Microfiction challenge #7: Wheatfield

This is the image I had lined up for this week’s prompt

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but if you’d rather a painting, you might prefer Van Gogh’s wheatfield instead.

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If you are writing a serial, there is both peace and a vaguely sinister feeling about both of these images. The path through the wheat in the photograph looks somehow unnatural to me, and the crows against the stormy sky possibly bode no good either. That’s my feeling anyway. I’m sure you’ll find a way to guide your story line through the wheatfield, pleasant or foreboding.

If you’d rather use the prompt for a standalone story, feel free. I’ll let you skip the 200 word limit and use as many words as it takes (within reason). Looking forward to reading your stories, and to getting around to writing my own!

Link to your post in the comments below, as usual, before next Thursday please. Have fun!

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

42 thoughts on “Microfiction challenge #7: Wheatfield”

      1. Have you been to auvers sur oise? Amazing experience. It was the only day trip I did while living in Paris. I was too broke or busy to do much else, but that was a worthwhile visit.

      2. It was 11years ago and i don’t have pics readily available to jog my memory, but it struck me as a very unassuming town. The church blew me away and I saw fields that made me feel like I was in his paintings. It was only the mass of trinkets and plastic sunflowers left around his grave that gave it away. I’m going to dig up old emails from that time to see what I told friends about it.

      3. I’d never thought of it as a big tourist draw. Not like Giverny for example. Old painters have less attraction than their paintings in galleries I suppose.

      4. It really was a moving experience to be thete. I love Van Gogh. I like Monet, but he isn’t on the same scale in my heart. I never made it to Giverny but saw an incredible video of it as part of an exhibition of his in melb a couple of yrs ago.

      5. Auvers would be Auvers whether or not Van Gogh was associated with it. It’s a small town in a particular part of France, part of the landscape, and Van Gogh saw somehting special in it. Giverny probably wouldn’t be more than a pretty garden without Monet.

  1. Not quite finished, but a confession to make — I have tried, but this section of the serial will not allow me to cut words with the surgical precision you would use. So, it’s a bit long, but I think I know where I’m taking the story, wildly diverse and dangly, compared to the other serialists’ well-honed episodes. Back to editing — let’s see if I can cut, rather than add, words. Hope the “camping” trip is going well. I’ve camped out while waiting to move in, and it can be quite a bit of fun — depending on how many of the amenities are available and working.

    1. It was a lot of hard work, but we can see where we’re going now at least.
      I’ve read your story and I’ll get back to it when I’ve gone through all the mail backlog. I need a clear head for this one. You don’t half write complicated stories!

      1. That’s okay Jane — my writing is undisciplined, but please don’t feel, just because I asked to be whipped into shape, that you have to.
        I thought of a way of linking stories but nothing I ever do is simple, I’m afraid. So, don’t feel obliged to get caught up in my complexities! 🙂

  2. Finished, but not happy. Besides length, I’m not sure it works as a “remember” episode. Get those flails and red pens out, Jane. Should you chose the mission to whip this into shape or submission, you will have your week’s work cut out for you — cut out might be the operative word. Trying to bring 3 episode together, but it has the hit over the head with the frying pan feel.
    Hope your camping is going well, and ALL are having fun.
    https://phylor.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/jds-microfiction-wheatfield-chorragans-story/

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