My Short Story

For the short story assignment in class, the six word short story I chose was “Nothing would grow there, ever again.” The plot of this six word short story to me, is nuclear fallout. When I read that, two ideas came to mind. The first, nuclear fallout in the sense that the earth in this spot of a nuclear attack would be forever destroyed. The second that I thought of was love between a couple ending. A couple broke up, and no love would ever spark there again. I chose the plot of a nuclear attack because I think it is a much more fun idea to write about. I don’t mean this is a fun event, just from a writer’s standpoint it would be a better idea to write about.

The idea of a nuclear attack though originates from current issues with North Korea, and the contentious time period we are in. We have an administration in government right now who thinks it is okay to childishly insult a foreign embassy through Twitter, and threaten nuclear war upon a country. North Korea has probably never hated us more, so I set the time period of my story just a few months into the future, in 2018. I think this will also help my story development considering we are currently living in this time period, resulting in a much richer background of the characters, setting, and plot. The setting and plot development definitely influenced some of my thoughts as to how the story will play out, especially characters decisions, and interactions with each other.

Originally, I imagined the content of my story to go similarly to a Walking Dead like plot, just with out the walkers. I was going to have my main character, Roman, alone fighting to survive in an anarchy like situation. He would struggle for food and people were always a threat to him. After the character development though, Roman became so much more than just the main character in my head, he developed much more of a personality, and really started to take form of a story character. So, I think now I will be able to include these personality traits that will effect decision-making throughout the short story. I think this will create a much more interesting, and better developed story.

Sleep Deprivation

For the final weekend of our week long fair break, I was invited to go to Pulaski, New York. Bobby Frey, Tyler Hendricks, and I were going on a day trip to fish the world famous King Salmon run. I have only been able to fish it twice in my life so I was chomping at the bit to go again.Saturday was the only day we were all free, so we had to go then. There was an issue with this timing though. I had to wok Sunday morning at 6 a.m. Pulaski, New York is four hours away, and we planned to fish the entire day, so I knew sleep was going to be a problem. I didn’t realize how much though. So Friday night after the game, I got all my stuff ready and we left for Pulaski at 2 a.m. The plan was to leave at 2, be there by 6, and be fishing by 7.  I anticipated I’d sleep a couple hours on the way up. Little did I know, we were going in Tyler Hendrick’s excessively loud diesel truck, that could wake even the heaviest of sleepers. So somehow, I managed about an hour of sleep on the way and felt pretty good about the day to come. We fished all day further exhausting my body until about 8 p.m. We then got some food and were headed home by 8:30. We arrived on schedule to Bloomsburg, but again the truck kept me from getting but two hours of off and on sleep. With that, I found it extremely difficult to then get shut eye when I arrived at home. After getting a shower and putting my fishing stuff away, it took me a while till got back to sleep again finally. It was about 2 a.m. when it finally happened, and three and a half hours asleep was between me and getting up for work. My alarm was set for 5:30 a.m. and unfortunately, it could not do the job Tyler’s truck could do so well. That was wake me up constantly. So eventually I awoke at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. I got up, took my time getting around, got some coffee, and headed to work shamefully. There were several things I learned whilst on this trip, but the one life lesson I will take away from this is, sleep is very important.