tracycembor

Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

The Dog Days Are Over

While in my car on my lunch hour during this beautiful, windy day in the ATL, I realized that my day could have been worse.

I could have been the guy in the yellow sports car pulled over the cop… or I could have been the cop chasing the ticket he just wrote around and around in the intersection.  Every time he got close to the fluttering paper, the wind would gust and blow it another dozen feet away.  If anyone else had lost some paper in the intersection, horns would have been blaring and cars would have been zooming past the poor guy.  But since he was wearing his policeman blues, everyone sat in their cars quietly and watched the lights as they changed from green to red.

So just remember, you could have been this poor guy today.  (If you’re the cop and you’re reading this, dude, today was rough.  You deserve a refreshing beverage and to watch the TV show of your choice tonight.)

And this totally gave me a great idea for another short story (and yes, this one would actually be short.)  I can see some poor municipal employee in Rivenloss chasing his paper down the cobblestone streets.  Maybe it’s Merrick, who’s been demoted to traffic cop after the end of Life of a Foundry Moth (except that we agreed that I’m killing everyone off, right?).  He can be almost run over by a steam carriage and get scooped up into some brand new steampunk adventure.  xD

Hmmm, now to come up with a scrappy driver and some witty dialogue.  :D

Also, this song is awesome and you should totally check it out!!

15 comments on “The Dog Days Are Over

  1. mrschmoe
    May 23, 2013

    welcome back. Sounds like an inspiration for another story was delivered and gift wrapped via everyday scenes ;)

    • tracycembor
      May 23, 2013

      Yeah, it’s funny how the world was nice enough to serve that up for me. I should get out of the office for lunch more often. ;)

  2. pishnguyen
    May 23, 2013

    Great song!

    • tracycembor
      May 23, 2013

      Yeah, I love her voice. “Shake It Out” is also a great song. :D

  3. Arlene
    May 23, 2013

    Yes, getting out of the office can be great for story ideas and escape … my problem is having to go back in! Funny scene, poor cop!

    • tracycembor
      May 23, 2013

      It is much harder to come back while the weather is nice outside. Fortunately, it will be 90 degrees in the shade soon, so I’ll have plenty of motivation to embrace the air conditioned office environment.

  4. Carrie
    May 23, 2013

    Florence is such an amazing singer and her music is such good inspiration to write!! :-)

    • tracycembor
      May 24, 2013

      Yes, her songs have gotten me over the hump in a couple of big scenes that felt too big to tackle. I’m in love with her voice. :D

  5. Przemek Kucia
    May 24, 2013

    Well if my opinion is considered I could agree that Merrick survives through “Life of a Foundry Moth” if he will die in some sort of brutal and unexpected accident in the upcoming short story ;) (sounds like a challenge – making unexpected from something we expect xD)

    In Poland we have an artist, musician – Kazik Staszewski – he once sung (in rough translation) “hey hey hey, the others have it even worse” but at the end of the song he changes this theme to “but there is no fooling anyone, that there are some who have it better” xD

    • tracycembor
      May 31, 2013

      Ooo, I like the lyrics. That’s true that some have it worse and some have it better. Guess it is just a matter of personal perspective to see which side of the line you fall on. Frankly, I think I’ve got it pretty damn good. xD

      As for Merrick, I took some pity on him when I was writing at lunch. We’ll see if it survives the next round of edits.

  6. beautycalyptique
    May 24, 2013

    lovely sketch :D well, I adore short stories featuring characters from a bigger set. it’s always like a DVD bonus scene or something.

    • tracycembor
      May 31, 2013

      Hmmm, I wonder what you call a bonus section to a short story. I’ll have to think of something terribly clever… or OMG obvious. If I write enough short stories, I had this crazy idea I could do something like Charles de Lint (although I’m not nearly the wordsmith he is) and publish them in a book.

      Holy dictionaries, Batman! She might be on to something! xD

      • beautycalyptique
        June 2, 2013

        :D
        I reckon bonus sections to a novel are additional shorties
        bonuses to shorties are I dunno – comic novels, illustrations, behind-the-scenes things. for example sometimes you cut out a bit to make the story faster and sleeker, but if it’s a good stand-alone piece of great writing, why not add it on sometime, somewhere?

      • tracycembor
        June 5, 2013

        I did indulge and put up a teaser for the last part of Life of a Foundry Moth if you want to check it out.

        https://tracycembor.com/2013/06/04/life-of-a-foundry-moth-teaser-for-part-four/

      • beautycalyptique
        June 5, 2013

        sweet. merci. will need to re-read from the beginning tho :)

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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