The span of time between conceiving an idea and the final creative product can be a few minutes, a few days, a few months or even a few years, but what a feeling to know that the end product has arrived!
There are so many “what ifs” we as writers speculate over what may not be considered as within our own experience — people of different background, of different professions, of different upbringings, even people who have lived in a different historical era.
I’m no movie star, but there have been times I wondered “what if” I were one, only to wonder what it would be like if, as a movie star, I crave privacy and normalcy.
So some years ago I thought, regarding movie stars, “What if, instead of playing the fame card, a celebrity wants to be treated normally like everyone else. What if that person doesn’t want special treatment simply because of what they do or who they are?”
The premise of my latest short story ebook, “A Ticket to Normalcy,” is simple, one which answers the preceding question. Here’s the answer: a movie star gets stopped for speeding and looks forward to a chance at normalcy by getting a ticket … if only the police officer who stopped her would give her the thing!
Here’s a sneak peek at the latest short story ebook I published, “A Ticket to Normalcy”:
The wheels of the Mercedes Benz careened down the highway at 80 mph. Carrie glanced up at the speed sign as she zoomed past it. 65 mph.
Already late for work. My ex doing a media tour about his latest cult, and I’m the one getting hounded by the paparazzi. God, what I wouldn’t give for a week of normalcy!
Carrie turned on her car radio and turned up the volume. Her own voice sounded from it:
“Having a private life is a privilege,” she’d said in an interview soundbite from a late night talk show that aired the previous night. “Privacy gives you the freedom to live your life and not let strangers nose around in your affairs. People complain that living anonymously sucks, but they don’t know the turmoil that goes with being a celebrity – to have every move examined under a microscope.”
Flashing red lights drew Carrie out of her radio listening, and sirens blared. She cursed under her breath as she turned the steering wheel toward the side of the road.
And, I’m getting a ticket.
Teresa Edmond-Sargeant is an Orlando, FL-based journalist, author, poet and editor. A former staff writer in North Jersey, Edmond-Sargent won two NJ Press Association Awards and is now a reporter for a community newspaper in Central Florida. She is the author of the poetry book “How Fate’s Confusion Connects” and four Amazon Kindle Short story ebooks: “Eve the First: A Fairy Tale Revision,” “Ethical Strains,” “An Estella Exclusive” and “A Ticket to Normalcy.”