Archived inspiration – a new theme

I am taking one archived photo (never before published) and decided to try something radically new for me. Creative writing! I don’t consider myself to be a writer, feeling more comfotable with the direct “hands on” expression of a camera. I like my black box.

But, it is fun to open yourself to other creative paths.

Saying “Merci beaucoup” to Seth for giving me a bit of his inspiration. By the way, check out Seth’s blog called SethSnap for some fabulous photography. Seth has lived in France during his University years and has enjoyed traveling to Paris several times.

Below is one photo from my archives… It was taken at Charles De Gaulle airport last June, when we flew via LAX to go to HNL for a family visit.

Below is also one paragraph that I wrote today for the occasion.

You guys continue the story.

Write a sentence, a paragraph; whatever you like. Just a few minutes of your time. You don’t need to write a novel!

Let it rip…

Here goes:

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“Merde” Jacques mumbled to himself.

He frowned at the white Airbus bound for Shanghai. Glancing at the nose of the Airbus, Jacques let the thoughts float to the surface.  “I was breaking my back for peanuts”, Jacques said aloud. He suddenly surprised a fleeting image in the window of his boss. Gilson was once again taunting him with that crooked smile. “Yah”, Jacques sighed.

 In another reflection,  Jacques could also make out Rose’s baleful face. It had been a trial to hear Rose cry about” the man that Jacques had become” while handing him the divorce papers.

“Rose was right; I didn’t like that man, either”…. It was definitely time to press the eject button.

Jacques had slept through the greater part of the flight. Upon arrival, a stout Chinese man in a cap and uniform was waiting for Jacques outside customs. The driver held between his white gloves a paper marked ” MR. JACQUES DUPOND” . The man beamed when he saw Jacques come forward.

“Welcome to Shanghai. I will be escorting you to the CEO’s office”.

“Let the games begin”, Jacques thought as he shook the driver’s gloved hand…

Your turn; what can YOU add to the story??

Have fun with it and have a great day.

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11 thoughts on “Archived inspiration – a new theme

  1. The ride to the office was smooth, and Jacques was secretly disappointed. He had expected Shanghai to be drastically different from Paris, but all these tall buildings reminded him of La Défense.

    He tried to avoid conversation with the driver–his English wasn’t that good, he rarely had the chance to practice this language, especially since he took refuge in the family house in Brittany. Back when he lived in Paris, he was working with an international staff. These days, the only person he talked to on a daily basis was his elderly neighbour.

    Until that phone call, one morning. And now he was in a taxi, speeding along Putong.

    “Life is strange,” he thought.

  2. “Life is strange,” he thought.

    “God, I hope I can find a good cup of coffee and a French croissant here!”

    Barb, AWESOME photo! What a GREAT capture, my friend!

    Well done!

    XOXO

  3. (Ronnie, so right; one needs good hot drink to feel civilised again after à long flight). With croissant, please.
    Many Thanks for your kind words and your phrase “à la Ronnie”.)
    xo

    1. (Hi Jasmine and Welcome. My sincere Thanks. It has been fun but I am waiting for à few more writers to get Jacques moving into his adventure. Cheers!).

      1. Can’t wait to see where you put Jaques. Try not to murder him though darling. Writers like to kill off characters in the most terrible ways.

  4. Oh gosh……I’m not a writer of this type!

    “God, I hope I can find a good cup of coffee and a French croissant here!” Jacques mumbled to himself as he stood in the reception area of the massive high rise.

    He announced himself and relinquished his briefcase, shoving a hand in his pocket and attempting to act aloof as the contents were searched. He knew whose ideas it contained, and he’d planned that ‘last laugh’ to be on her.

    Ummmmm…..and then he lived happily every after, the resentful poop! *laughing*

  5. ( Hi Mel! Thanks, hon. I liked what you did! Yay, team!! xox).

    ” He announced himself and relinquished his briefcase, shoving a hand in his pocket and attempting to act aloof as the contents were searched. He knew whose ideas it contained, and he’d planned that ‘last laugh’ to be on her.”

    ” Jacques then hopped into a guilded elevator. The incoming crowd was pressing into his ribs. Jacques crushed his leather briefcase to his chest. ” Breathe deeply man; it’s nothing”.
    But, it was not easy to forget that in a few minutes, he would be in front of the desk of this CEO woman. The name that could make or break a new career was incredibly short: Ms. TK CHU.
    Before he could could pursue his musings, the doors peeled open to reveal a mahogany paneled corridor. It was dimly lit but the light coming from the single office at the end was intense.
    A suave British accent suddenly filled the corridor:
    ” Step up, Mister Dupond. I don’t have all day. I want to see your blueprints now.”

    To end this short story…
    What happens to Jacques to seal his destiny in that office?
    Thanks for your ideas and participation!

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