My published story “First and Third” is a case in point. While holidaying in the Tucson area of Arizona some years ago, I was fascinated to see roadside billboards displaying memorials to the recently deceased. What if, I wondered, a driver saw an animated CGI version of their much-missed loved one during their journey? How would they feel?
But that’s not yet a story. It could be, but it needs something more.
Another of my notebook’s questions to myself went along the lines of “What if the digital afterlife operated as pay-as-you-go service?”
So now my character’s deceased wife is begging him for money, from a billboard. And just for fun, the narrator is riding a nuclear-powered Harley Davidson on Mars. Now that was a story I needed to write.
The result was First and Third, which appeared in Postscripts 26/27 “Unfit for Eden” (2012).
Why do I write?
Because every now and then two “what ifs” collide.
(First published at The Thinkerbeat Reader, 1 November 2019)