Monday, November 25, 2019

Writing Prompt: A Holiday Railway Journey

Ever since Homer wrote The Odyssey, the quest to go home has been a literary staple.  Every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas millions of people try to make it home in time for the holidays.  Depending on the weather and the form of transportation used, it can be quite an adventure.  There are an infinite number of obstacles that can block the way home.

AMTRAK train (circa 2005) - photo by BMRR at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 2.5 (]
In addition to the obstacles, there can be deprivations and suffering.  Back in 1985, the seats on an AMTRAK train were comfortable.  For example, the AMTRAK coach car seats below look positively imperial compared to the airline seats for struggling writers.

Coach Car Seating - Photo by Flickr user: Michael Hicks [CC BY 2.0 (]
For today's writing prompt, write us a short story about --

an arduous journey home for the holidays. 

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