Welcome, oh toiler in the word-mines.
Is there one thing about you – or someone else – you’ve always wanted to change? Maybe more than one. Maybe something physical, maybe not.
Imagine there was a pill that would change that thing.
Is it legal?
Is it expensive?
Does it have unexpected side-effects?
And what happens if you take too much?
Have at it, and have a good weekend.
Today’s prompt is this picture: Still Life with Cheese by Floris Claesz. van Dijck, (via the Rijkmuseum’s splendid available-to-download collection, here).
The table is laden with fruit, bread, cheese, olives, nuts and wine – or, perhaps, water.
Yet the absent diner dines alone, with their back to the harsh light, staring into a pitch-dark room. Of all the food before them, they have eaten half a carefully-peeled apple, half a walnut, a bite of bread.
Who are they? Why have they eaten so little of the feast? What lies in that darkness?
Have a good weekend.
A hospital. A patient. A disease.
The base material of thousands of stories, from tv dramas to romances to thrillers to sf to horror.
So this week – let’s mix and match.
How about a thriller where the disease everyone’s racing-against-time to cure is not what it seems – maybe it’s not a disease, but a haunting? How about a clean-cut romance set in an abandoned psychiatric hospital? What about a TV drama like House or Casualty – but with a patient who happens to be a government agent, or a disease that’s something to do with aliens, or a doctor who gets a little hairy and short tempered come full moon?
Explore some possibilities, maybe confront some fears, and above all, have fun.