A blog that I follow regularily may have inadvertantly helped to solve my writer’s block. Thank you Sandie (A Bloggable Life)!!
I subscribe to this blog and therefore get automatic updates every time she posts anything. Which is a good thing, because I’d hate to think I’ve missed something.
Anyway, during my lunch break at work today I checked her website for updates and lo and behold, I read the about the following: Using The Unusual, Prompt 1, in which Sandie encourages fellow bloggers to take an image or event from their every day lives, that they would perhaps have totally ignored otherwise, and use them as prompts for writing exercises. She’s focusing at the moment on Stream of Consciousness writing, which is always fun.
This week she has posted this photo on her site to use as a prompt:
You can see her creative stream of consciousness piece on her website HERE, and I encourage you to go visit because you’ll be there for a few hours enjoying all her blog has to offer…
Here is what I came up with:
There’s a Tide detergent box up in that three. Why? How did it get there? Do you think maybe someone threw it up there as a laugh? Maybe they were playing a game with a friend – what’s the name of that game where you try to stop the other person getting the ball… Keep away! That’s it – do you think maybe they were playing keep away with the Tide Box and tossed it up into the tree as a joke? Maybe their friend is super eco-conscious and they were teasing them about littering when, accidently, they littered by throwing the box up too high and out of their reach? Maybe no one put it into the tree on purpose. Maybe they left it in the parking lot and a strong wind came around and caught the edge of the box launching it into the tree. Either way the box was left alone and in the parking lot…
I bet its enjoying the view from way up there, though. Lording it over all the other detergent boxes…look how high up I am! It’s funny to think of the world through they “eyes” of an inanimate object, it is weird the ideas you can come up with when you don’t need to follow the rules. For instance I have an old coffee mug beside my computer at work that holds my pens and pencils. It has sat there in the same spot since my first day at this desk. I wonder what the world looks like from its viewpoint:
She’s back again. Hello! Why doesn’t she ever say hello back to me? It’s been like a year and a half since we met and she still ignores me. Never mind. Oh! She’s opening the blinds, thank goodness. I hate it when they’re closed; I have nothing interesting to look at then… It’s raining outside again. Again. Still, the sun is trying to come through, you can tell because there are little purple flowers out there pushing their way through the… oh, she’s sat down now and I can’t see the window any more. She doesn’t look like she’s very awake this morning. She does look busy, though. There’s the computer getting switched on and yes, there it is, the day planner. Now she’ll search the desk around me in vain for a writing utensil and come to me after finding none. I have all of your pens!!! I always have all of your pens!! Why do you look around the desk first when you know I always have all of your pens!! Hello? Hello!!!
See? It can be funny to see the world from a different perspective. I like that. Maybe others would find it foolish to waste time writing about what the world looks like from the point of view of a pencil jar, but I disagree. If we all started trying to see the world from different points of view then maybe it would be a better place? But I digress…
So that’s my contribution to Sandie’s prompt exercise this week. A fun photo that is sure to spawn many fascinating stream of consciousness pieces.
Thanks for your help, even though you didn’t know you were helping!
My lunch break is over which means I need to get back to work. Now, if I could only find a pen…