|copyright K.S. Brooks|
This contest provided a photo visual prompt, a grey ocean beach, which reminded me of a short story that I've worked on over the last few years, drafting different beginnings, different storylines, different points of view, but never feeling the story was moving in the right direction.
I think writing this 250-word story got me to the right place, allowed me to discover the right angle. So I celebrate my happy loss.
The short story has had several titles:
- Lonely Is a Bitter Wind
- Waves Like Dragon Wings
- People of the Beach
- Ocean's Daughter
I'm looking forward to expanding the story from this 250-word shorthand version.
The first line of "Ocean's Daughter" reads: Stone and driftwood and the bitter sea–all is grey, water-worn, salt-bleached and half-buried.
The story is posted in the comments section of the UI blog post, if you'd like to read it--250 words, a quick read! I've linked the title above to the blog page.