Sunday, October 18, 2009

the lost story

Years ago I got it into my head that I wanted to write a Thurberesque story about a man who accidentally and unknowingly appeared in the DC-based stock footage of a free speech PSA that appeared at the beginning of pornographic videos along with the trailers for other productions. My idea was that he would arouse fear, lust, shame, happiness, etc, among many of the folks he encountered in his daily, routine life, and no one really understood why.

I tried that story dozens of times and never got beyond page 1 before it got too oogy. Finally I was able to incorporate it into a novel draft (as the deep, dark secret of the quirky neighbor), but the next draft won't have room for it. Or patience.

So I release it to the world. If you can write the story, have at it with my blessing. I'd like to see it, in fact.


Steve said...

What about an anthology in which each story describes a different character's encounter with that man?

Laura Ellen Scott said...

ooo, that would work.

Ethel Rohan said...

Don't you love Steve? He made a comment on a short of mine in Fictionaut that got me started on a novel!!! Go for it.

Laura Ellen Scott said...

steve himmer: motivator or troublemaker?