Welcome back! Thanks for joining us for the fun this week. I just got back from UtopYA con (at which I had a blast!) and I am still recovering. The con is in Nashville, TN and features indie pubbed books as well as small press books, a few traditionally pubbed books, and hybrids. They're changing their name and expanding genres next year, so check out their new website at www.utopiacon.com. With that out of the way, go check out the prompt this week! Have fun! :)
If you haven't read the full version of the rules, go here. Otherwise, here's the short version:
1. Start with the given first sentence.
2. Up to 500 words
3. Keep it clean (nothing rated R or above)
4. Optional Special Challenge
5. Stories submitted must be your own work, using characters and worlds that you have created. Sorry, no fanfiction.
6. Include: Twitter/email, word count, Special Challenge accepted
7. The challenge is open for 24 hours on Tuesday EST
Oh, and feel free to change pronouns, punctuation, tense, and anything in brackets to fit the story/pov/tone. I'm not going to be TOO picky... Our judge however...
Our Judge today is D.E. Park. Read his winning tale from last week here! Dave (D. E. Park) spends his spare time writing flash and micro fiction, and just attempting to get enough sleep. He’s a first-generation computer nerd (older than the internet), a lifetime devourer of SF&F (loser geek), even a comic book fan (three strikes!). He actually hasn’t been actively writing for very long (you can't tell?) He lives in Chicagoland with his wife Annie. Follow him @parkinkspot and check out his writing blog at parkinkspot.wordpress.com.
Your first sentence for FINISH THAT THOUGHT #2-51 is:
As per the rules, you only need use the given first sentence. However, I allowed two sentences today so you may use the first or both as you see fit.
Going with a father's day theme opening line this week (a quote from Spike Milligan):
My Father had [a profound] influence on me. He was [a lunatic].
Your SPECIAL CHALLENGE from the judge is:
Include a classic aabba limerick (extra points for clean, amusing, and related to Dads). Don't worry, I won't judge them on anapestic precision--I'm not even sure how to!
AAAAAAAND WE'RE OFF!!!