The Plot Thickens

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in All, Art, Story A Day, Storytelling, Writing

People walking on frozen Lake Champlain — I love how this image looks like walking on another planet, tying this week’s stories together nicely.


This past week was the first week I stumbled a bit. Finally healthy, the work commitments (and laundry) had piled up, and I found myself more tired at the end of the day. But knowing I am sharing these stories with you keeps me motivated. I just took a fun quiz about our habit personality, and before I was done I knew that I am an Obliger — someone who does more for others, or for approval, than I will do for myself (take the quiz, see what you do).

Telling a story a day in a public forum is a great way to feed my habits, and my creativity, so thanks 🙂

The plot thickens in Widgets Landing, as Harold gets his first clue, and we learn more about the residents and their motivations. I also spend a little more time in my own world, taking a road trip and looking at the little signs of spring. Here’s a recap.

Rudy, Spike’s ex-fiance, and Gylph’s new partner, is a simple guy, with simple needs. Unfortunately, the one thing he really wants is hard to come by in Widgets Landing: fish and chips.



Harold finds another track, this time he follows it. I had a lot of fun with this one, using the Widget’s play dough to make the tracks.


As Harold heads out to find the vehicle making the tracks, Spike cooks dinner alone. He remembers his time as a lunar explorer, and the moment his life changed.  Read Spike’s Epiphany here. I took these photos last week, before the ice melted. If you can believe it, that’s my front yard.



This week I’ll give time to our other 3 colonists, Glyph, Chevron, and Marvo, and start to tie up our story.

The other stories I told this week were back in Vermont. On Wednesday, the Widget and I felt the need for a road trip. We wanted to move through our landscape in the fluid motion of a car on the highway. Our quick trip to central VT is told in On the Road Again.

Walking with my family over the weekend, we saw some hopeful signs of spring. The ice was melting and running downhill, and in one spot it was so beautiful I videotaped it. Sometimes there is no need for words:

Melting in motion. #mudseason #VTmoments #springVT #StoryADay

A video posted by Gin Ferrara (@ginferra) on

And so another week begins. I’m going to be slowing down a bit as my work and family obligations pick up for the next few weeks, but I will continue posting stories as often as I can. My personal goal, and commitment to you, is to solve the mystery of Widgets Landing. After that, I will keep telling stories more periodically, and then will launch another serial story this summer. If you want to be kept abreast of the next installment, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or subscribe to this blog.