An Extra (Special) Story — Trina Woke from a Dream

May 16, 2019  

Usually I only post twice a week, but this is a special occasion.  Recently, Rob Goldstein and I were sending emails back and forth, basically goofing around.  I sent him an image by artist Michael Whelan and and added a whimsical line.  And then another, and another.  Suddenly Rob said, “Let’s make this into a story.” 

One of the images I showed Rob is called Integral Trees.  You can see it by clicking this link to Mr. Whelan’s work.  The other paintings were Rimrunner (2011) and Erosion (1999).  You can search the website with those names to view them.

Rob created a special image for our story.  Since it began with his character, Trina, the story is in what I call his poetic format. 

Trina Woke from a Dream

Trina and the Moths-4
Trina with Madison and moths, by Rob Goldstein

The Shadow Boy was on his way to visit while she languished above
a labyrinth of verdant shrubs.

He saw a blond child levitating outside the window of the monorail. 

Shadow Boy was intrigued.

Was the blond child looking for his shadow?  Could he catch it with his arrow?

The Shadow Boy examined the boy for clues.

The “boy” had pixie ears and breasts.

This wasn’t his boy.

Trina waved at the Shadow Boy and motioned for him to join her.
The boy hesitated. Trina wondered why.  Perhaps because the sun was going down.

The Shadow Boy shouldn’t be afraid of the dark.  Besides there’s a streetlight. 

Trina close
Trina looked so lovely, I wanted you to see this close up of her.

She decided it made no difference.  She still had Madison, but wait, where had
Madison got to?

She was chasing a few moths drawn to streetlight.

Madison chasing moths? This was out of character.

“What’s wrong with you?” asked Trina.

“Nothing!” Madison scowled.

“You’re chasing moths.”

“They’re chasing me.  Look at these holes!”

It was true; Madison was full of holes.

The end.


Please visit Rob and his post of this story.  (Like many other bloggers, we are having issues with the “reblog button.”)  Trina Woke from a Dream.

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65 thoughts on “An Extra (Special) Story — Trina Woke from a Dream

    1. Thanks, Dan. Rob did all the heavy lifting on this one. I just nudged it along. Two consecutive nights of moths invading my bedroom had me sending Madison to chase them. Rob slayed me with his response. Hugs on the wing!

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  1. A delightful story and your sense of enjoyment and collaboration is evident in the light and magic of the story. As many have said, the ending twist is terrific! Will you work on more together?

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  2. I saw this on Rob’s blog and throughly enjoyed your collaboration! The ending cracked me up. What a fun way to come up with a story!

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    1. Hey Barb. It’s great to see you. Rob did all the heavy lifting on this one. I just nudged it along. Two consecutive nights of moths invading my bedroom had me sending Madison to chase them. Rob slayed me with his response. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Hi Deborah. I’m glad you are steadily getting settled in your new digs.
      Indeed the moths can ruin clothes — and a good night’s sleep. Two consecutive nights of moths invading my bedroom had me sending Madison to chase them. Rob slayed me with his response. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Diana you are so kind to visit both of us. Thank you.
      I was in the middle of Brother Love, but when Rob wanted to share this as a story, I couldn’t resist. Now, where did I leave Birdie Devovo…?
      Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thanks for visiting both of us, Mae. I really appreciate it. I think the Trina character lends herself well to the surreal. It would seem less odd if you saw the image prompts we were using, but they are not in the public domain.
      We were just having fun, but I’m very glad Rob wanted to turn it into a story.
      Hugs. 🙂

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    1. Hi Gary. Haha! Rob and I were goofing around via email with this. Then I looked up and saw how many moths had gotten into my room. Madison handled things in a much more… peaceful way than I did! 😀 😱 Thanks for visiting. Hugs.

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  3. What a neat little story with a clever twist at the end!

    But I gotta tell you Teagan, you’re gonna have the gossip tongues wagging with all these “collaborations” between you and all these men! Lol! 😳😂🙄
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. 😱 Horsefeathers! Ginger I hope not. They are all happily married. And that part of my life is over. Most emphatically over. LOL. o_O I’m happy just me being me — and writing my stories.
      Seriously though, Over the blogging years, I’ve actively looked for people who either are not writers or who at least write very different material than me.
      This new serial with Dan will probably go on for quite a while (my serials tend to). So my plate is full.
      But you raise a very good point. After that, I guess I should deliberately select a female collaborator. Hmmm — Hey Fraggle! Are you listening?
      Great big hug to you, Ginger.

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