In October 2017 I came across an internet blog challenge for a story written in two sentences. I wrote a story. Liking the format, I did another one. Another one. And another.
Quite a few stories later, I had enough for a book. Not only did I have stories, but I had written a short poem and created a brush and India ink illustration for each one as well.
The result was Minuscule, published in 2018. I’m now going to show you the book illustrations as an ongoing feature on this blog, once a week. I’ll link back to the story (they have been published one by one on my poetry blog).
If you want to hold the entire book in your hand, the print version is available on Amazon.
“Halt” is the name of the story…
She found her voice. (K)
I got the idea from our garage – due to the way the driveway slopes water can occasionally come inside. We did repairs to drains to correct the problem and it doesn’t happen now, but when we first moved here…trouble. This story exorcises the ghost…
This story has a different resonance for me now that I have had to deal with a flood in our house. I think your illustration captures very accurately that immediate feeling of overwhelming frustration and panic and being so overwhelmed by all the things that need to happen that it becomes difficult to make a plan in that instant.
This story comes from flooding problems we had when we first moved here (water coming down the driveway and the drains malfunctioning). I still get anxious in a hard rain since that is when it would happen, despite the repairs being done ages ago. I can still feel panic at the idea of water creeping up into the house. Believe me, your basement flood, I had very much sympathy. And the feelings you mention are so attached to the idea of flooding, in my mind.
I could very much tell that it was written from experience.