Plot Challenge of the Week

Admittedly, this probably isn't in New York. Still, who wouldn't want to drink there?
Admittedly, this probably isn’t in New York. Still, who wouldn’t want to drink there?

Well, I hope that all of you are having a wonderful day! So, welcome to June (I think I’ve said that before), and it’s time for a plot challenge. So, let’s get to it. You probably know the rules, but if not: I’m going to give you a few rules that your setting must fit into, and you create a setting that fulfills those rules. Feel free to create a setting that you intend to use with characters that you’ve created.

Your requirements:

1) Your setting must be a New York Bar.

2) Your setting must include multiple returning characters who take the position of regulars in the bar. These characters are as much setting features as they are people to interact with.

3) Your setting must include at least one point of potential conflict. This could be a conflict between two or more regulars, it could be a problem with the bar itself, or it could be an outside force intruding (say, a health inspector).

4) Your setting must include at least two stories and a basement.

Scene Challenge

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Is it really Wednesday again already? Oh… wait… no it’s still Wednesday (I wrote this a week ago… …heh).  So I guess that means it’s time for another scene challenge.  I wonder what today’s challenge will be… let’s find out (… …if I haven’t mentioned it before, I’m slightly addicted to ellipses).  Oh, right… the rules:  I provide you with the beginning of a scene (from a phrase to two sentences) and you finish 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 scene: “The monkey never stopped dancing.  Elroy had been in this bar a hundred times over the last year (maybe more), and the damn monkey never stopped dancing.  He picked up his fifth shot of whiskey…”

So, dancing monkey.  Go figure.

Scene Challenge of the Week

Alright, it’s the tail end of March (where did this month go?) and it’s a Wednesday.  That means it’s time for yet another scene challenge… of course it doesn’t need to be the end of March for there to be a scene challenge… but it does need to be a Wednesday! Anyway, here are the rules for scene challenges: I provide you with the beginning of a scene (from a phrase to two sentences) and you finish 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 scene: “Barlow slammed the mug onto the counter top, beer splattering everywhere as he shouted, ‘Barkeep…'”

Alright, it’s your decision.  What’s going on here? Who is Barlow? Is the Barkeep wearing a mangled elf-skin? (… …it’s an inside joke, if you get it then you get it.)