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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Short Story Idea

So for the past year or so, I've been dabbling my hand at writing short stories. I was really inspired by J.D. Salinger and his collection of short stories called Nine Stories. If you have never read them, I suggest you go and check them out. They are fantastic. Anyways, while I've been writing, it dawned on my that I had no real way of "publishing" them to the public. Of course I have this blog here, but in the past, for some reason, I didn't see this outlet as a viable option.

Then an idea struck me, I could turn them into short radio monologues. I really like this idea, and so I've been re-visioning some of my stories into radio monologues, while others I've decided to keep as a written piece. One story idea I've been toying around with for about six months, involves a local cemetery. When I was little, my dad and I would ride our bikes through this one cemetery on 111th street. We would go there to visit his parent's graves. As we would ride our bikes, I would look at some of the grave markers and see people who were World War I veterans, or individuals who were born in the 1880s/1890s and they then lived into the 1970s or 1980s.

I would think about the history these people had lived through, and I would begin to imagine what their stories were like. What their experiences were, things like that. I also began to create a life story for them in my mind, and how they reacted to the big world events of their days. (I hope this doesn't make me sound weird...) So I'm trying to write a story about a struggling writing who goes on a bike ride through a local cemetery, and they end up writing a fictional story about someone they pass.

Would this sound like an interesting tale?


Matt Maldre said...

In the stories could be how a person started playing croquet in the 1870s as a child (when croquet was popular) and then as this person got into their teens, he picked up tennis (as it became popular in the 1880s), and then when the person was in his twenties, he played major league baseball (as the American League got its start in the 1890s)

Peter Kreten said...
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Peter Kreten said...

That's a really clever idea!! I like it a lot. Thanks Matt