Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Inspiration for Writing!

Sharing what happened yesterday whilst we were out walking out doggies early in the morning has for one or two people inspired them to come up with ideas or even write a new blog post! Here is what happened and maybe you will share your idea too!

Early in the morning we were out walking with our four legged friends when on a small piece of waste ground I noticed a phone laying amongst the sand and dirt. Bending down, I picked up the red shiny object and after dusting of the dirt realised it was not a cheap mobile phone, but one of the latest models. Popping it into my pocket, we continued on our morning meander, five and half kilometres along the seafront.

Once back home, we switched on the phone and started to look to see if we could learn anything about the owner, I admit at this point to be feeling very guilty as if spying on some unknown suspect! However, it quickly proved the phone belonged to an English speaking person and added to this, I recognised a couple of the names in the address book. However, contacting these people, alas gave no clue as to the owner. At midday a text message appeared inviting the owner to lunch. Relief flooded through me, we could hopefully find the owner, so texting back with a please help message. I add at this point that I had no idea how to operate this new fangle phone it took forever and should we ever find the owner, I think it would be dinner as lunch would have long past! But patience was eventually rewarded and it turned out the texter was a friend of the owner who lived a couple of streets away and so we were able to hand the phone back. A happy ending!

Now having mentioned this on Facebook and an email to my friend, it created a few ideas for a book. One comment on Facebook saw my little drama as an opportunity to write something sinister, maybe an abduction or a murder.... ! My lovely friend, Kathryn Brown was inspired to write a blog about her own experience of losing her own phone, sadly it did not have the happy ending the owner of the phone we found had.

Now what story line would you write behind finding this phone, would it be one of lost love or stolen for a wealth of contacts and then blackmailed, or..... going on you can imagine!

8 comments:

Paula Martin said...

Conjures up all kinds of possiblities, doesn't it? My mind is working overtime right now!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Paula, I know scary! Thanks for stopping by :)

jontybabe said...

I think I would write something about discovering the phone belonged to a long lost friend or relative!

In a simmilar story, when I was a kid I went on a camping trip with the school. My mother had given me my grandfathers old whistle that he had used when he had a job working for the railway after he left the navy. He would have blown the whistle when the trains were leaving the station. It was engraved with his name. We had to have a whistle on the trip to blow it if we ever got lost or hurt so that rescuers could find us. On my trip I borrowed a rain coat from the youth hostel we were staying at and always kept the whistle safely in my pocket. On that trip I lost the precious whistle and was gutted. 2 Years later my sister went on the same trip and when she borrowed a rain coat at the youth hostel she found the whistle in the pocket. What are the chances that she would have been given the same coat! With the whistle in the pocket. How did it end up back in the coat? Weird or what!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Jonty, what an amazing story and so glad that despite the years missing, you got your whistle back. Thank you for sharing your lovely story. x

Sheryl said...

Ooh, there could be a sinister message in there, leading you to think someone was in danger. Or a plot going on somewhere which you had to stop - in 24 hours!! Love it!

I did pick up a pair of expensive sunglasses while out walking doggies once. Stopped to chat to someone - for ages, like you do, glasses in hand. Then, as we parted, I mentioned I'd found them. Relief flooded her face. They're mine, she said. Obviously, she'd been wondering whether I was going to say anything or pocket them. Phew, honesty is always the best policy! :) x

Pauline Barclay said...

Hello Sheryl, you are right honesty is the best and just think of the upset the owners would have if they never saw their possession again. As for your 24 hour plot idea, brilliant! Have a fab day x

Rosemary Gemmell said...

It's a great prompt for the imagination, although I'd need time to think about it!

Pauline Barclay said...

Hi Rosemary, it certinly gets you thinking!