PHOTO PROMPT Β© Dale Rogerson


Blurry-eyed and half-awake, she sipped her coffee and stared at the photo, finding it interesting, yet troubling. Was this the one that would stump her?

Her thoughts drifted like leaves tossed in a chill wind, her mind, a blank sheet of paper that refused to be written upon.

What were those objects?

What were they made of? Reeds? Whale bone? Oh, I hope not. Maybe it’s just plastic.

Who was the artist? What kind of person was he? Or she? And what was he or she thinking when he or she created them?

She sipped again and continued to stare.


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Though I found theseΒ objets d’art fascinating, my mind was spotless for a story. So instead, I wrote about myself pondering, searching, grasping unsuccessfully for a story. I hope that counts! πŸ™‚

Thank you to Dale Rogerson for the challenging prompt (the prompt won!) and to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, our creatively-fearless (or perhaps fearlessly-creative is more descriptive? More coffee!) leader of the Friday Fictioneers.


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24 Responses to Stumped

  1. jillyfunnell says:

    The answer will come. And it will be unique! Lovely contemplative scene.

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  2. Dear Jan,

    It’s always fun to write this kind of story. πŸ˜‰ Love it. As I sip my coffee, I’m still opening my bleary eyes and contemplating three weeks of travel.



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    • Jan Vanek says:

      BLEARY-EYED! That’s what I meant to say. Oh well, I was blurry-eyed, too. And I hadn’t finished my first cup of coffee yet. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your travels, Rochelle! ❀


  3. neilmacdon says:

    Nah, It didn’t stump you

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I sense a bit of real life here. Well done for turning it into something positive.

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  5. granonine says:

    I’d love to know what the answer is, when she thinks of it πŸ™‚

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  6. gahlearner says:

    Heh, this is how I felt for weeks while staring at the picture prompts and waiting for an answer. It’s brilliant to make this into a story.

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  7. I was right there with you, but I hadn’t had my coffee yet.

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  8. Sometimes we just have to look, wonder, and be honest. Love your honesty, Jan. How enjoyable your contemplation is.

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  9. pennygadd51 says:

    So you give us a meditation on the process of responding to a photoprompt! Nicely written, Jan.


  10. lisarey1990 says:

    Wonderfully written. Very authentic.


  11. Liz Young says:

    I know how she feels – the answer will come, maybe tomorrow.


  12. A story about trying to find a story. Ha ha ha


  13. Norma says:

    Still staring…no answers. May be time to sip some coffee.
    Nicely done, Jan. It sounds similar to our writing process involved with photo prompts. Very real.😊


  14. James McEwan says:

    Objects of art does that to you. Nice story.


  15. subroto says:

    Portrait of the artist as a confused person. Happens all the time πŸ™‚


  16. goroyboy says:

    Very interesting narrative take


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