Well, my good(ish) computer is down for the count at the moment, though hopefully I’ll have it back up and running by tomorrow. However, until I do, I’m using my backup, which is very old and doesn’t work well. Thus, no photo for today’s post and I’m going to keep it kind of short. I also just watched the first episode of The Strain, adapted from the novels by Chuck Hogen and Del Toro. So, you know where my brain is at the moment. Anyway, today is the day for a story challenge, and it’s time for my favorite story challenge. I’m going to give you a series of criteria including genre, theme, some character archtypes, etc. Your job is to write a story that includes all of the features required in the challenge. If you intend to post it here, please keep it short. However, the complexity of this challenge often requires a longer story.

Theme: The New Vampires

Genre: Fantasy/Horror

Setting: Up to you. This could be a modern world with modern vampires, a classical fantasy world for classical vampires, or something entirely different.

Character Archetypes:

1) A woman at the end of a difficult divorce

2) A surly homeless man

3) A king or high-powered laywer, banker, attorney, or politician

4) A kid who loves baseball


1) A silver plated sword

2) A watch

3) A large transport of some kind (place, train, ship, etc)



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