Today is the third day of Write Tribe Festival of Words. Yesterday’s post was about “a resource you use,” and today’s is about “write about a place, real or virtual.”
I’ve written about so many places, some of them virtual, others a strange and fantastical amalgamation of the two. That’s my job as a writer.
One that strikes me is a Durian plantation (Durians look like Jackfruit, have spiky exteriors and custard-y insides, stink, and you either hate ’em or love ’em) in Penang, Malaysia.
I’d never eaten one before I went to the plantation, and ended up liking it (other than the inevitable stinky burps—urgh!).
But the vipers creeped me out. Yes, that’s right, out on a walk among the trees, I quickly discovered the bright bellies of snakes casually hanging out on the branches, some of them low enough that I could reach out and stretch them. Temple vipers. Venomous, and treated by total unconcern by all the staff at the plantation.
I couldn’t stop talking about the place, and a friend asked if I could write a story set in that place. I did, and it found a place in Griffith Review, Australia.
The graphic contains an excerpt, but if you think of checking out the entire story, here it is.
What about you? If asked to write about a place real or virtual, what would you write about?
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