They don’t come much odder than this crew, and you’re all awesome for coming along on this ride through creative expressive… weirdness.
Just as a reminder, as we come into the second half of 2020: if you send in a prompt, it will be randomly paired with another prompter, unless you specify ‘spare’ in the subject line.
There is no wordcount limit. You could put one of those taut little 6-word-stories in the comments, and call it good. Or you could make art, a photograph, collage… whatever piques your fancy.
To submit your prompt, simply post it somewhere public: a blog, a live journal, etc. But not social media, since a lot of people don’t go there. The put a link in the comments. Or you could put the whole darn thing there! The comments of this blog work for ‘public submission’ as well. If you do have a blog, we encourage cross-linking with your prompter or promptee because why not share the love? But it’s not a requirement.
Finally, and most important: Just relax and enjoy letting your imagination slip the leash!
|Becky Jones||Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, decides she’s done playing coy and lets a boat full of tourists see her. How does that end?||Fiona Grey|
|Cedar Sanderson||It was an ergonomicist’s dream||Misha Burnett|
|Fiona Grey||Oh, no! The coffeepot has been stolen!||nother Mike|
|nother Mike||There was an armored gauntlet holding a bundle of money laying on the kitchen table.||
|Misha Burnett||A power spirit creature in the form of a sentient book has the ability to contain exactly the information that whoever is holding it needs. It’s in a thrift shop when a new owner finds it. Who is the owner, and what does the book appear to be to them?||Leigh Kimmel|
|Leigh Kimmel||The song “Sausalito Summer Nights” by Diesel is the story of a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The Wikipedia article mentions that Sausilito is north of San Francisco, in a context that implies that the songwriter mislocated it as being south of San Francisco. In fact, the lyrics clearly mention crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to get into San Francisco. Why does the narrator of the song go east around the Bay to get to San Francisco instead of heading north on El Camino Real? Visiting a friend in Marin County on the way? Wanting to avoid the possibility of getting stuck in Silicon Valley traffic with a car prone to overheating? Some other reason? Tell me the story.||Becky Jones|
Spare Visual Prompt:
Spare Prompts! If you aren’t feeling up to the whole concept of a prompt challenge, but you need something to get your juices flowing, the spare prompts are for you! Like the Spare ‘Oom of Narnia, there is more to these than meets the eye…
|Spare||He was glad to get out of the house at last. It was about time for some inhuman contact.|
|Spare||Trying to find out when the annual meeting of habitual prevaricators would meet was difficult. Everyone he asked gave him a different date. (suggested by https://www.thefarside.com/2020/06/25/4 )|
|Spare||The aerosol cannot be defined, unless___________|
|Spare||A minor god wanders the Earth making deals with mortals–the god can grant limited wishes in exchange for services. Describe the god, its appearance, and its sphere of influence.|
|Spare||A new invention like a 3-d printer for food comes on the market at an affordable price. It can make any meal from a brick of protein. How does this change society?|
A (wo)man, tired already at the start of day, walks into a store to get a cup of coffee and waits through a line that feels like it’s going like molasses, while their glasses get fogged up by their face mask. Feeling irritated at everything, (description of irritants), they finally step up to the cash register pull out their wallet….but as soon as they grab it something doesn’t feel right.
And feel free to share this challenge around. The more, the merrier!