Every year, the Southern Indiana Writers Group publishes an anthology from our members. A themed anthology. Once, it was dragons (DRAGON: OUR TALES). One year, it was mysteries associated with coffee houses (GROUNDS FOR SUSPICION). One year, it was sweet and tender romance (UNBRIDLED LUST). Last year, it was science fiction (FUTURE PERFECT– TENSE IN SPACE). This year, we’re taking our old, thin, out-of-print Christmas collection (CHRISTMAS BIZARRE) and adding other holidays and calling it HOLIDAY BIZARRE. Cool, huh?
So I’ve been diddling around, stalling–uh, I mean thinking, yeah, that’s better, let’s go with thinking–thinking about what to write. Having just come out of the winter holiday season, it’s been difficult to think about any others, so that’s my best excuse. My second-best excuse is that I wanted to pick a holiday nobody else was likely to pick, so we wouldn’t, you know, overlap.
But wait! I know a holiday that nobody I know celebrates: St. Crispen’s Day. Yeah, Shakespeare’s Henry V fans, you know what I’m talkin’ about! Yeah, Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams fans, you heard me!
Now I had a holiday nobody else was liable to use AND two rich connections to it. Well, three, if you count God. Okay, a battle… with a dog in… Think about something else for a while.
A Twitter friend said she had read LONNIE, ME AND THE HOUND OF HELL and liked it, especially the title story. This pleased me. Then inspiration walked up and smacked me upside the head like Agent Gibbs.
And so the adventure begins.
“Lonnie, Me and the Battle of St. Crispen’s Day”. Coming soon to an anthology near you.
WRITING PROMPT: Connect a passage in Shakespeare to something else.