Here is my submission on the Long Hand Fiction Contest published by Oliver grey. The rules state that the piece must be accompanied by proof of Longhand involvement. Although I am reluctant to share my long hand sloppiness I have enclosed a photo of my notebook as well as the story titled: The Writer Thanks, Oliver, for the motivation to try something a little different.
The Writer by John W. Howell © 2013
I can’t imagine how her picture made its way to the post office. The last time I saw her she was waving goodbye to me and the kids. We were all going camping, but she decided to stay home to get some writing done. She had been trying to finish a story for over two weeks and was constantly interrupted as she worked. Her temperament was becoming increasingly fragile and I knew if the story got finished she would return to normal.
It was okay with us since; we all knew she would rather write her stores than do anything. Besides, she didn’t like to stay in a place that didn’t have room service.
The trip was great and we all returned home to find a note on the TV.
Family, the note started. I find it difficult to be creative when other duties call me away so often. Please understand that I love you all but need to ride the wave. It was signed, Your Loving Mother -Writer.
Her stories were always of the underworld and the triumph of good over evil. She was working on a story about a female bank robber who was persuaded to give up robbing banks to become a writer. The story was going to be one of great drama and lasting morality. I remember She had done some research on bank robbers and specifically female bank robbers.
It has been three years now since we have heard from her and I now see she decided to give up her craft for a new occupation. I read the post office poster closely and see that her picture looks a little blurry with the words “Wanted by the FBI for Bank Robbery,” underneath.
We will miss her.
- Longhand Fiction Contest – Less than a Week Left to Submit! (literatureandlibation.com)