Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge #05
There are five quotes given to you.
You need to use all the five quotes a stitch a story. A short story which uses all of them.
Quote 01 I am confused at times. Should I sound? Should I echo?
Quote 02 You need not answer all the questions! You can just laugh and laugh again.
Quote 03 Thoughts – they do what we don’t ask for!
Quote 04 I knew it! That I don’t know!
Quote 05 At times, we pretend to think on one and actually think everything else
I sit in my room, surrounded by books. Wondering how to start my story. The prompt has been given. But I am confused at times. Should I sound? Should I echo? Do I need to create my own unique voice or can I reflect what other great minds have developed and created?
Across the room sits a fish bowl with a single orange, gold fish floating listlessly in the water. Fish, what do you know of life outside your bowl? You cannot exist without the fluid surrounding you. But I’m sure you wonder what is out there, don’t you? I talk to my fish with earnestness. There of course is no answer. But his silence seems to say to me, “You need not answer all the questions! You can just laugh and laugh again.” How absurd! What strange thoughts come to me from looking at a fish. I turn away and consider upon my ridiculous state. I stare at my computer screen. The blank white page seems to taunt me. I start to think of my life, my boyfriend, my past mistakes. These thoughts intrude into my silent space and swirl around in my head like piranhas waiting to eat up any creative juice that may be swirling around inside.
Thoughts – they do what we don’t ask for! At times, we pretend to think on one and actually think everything else. I start thinking of my boyfriend, and these leave me feelings of longing, which lead to feelings of insecurity. These feelings turn to wondering what is going on with him and this leads me to thinking about all the mistakes I have made. And all this time I am supposed to be thinking on my story.
A story, that is what I should be thinking on and writing about. But what should I write about? Thoughts. These are the basis of stories. You must create a story based on a thought. You start with one thought, and it leads to another and builds and builds until you reach a coherent mess which then must be examined and organized.
Glancing again at my lone orange fish, I decide upon my topic. Fish. I will write about a lone fish in a bowl and how it feels being alone in that bowl. It sees everything beyond it, but can only experience them through sight, not through feeling or direct involvement. It reminds me of when I watch my TV screen. I see many things happening, but in my little fish bowl, I can only see them. I am not actually experiencing life. Any sound I make is just echoed back to me from the screen. Can I make a sound, rather than just reflect what is thrown at me? Do I have a voice? Or am I just a reflection of all that is around me?
I start to write a sentence. It starts with a subject and ends with a verb and an object. Here is the sentence: “ A little fish floats quietly in a small bowl of water.” This sentence contains a subject, “fish” with adjectives that describe what kind of fish it is. But I could say more about the fish if the audience wishes to know more. I then tell what the fish is doing and where the fish is doing it. Are you interested in this fish? Do you care about this fish in its lonely fish bowl? Who knows? How can I tell? Does anyone ever ask me about my fish? Is this fish at all important?
Only when I post the story will I find out. And that is the answer I have been looking for. I don’t know whether I am making a sound or just hearing the echo of my own voice until I send it out. It reminds me of a song by Neil Diamond, which I must reflect here: “ ‘I am,’ said I to no one there. And no one heard at all. Not even the chair. ‘I am,’ I cried. ‘I am,’ said I. And I am lost and I can’t even say why.”
I knew it! That I don’t know.