I was inspired by a prompt at While Waiting for Godot: “Make a Mailbox Happy and Improve Your Mood.”
The article started me brainstorming (in the image of my brain dump). I started thinking about how only distressing or useless pieces come in a real mailbox: bills, jury summons, junk mail, and thve like. Fun mail comes in emails, texts, and social media posts, if at all.
Then I started thinking about a series of books I read about 25 years ago. Do any of your remember the Griffin and Sabine trilogy by Nick Bantock? The author/artist uses letters and postcards that he so brilliantly illustrates to tell the story.
I got to thinking maybe I could tell an epistolary short story on my break. It will be a challenge since I don’t have access to Photoshop, my favored tool of visual creations. I may have to go old school with pen and paint. And then there’s the question: from whom shall the correspondence come, to whom shall they go, and what story shall it tell?
I am not certain that I will even do this — such is the nature of brainstorming. What seems like a good idea today may not be tomorrow.
I may end up spending my break just re-reading Griffin and Sabine instead.