Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I'm a little yellow duck

I don't like thinking out loud on a webpage. It's got to do with the composition of a short story. I am stuck.

Anyway here are the salient facts of the short story I am somehow compelled to do:

I was sitting on a park bench, depressed over friggin' near everything, including my financial condition.

Suddenly, right at my feet was this little yellow duckling, with a young girl walking just behind.

The little yellow duck nibbled at my toes a bit, decided there was no duckweed on my Adidas, and then trundled off on a waddle, seeming to lead the young girl.

The girl appeared to be walking her duck today, and the duck had examined my toes with some interest.
The girl paused after the little yellow duck hesitated, not sure of whether to go up Timothy, a sidestreet, or keep waddling north on Main.

"Where did you get your duck?" I asked the little girl, whose father was not far behind. Duck, girl, father, all in a row.

I think she said Brooks Farms, though I am a klutz at facts. Facts confuse me.

Anyway, the image was so sweet. The little yellow duck leading the way, the cute little girl behind, and the father sort of looking out for girl and duck.
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12 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Does sound like a great setting for a tale,and the good part is you get to make almost all of it up except the opening scene. Or maybe that is the ending scene.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Good observation, Charles!

Anonymous said...

Hi folks,

Three new articles to share with you this week:

1) One of my two pieces in this month's Halifax magazine is online. It's an argument in favour of renaming anything "Cornwallis," and other historic bastards too. It's at http://halifaxmag.com/2012/06/special/cornwallis/.

2) This week's sustainable city column wonders why our premier has flip-flopped from an anti fish farming guy to the biggest booster of this ecologically (including economically) destructive practice: http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/damning-salmon/Content?oid=3191231

3) And for those interested in affordable housing, this is a newsy piece I did on a Halifax housing co-op that is now owned by the province, and will no sadly longer be a co-op: http://www.openfile.ca/halifax/story/debt-forces-north-end-housing-co-op-transfer-half-its-properties-province

Thanks for reading.

Chris

--
Chris Benjamin is a freelance journalist, fiction writer, CBC News web writer/editor and columnist. He is the author of Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, winner of the 2012 APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and finalist for the Richardson Non-Fiction Prize, and the critically-acclaimed novel, Drive-by Saviours, shortlisted for Canada Reads 2011 and a ReLit Prize. In 2006/2007 he worked as a journalist in Ghana. He shared an honourable mention in the 2009 Canadian National Magazine Awards. Chris has also written for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Chronicle Herald, VoicePrint Canada, This Magazine, Now Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Descant, OpenFile, Arts East, East Coast Kitchen Party, Third Person Press, Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Press, Rattling Books, The Society, University of Waterloo Press, Z Magazine, Briarpatch Magazine, Coastlands, Progress Magazine, Rural Delivery and many others.

www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com
http://twitter.com/benjaminwrites

Erik Donald France said...

I love it~! I think it's complete just the way it is.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Eric.

I was thinking of polishing the story some more--But I might just rub the feathers right off it. :)

--Ivan

Anonymous said...

Hi folks,

Lighter fare this week:

1) Nice story on author/sailor Laura McCrossin for Halifax's annual Tall Ships festival, which is on now: http://www.openfile.ca/halifax/story/tall-ships-festival-launched-life-sailing-haligonian-laura-mccrossin

2) A short book review in The Coast of The Long March Home, which caught my interest because of thematic similarities to Drive-by Saviours: http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/the-long-march-home/Content?oid=3218385.

Thanks for reading and Happy Friday.

Chris

--
Chris Benjamin is a freelance journalist, fiction writer, CBC News web writer/editor and columnist. He is the author of Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, winner of the 2012 APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and finalist for the Richardson Non-Fiction Prize, and the critically-acclaimed novel, Drive-by Saviours, winner of the H.R. Percy Prize and shortlisted for Canada Reads 2011 and a ReLit Prize. In 2006/2007 he worked as a journalist in Ghana. He shared an honourable mention in the 2009 Canadian National Magazine Awards. Chris has also written for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Chronicle Herald, VoicePrint Canada, This Magazine, Now Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Halifax Magazine, Descant, OpenFile, Arts East, East Coast Kitchen Party, Third Person Press, Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Press, Rattling Books, The Society, University of Waterloo Press, Z Magazine, Briarpatch Magazine, Coastlands, Progress Magazine, Rural Delivery and many others.

www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com
http://twitter.com/benjaminwrites

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Chris,

Got any pictures of the tall ships?

I think they're kinda cool.

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