Welcome to another week of creation, inspiration, and err, perspiration. Fortunately shielded by screens and distance no one needs to know how much of that last there was as you create something odd from the prompt assigned to you. Ready, set, go!
And if you, gentle reader, would also like to exercise your imagination, please send in a prompt! If you do not wish a prompt in return (thus entering you into the challenge) simply put ‘spare’ in the subject line of your email to email@example.com. But please do come and join us in the mental marathon. It feels great to work the old gray matter over and see what happens as you tone it up!
|Jolie LaChance||I was learning lake geography last week and it compares a lot to what the riverboatmen did back in the days of Mark Twain. “When the lake is at this level, you have to watch for reefs here…that mountain is your landmark from this direction but it changes appearance when you want to enter the bay from that direction.” Etc. Imagine if going from star to star FTL was like being a riverboat pilot.||Kat Ross|
|Cedar Sanderson||They can go 400 days without eating||Leigh Kimmel|
|nother Mike||When the kids squeezed maple syrup onto their pancakes, they accidentally wrote the ancient symbol that summoned the most powerful genie of all…||Jolie LaChance|
|Fiona Grey||The moon looked like it had another crater, which grew as the moon waxed larger. And then…||nother Mike|
|Kat Ross||Someone takes out an ad offering a huge sum of money to the man (or woman) who can solve a murder – their own. They are killed within hours of the ad appearing. [“borrowed” from Whatdunits, edited by Mike Resnick]||Cedar Sanderson|
|Becky Jones||The fish counter spotted the baby kraken as it made its way up the fish ladder.||Fiona Grey|
|Leigh Kimmel||The Steely Dan song “Kid Charlemagne” tells the story of the exploits and fall of Owsley Stanley, a counterculture chemist. But a new generation of listeners don’t know the story behind it. With imaginations steeped in the world of fantasy gaming, they reinterpret what they do not understand and hear a story of magic adventure.||Becky Jones|
And here we have the spares, ready and waiting for anyone who didn’t feel like committing to the challenge, but still wants to take part. Perhaps one of these will jog your brain and knock something loose!
|spare||When they opened the door of the closet, a body fell out. Dead.|
|spare||The firemen found a cellphone in the tent where the fire started…|
|spare||“What’s the countdown for?” Alex asked.|
|spare||Deep inside, he knew everyone just thought of him as comic relief. That’s why he wore a clown suit. It was a funny job, but somebody had to do it. (See https://www.thefarside.com/2020/06/03/4)|
|Spare||“He still thinks it’s the middle of the last century, when mental powers and ESP were popular.”|
|Spare||The black goat butted the cat off the steps.||Kathleen Sanderson|
|Spare||Call upon these when needed. What might be down that alley? (Germany picture on site)||Jolie LaChance|