I few years ago I learned that early astronomers, using small telescopes, had discovered what they thought was a moon orbiting Venus. More than one astronomer discovered this moon and documented – only to have it later disappear.
What was going on? Was this some new astronomical phenomenon? A moon that could pop in and out of existence?
No – it was merely a case of mistaken identity. It was later surmised that these astronomers were confusing background stars for a moon. Their apparently close proximity in the field of view of the telescope fooled them into thinking they were seeing a moon.
This idea intrigued me. A lot. So I added it to my list of “neat facts for a possible story.” All writers have some kind of scrapbook of ideas – this one went into mine.
I never did anything with the idea – until last week. My good friend Teri at IrrationalCat, with whom I have been writing for years, wanted to have a back-and-forth Flash Fiction story with me.
This kind of Flash Fiction is fun. Each writer write 200-500 words, a “chapter”, and sends it back to the other to continue. You’re not supposed to flesh out every detail – the goal is to keep the story moving. As such, it is usually bereft of a lot of description. Think of it as building a skeleton of a story, in it’s entirety, before you go back and add the flesh.
by Ron Sparks and Teri Eaton
New chapters will be added as we write them. Please read and comment. Your ideas might get incorporated into a future chapter!