I'm back. In case you're wondering what that means, it means that I've lost two posts and have been unable to log into google. I was frightened I was about to suffer the same fate as Wayne Sallee who got blocked out of his original blog and had to kickstart things with "Frankenstein 1959". The two posts you missed? One was about the Gallup poll information recently released which showed a correlation between literal belief in the bible and level of education (seems the more education one had the less one believed in a literal interpretation). The second post lost was about a Memorial Day memory from a Vietnam War protester. Ah well. Both are gone, so there is no use crying over spilled posts.
I woke this morning writing. I woke and thought: "So the story starts with an older man, maybe in his sixties, and a young woman, ripping through some part of town, with the old man driving like a maniac. He's about to commit suicide."
I actually woke up this way. I turned over, thinking: "So he is deliberately trying to kill himself, and so is she, because they belong to a group..a cult?..who believes that it is possible to enter another world at the moment of death. Both have talismans that let them do this."
And that is about as far as I got. Then, I woke and got ready for the day.
I'm betting other people get up with story ideas fully blown. I'll bet some people drive along, and as the scenery passes their minds are going: "So..this guy...he is at work when he realizes that everyone is gone. They were just there a moment ago..." Of course, the problem with ideas is that if you don't do anything about them, or write them down, they tend to go away. Some musicians claim their best work disappeared because they were unable to put it on paper.
Jon Zech once gave me a great idea for a short story. I wrote about five pages longhand, and was pretty happy about it. It's gone now. I have no idea where it went. Jon himself lost a good deal of text, I believe. A computer accident? Or a lack of saves?
I'll bet Charles Gramlich or Wayne Sallee have lost their share.
And of course, it's easily avoidable. Write things down. Save what you have.
Me? I'm going back to sleep and see what happens next to those two people who are about to kill themselves.