My published story "First and Third" is a case in point. While holidaying in the Tucson area of Arizona some years ago, I was fascinated to see roadside billboards displaying memorials to the recently deceased. What if, I wondered, a driver saw an animated CGI version of their much-missed loved one during their journey? How would they feel?
But that's not yet a story. It could be, but it needs something more.
Another of my notebook's questions to myself went along the lines of "What if the digital afterlife operated as pay-as-you-go service?"
So now my character's deceased wife is begging him for money, from a billboard. And just for fun, the narrator is riding a nuclear-powered Harley Davidson on Mars. Now that was a story I needed to write.
The result was First and Third, which appeared in Postscripts 26/27 "Unfit for Eden" (2012).
If you'd like to read First and Third you can find it in my Moondust Memories collection, which is available from Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, etc.
Why do I write?
Because every now and then two "what ifs" collide.
(First published at The Thinkerbeat Reader, 1 November 2019)