Following on From ‘Oh Sock’

February 6, 2010 at 5:33 am (Planning, Thoughts on Writing) (, , , , , , , , )

Elspeth Antonelli recently had a post titled “Oh sock, where art thou” in which she asked why socks go missing and where do they go? She provides a number of possible theories and it got me thinking about all the things around us that we can’t explain that we could use for a story.

Now obviously I’m not about to launch a new project entitled the Slimy Socks of Saturn Strike Again. Mostly because I don’t like that much alliteration in a title and secondly, because missing socks would probably get old quickly and can you imagine trying to edit something like that. But…

Other things go missing. Not just socks. Rings, remotes, the last chocolate bar in the fridge, keys, documents, emails. These things just disappear. You can stand behind someone and watch them type in your email address (correctly), press send and it confirms that it has been sent and that email will still never appear in anyone’s inbox. It is gone. Lost in – well, who knows.

Socks by themselves may not make a story however the mystery of things disappearing has made many stories. Trolls, gremlins, brownies, and all manner of other mystical nuisance has been blamed for theft of objects and pranks on people. So have sink holes in time and space and all sorts of other things.

What if someone is making these things happen? Now we have a bad guy.

I love questions where I can’t be expected to know the real answer. It leave my mind open to come up with the most absurd. The absurd is always more fun than the logical and as neither answer can be proven or disproven, you might as well have fun.

Thanks Elspeth for such a thought provoking post and now I have to go and try to find the missing partner to my favourite pair of socks.



  1. Tooty Nolan said,

    The reverse happens too – occasionally. I had a small bust of an angel appear in my house. No one brought it. It just arrived. Now my immediate thought was inter-dimensional transference (odd I know, but that’s me). Others have suggested divine intervention. And one person in particular explained that we are constantly surrounded by angels, and that the bust is a physical representation. Apparently it happens all the time. Like losing socks. Just imagine – somewhere out there – there’s an alternative Earth where people have Guardian Socks.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I have this happen with books occasionally. They just appear. I assume they fell out of someone’s library elsewhere and landed on my shelves but it kind of makes up for all the times I go to find a book and it is ‘missing’.

      • Tooty Nolan said,

        I had that happen with a coat the other day. A big puffer jacket just arrived in my son’s bedroom. It belatedly makes up for the model FA18 fighter that went awol in the late nineties.What is going on?

  2. Jemi Fraser said,

    I love the absurd as well – my mind always comes up with a magical/paranormal answer 🙂

    I love Tooty’s appearing angel – someone’s watching over you, Tooty!

    • Tooty Nolan said,

      I was a motorcyclist for twenty years. I know for certain that someone was watching over me then. Guess they’re still there.

  3. AlexJ said,

    My washer and dryer are the culprits behind my missing socks, but I’ve no idea who gets my remote every time.

  4. Nancy Allen said,

    I’m laughing at your humor. I love your treatment of an idea and how to develop it into a plot. Lots of good ideas for stories exist, but the “What if” question needs to be applied to make them work as plots. Great blog.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      Thanks for the visit and comment.
      I like to think there are stories everywhere, you just need to look at things from a different perspective sometimes.

  5. Yvonne Perry said,

    I can relate. I’m still looking for a set of tapes from Monroe Institute that I KNOW I had here at home. Love the one about the emails. yes, I’ve had that happen way too many times.

    Thanks for participating in the Valentine’s blog chain!


  6. Denise said,

    I just went through all of my socks as I am packing to move. So many singles – are they doomed?
    Putting stories on lost items is a great way to prompt creative writing. Very inspiring. Glad I joined the Valentines Day Blog and for the connection.

  7. Barbara Techel said,

    I love this! Oh, sock, where are thou? I hope you solve this in your novel. I’ll be it will be fun to write about this. I so admire anyone who can write fiction. I always gravitate towards non-fiction because I have to feel so moved by something in order to write. I suppose one could be moved from a state of madness when all those socks disappear! 🙂

    Barbara Techel
    Award winning author of the Frankie the Walk ‘N Roll Dog Book Series
    My passion is bringing a positive face and voice to animals with disabilities
    Frankie is Official Mascot for National Disabled Pets Day and
    Wisconsin Pet Hall of Fame Companion Dog

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