Well, this weekend Alayna and I watched all the original Star Wars trilogy. This is the first time that Alayna had ever seen the movies all the way through, and I think (at least I hope) that she enjoyed them. Some time in the next few weeks I think we’re going to have to watch the prequals as well, but we’ll see what time allows. I’m also just about done with my research on Aquinas (a few more articles to read and then I’ll start writing). It’s definitely been an interesting month… actually, in both the American and the Chinese senses of the word. There is an old Chinese curse: ‘May you always live in interesting times.’ Interesting times are often very troubled times. Times of warfare, famine, struggle, and loss. These can certainly be good for us, but they are also trying and difficult. So, this is what I want you to write about today: interesting times. You know the rules. Take your subject and run with it. Write me a story of 1000 words or less and stay on topic. As before, if it’s in any way applicable, you should use this to try to develop your world a little more :).
Your Challenge: Write me a story about interesting times. This could be a story that seeks to express either the positive sense of interesting that is often more familiar to Americans or the more balanced or even negative sense of interesting that has historically been more common in China. You could focus on describing a specific ‘interesting’ situation, or attempt to cover ‘interesting times’ more generally in your story. Some of Glen Cook’s work in the Dread Empire novels may be helpful for this, his writing here does a good job of giving you the general overview of events, ideas, nations, etc in a fairly short space. In some way though, your story needs to have a strong focus on the concept of community.