The Ink Spot
Every day, while the cheatings and hurryings, the desperation and dirt of the City of Lind swirl around him, Atticus Cornblatt waits for the quiet folk to step into The Ink Spot from the bustling thoroughfare that is The Lane of Unusual Traders. His patrons whisper their requests. Atticus provides inks in colours to suit, and papers in sizes to fit. What happens next is felt across the Empire.
The Ink Spot is a tale written for Tiny Owl Workshop, a small and infinitely imaginative publisher based in Brisbane, Queensland. For its Lane of Unusual Traders project, Tiny Owl Workshop had created a wonderful illustrated map of markets located in the fantastical City of Lind. The stores lining the street running through the markets were numbered. In staged callouts, Tiny Owl invited writers to nominate a lot, then submit flash fiction or short stories imagining the whys and the wherefores of the wares sold in each one - who the wares were sold by, and who they were sold to. An introductory story was prepared to set the scene. There was a callout for illustrations, too...
Which reminded me of the power of pictures. That the echoes of illustrations return to us again and again just as the echoes of written words do. I wanted to write a tale about the power of drawings made in ink on thick paper. About how Atticus Cornblatt makes them possible via The Ink Spot. Just as Sue Wright made them possible - together with the words accompanying them - via her Tiny Owl Workshop.
Where can I read it?
Forthcoming in The Lane of Unusual Traders, published by Tiny Owl Workshop.