happy-new-year-fireworksWelcome to 2014, everyone! As we ring in the new year I hope that all of you will take some time to reflect on the year gone by. What was good about it? What was bad? What did you learn? How did you grow? What has changed about you and why? Have these changes made you a better person? I think that introspection is very important in our lives, and often we’re in too much of a hurry to actually take the time to do it well. So, in all of your introspection, I want you to write a short allegorical scene. If you don’t know what allegory is: very simply allegory is a one to one metaphorical comparison from reality to fiction. A good example of allegory is C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. In his stories the character of Aslan is a clear allegory for Christ, and the character of Tash is a fairly clear allegory of Satan. J.R.R. Tolkien’s works have often had allegory attributed to them (for instance, the Ring in Lord of the Rings has been considered an allegory for sin, nuclear power, and political power respectively), but these allegories are much less clearly intended, and Tolkien (along with many Tolkien scholars) have denied that any true allegory exists. So, here are the rules for a scene challenge: I give you a prompt and you write a scene off of it.  Try to keep your scene under five hundred words, and try to keep it in the same tone as the introduction.  If I give a line that is very dark and depressing, then I don’t want to see a scene about a drunken monkey in a tutu…it just doesn’t fit.  If I do give you a line about a drunken monkey in a tutu, then you should probably try for a funny scene.

Your prompt: “A lot can happen in a year…”

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