Story Challenge of the Week

Apparently this was actually a thing in Vegas.
Apparently this was actually a thing in Vegas.

Well, my play opened this weekend, and we got standing ovations at both performances. Admittedly, it’s just community theater, and I definitely botched one line in both performances (I rush it too much), but I think we have reason to be satisfied with ourselves. However, it’s time for a story challenge and this one is going to be… fun. Admittedly, as a friend of mine pointed out today, I have a different definition of fun.

You’ve done this kind of story challenge before, but it is fairly complicated. 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: Circus Macabre

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

Setting: A Small City in the Old West

Character Archetypes:

1) The Living Dead Girl (yes, I know it’s a Rob Zombie song… no I don’t like the song)

2) An Indian Convenience Store Owner

3) A Demented Robot Wizard

4) The Thing from Beyond that Only Eats Macaroni and Cheese


1) A Tome of Living Necromantic Power

2) A Derringer

3) An Empty Box

Story Challenge of the Week

So... looks like someone already wrote a part of this one.
So… looks like someone already wrote a part of this one.

Well, it’s time for another story challenge! I got some good sleep last week, and had a great day today, which is no end of wonderful. I don’t know if any of the rest of you (at least the religious and spiritual among you) fight with God, but I do. He and I have been having a knockdown drag-out lately (as Selanya can tell you). The thing when you fight with God though… you always lose… always… no matter what. So, yeah, needless to say, I lost. Anyway, I wanted to do something a little bit different today. So, this is something that we do… or did… (we haven’t actually done it in a while) in the writing group I attend. I’ve going to give you a set of… things (you’ll see), and you’re job is to write a story that includes all of them.

Theme: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Genre: Dark Fantasy or Noir (you’re choice… or you could combine the two)

Setting: A Circus

Character Archetypes:

1) The Wizened Elder

2) The Trickster

3) An Indian Hero (you define ‘Indian’)

4) A Drunken Midget


1) That Thing That Saved the World That Time… You Know

2) The Bones of a Saint

3) A Saw