Screaming Dali Clocks: #StaD Kifo Project for May 18

Welcome, friends! Come in, and let me tell you a Story A Day, all May long…

In June and July, I’ll be drafting two new Kifo Island novels. I know something about 5 of the 6 point of view characters, and I’ve got a sketchy idea of the plots – but I need to learn more about these people and their stories.

So, in May, I explore. Every day, I’ll follow the prompts in A Month of Writing Prompts 2016. I’ll play while moving through my planning efforts. Some of these stories may become part of the eventual novels, but my goal is to invite these characters to show me who they are and what they want – and how their lives fit together to make a novel.

I’ve been writing my story each day, but I slipped behind in my posting. I’m now only two days behind, and plan to finish the month out on time.

I continue with May 18, following the daily prompt, Tell the Story of a Painting

Week Three is our Rescue Week – some easier prompts that offset the challenges behind and still ahead.

The paintings referenced in this story are The Scream by Edvard Munch:

Public domain image via Wikipedia Commons

And The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, which is the one with the dripping clocks, and which isn’t in the public domain, so I’m not comfortable sharing more than the link.

Yvette has made a painting for Zeke in this dialogue story.

Screaming Dali Clocks

“This is for me?”

Oui, mon cher. You seem surprised.”

“No one’s ever given me a painting before, let alone painted one just for me.”

“No one has ever inspired me as you do, Zeke.”

“I inspired it? How’d I do that?”

“Open it, and see.”

“What if I’d rather keep the mystery alive?”

“Once you’ve looked, we can explore other mysteries in bed.”

“Well, since you put it that way….whoa! This is….”

“You don’t like it.”

“I don’t know what I feel about it.”

“Most people would lie. I love you for not doing that.”

“It’s a little like looking into my head. Those screaming Dali clocks – wait! This is that nightmare I had! Yvette, you made my nightmare!”

“I thought, if you wanted to destroy it, maybe the dreams would end.”

“You painted me a picture so I could ruin it?”


“What if I want to keep it?”

“Do you?”

Oui, ma chere.”

Pourquoi? Why?

“Because it’s beautiful. The art, and the thought, and the artist. So maybe the nightmare is, too.”


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