Editor’s Note: This post has been written by Linda K. Strahl, an editor at the Jet Fuel Review. Her full bio can be found at the end of this post.
Bonni Goldberg has been keeping me on my metaphorical toes for thirty pages. This week’s posts are no different. I have been battering a friend’s sanity to make sense of these prompts before I unleashed them to the world. She was impressed though preoccupied with her own homework. There is a reason I decided to consult a friend rather than just post this week. I wanted these posts to make a little more sense and have some entertainment value. When I tried to do an “If this, Then this” argument I could only think of something funny, and put it in the perspective of a child’s reasoning. I can only hope that we will not be the only ones to giggle at the write up.
Keeping with the child’s perspective, I created a fairy world in the flames of a fire. This took an interesting turn because I did not know when I started to write this prompt out, that she would get burned in the end. I started writing thinking, “Maybe she will go play in the fairy world?” But instead there was a crash of reality, that had a child’s justification behind it. So here are my prompts, I hope they inspire you.
Task: Try making an “IF this, THEN this” argument. Have fun with it.
“How to make a character out of messed up logic” Fish swim. If I can swim then I am a fish. If fish have gills and scales then I have gills and scales because I am a fish. If I have gills, like fish do, then I can breathe underwater. If I can breathe underwater then I can swim deep down to the bottom of oceans. Fish, who have scales and gills also have fins. If I have scales and gills then I must also have fins. Fins make fish swim fast. Because I have fins, I must swim very fast too. I have never swam before, but if I can swim then I am a fish. If I am a fish and I sink in the water it does not matter because I can breathe underwater and will not drown. As fish do not sink, and that I am a fish I will not sink and therefore, I will not drown. Because I am a fish.
Task: Talk about fire. A memory, a belief, knowledge, anything related to fire. If you can’t think of anything just write the word FIRE and see if it burns as you write it down the page.
Sitting next to a ragging campfire, the bright flames overpower the stars hanging in the night sky. Sparks flit through the air. Alive, like fairies in the flames. They live within the heat and smoke. These sparking faes dance in a jagged melody. Their wings of flame beckon to her, wanting her to touch. She reaches out to catch them. The skin of her hands and hair of her arm curl and singe at the heat. She grasps her tiny fingers around a fire fairy only to have it fade from existence as it burns and blisters her pale skin. She should know better than to try and catch the fairies of the flame, they don’t play nice.
By: Linda K. Strahl
Editor’s Note: Linda K Strahl is a transfer student from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, where she was studying Archaeology and minoring in Creative Writing. She came to Lewis University in Fall of 2010 to major in Creative Writing. After participating in the production of two plays at Phillip Lynch Theater she has become an enthusiastic dramaturg, and is contemplating a career as a researcher and playwriter.