Okay, where did January go?
I mean, I know where it went (into the past, obviously). Is it just me, though, or did it go by at warp speed? At the same time, it seemed like the longest month ever. Now that it’s over, I look back and am surprised I remembered to use 2021 every time I needed to write out a date.
Basically, I build a prompt based on three cards drawn at random from three different suits: clubs for genre, hearts for setting, and diamonds for an object that must appear in the story. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a story, 1,000 words or less, based on the prompt. Simple, right? Right.
As a reminder, here’s a table outlining all the variables for this year’s prompts (the ones we’ve already used are grayed out):
|2||Science Fiction||Restaurant kitchen||Key|
|3||Fairy Tale||Studio apartment in a big city||Hairbrush|
|4||Horror||Auditorium||Length of rope|
|5||Mystery||Sewer||Pendant and necklace|
|6||Thriller||Highway tollbooth||Potted plant|
|7||Comedy||Farm field||Tablet computer|
|8||Fantasy||Pawn shop||Fountain pen|
|9||Ghost Story||Marsh||Decorative pillow|
|10||Suspense||Tulip field||Vacuum cleaner|
|J||Crime Caper||Trunk of a car||Bouquet of roses|
|Q||Action/Adventure||Toolshed / Utility closet||A stray sock|
|K||Historical Fiction||Shopping mall||Suitcase|
Ready for the prompt? Here goes.
So, to recap, our prompt is:
- A thriller
- Set in a sewer
- Including a suitcase
You’ve got until next Monday, Feb. 8, to write your story and drop a link in the comments below (or email it to me; I love email). I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.