I was amazed by all the email asking what happened to Story Weekend last week. It’s nice to know you look forward to it as much as I do. I’ve been at the beach for two glorious weeks and somehow last weekend just slipped away, so we’ll make up for it now.
I’m on Topsail Island, the home of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital. To generate money for new equipment, twenty-two large fiberglass turtles were decorated by local artists and auctioned off after spending the summer in front of area businesses. Lori Fisher, owner of one of my favorite bookstores, Quarter Moon Books in Topsail Beach, was the high bidder on this beautiful turtle. I wish you could see it close up–so much detail. I’m so glad Lori got her. (Her name is Lucy).
Anyway, all this turtle talk has inspired the theme for the new Story Weekend. Do you have a turtle story?
If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve been contributing. I’ve loved reading your stories. As always, there are a few “rules”:
- The story must be true.
- Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge.
- Avoid offensive language.
As usual, I’ll start it off with my own story.