Postcards Day 5

1 Dec

O'Keeffe PaintingI really like the idea for this one but the execution… not so much. Hopefully I’ll work some magic in revision. As for my inspiration, I honestly have no clue how a postcard with the O’Keeffe painting pictured here (see photo credit below) led me to the story I wrote, which appears to have absolutely no connection to the painting. But after a meditation on the image and some note-taking, well, I wrote a story, and that’s that.


Working Title: Slow-Motion Sendoff
1st Sentence: She had been writing her own obituary for years, updating it on each birthday not with the things she’d done in the previous year but all the things she wanted to do in the next, or anyway before she died.
Favorite Sentence: If “Marge was a master seamstress” seemed a bit excessive, it was only because she hadn’t learned to sew yet.
Word Length: 467


Photo of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV, 1930, National Gallery of Art.

4 Responses to “Postcards Day 5”

  1. jbh December 4, 2012 at 7:01 AM #

    Might the connection be that the O’Keefe painting, if you look at it slantwise, is also a grim reaper?

  2. Patricia Weidler December 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM #

    I can definitely see death, darkness, and slove movement in that painting.

    • Claire Guyton December 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM #

      Ha. Good to know I’m not totally crazy (yet).

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