When I got to the back of the library yesterday to open up, there were six or so little dead birds ranged along the base of the wall. Not evenly spaced or staged, but looking like they all took a concrete dive from three stories up. They were grayish-brown with bright yellow tips to their tail feathers. Got my wheels turning. Pathogen? Weaponized disease? Malevolent spirit? Disturbed kid with a BB gun?It got mine turning, too, not only with writing ideas, but also with the thought of what a great round of Shared Storytelling it could foment. Spring is in the air, and not all the birds are singing. In the spirit of Advent Ghosts 2009, let B. and I issue the invitation: Come, pick up your pen, and join us in telling a story.
The rules, you ask? Ah, well, those are quite simple ...
1.) Email both of us at ISawLightningFall [at] gmail [dot] com and BNagelBlog [at] gmail [dot] com to let us know you're interested.
2.) Write a piece of flash fiction up to 1,000 words in length that either incorporates or is inspired by B.'s account of the six birds.
3.) Post it to your blog on April 10 and email us the direct link.
As before, don't be deterred if you don't have a blog. Just let us know, and we'll arrange to post your story directly.
(Picture: CC 2005 by It'sGreg)