Out of Ideas, Out of Time: Chapter 2

A collaborative story

Karen Fayeth
Oct 25, 2019 · 3 min read

Read Chapter 1 by Lon Shapiro

I stared at the photo, willing it to show me answers. I don’t know why, but I knew down to my very bones that time was of the essence.

My gut told me that I had to put two and two together right quick before something terrible happened.

Or was it the rumblings of acid reflux from my inexcusably bad eating habits?

Rubbing my bubbling gut, my mind drifted back to lunchtime. I’d eaten a loaded burger at a greasy spoon diner while reading Medium stories on my phone.

Man was that a good burger.

Wait! A memory!

I’d read this story titled How To Think Different. Grabbing my phone out of my pocket I searched for the stories that I’d 50-clapped earlier and found again the bold, highlighted, and big-fonted advice that when paraphrased, read something like:

Squint your eyes as tight as you can, so the type is just a grey blur. Now, look at the image a second time

I did. I looked again, but this time didn’t try so hard to see.

She taunted me. Voices in my head chanted: “I don’t know what to write I don’t know what to write I don’t know what to write.”

She looked like the kind of dame who DID know what to write, and write real good. She just lacked a little self-confidence.

Where would I find a gal like that?

I got it!

Using Google maps, and then Apple maps, and then Waze (because they all say something different), I navigated my way to the nearest bookshop.

“Where can I find the books on writing! Show me!” I shouted at the bored looking clerk at the front counter. She sullenly pointed and I followed.

There splashed across the floor like a gruesome crime scene lay copies of “Writing Down the Bones”, “Zen in the Art of Writing,” and the title that chilled the very blood in my veins:

On Writing.”

King. Why did it have to be Stephen King?

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On to Chapter 3 by Mark Starlin

Chapter 4 by P.G. Barnett

Chapter 5 by Terrye Turpin

Chapter 6 by John K Adams

Chapter 7 by Dan Leicht

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