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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Centus #39

It's Saturday Centus again - in a nutshell, Jenny Matlock gives us a prompt from either herself or a guest submitter and then we have to write 100 or words less related to the prompt (the prompt doesn't count toward the 100 words) Then link it up to her blog. It's open until the following Saturday, so that means you have all week to participate by either reading or writing.http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/search/label/Saturday%20Centus

The prompt is in bold.


Rachel and her family found their dream home and it was time to start packing.  She trudged up to the attic.  She dreaded it because she had stuff that was sent over from England where her grandparents had lived in their later years until they died.

She lifted the stack of letters from the ancient chest and started to read.  It was correspondence from a teenaged girl in England and an American soldier, who eventually married, her grandparents.   As she read letter after letter, Rachel got an idea.  I bet this would make a good short story or even a novel.  She carefully put the letters back for the future.   

25 comments:

Terra said...

I wonder if she will write it? Once I put it away it is away...

Alli Blue said...

Sounds like the start of something new!

Ames said...

I do that. Hold onto things because I think I will need them or use them later. Isn't that how we end up with so much stuff in life? Very good Viki!~Ames

Kat said...

Loved this! Her dreary task turned into an opportunity. Nice use of the prompt. Kat

Cherie said...

Wouldn't that be a treasure to find! Nice job!

Bookie said...

Letters are a real time machine to the past.

Judie said...

I thnk one day she will write their story!! Loved this!

Anna said...

Dear Viki,
First off, I have to confess that I love this prompt. It is a 'dream-prompt' for me. I love old letters.

I don't think that I am alone in liking the prompt. So far all of the posts that I have read are very good and filled with deep feeling. Your post is also very, fine, well-written and is as inspiring as your protagonist is inspired by her find.

The tragedy of my life is that many of those times when I have had the opportunity of cleaning out the possessions of an older person who kept a lot of interesting letters, I have not been the one with the position of power to decide. I have seen these jewels of old letters thrown into the dustbin! (It hurts for me to think about it.)

In my family, there are 'savers' (I am one) and 'out-throwers', who are the enemy of new literature and historical research.

I hope your protagonist writes her novel. She can start by making a type-written copy so they are easier to read.

Lovely centus!
Best wishes & hugs,
Anna
'Infrequent visitor' SC week 39

Sue said...

I'd like to read that novel, myself!

Good job, Viki.

=)

Karen S. said...

Oh yes, please let her write it...and what a masterpiece she could unravel and share with her beloved family too! Great take on this!

Koby said...

Ohhh a wartime romance..! I'm lovin it!

elysabeth said...

So far all the postings I've visited have been very intriguing. There has to be a twist to the "wartime romance" though since that has been done many times. Go for the novel. E :)

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Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

It's so true. The stories that old letters tell...Very nice piece, Viki.
xoRobyn

Dazee Dreamer said...

very nice. old letters from lovers would be awesome to read.

Poetic Justice said...

Beautiful! A really original way to use the propmt. I would definitely read it if she wrote it ;)
~Michelle

nimaruichi said...

What a sweet romance; hopes she writes the novel.

Tina said...

Oh yes, I want to read that novel. Go for it!

Jo said...

I would love to read a war time romance ... wonderful response to the prompt!

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

This resonates with me, Viki. I'm a saver of letters and cards.

cj Schlottman said...

What a great take on this prompt! Now, if Rachel will just follow-up and not be like me - with all sorts of projects spinning around in my head - going nowhere!

Namaste..........cj

Cathryn said...

I'm catching up on my blogs because it's a *gasp* snow day for us! Wooooohooooooo! And I LOVE this! Future projects abound, let me tell you! Are you going to write her story???

Tgoette said...

Great job, Viki! What an interesting direction for your story! Terrific!

gaelikaa said...

I hope she wrote that novel.

Jenny said...

Viki, how neat! I hope she publishes it. I hope she makes enough money to renovate the house. I hope I get to read it.

Oh.

You mean this was fiction.

Acckkk!!!

I hate when that happens.

Cool use of the prompt.

Nonna Beach said...

Very good job...so sweet..the value of your own family history is priceless !