I’ve been off my writing for Friday Fictioneers of late. However, when this photo from Adam Ickes was submitted this morning, by Rochelle over at Addicted to Purple, I just had to get my first impression written down. Thanks to you both for sharing.
The writing is open to anyone, and the rules are easy: writers are encouraged to be as innovative as possible with the prompt and 100 word constraints.
Copyright – Adam Ickes
What Carl didn’t Understand
Carl never really got the hang of living life in the real world. He’d grown up always wishing he was someone else. Somewhere else.
Fact is, he’d always wanted to be a cowboy, to go back in time and experience life in the rough. So one day at the museum he stunned everyone when he stripped down and just walked into the lobby mural. Too bad he didn’t know the rules of entering into a painting. You see, you don’t get to choose. Once you’re in, like a fly on flypaper, you’re static.
That’s him over on the lower left.
For other takes on today’s great prompt look HERE!
Word count: 100
48 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: what carl didn’t understand”
Eeps!So much for dreams turning into reality-poor Carl!
Yes, poor Carl. It is always better to be content on this side of reality.
I’m glad my photo has inspired you. I love this, one of my favorites so far this week. The last line is priceless.
Some photographs can instantly begin a story for me, as yours has done this morning. Thank you, Adam!
That’s really clever of you to include the image from the mural in your story. I noticed it, but that’s all I can say. Great take on the prompt, good to see you here again.
Thank you, Dee. I’m afraid I have been suffering from dust and tumbleweeds between my ears for awhile now. Glad to be back.
🙂 Very funny. I don’t think he’s got the hand of the world of paintings either…
No, he surely did not. Thanks, Sandra!
Haha! Good one, Lynda.
Thank you, Janet. 🙂
Good to see someone else spotted the Indian. Nice one!
Thank you, Paul!
Another surprise from you! You really have a knack for creating fascinating and surprising stories! And, I have just one question: Where IS this museum?? I might have to pay a visit!! LOL
Smiling, Lori! Thank you!
Ah.. that was a great take.. but at least being static it means the bullets are static too…
Björn, how true! No fear of stray bullets where he resides.
Funny, spare, concise and bang on the mark. Carl could have done with those boots in his new life…
Thanks, Kate! Poor Carl, he never had a clue.
Thank you, Emmylgant!
Clever and playful. Well done, Lynda. I like that you took some fantasy and gave us some reality too… many things are like flypaper!
Thank you, sometimes the writing is easy and fun, and then there is the rest of the time. 😉
Brilliant! That is all. Brilliant!
I’m glad you liked it so well, Jan, thank you!
a mix of fantasy and humor 🙂 i like this a lot
Thank you, KZ!
You are so clever! From your first sentence, you drew me in. Great story and love that photo, too!
Thank you, Laurie! I really do have fun with these photo prompts from Friday Fictioneers. I am always surprised at how many different points of view are evidenced in all the authors stories. The photo for this story was from Adam Ickes. BTW, Adam also wrote on his photo and it is a stunner!
Oh I will check that out!!
and btw – I mentioned you in my post today 🙂
You are such a sweetie!
Poor Carl. Guess it goes back to “Be careful what you wish for.” Clever take on the prompt. 🙂
Yes, the poor guy was a bit clueless. Funny, I never even thought of “Be careful what you wish for.” Good one! Thank you, Rochelle.
Bravo! I love this. I’ve sometimes wanted to step into a painting. But I wouldn’t want to be stuck there.
Ha-ha, thank you Bill! Yeah, being stuck is definitely not a selling point for taking that sort of journey. 😉
I really did enjoy this one! This is my first venture unto FF and the variety of takes on the same picture is wonderful.
Welcome and thank you, Liz! I tried to leave you a comment on your blog but for some reason it didn’t seem to take. It happens to me a lot on Blogger, and I don’t know why. Ah well, I liked your story’s twist. I love a twist ending! 😀
People just don’t tell you this stuff you gotta find out for yourself.
Dawn, it would be kinder, but no, they never do!
I love how creative this story is! I also found it entertaining that he wanted to be a cowboy, but ended up being an indian (at least it looks like an indian in the picture).
Thank you, Kerrieanns! You are correct, he is an Indian and not a cowboy. 😉
Haha! Yay for observation 101 😛
A mistake, yes. So much for dreams.
Patrick, he did get what he asked for. Did he not? It just wasn’t what he expected it to be. 😉
Good one, Lynda! Glad to see you on FF again. I took the week off from FF, too many things going on, internet out, etc.
What (and where) is the “Friday Fictioneers.” Do you just look at a photo and then make up a story to go with it? Of course, that would be appealing to me…I do that all the time. Looks like fun.
Mary, I’m sorry but I forgot to mention that Rochelle at Addicted to Purple is in charge of the FF. If you click on her name in my intro above you will be taken directly to her site and this weeks prompt, and it’s not too late to get into this weeks story writing! Picture prompts appear in your email-box on Wednesday mornings. 😉 Hope to see you there!