Sunday, September 21, 2008

Cats and Sisters


A few people have asked me about the illustrative photo at the top of this blog page, mostly to wonder why I don't put something else there.

What I like best about the posed portrait of the mountain family is, of course, the cat. I also think the facial expressions and body language of the two young sisters is a perfect short-study of oldest / youngest sibling dispositions.

Hint: one likes baking cookies, one likes eating them.

I also like to play with the relationships here. Given an entire Sunday to fiddle with a ukulele and not do much else, I can find an entire novel in a photo like this one. Can't you?

Mostly, when I think of writing fiction, I am thinking of what happens next. What is wonderful about photos (such as the one above) is in looking at them, entering them as best I can, it makes me wonder what happened first. It's a nice switch.

Dogs wag, btw. Cats switch.

Potatoes, apparently, just sit there and don't do much at all.

8 comments:

Beth said...

If I lived in Southern Idaho, I could probably wow you with tater tales. But up here in the frozen north, we only have huck tales...

GhostFolk.com said...

Maybe we should collaborate on a book: Ghost Potatoes of the South???

Okay, okay: "Ghost Potatoes of the World..." (Apologies to Keith Olbermann).

Jovanka said...

The only ones who look like they're having fun are the youngest daughter and the cat!

.....and the potatoes.

FARfetched said...

Do potatoes enjoy themselves? Is that when they sprout?

GhostFolk.com said...

Hey, Far! I think if you stack them just right potatoes have sometimes get to have fun. There is a Mr. AND Mrs. Potato Head, after all. :-)

Beth said...

Are french fries the result of Mr and Mrs P having fun? You know - small fry, french fry....

GhostFolk.com said...

LOL, Beth. Should I wait for someone else to say this: Tater tots??

Beth said...

Rolling on the floor, Ghostie! You can tell it's way too early out here for me to be witty....