1:1000 is a website that pairs photography with 1,000-word prose. Sound like your cup of tea? Go to Pinterest and select an unclaimed photograph, then write your 1,000-word piece (fiction or creative non-fiction).
Check out “Paloma,” my 1:1000 piece for September. Incidentally, it’s also the last entry in my loosely joined Tequila Trilogy. Linked by characters and an exploration of love and acceptance, the Tequila Trilogy is a larger (and in my opinion) more successful version of the Journey experiment I did earlier this year on my blog. “Paloma” centers around the forever-altered relationship between an aunt and a niece set against the background of a morning park excursion (with promises of hot chocolate!).
“Paloma” is my favorite entry in the series, and per usual, a better piece because of the perspectives and feedback shared by the 1:1000 team. Initially, it felt like a rehash of its immediate predecessor, “Salt on the Rim,” with female friends supporting each other during a hardship. But with this piece, it was almost like I needed permission to take it further, like I couldn’t trust my instinct that it didn’t need to be so concrete, and that the trilogy didn’t need to follow such a straight and narrow path (an interesting revelation, given that the middle section takes place before the first one does!).