The quarantine has been a good time to take care of some bluejayblog archive maintenance. Since I started the WordPress portion of this blog on February 12, 2011, I haven’t done any bandwidth space saving culling measures by eliminating large size picture files from the early posts.
As expected, the earliest posts received few, if any “likes” and only a few ratings stars. This week, I removed most of the photos from the least viewed posts. I did leave the February 12th through 28th posts from 2011 undisturbed. They were my first ones on WordPress after Yahoo! shuttered the blogging site, where this blog was born.
Anyway, I have forgotten that I had made a few lame attempts at writing micro-stories or micro-fiction, or at least what I thought should be almost short story material. While combing through the October 2011 entries, I rediscovered a two-part story I composed for Halloween. The setting is in Arizona, near the Grand Canyon. I based the story on actual events I logged into the travel diary that I kept while on vacation one autumn.
The two characters I encountered really existed. I changed the name of the human character. The conversations, are fictionalized re-creations of those spoken during our encounter.
Although the two-part micro story is not a masterwork by any stretch, I venture to share it again with hopes that reading it is worth your time.
Here are the links:
“Marble Canyon I”
“Marble Canyon II”
I want to thank the readers who have been with me since the first year at WordPress along with the stream of later arrivals who have ventured into my blog space. I have every intention of continuing to blog. It’s great to share time with everyone. Stay healthy.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes soldier, explorer, geologist, and head of the 1869 Powell expedition down the Colorado River, John Wesley Powell. “You cannot see the Grand Canyon in one view, as if it were a changeless spectacle from which a curtain might be lifted, but to see it, you have to toil from month to month through its labyrinths.”