Post by balzaccom on Mar 16, 2020 10:12:57 GMT -8
For the last couple of years I have contemplated collecting all of my best stories about camping and putting them into a book. And I even had a concept, based on Bocaccio's Tales of the Decameron--where ten young people leave the city to escape the dangers of the Black Plague, and spend their days entertaining each other by telling stories.
My concept would happen in a campground that was suddenly cut off by a landslide that isolated the campers from the main road, and the campers entertain themselves by telling stories around the campfire. I liked the idea, and had even put together a list of the stories I would include...it was just a question of getting the time to write them all down. (I know others on these boards also write books, so I know they share that feeling...). In homage to Bocaccio, I would call it the Tales of the Tentcamperon. (clever, huh?)
And then COVID-19 happened. And most of us are urged to self-isolate to avoid contagion. Just like Bocaccio.
And then I realized that many people might be bored. And I also knew (again) that others on these boards also write books or stories. Just like Bocaccio. Well, maybe not exactly, but write, anyway.
And so I would like to invite all to join the process. I will begin by posting a story that I hope you enjoy. And I hope others will do the same. And I hope that we can entertain ourselves with these stories.
Will there be a book? Maybe--but if I do decide to print a book, it will be with my stories. I won't steal from anyone else. But on the other hand, if this takes off and we do put together a wonderful series of stories out of COVID19, I would be delighted to be part of that--proceeds to help pay for the site?
OK. Enough. Next post is the first story.