Midweek writing prompt – peoplewatching

A crowded street scene is always good writing fuel – thousands of mini dramas unfold all around you, and countless characters present themselves for your consideration.

Rua Mouzinho da Silveira cr Judy Darley

I took this photo on Rua Mouzinho da Silveira in Porto, Portugal. There are several folks who catch my attention in moments, including the elderly couple walking together in the foreground, and the lad in yellow rushing along slightly behind them.

But the star of the scene for me is the older lady with her back to us, stalking through the crowd in her leather jacket and skirt – the woman who walks like she owns the street. Now, there’s a character with a story to share.

If you write something prompted by this image, I’d love to know. Just send an email to Judy(at)socket creative.com. You could end up published on SkyLightRain.com!

Book review – Light Boxes by Shane Jones

Light Boxes cover

Told in beautifully crafted puddles of prose, Light Boxes tells the story of a town in the grip of a malevolent force known only as February.

Thadeus, Selah and Bianca form a tight family unit that’s torn apart when Bianca disappears from her bed one night.

Unexpectedly, February turns out to be a fully rounded (if not fully grounded), flawed and fearful being like any other, and his motives are never clear. But this isn’t a book for seeking answers in.

The imagery is powerful, evoking half-forgotten fairy tales as children are “twisting the heads of owls” and “giant flowers bloomed over clouds.”

I particular liked the group for former balloonists who call themselves The Solution, each wearing a different coloured bird mask. This scene is the focus of the cover illustration by Ken Garduno, and is the kind of iconic image that will surely be decorating the walls of student dorm rooms in years to come. Continue reading