GenCon was amazing! (For those who don't know, GenCon is a gaming conference - board games, RPGs, deck building games, a few video games even, and all the geek merchandise to go with it (not to mention cosplay) - which also has a Writing Symposium.) I spent the last few days learning from Pat Rothfuss, Terry Brooks, Erin M. Evans, Dan Wells, Howard Taylor, Kameron Hurley, Elizabeth Bear, Sam Sykes, Chuck Wendig, Tracy Hickman, Scott Lynch, Michael R. Underwood, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Dylan Birtolo, Jaym Gates, and SO MANY MORE!!! Plus, I got to play some games that were so fun (Mysterium and Barony are both coming out soon from Asmodee and Caverna from Mayfair were all really fun!)
Anyway, my brain is full and I have some editing to do, and you don't want to hear me rambling on about my weekend anyway, so go check out this week's prompt and write something amazing!
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 Audrey Weinberg. Read her winning tale from last week here! Find her on twitter here. Audrey (Gran) Weinberg was born in Los Angeles just a few months before JFK was shot, but she swears she didn't do it. After years of living in different countries, and having experienced both much love and great loss, Audrey is now gratefully leading a "pretty mundane existence" with her sweet boyfriend and 2 pretty amazing teenage children just outside of Amsterdam.
Audrey has published 2 short stories and is currently figuring out how to edit her first novel. She co-authors the Studyleaks blog () together with a group of her students under the pen name 'Study Leaks Amsterdam.'
Your first sentence for FINISH THAT THOUGHT #3-5 is:
He watched with [bated breath] as she took the first [bite].
Your SPECIAL CHALLENGE from the judge is:
Include an ingredient you've never cooked with before as well as a garden tool!
AAAAAAAND WE'RE OFF!!!