Sick Day Story Challenge

sickWell, yesterday, I came down with some variant of the flu. It’s the sort of illness that invariably makes one feel as though one is not going to survive it. Even though I’m feeling better today, everything still aches abominably and I’m moving very slowly. Still not convinced I’ll make it through alive, but then, I’m a pessimist anyway. Anyways, being sick yesterday included a massive migraine, and so I spent most of the afternoon in bed and then went to sleep early in the evening, and I quite forgot that I was supposed to post today. So as to not deprive you of a post this fair day (if it’s as sunny wherever you are as it is in Poznań, Poland right now), I’m going to leave you with a story challenge. You all know the rules: I give you a story idea, and you write something using that basic plot, using whatever characters and twists you care to bring in. Make it fun, and if you feel like it, post your results in the comments below.

Your challenge: we often look at major events in history and wonder what would have happened if one variable had been changed. What if Stonewall Jackson had been present at the Battle of Gettysburg? What if Caesar had eaten some bad fish and ended up with chronic indigestion on the Ides of March? And so on. So, your challenge is to take a significant event history, and imagine what would have happened if one of the major players involved had taken a sick day at that particular time. It can be any event and any person involved you like, but someone needs to be ill and thus forever change the course of history. Happy writing!

Random Challenge of the…Whatever

mawwiageSo our fearless leader/benevolent dictator/main writing guru Tobias is now a newlywed! He’s currently off gallivanting around the world and doing whatever it is people do on their honeymoon, so he asked me to take charge of the Friday writing challenge, and out of the goodness of my heart, I chose to oblige. How today’s challenge is going to work is that I am going to give you a topic and some general parameters, and then you come up with a scene or a story based around those guidelines. You can post your results in the comments, put them on your own blog and link it to us, or hide them in your basement and never speak of them again. It’s up to you 😉

In honor of Tobias and Alayna’s recent nuptials, your topic today is a wedding. It can be before, during, or after, but the main event should involve a wedding. And not just any wedding, because I am incapable of doing things in a normal or healthy way: it should be a wedding gone wrong, whether in a humorous or tragic fashion. Just no Red Weddings, please. Have fun!

Story Challenge of the Week

raistlinI don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like July should be over already. I know we’re just at the beginning, but last week was an incredibly long week for me and I am simply exhausted. So, that being said, here’s your story challenge. You know the rules of the basic theme challenge: I give you a theme and you write a story based on that theme.

Your theme: Time travel to become a god

Admittedly, I’m kind of stealing this idea from the Dragonlance Twins series where Raistlin goes back in time and attempts to dethrone… well a couple of gods actually in the hopes of taking one of their places. Nonetheless, this is a really cool idea, so have fun with it.

Story Challenge of the Week

Hay, he's got plenty more! Hehehe.
Hay, he’s got plenty more! Hehehe.

I hope you’ve all had a good first week of April! Actually… I hope I’ve had a good first week of April. It’s March right now as I’m writing this, and my first week of March has been a pretty solid mix of good and bad. Anyway, it’s time for a story challenge, and this week’s is a good, old-fashioned theme challenge. If you don’t remember the rules, here they are: You must write a story of at least a hundred words, and not more than five hundred (if you want to post it as a comment – if it’s just for yourself, then it can be as long as you want).  The story must fulfill the exercise given in this post.  So,  if I give you an exercise that requires people watching, don’t write your story until after you’ve done some people watching!

Your theme this week: The Final Straw

Have fun with this, and don’t necessarily take the most obvious interpretation of the theme. Sometimes tangents can be a lot of fun.

Closing the Blog

Well, we’ve had a good run, but I’m honestly just plain exhausted. Between writing, work, and some things going on in my personal life I really don’t feel up to running this blog anymore. I hope that it’s been a good influence for all of my readers, and I hope that you’re better writers for reading our work. I’m sure that WordPress will probably keep it up for a while, but I really don’t know how long. I just wanted to make sure that I said a strong goodbye to everyone. Here’s one last picture story challenge for all of you:

What's going on here?
What’s going on here?

 

P.S. If you honestly believe I’m closing the blog then you really need to check the date :D. Happy April Fools, and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Story Challenge of the Week

Woman's Eye and World GlobesI hope you enjoyed last week’s story challenge! This week’s challenge is related! However, before we get to the actual exercise, here are the rules: You must write a story of at least a hundred words, and not more than five hundred (if you want to post it as a comment – if it’s just for yourself, then it can be as long as you want).  The story must fulfill the exercise given in this post.  So,  if I give you an exercise that requires people watching, don’t write your story until after you’ve done some people watching!

Your exercise: Alright, this week I want you to take your story from last week and advance it a hundred years. What new ideas, possibilities, or controversies have sprung up because of the technology you wrote about? How has it been used, and what other advances has it led to? How has the technology been abused? Write another story set in the world a hundred years after your last story, and use it to explain where the technology you wrote about has led us. Ultimately, was it a good thing, or a bad thing, and why?

Remember that fantasy and science fiction is also know as speculative fiction. There’s a reason for this. Speculate, guess, imagine, and figure out what the technology you chose could lead to, both good and bad. Ask your friend to do the same thing if you want to, and when you both finish, compare your stories again.

Story Challenge of the Week

visi-mobile-system-sideI think it’s time for another teamwork exercise! If you’ve been following along this year, then you should know what these are, if you haven’t been, then I’ll explain what you have to do below. Most of you probably know the rules for the story challenges, but if not: You must write a story of at least a hundred words, and not more than five hundred (if you want to post it as a comment – if it’s just for yourself, then it can be as long as you want).  The story must fulfill the exercise given in this post.  So,  if I give you an exercise that requires people watching, don’t write your story until after you’ve done some people watching!

Your exercise: This week I want you and a friend to do some research and find an interesting piece of new technology. The technology shouldn’t be more than a year old, but it can come from any field you want to examine. For instance, last year the ViSi Mobile System was introduced. This is a system that is supposed to allow doctors to remotely monitor a patient’s vital signs via wifi. You and your friend should both write a story about how this technology will change the world. Once you’ve both finished, compare your stories. How were they similar? How were they different? Did you both see the same positive or negative potential in the technology? Why or why not?

I suggest checking out this site for interesting technologies.

Story Challenge of the Week

I'm guessing we all know what this is.
I’m guessing we all know what this is.

Well, it’s time for another story challenge, and I think it’s about time for another theme challenge as well! We’re pretty well into the year at this point, and I hope everyone has been enjoying the new variety in the writing exercises. I’m doing my best to be a little more creative and provide a wider range of skill building challenges. Anyway, you probably know the rules, and this weeks post is just a basic theme challenge. If you don’t know the rules: You must write a story of at least a hundred words, and not more than five hundred (if you want to post it as a comment – if it’s just for yourself, then it can be as long as you want).  The story must fulfill the exercise given in this post.  So,  if I give you an exercise that requires people watching, don’t write your story until after you’ve done some people watching!

Your theme: Mutually Assured Destruction

If you watch the TV show Eureka!, they did a great episode based on this theme back in their… second season? I think, anyway. Have fun with this, and feel free to go nuts!

Story Challenge of the Week

celebrantAs anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m slightly obsessed with miniature models. I know I’ve put up one miniature related story challenge before, but this one is going to be a little bit different. If you don’t know much about miniatures games and still want to do this exercise, then you can check out this youtube channel, or just find your local hobby store and talk to some of the players that frequent it. So, you probably know the rules for the story challenges, but just in case: You must write a story of at least a hundred words, and not more than five hundred (if you want to post it as a comment – if it’s just for yourself, then it can be as long as you want).  The story must fulfill the exercise given in this post.  So,  if I give you an exercise that requires people watching, don’t write your story until after you’ve done some people watching!

Your exercise: Watch or play a miniature battle game (if you don’t play then watching a battle report from the above channel is a good way to do this). Now, write a story about the game from the perspective of one of the miniatures. You should anthropomorphize the miniature for this story, but your perspective should still be that of the miniature in the game. Don’t make your story into a story about a real battle that is similar to the miniature game. Make sure that it is a story about the game itself.

The goal here is to shift your perspective once again. Trying to write a story through the eyes of an anthropomorphized inanimate object can be very difficult. Does the miniature see the players as giants? As gods? What is ‘death’? Is the stock table ‘hell’? Etc, etc, etc. There are a lot of interesting questions to think about here.

Story Challenge of the Week

Well, I found this picture here. And I rather like the idea of this company. If you're in Oregan, maybe you should look them up.
Well, I found this picture here. And I rather like the idea of this company. If you’re in Oregan, maybe you should look them up.

Well, we’re almost done with February! I hope the year is going well for everyone so far. If not, then chin-up! The best lesson I ever had to learn was to be satisfied. Sidhartha Guatama (Buddhi) is credited with saying that happiness is wanting what we have, and this, in my experience at least, is not untrue! Be happy with what you have, and stop focusing on what you don’t. Anyway, it’s time for a story challenge. You probably know the rules, but just in case: You must write a story of at least a hundred words, and not more than five hundred (if you want to post it as a comment – if it’s just for yourself, then it can be as long as you want).  The story must fulfill the exercise given in this post.  So,  if I give you an exercise that requires people watching, don’t write your story until after you’ve done some people watching!

Your exercise: This week we’re back to theme challenges. So, your theme for the week is: mediation!

Write me a story about mediation. This could be a political story, or a prison mediation. It could be a terrorist negotiation, or perhaps its a mother mediating between her children. Whatever it is, make it interesting, and make it fun!