I know it’s not Halloween anymore, but I just have to tell you I am a huge scaredy-cat. Like, the biggest chicken you could possibly know. Everyone who is close to me knows this, and takes advantage of it.
I can’t watch scary movies by myself, all the lights are on when I’m at home alone, and I make sure all the blinds and curtains are drawn in the evening. It’s a problem. I freak myself out all the time.
The mini-stories below are my worst nightmares come true. Every day, when I’m in my kitchen, when I go to work when it’s still dark out, when I go to bed … these things cross my mind. And I hope to God none of these ever happen, because I will literally lose my mind if they do.
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At 6:10am, I lock the front door and walk out to my car to unlock it and warm it up. Someone waves at me – from inside the car.
The living room closet tends to creak as it slowly swings shut on its own. I put my coat back in the closet, and it did its familiar creak, too – as it slowly swung open.
I checked my face out in the kitchen mirror before dinner. It checked me out, too.
I closed the closet door and turned off the lights. When my boyfriend comes to bed, he says, “Whoa, I’m surprised you fell asleep with the closet open like that.”
Something was blinking on and off outside my window. I looked outside and saw it was the motion sensor lights – flashing on and off at nothing.
I left my blank post page to go get a cup of water. Coming back, I see “Hi” typed out on the computer screen.
DAY 18 ASSIGNMENT: Compose a series of anecdotes
Today, tell a story through a series of anecdotes (also called vignettes): short, episodic scenes or moments that together read as variations on the same theme. They can each be as short or long as you see fit — they don’t have to be the same length — but they need a common feature to tie them together, whether it’s a repeated phrase, a similar setting, a literary device, or the appearance of the same person.