Friday, November 22, 2013

The Tragic End of a Romance

Today is #WANAFriday prompt time: Write from the perspective of an inanimate object

Since NaNoWriMo has taken most of my time this month, writing for that 50,000 words by Nov. 30, this short, short tongue-in-cheek story explains my thoughts (from the Point of View of my Pilot G2 gel pen). Obviously, romance is on the menu.

Pilot Pining

I’m feeling like a split personality. First, she held me tight while giving me one story, but soon switched to another. She began throwing out these crazy ideas like she was talking to someone. And then I heard her whisper, “Muse.”  

Who is Muse? There’s no one else here but me and her. 

I think I am the latest of many she has used and thrown away. I know I will not be the last. When I can no longer give her what she wants, I’m toast.

It all started when she began making up that story about ancient Japan. I figured it was her way of whispering sweet nothings in my ear. So I played along and wrote down her musings. I was hooked, allowing her to guide my hand. We were almost finished, ready to finalize the deal when NaNo came along.

Now I’m trying to figure out who this NaNo is she keeps talking about. Is he taking my place? 

Suddenly we were writing a new story. Was it their story? It was very hot, not like the slow burn that I had become accustomed to. Now it was wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am. I felt tarnished, used, empty.

It will not be long now before all my ink will be gone and I'll be replaced with a new gel-tip pen—the tragic end of a beautiful relationship.

As you might have noticed, I am feeling a bit schizophrenic with writing two stories, insuring that I will not succeed at 50,000 words for NaNo, but since my stories are linked, I am making great progress on my writing goals.

A note on my present novel published this year: you can read a review on Dance the Dream Awake at KingsRiverLife Magazine. (it will be up on Saturday, Nov. 22)

Are you writing for NaNo? 
Do you use a writing implement or directly to computer? 
How sentimental are you about your writing implement?

Now you can visit Ellen Gregory who has a puzzle for you to solve on her blog.
Visit Liv Rancourt and read about her Inanimate Intellections.


Kris Lynn said...

Cora, your muse is very a*muse*ing! And a story is not the amount of words - its the impact of how they're put together. Your muse knows!

Anonymous said...

Really fun, Cora.

Eileen Obser said...

Very clever, Cora. I truly enjoyed this. Great sense of humor!

Ellen Gregory said...

Fun post! I was going to do a pen too, but when I read yours I switched. (Us writers!)

Liv said...

Do all the words have to be in the same story to win NaNo? I would think if you totaled 50k words, regardless of where you put them, it should count. Tho I do feel bad for your poor pen...

Suzanne Stengl said...

I feel so sad for that little pen who gave so much of itself ;)
And what a clever use of the inanimate!

I used to have a favourite pen, but now I go directly to computer.

Tami Clayton said...

I think you captured the essence of the put-upon, trusty pen quite well, Cora. And I'm with Liv - I think it's the total word count on both stories that can go towards NaNo totals. Regardless, it's impressive that you're able to work on two stories at once!

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