Today’s StoryStorm writing prompt suggested using one’s neuroses as prompts. You know, like fearing that if you swallow a watermelon seed it will grow out of your stomach. That was a childhood fear of my husband’s after someone kindly told him it would happen.
It took me a few moments but I came up with a few. The most obvious one is that I have a bit of a spider phobia, more now as an adult than as a child, strangely enough. Spiders are used not infrequently in stories as scary monsters. I can think of Shelob in the Lord of the Rings who was truly terrifying and Aragog from Harry Potter. Of course, then there was Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web. She was amazing and friendly and safe.
I’m selfishly holding onto my other phobias. They are my ideas and quirky enough to be mine alone. There was an idea I had while I was outside earlier today and didn’t write down. That one is now gone. Maybe I can develop a new phobia–mysteriously disappearing ideas, similar to the way dreams are forgotten.
You might want to check out today’s Google Doodle. It is the dream of a 2nd grader of becoming a paleontologist and is beyond cute. Plus the little girl won a college scholarship and her school got a grant.