Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Is There a Story in That Picture?

Well, maybe  not a story but it could be a spin off for an interesting twist to a story.

While trying to come up with a topic for my post this month I decided to glance through some of my old pictures in hopes something would spark an idea. I started to blog about summer fun and how our idea of fun has changed over the years but then fell on this folder of Odd Photos in my picture file.

Now I know it's not good to try and drive and take pictures at the same time, but some things just can't be missed. The one of the PT Cruiser I took while hubby was driving so I'm legal there. Who on earth would put pipes on a little car like this? Bet they get lots of laughs.

We saw this several years ago on I-35 headed north while traveling to a family reunion in the Dallas area.

On my way home from San Antonio one weekend, traveling I-35 headed north to the Waco area, I saw this truck carrying--strawberries.

On the sides its says - Berry Go Round.

On I-35 south headed home from Waco I saw the bears. I assume they were for a carnival carousel. I didn't want to try to get closer to see if they had a logo or not.

As with people all over the country, we've had a shortage of water in Texas. Though we've had some good rains this spring, we're still below the level we should be. The picture below was taken last October in east Texas.

How many of you constantly take pictures and put them in a folder for possible book covers? Or possibly it will be the house you want your heroine, hero, or villain to live in.

Someone posted a picture on facebook of an undersea motel room. It was very similar to the one my mind conjured up for Zana and Brock in Born in Ice.

Pictures are great to spur our creativity.

At our yearly writer's retreat with our RWA local chapter we have a brown bag activity. You get six items in the bag and have to write a story in fifteen minutes using all six items. Things I've gotten are a golf tee, squeeze package of ketchup, tiny candle, bandaide, condom, hair pin, comb, lipstick, a picture, and the list goes on. It's loads of fun and when reading them back to the group, we laugh our heads off. We have some very creative folks in our group.

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Reading and Writing!



Big Mike said...

Cool idea for a post, especially the berry vehicle. For each of my romantic suspense novels I go to the area where the story is based and take dozens of pictures I can revisit while writing the story. Some end up in the trailers for my novels (on my site).

Also, neat banter at the bottom.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2011)

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Very good ideas here. Love the pictures. That looks like a "busy" road for storytelling.

Ute Carbone said...

I love the pictures. Lots of stories to be told here!

Linda LaRoque said...

I've been places and wished I'd gotten a picture, Michael. Nothing like hindsight. Cool on using them for your trailers.

Julie, I-35 is too busy. They're in the process of going to six lanes.

Thanks, Ute!

Liz Fountain said...

Love it - I scroll through old pictures periodically, and have used images as inspirations for flash fiction, too. (The giant bears - they're going to have to find their way into a story of mine!) Thanks!


Linda LaRoque said...

Great, Liz! The bears would love to be in one of your stories. I have a bear in one of mine, one carved from wood with his arm waving hi. The carver was an amateur and the arm was as long as the body until a chain saw was taken to it. It's a funny story in our family but was a gift of love.