Maybe I don't want to write a story. Maybe I'm writing a vignette. But I want to write a story about an old man who lives out on his ranch in the boonies. Somewhere in Colorado. His wife past away. He's got no other family. Once a month he sees the guy from the oxygen bottle supply company come out and swaps his o2 empties for the fulls, since he is old and lives up at a high elevation and needs to drag his o2 around everywhere he goes. I want it to feel like real life and not really have the usual 'story things' happening like goal, motivation, conflict, etc. I'm not sure I can pull it off without it. I think his first goal needs to be how to survive. How does he make money. I'm assuming he would collect some social security but something has to go wrong. I'm not intending this to be more than a short story. I want it to be interesting but at the same time low key, low action nothing to dramatic. But at the same time I need some sort of twist that keeps things interesting. Could he find something unusual, strange. I want to keep it mundane. I feel like I have to bring it over the top to keep it interesting. Are there any novels that you know that have been written with one character that does things by himself and doesn't interact much with anyone else? I guess for the conflict I could do man vs nature. This strikes me as being a bit boring... any ideas?