Creative Block

FOTD Bougainvillea

This post should have come out yesterday but my head refused to deliver. I had not one creative thought to be found. Indeed I had no thought at all. Where could I get my inspiration from. I half heartedly looked at subjects that might interest me on the web – but none created that little spark that set my fingers flying across the keyboard. I read some poetry and some daily thoughts but again – nothing. Wednesday’s post would have to wait.

Today I again sat and stared at my blank sheet feeling no more inspired than I did yesterday. I determined that I would just post my Flower of the Day for Cee’s FOTD challenge. A Bougainvillea. My favourites are the red and normally the purples do little for me but this one has a vibrancy about it that I enjoy.

Suddenly, from nowhere, came a germ of an idea as a response to Carrot Ranch’s 99 word prompt. So tiny it needed nurturing. A murder story no less written in the vernacular of the 1949 Californian Gold Rush days. Agatha Christie was going to eat her heart out.

I wish (but that was the last challenge). Perhaps I was being too ambitious. No. That creative block was back in full swing until I again thought Agatha Christie and how she may have overcome it (and really I doubt that she ever had writers block so this is pure literary fabrication.)

Striking Gold

Agatha C clutched the keys to 1849 Lode Street in one hand and some documents in the other. “Finally it’s mine. Time for pay dirt,” she muttered, throwing the keys and contract onto the bench. She smiled as she unfolded the other document carefully. The removalists would bring the necessary tools.

Later she paced exactly eighteen steps from the back gate and forty nine steps from the easterly fence and started digging, hitting metal within minutes. “I’ve struck gold” she thought. Opening the metal box she pored through the manuscripts she’d written twenty years before. This time they’d sell.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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22 Responses to Creative Block

  1. Andrew Blair says:

    Love the bougainvillia and the tale

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Very clever, Irene! Your little gray cells were NOT on a holiday!

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    I have always adored Bougainvillea. They are always so happy looking to me. A wall of flowers. 😀 😀

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  4. Good to see you unblocked. Sometimes it is best to ignore the block, walk away and eventually there’s a way over it. Or under it. Or around it.
    You may or may not get back to the 1849 California Gold Rush murder mystery, but what you have is gold. Glad she saved those manuscripts until the time was right. Clever word play too!

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    • Thanks D. I think I am needing increasingly more time to let my head do its thing with coming up with creative responses or thoughts full stop. A sign of age and possibly preoccupation. Thanks for your kind comments – they showed me I was successful at what I attempted to do.


  5. Charli Mills says:

    And this is why we push through our writer’s blocks — there’s gold in them words, Irene! Not only did you find an original use for “49” but you also brought Agatha Christie to life through your vividly imagined response to her own perseverence. Lovely photo!

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  7. Very creative use of the prompt, Irene, especially bringing in the writer’s (frustrating) life. PS – I think she might have been ‘poring’ through her manuscripts, not raining on them. 😉

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  8. Love it, Irene. Sometimes we have to give those prompts a litttle time.

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  9. Norah says:

    Great story, Irene. I’m pleased you shifted that block and dug the gold.

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