ll be playing with Star Trek: Enterprise (my favorite Trek, because Trip and T’Pol!) My theme will be my Cowled arc – clicking the title will take you to the original story.
And, for the record, here’s the standard disclaimer. I don’t own them, I don’t profit from them, but they insist on telling me their stories, so I’m sharing them with you.
How this works:
I will share each day’s prompt, my planning, and my favorite bits of both stories.
There will also be a link for each project that will transport you to the complete story. Don’t worry if you miss one or more; I’ll be setting up a page for each project for easy reference at any point in time (hopefully, I’ll get to that in the next day or so; there was a lot of prep to do today).
So, without any further ado: The Dead Friend:
Prompt from Gregory Frost:
You attend the funeral of an old friend.
Afterwards, in the mail you receive a postcard. It’s from the friend, and it reads “I’m not dead. Meet me Tuesday night at 8 at ____________.” And signed by him/her.
Reasons Someone “Might Not Be Dead” When We Thought They Were:
It could be a dream
An insurance scam
A case of mistaken identity
A pure coincidence
Mail delivered to the wrong address
Witness protection program
April Fools’ prank
Revenge for a wrong
Attempt to uncover a crime
It’s a TRAP!
It’s a rendez-vous!
Premise for Main Story: “False Memory” (click the title to read the complete 340 word story):
The main character dreams of receiving the postcard from her infant niece, who died ten years before.
Fleshing Out the Premise:
Ophelia Martin dreams of attending the funeral of her dead infant niece Lavender. It’s been ten years to the day since the baby died, and Ophelia’s half-sister, Marilyn, had overdosed. But when she reads the postcard, she can feel the truth it holds….somehow, somewhere, Lavender is alive...and wants to meet her.
It didn’t matter that she knew it was just a dream – a dream she’d had at least three times every week for the last ten years. The truth is, it was more than that – it was the false memory of how things ought to have been, if little Lavender had had to die.
Premise for Side Story: “Your Starfleet Career” (click the title to read the complete 100 word story:
Trip Tucker receives a video postcard after attending what might have been the last rites of his career in Starfleet – but why (and how) is his career sending him mail?!
Fleshing Out the Premise:
Trip was having a hard enough time with Elizabeth’s effervescence in the face of the death – no, make that the murder – of his Starfleet career, and the reverse serendipity of those five men willing to lie about him. Jon treating him like he was either a deviant or prematurely senile wasn’t helping, either. But when he got the ochre-inked, stenciled -letter envelope, things look like they’re headed for a warp core breach.
Prompt words (these come from fans of my previous Loveuary drabbles):