Thinking Aloud On a Sunday

Sadness, and Stories.

I woke up feeling a bit sad today.
Nothing specific, just thoughts about some things that make me sad.

Like lost friends that I can’t phone, or meet up with.
And things left unsaid with those now departed.
Or wishing I had made some better decisions in life a very long time ago.
Not to mention my frustration at my inability to get to grips with technology.

Stuff like that.

It obviously wasn’t too bad, because I soon shook that off thinking about ideas for more stories to go with the photos being sent to me.
By the way, if you have thought about sending me a photo to make a story from, there is no deadline. Please send me one, and I will do my best.
(Just a reminder, reduced size files, emailed to

One thing about having to make up stories from photos, it keeps your mind active. In my case, almost too active. I find myself considering stories in my head as I walk around with Ollie, trying to remember if I have posted one with a similar theme or idea before, and just forgotten it by now. But the photos are what they are, and often tell me their own story, which I just have to translate into something readable.

Photo-Prompts are very different to the complex discipline of a long fiction serial in many parts. They don’t require notes about time-lines, character’s names, or historical research. But the basic idea is the same. I think of the ending, come up with a suitable title, then work it all back from there to the first line of the story.

After more than six years of regularly posting fiction on this blog, I wonder when the day will come when my imagination fails me, and I run dry of ideas. But for now, as long as you keep reading them, and most of you enjoying them, I am inspired to continue.

63 thoughts on “Thinking Aloud On a Sunday

      1. I think you are right about both those things. This week I am trying to take a break from the news and see if it helps my demeanor any. Now I just have to get my husband to stop reading it to me when he gets home from work (he works in the news industry so itโ€™s an occupational hazard.)

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  1. I feel the same way from time to time. I try not to dwell on what I cannot fix or change. Youโ€™re on a roll, Pete. A good, long roll. I enjoy reading what you write, including your new photo prompt stories. Like you, I wish my memory bank was a little stronger. ๐Ÿ™‚ Best to you, Pete.

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  2. It’s been a great day for me. First the weather: sunny skies, 65ยฐF/18ยฐC, a very light breeze. Add to that a 2-hour hike up a scenic canyon (520 ft./159 m. elevation rise), and back along the canyon’s rim. And finally, the many crinoid fossils; the chollas, yuccas, and barrel cactus; and a sweeping view of the Wilson Cliffs and Calico Hills. It doesn’t get much better than this!

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    1. Nowhere near that many, TP. Around 35 so far, I think but they are still arriving. If you have a photo you think would make a good story, please send it. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.


  3. Waking up is the hardest time for me as I am stuck with the realization I can’t talk to my sister today.
    We spoke almost every day.

    Hope you continue on with your writing for a long time as I am so enjoying it.
    I love these stories you are doing now from the photos being sent to you!

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  4. We all get melancholy from time to time. I tend to miss my family a lot, even though I love my life in Spain. I am loving your stories from the photo prompts. Such a great variety. Would you like another photo from me?

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  5. It doesn’t look like your imagination is going to dry up any time soon, Pete, and all your stories – especially the ones from the photo prompts you’ve been doing recently – are very different from each other. Glad the melancholy lifted. I’m in a state of fear today. A gallery owner is doing an exhibition on words and poets and I have to have my photo taken this afternoon and tomorrow I go to the dentist to see if she can sort my tooth.

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  6. I donโ€™t think your imagination is drying up anytime soon, Pete! Sounds like you have a nice meal coming, Iโ€™ve cooked a rich beef in beer casserole, and a friend and I are drinking a good Chateauneuf with it shortly!

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  7. Some days like you I wake up feeling a little sad for no apparent reason. Lately I’ve been thinking about my parents a lot and how much I miss them.
    Like you, I like telling stories from photoprompts, and also the Sunday and Monday Wordles. My ideas might not be entirely original, but I tell it my own way.
    It’s going to be good day today………… I’m cooking curry and our neighbour is joining us.

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  8. I regret too. I think probably we all do. I get very sad at times too. But I know what you mean about thinking about story lines as you are walking about! I do the same! Sometimes I canโ€™t sleep for writing stories in my head ๐Ÿ˜€
    Please keep writing your stories Pete. Imlivevthem

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  9. I think we all regret some decisions we made when we were young – I know I do, and the older we get the more we ruminate on what might have been. I think it was the Dalai Lama who said to always live in the present. It makes a lot of sense, I think.

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