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Well, the Novelicious entries have been read - and thank you all who did, and for making such lovely comments - and voting is open until the 20th.  If you'd like to vote click here (mine's Dancing Queen) and if you don't, ignore me.

I met up with some of the lovely ladies from my writing group today and had a great time, not least because it involved Going On a Train, which is one of my favourite things.  Looking out of the window I saw so many things that triggered story ideas I ended up writing one on the way back.  I'd never have done that if I'd gone by car.  Not without something deeply unpleasant happening.

One of the oddest sights was a man on a tennis court playing tennis - by himself.  As you can imagine, this involved rather a lot of running back and forth.  Unless his opponent was invisible. 

I don't think I could make a sensible story out of that, but if you have any thoughts I'm more than happy to try.

Comments

Librarian said…
Playing tennis by himself? Without the net then, I assume :-)
I like travelling by train, too. Since I don't drive, it is often the best way for me to get from A to B. Even when I am on a route I know very well from frequent journeys, I always see something different, and it is time I can use entirely for myself, either reading or just looking out of the window.
Sue Blackburn said…
Wow! What a writer's mind seeing a story in everything. Mmm Playing tennis by himself? Definitely a 'ghostie story' in there do you think? Although if the opponent was just invisible presumbaly the balls would be being returned? Spooky!
Love the train. Wish we still had a station here - my favourite form of travel definitely. :o) xx
Teresa Ashby said…
Good luck with Novelicious :-)
I don't like train travel - but I must admit every time I go on a train and particularly if I'm alone, I do feel inspired!
Am very glad you weren't driving when you wrote your story ;-) And intrigued by the man playing tennis with himself x
All the very best with your novelicious entry - it's a great blurb for a novel! I love travelling by train (so does husband) and get so much writing done by pen and paper if by myself. If it's abroad, it's great for scenery watching.
Cait O'Connor said…
I love trains too and I know lots of writers get inspiration on them. I did laugh at the man playing tennis by himself. I am off to look at the novelicious thing now.
Karen said…
Librarian - There WAS a net, he kept hitting the ball over then running to the other side picking it up, and hitting it back! I suppose it's good exercise.

Sue - I like the idea of a ghostie story :o) It probably would have been quicker to drive, but much less stressful by train.

Teresa - Thanks for the good wishes :o) I did wonder if he was waiting for a tennis partner to turn up and was getting a bit of practise in!

Rosemary - Thank you!
Yes, being on a train is probably the only time I write in a notepad with an actual pen, instead of using the laptop :o)

Cait - It was a bit puzzling, but maybe he'd been let down by a tennis partner and didn't want to waste time!
suzy doodling said…
Hi Karen, Good luck with your book. I've given you the be inspired award over on my blog. www.susanjanejones.wordpress.com
Su said…
I love writing on the train! My town has one commuter line that goes from downtown to the little town just north of us and back again. It's a great place to get writing done!
Diane Fordham said…
Good luck with your novel Karen. I haven't been on a train in decades but it is awesome and interesting to find out what triggers inspiration in writers :-)
Talli Roland said…
I love going on trains, too. I'm laughing picturing a man running back and forth on the court!
Anna May said…
Hahaha! That's a sure fire way to win a tennis match. Maybe Andy Murray should try it?
And good luck with the novel.

Anna May x
Anna May said…
Hahaha! That's a sure fire way to win a tennis match. Maybe Andy Murray should try it?
And good luck with the novel.

Anna May x
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