Friday, April 17, 2009

washing ashore again

Did it occur to anyone but me that maybe time just goes by too quickly these days? Like, it was just April Fool's Day, with plenty of time to do this round up (or perhaps write a story) and now it's the middle of the month-ish and....

Nothing's changed here. ;)

Better late than never, is the mantra du casa, and so here are March's stories, in no particular order, and with lil' ol' links to the stories that you should go read and comment on:

Connie has a tale with a crack-the-whip feel

Dave rings in with two, the first a letter from home, the second a love story of sorts.

Buzzardbilly, a new addition to our group (Hi, BB!) brings us a slice of death on the bayou.

Pioden deftly shades relationships on a background of fantasy.

Tiff throws one in the ring (late) with a seemingly simple conversation.

And The Only Daughter finishes out this round of stories with one woman's take on a beautiful morning.


Might I say that it is spectacular that there is not one story similar to another, despite the seeming 'normalcy' of the prompt picture? This is indeed a happy thing, and should be honored at each author's site with your thoughts and comments.

Thanks to all who wrote. It's amazing what your brains can do.

Now, here's a little carrot for a-dangling - the first person to send in a picture for next month's prompt will have that picture WIN! Ready, set.....

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Water over the dam, long time a'coming. March!

A month gone and gone some more. Days slip by in lengthening light, and so diversions such as writing slide with a rabbit-soft 'thump' under Conscious's couch.

Or something. Time has passed. Once again, we are unfamiliar with a schedule. And so it goes.

Make of this what you will, friends. I hope the approach of Spring brings forth from your able minds the story of this particular bit of your lifetime. If not, then limericks are always fun.

Copyright © 2008 by Gordon L Wolford

Monday, February 9, 2009

February Challenge

What's a week amongst friends?

In this case it's about 9 days.

Here's your new prompt, and this time don't forget the gravy follow the damn rules!

As the inimititibamle Chuck Jones said, the comedy and creativity that you find in Roadrunner cartoons comes largely from the disciplines - or constraints - that are put upon them. For example, the setting is only in the American Southwest, and Roadrunner can only run on a road (or at least, a surface with a center line painted on).

Of course, there's no prize or penalty here, but the point is to grow as a writer by challenging yourself. There's really only one rule here. Be your own word count police.*

Go! Create! Comment profusely!

*Tiff has threatened to edit stories that exceed the limit. You may not like it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Speed Challenge Stories

Well, that was fun! From the short duration to the apparently daunting picture, we got a pile of stories for you to buzz about.

Connie was first in with her story of turnabout.

Tiff spins an otherworldly tale.

Dave to You weaves a thread of discovery.

Ron was the last one before the deadline, with a gripping saga.

Pioden is brand new to the Wordsmiths with a story of challenge.

db grin is typically tardy in his telling of tall tales.

Now folks, the point of this little endeavour is to exercise your writing skills, practice some discipline, and learn from each other. Comment generously, whether your wrote this month or not - share what worked for you and offer constructive insights!

A new prompt will be up this week.

Monday, January 26, 2009

TOLE you it was going to be speedy

Here's the challenge:

5 days from today, post a 500-or-less word story to go with this picture.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

December Wrap-Up

It's been a long time since the last post here, but it was time enough for 8 stories from the Wordsmiths.

In order of their arrival, here they be for your reading pleasure:

Dave has two diverse stories, found at December 11 & 12 (he doesn't have his permalinks turned on; maybe he should try better pick-up lines).

Kay has a story which is Part 2 of her November entry.

Dr. Err writes another chapter in the life of Noah and his poor, uptight friend.

db grin tells of beginnings.

Connie is a new joiner, also with two stories - one of home improvement, and one of home terror.

And finally, Tiff is in with her mysterious tale of mystery.

The next challenge will be published VERY shortly, as it's time to get back on a regular schedule. If you'd like a button for your site, say so in the comments. Meanwhile, go read and comment on these 'ere stories!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

December Challenge

As the Code of Pirates is just a guide, so's the calendar around here. This here December Challenge, being issued mid-month (and a holiday-laden month at that), is hereby issued without the usual end-of-the-month deadline.

Perhaps we'll get back to a regular monthly flow; but we just might stay free-spirited (read: erratic). At any rate, look at the picture, write a 500-word (or less) story to go therewith, and post it by January 15.