As a kid, I always wanted to be an actress. My friend Joyce and I would practice a scene from the movie The Bells of St Mary’s, in which the priest (Bing Crosby) tells the nun (Ingrid Bergman) that she has leukemia, and she cries (with relief, because of the storyline). Joyce and I would sob, certain we’d be great actresses one day. As it turned out, I was way too shy, soft-voiced, and anxious to ever make it on stage even in grade school, but that didn’t stop me from dreaming. (note: If you’ve read my novel Secret Lives, the scene I describe above may be familiar to you, since it inspired the same behavior in my character Eden in that novel. Eden, though, did indeed go on to be a star).
So how about you? Everyone has an acting story, I’m sure of it. What’s yours? (By the way, I just received a couple of large print editions of Necessary Lies and will randomly choose one commenter to receive one of them!)
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. 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. Happy writing!