Wishes do come true in the bayou…5 Card Flickr


After a few draws, I decided to stick with this draw–the hovercraft sign was the spark that made it a bit easier to start something.  Clearly I would not have thought of a story involving a hovercraft on my own!  I think I went farther than captions, but I did not necessarily “do my research” to turn this into my own mini-Pixar film (but I thought it!).  I feel like these photos actually work pretty well in their own little way.  What do you think?


Five Card Story: If you build it they will come

a Five Card Flickr story created by cew5x

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

flickr photo by bionicteaching

It was raining AGAIN. Which usually isn’t an issue except Nancy lived in a swamp in Louisiana and the Civic she had been tooling around in had a flooded engine again.

That’s when she knew she had to take matters into her own hands. She went to the altar of her spiritual guru who had died decades ago, but whose likeness was visited by old and young alike for guidance on life’s most important problems. She typed her question into the official prayer request/seeking guidance portal and waited for a sign.

A few weeks later while hanging out at her house (you know, the tan dome at the end of the cul-de-sac), she got a message to meet two men at an office in New Orleans on letterhead from the spiritual guru’s office. Intrigued, she showed up only to encounter these two dorks with MACs. Her tune changed when she learned they had received a grant from an anonymous source to build a hovercraft for her use! After detailing what she wanted (performance, extra tough rubber, and would prefer purple for an interior color), they told her they would be in touch…

Nancy was on her way home from work. It had been a dry October and LSU was having a bad football season. Her spirits were down. Her new hovercraft hadn’t even been able to get used–she had been stuck using it in automobile mode since it was delivered in late September. Imagine her glee when it began to rain…and rain and rain and rain. When she saw the “road closed” sign due to flooding, she could hardly contain her excitement. She pulled over, switched from “auto” to “hover” mode and waited patiently for the rubber skirt to inflate that would take her over the river and through the woods to her home. Where Nancy was going, she didn’t need any roads!!


5 thoughts on “Wishes do come true in the bayou…5 Card Flickr

  1. Now this is a story! I can feel like I am lifting off the ground with Nancy and I never even saw the hovercraft. I am super happy to see how you wove the images and the text together, and I can see the elements of the story spine in your story.

    By the way, the dork with the mac on the right is my friend Tom, those are all his photos that ended up in the 5 card flickr pool (he is “bionicteaching”).

    How was this for a creative exercise? Does this have any benefit to generating ideas or working with images as story elements?

    • My apologies to your friend Tom! I mean dork in the nicest way possible 🙂 Your comment actually helps me with my “storify” assignment . Instead of just grasping for ideas, I’ve started to look around in my environment and in the media I come into contact with for inspiration too.

      • Apologies not necessary, it is a point of honor. He’s an awesome educator, photographer, and it was no surprise you snagged 5 of just photos in a random draw

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