Sunday, August 15, 2010

The miraculously mundane

I had a tumble with another story on Friday; everything was swell until the splatter-worthy ending, which was of such caliber as to demand immediate resettlement in the "TO DO" folder. Afterward, I sunk into a bit of a funk when I realized that my well of ideas was a little dry.

So yesterday, I took a stroll. I told myself, half-heartedly, that I could find inspiration if only I were to use my legs a little. I passed the cheery Quebecois vendors of the Byward Market, the Bermuda-pantsed and fanny-packed tourists, and the shoeless, pan-handling bums; but nothing seemed worthy of my literary prevarications. Until a sight most mundane caught my attention.

It was nothing but a dreamcatcher, which, when considered among the superfluity of trinkets and money-thievery that abound in Ottawa's touristic zone, is an utterly mundane item. And yet, it was exactly the inspiration I needed, and was the font of an insanely fantastic short story which I banged out these past couple days.

Now, of course, the well is once more muddy. Dropping the bucket into its depths, I earlier this morning considered the literary possibilities of jam; but fruit preserves do not seem to possess the je-ne-sais-quoi of hackneyed aboriginal artifacts.

Oh, well. Once the rain stops, perhaps I shall take another walk.

-bn

5 comments:

  1. Open Google Earth and spin the globe about and point and zoom in. Then write a story around the nefarious meeting that's happening there Next Sunday CE. Mustaches optional.

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  2. That... is a fantastic idea. I've always thought mustaches were mandatory.

    -bn

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  3. I like taking walks and thinking about my stories as well. It's been a while since I've gotten a really good idea for a standalone short story, though. I should go brainstorming some time.

    And if the rain's not *way* stormy, I'd say that's a great time to go out for a walk! That might be just me, though. =P

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  4. Normally I enjoy walking in the rain, but yesterday just standing around out there was like taking a shower.

    I was kind of hoping it was the apocalypse, but, m'eh.

    -bn

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  5. I'm always kind of it's the apocalypse, but alas am generally disappointed. Lightning's nice though, so long as it doesn't strike your person directly.

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