Perspective is a funny thing. I first viewed this week’s photo prompt on my iPhone and figured it for a floor tile, one where the glaze is particularly shiny and reflective. An idea came into my head, and I knocked around some words to go with the idea. I even had the perfect title.
When I downloaded the photo I saw what the .jpeg file had been named–“ice-on-the-window”–and I took a better look then went, “Oops.” This was indeed a photo of ice collecting on the outside of a window. Of course, Friday Fictioneers leaves the interpretation up to each writer, so had I wanted to, I could have just proceeded as if the photo was of a floor tile. Nah, I’m too much of a literalist for that.
Instead, we have “Cold Reason,” and it’s a little sci-fi, a little spec-fi, which ends in some wry humor. If you don’t see the link on the title in the line above, click on the Friday Fictioneers tab at the top of this post and select it from the drop-down menu. To read other Friday Fictioneers stories, click on the icon at the end of the story, “Cold Reason.”
I broke through 19,000 words today and have set a goal to be halfway through the 50,000-word mark by Sunday evening. I think it’s doable. I have a write-in tonight in Waynesboro, and another one tomorrow in Harrisonburg, so I should be on target.
This NaNoWriMo project has created the need for a lot of research because it switches between present day and World War II on the homefront. I’m find Pinterest and Google Images very helpful. For example, I wanted to describe a 1940’s style dress and found examples on both sites. That was invaluable assistance in being able to describe that dress in a way that reflected the time period. Pretty cool.
Another update on Monday. I hope I won’t have to report that I only made it to 24,999.