Help Wanted: Translator
This is an audience participation post.
I have a little notebook that I carry with me all the time.
See how cute it is. And responsible. It’s all recycled. Even the pen is recycled cardboard (well not the inside). It’s very inspirational. (except I try not to recycle too many stories). It was also free.
This is where I jot down all my blog ideas.
Usually I just need a word or two to remind me of the amazingly fabulous idea I had – during a drive, or during dinner… or during (sorry, boss) a business meeting.
For instance, just the word “Cheese” brought back my husband’s desire to be more spontaneous, and how he cut the cheese (I still snicker when I write that) more ‘whimsically’.
Or sometimes I get an idea that just needs some fleshing out. I wrote down “Shoulder Pads” about two months ago; but when I saw that old photo of myself in 1977, then I knew I had enough to make a story, and last week I got Freshly Pressed. (Yea! And Thank You.)
And there are times when I think of an especially clever sentence or maybe a whole paragraph, and I write it all down in my little book.
I’ve got little germs of ideas that I haven’t acted on yet, so every once in a while, I go back to the beginning to see if some germ has maybe sprouted.
And that’s my problem.
Back around October I wrote this:
See it? – A little lower than halfway down, in my careless scribble:
“LIZZIE BORDEN MUGSHOT”
What an incredible idea! A gem!
Only I have NO idea what the heck I meant.
None. Nada. Zip. I’ve gone online and read about Lizzie and her unfortunate parents. I’ve read parts of the trial transcript. I researched Lizzie’s life after the trial. I’ve read the theories…the maid, the sister, etc. I’ve researched the fashions of 1892 and the hairstyles – certainly there was a chance I wanted to give her a makeover.
So here’s the challenge:
Interpret this for me.
Tell me what I meant.
I’ll make it a contest and give a prize to the best idea.
It will be an imaginary prize. But this is a contest for your imagination.
Therefore perfectly appropriate.
“Lizzie Borden Mugshot” – What the Fall River does it mean to you?