How’s it going? Two weddings in just as many weeks for me. For some reason I can’t seem to quit spilling pixels about the whole thing. I haven’t seen family and friends so frequently in years, that’s probably the size of it.
Which of course, lent itself to inspiration, just like last week’s wedding (although we’ll be going in a different direction).
So, your prompt for Fab Fiction Friday is…
Take a character and their background. Now, make their friends their family, and vice versa. How are things different?
Well, this should be interesting. I said a character, but feel free to start with yourself and your own life, if you’d like to do that.
First off, I don’t think I could take it if my brother were only a friend, but since he’s kinda both at this point, that point’s a no-never-mind.
And being related to some of my friends would be a cool kind of weird because I have cool friends. Worship leaders, computer whizzes, authors, musicians, photographers, aircraft history experts, a storm chaser, a baker, and more are all in there (and if I missed you, and you’re reading this, sorry). And then there are the acquaintances I didn’t mention who I consider friends, sorta. The folks that you could be better friends with if you saw or talked to them more than once every couple months, or what-have-ya.
All right, back to actual fiction here.
Okay, this could be a potential source of conflict, to be sure, for your character. If kinda weird Fred from down the street, you know, the guy who comes over at random times, and considers you a friend, suddenly became FAMILY, what would that mean? Would you (or your character) see more of him, or less?
I guess I’m coming from a bit of a premise that some people like their friends and not their family. I do love my family, which maybe accounts for some of the frustration that I cause them, or they cause me, at times. My point is, a character’s conflict could be the opposite if they thought their family was awesome and their friends were dull. How would having dull family be?
But that’s the whole point. Unless science has caught up (and of this writing, I’m not sure), we can’t pick who our family is, just our friends. But if we think everything will be perfect if we could pick family, maybe that’s another problem entirely, because people are still people. Flawed, materialistic, at-times-selfish people.
Which I hope will spawn bunches of fictional conflict for you to use in short stories, and things like that.
It’s the end of the first full week in May, today!
Here’s that well-wish I hinted at, for you who kept reading.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 10th. Hope you have something special planned for your mother, if you’re able. And Happy Mother’s Day ahead of time to all you who are mothers out there!
And most of all, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO MY MOM!!!
Make it an awesome weekend, with good memories, all right?
Until next week,