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Image Props for Stories #6: Coffee Maker, Earphones, and a Lamp

“Image Props for Stories #6: A Coffee Maker, Earphones, and a Lamp” by Joan Y. Edwards

Coffee Maker  © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

Earphones with microphone

Earphones –  © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

Lamp –  © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

Here are three props to add to one story or use to give more life to your characters in several stories. I hope you enjoy using them.

Here’s a passage from a story that might entice you to use them:

Steve got home from the bar really late. First thing he did when he walked in the door was to brew a fresh cup of strong coffee with all the caffeine. The smell of it filled his nostrils. The telephone on the table beside the lamp rang.

He didn’t answer it. He was too tired to talk.

He sat in the lounge chair on the back porch. One image he couldn’t get out of his mind. What was the matter with him? He felt he needed to help every helpless woman who came into the bar. Perhaps it was time to sell the bar. Maybe he’d go into law enforcement and lock them up.

Could he do both? Be an undercover cop and run the bar at the same time. It sure did sound great to think of that 7 foot bully in the jail house, instead of infuriating him and hurting defenseless women.

Uncle Ted is a police officer in Virginia. He’ll call him and see if they do that kind of thing. He might be on duty. He’s the dispatcher for 911. He gets tired of wearing the earphones and talking through a headset. But he loves helping people. Helping people must run in our family. That’s a good thing, isn’t it? Then why did Steve feel so powerless.

If you’d like to finish my story, feel free to do so. If you want to add a story of your own using these three props, please do so. I’d love to read your work. I hope you see how using props adds interest to a story. Please leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from you.

Here are links to my whole series on Props for Stories:

  1. Joan Y. Edwards. “Props for Characters: Toys, Games, and Other Items:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/props-for-characters-toys-games-and-other-items/
  2. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #1:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/image-props-for-stories-1-all-that-was-left-a-stapler-a-money-bag-and-a-bird-ornament/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #2:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/image-props-for-stories-2-bananas-scissors-a-vacuum-cleaner-and-a-ferris-wheel/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #3:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/image-props-for-stories-3-a-basketball-a-pillow-and-a-pair-of-boots/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #4:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/image-props-for-stories-4-a-remote-control-a-basket-of-flowers-and-a-bandage/
  6. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #5:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/image-props-for-stories-5-love-bug-dogcat-and-love-letter/
  7. You are reading this one. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #6:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/image-props-for-stories-6-coffee-maker-earphones-and-a-lamp/
  8. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #7:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/image-props-for-stories-7-pay-phone-blue-wildflowers-and-fast-moving-river/

Thank you for reading my blog.

Celebrate you today.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards


6 Responses

  1. Interesting props, Joan. Hope you get some takers!


  2. Dear Carol,
    How nice of you to stop by. Thanks for the compliment about the props. I hope I get some takers, too. People like you leaving comments makes my blog snazzy. Thanks.


  3. What a beautiful lamp! I like the idea of using pictures for inspiration. Maybe I’ll start a file of interesting images for future stories. Thanks, Joan. 🙂


    • Dear Laura,
      Thank you. I’m glad you like the lamp. My younger sister, Janet, gave me that lamp. She knows I love butterflies. It sits beside my computer and cheers me up. I am glad that the idea of using pictures for inspiration inspired you to consider starting a file of interesting images for your future stories. You’re very welcome.

      Celebrate you and your gift of writing
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


  4. Joan,
    3 pictures make for fun story development. I saw three old pictures of myself today. Maybe they’ll inspire a blog post.


    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for stopping by. I love your Gravatar Image of a jester. You look so cool. It makes me smile. The three old pictures of you might inspire a blog post or a passage for your middle grade novels. Good luck in all your endeavors.

      Celebrate your gift of laughter
      Never Give Up
      Joan Y. Edwards


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