Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Future Short Story Ideas

I promised I would throw out a few ideas of story summaries I could maybe write in the coming weeks and months. I will be on the road a lot with conventions getting ready to roll, and so that means I might have time to churn out a few short Milestones stories. (I wrote the Christmas story on the way to the airport one day, and I finished it up the next day while my flight to California was delayed.)

Anyway, here are some titles and short summaries. If you have any ideas for short stories I could write, feel free to include it in the comments. And they don't have to be Milestones stories, either. I'm thinking of compiling short stories to include in a book collection someday (yeah, like I have the time for that?)

In the meantime, throw out any ideas that would make these stories fun, or anything else that comes to mind. They are still in the planning stages, so anything is possible. Nothing is firm in my own mind yet.

Or . . . if you would like to actually write one (or more) of these stories yourself, I would welcome them! Hmmm . . . maybe I should run a writing contest, just to get somebody to write these things for me, LOL. I mean, well, I would take the "winning" story and rewrite it but give credit to the young author who inspired it.

This is your chance to put down other ideas too for stories. I hope to see lots of comments here. Ready, set, go!

Here is what I've come up with so far. 
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1. “Yosemite Getaway”: The best part about being married is the chance to do whatever you want—mostly to not have your big brother bossing you around any longer. Riley and Andi head to Yosemite for a dream honeymoon that turns into a nightmare when the Yosemite stage is robbed. 


2. “A Very Special Spot”: Riley insists he is the only one who knows about his hideaway in a corner of the Circle C ranch. Andi insists there is no place on the ranch she hasn’t explored. Who is right? Who is surprised? (I know this is an Andi's Journal entry already, but I would turn it into a real story and expand it.)

3. “The Shooting Lesson”: Riley decides Andi is overdue to learn how to shoot. After all, she is sometimes alone in the middle of a huge spread all day. She needs to shoot a rattler with the first shot, or a pesky coyote. Will Andi and Riley be speaking to each other by the time the lesson is over?

4. “Canning Peaches Is Not for Sissies”: Putting up a dozen loads of peaches is not Andi’s idea of a good afternoon. Or many afternoons. But Mother and Lucy insist it’s in Andi’s interest to learn a few kitchen skills. (Again, I would take the Andi's journal entry for this one and turn it into a more complete, expanded story.) 

5. “Specter from the Past”: Felicity Livingston moves to town, but she’s too close for Andi’s comfort. How can a childhood memory from six years ago still cause Andi to tremble? And is there a good reason it should—especially if Mitch starts to take an interest in the young woman? 

6.* “O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree”: Andi wants a Christmas tree in true Carter tradition, and Riley has to work hard to make it become a reality. There’s no snow but plenty of excitement as Andi and Riley head to the high country for a tree of their own. (*This is the only story in this list that is completely written and finished.)

7. “Here Kitty, Kitty” (sequel to "O Christmas Tree"): The cougar cub Chad was given for Christmas haunts him. But how can he disappoint Andi? The cat scatters the chickens and frightens the herd. The horses go crazy at the scent, so Chad hauls the cougar to Andi and Riley and dumps it on their front porch. “Ellie and I have a new baby, and that’s infant enough for us.” What will become of a lonely cougar cub named Kitty? Especially when rumors abound of a cougar killing the local sheep.

8. “Andi Had a Little Lamb”: After experiencing having a sweet lamb taken away from her twice in her childhood (sheep and cattle don't mix), Andi Prescott gets her lamb at last. And nobody is going to take it away from her this time. Riley and Chad try to pressure her, but she finally has a pet she’s always wanted. Sadie Hollister returns as the giver of the lamb. Tensions mount. Climaxes with Andi giving birth to her own little lamb, Jared Riley Prescott. 

 

54 comments:

  1. I love ideas 1, 3, 5, and 7. (All the odd ones, I guess.) It would be fun to see Mitch fall in love with somebody! He’s the only Carter who isn’t (or hasn’t been) married yet.
    I’d also really like to see something that takes place after the Milestones Christmas story. I think we’re all wondering what Andi’s going to be like as a mother… it’s a bit of a scary prospect!

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  2. I especially like 1., 3., 7., and 8.! Great Ideas Mrs. M! Can't wait to see what happens:)

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  3. Oh! Oh! OHHHH! I love them all, especially the last one! You could do a short story of something Andi mentioned in "Family Secret": "Sometime, I'm going to put this dress on the other way, and who cares if it's backward?" (when Katherine had first arrived and she'd had to change). That would be the greatest if you had another story contest, but then, no one can write like you, Mrs. Marlow! Thanks a bunch for sharing this with us! (Can't wait to read these upcoming stories ;-)!

    ~Ellen

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    1. Well, I hate to tell you this, Ellen, but that remark is no longer in the new Family Secret anniversary edition. I tightened things up so I could add way more about the locket, etc.

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    2. Oh! It'll be so much going through FS and seeing all the changes! Well, perhaps, instead of my former idea, you could do a short story on Cory getting married. Have you decided who he's going to marry? Also, you know that short scene you cut out of the Stepping Stones book, "Andi Far from Home," where Justin gives Andi her locket? Do you think, even if it is really, really short, you could post it here on the blog? Or...and I am sorry if I am getting too enthusiastic...you could do a short stoy on how Andi breaks the news to everyone that she is pregnant. Thanks again! You are awesome!

      ~Ellen

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    3. Wow, Ellen. You make me tired. Yes, all those ideas are fun, but I will never remember them. You need to send them to me in an email so they don't get lost . . .

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    4. I copied and pasted your idea(s) into a word document so hopefully it won't get lost.

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  4. The idea of having a contest is mostly to give me a bunch of ideas. Thanks, Ellen, that you like my writing, and if I have a good idea, I can write, but I confess I've read some of these story contest entries and thought, "Wow, what great ideas! Why didn't I think of that?" LOL

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  5. These all sound really fun!!! :D That would be so cool if you were able to put together a book with these stories in it!!! =)

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    1. I probably will, but not anytime soon. :-)

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  6. Oh!!! I like ideas 1, 3, 5, and 8 :)

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  7. Oh, I love them all! If into they were already wrote so I could read them...

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  8. I would like to read a story from Ellie Coulter's point of view, detailing her courtship with Chad, and why she left her last School. I'm sure she had some sort of adventure...Nasty pupils...rat infested boarding house...irritatingly friendly widowers...stubborn school board that won't let her change the way pupils are taught...etc. I really like this idea for a story, and started a little fan fiction story, but never finished it. Thanks for the chance to air our ideas, hope you like mine!
    Emily

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    1. Oh, that's a terrific idea. I will copy and paste it into my idea folder.

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    2. That's a great idea, Emily! I would like to learn more about her and why she moved to Fresno. Mrs. M, does Jem live in Fresno? Or Goldtown. And what does he do?

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    3. Oh, wow, Marissa. I haven't thought much about Jem since Goldtown, although he did make a small reprise in Courageous Love. I honestly don't know what he's doing, although I can't see him living anyplace but Goldtown.

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    4. Maybe you could write a Goldtown Milestones series!

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  9. I'm personally NOT fond of the idea of a romance for Mitch...but what can you expect with three handsome brothers running the show? I feel like Andi ought to have one single brother out of the bunch, but if Felicity really is the woman for Mitch, I guess I'm cool with it.
    Emily

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    1. Believe it or not, I agree! I just can't "see" Mitch married. I don't know why not, though. Anyway, Felicity might think she's the one for Mitch, but maybe I can keep him single anyway. :-)

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    2. I agree, I can't see Mitch getting married. Well at least not to Felicity. She doesn't seem right for him.

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  10. Number one sounds like it would be a lot of fun! I love the action-filled stories, so I think I would definitely enjoy it. ;) Poor Andi, seems like she can never catch a break! XD

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  11. I love them. I read stepping stones but i love short story contest.

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  12. These all sound lovely! Especially Andi Had a Little Lamb. :D

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  13. sounds amazing! I'm not sure if I like the name Jared, though, maybe something like Jake?

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    1. I think it's called jared because that is Riley's middle name and they are naming the baby after him
      do you think you could have a short story on the year andi and riley are courting? is it possible that Andi teaches the school after ellie marries and before andi marries riley?

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  14. Is it all right if I do #1 and send it to you? I really love that summary:-)

    ~Leah

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    1. Absolutely! Send it to circlecadventures@gmail.com
      Have fun!

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    2. Could I write one of those stories, too, please, Mrs. Marlow? Leah is doing #1, but may I please do the same one, or would that be rude? If it is, and if your consent to it, I could do #7 instead. Thanks!

      ~Ellen

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    3. Sure! Do #1 or #7 or BOTH! Please! CircleCAdventures@gmail.com

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    4. Thanks Mrs. M. I will have fun!

      ~Leah

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    5. Oh I might do one too then... Mrs. M I would love to see a funny story, maybe one with Andi as a mother but with her oldest twelve or something, her kids could take over the cooking one day as Andi's cooking is not so great! I agree that it doesn't seem right for Mitch to get married. I love all your ides!
      Thank you so much!!!

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  15. I love these ideas!! :) It's a little weird for me to think of Mitch ever getting married, or Andi being a mother, but all the same, the ideas are terrific!

    Lets see if I have any ideas...In number seven, you mention Chad and Ellie have a new baby, maybe Chad's perspective on being a new father? And something I've always wanted to see is Cory's perspective in Courageous Love, when Andi turned him down(that scene made me so sad). Or, as someone else said, I'd love to have a short story about Cory getting married or something. And you could even have Daniel come back into one of these stories, somehow, too...

    Thanks for the opportunity to throw out some ideas!!

    -Sadie S.

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    1. Thanks, Sadie! I copied and pasted them into my growing "sequel stories" ideas document.

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    2. You're welcome, thanks again for the opportunity! :)
      I was wondering, is it OK if I try writing #3 "The Shooting Lesson"? I love that idea. :)

      -Sadie S.

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    3. You betcha! Abbi just sent one in today for that story, but I welcome lots and lots! Between y'all, I might just get a nice, long story by combining fun features from all of your creative ideas. :-)

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  16. Oh yes, I love all of these ideas! And a book of them would be fantastic---maybe "Tales From Memory Creek Ranch"?

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  17. Here is an idea, you could do a story on Riley's dancing lesson. Or during Andi and Riley's engagement/courtship you could do #2. Like Riley tells her about it but Andi doesn't believe him and then he takes her there for a picnic.

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    1. Well . . . actually, both of those ideas have been done in the Slice of Life Andi's Journal section. I did the dancing lesson and I did the #2. I could expand them and make them not a journal entry "I" and make them stories though. :-)

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  18. Oh Mrs. Marlow, these summaries are awesome. I can't wait to see them turn into real stories.
    -Patience

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  19. Hello Mrs. Marlow, I have two questions,
    (1) If you ever write stories for all the summaries are they going to be as long as "The Unforgettable Christmas?"
    (2) And if I write a story for one of the summaries, can I change the title, or should I keep it the same?"
    Thanks!
    -Patience

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    1. 1. Oh, my! I have no idea. The Christmas one is a little over 7,000 words, which is a nice length for a short story. :-) It would depend on how carried away I got. I once did a cattle drive 'short story' that ended up being 22,000 words. I decided to use it as the template for Heartbreak Trail instead! LOL

      2. Sure, you can change the title. I'm not set on any of them. You might come up with just the one I like!

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    2. Ok, Thanks!
      -Patience

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  20. I like #5 and #3

    Are you going to write any books??

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    1. Depends on which ones you're asking about. LOL
      I might write a book with all these stories as a collection. Just for fun!

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  21. These look awesome!!! Would it be ok for me to write "Spector from the Past?" These look so much fun!!

    ~Ella

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    1. Great, thanks! Is there a specific time that I have to finish it? Just wondering :)
      ~Ella

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    2. May I say that Andi has already had Jared Riley Prescott?

      ~Ella

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  22. When is Jared Riley Prescott's Birthday?
    -Parience

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Let Andi know what you think!