Uh oh, Rachael Harrie’s at it again. She’s just released the rules for her Second Campaigner Challenge, and this one ain’t so easy. Rachael’s rules are in green and my replies are in red. My challenge entry follows right after the five promts.
Do one or more of the following:
Write a pitch/logline for a book based on the prompts (less than 100 words Done!
Write a short story/flash fiction piece of less than 200 words based on the prompts Check!
Write a poem with a twist using the prompts as inspiration (in less than 200 words) Uh, no.
Write a story/poem in five sentences, each sentence based on one of the prompts Forget it.
Write a poem/flash fiction piece (in less than 200 words) about the water pear *without* using the words “pear”, “spoon”, or “droplet”. Not gonna happen.
For added difficulty/challenge:
Complete at least three of the above activities and tie them all together with a common theme (feel free to either state the theme in your post or leave us to guess what it might be) Yeah, that’s not gonna happen either. I struggled with just the two items, and it’s already nearly two in the morning, so…
Write in a genre that is not your own This one I can handle. I tried a little light fantasy, at least I think it’s fantasy. You tell me. I have absolutely no experience reading or writing in the genre.
Ask Challenge entrants to critique your writing. After the Challenge closes, you may wish to re-post your revised piece(s), and I’ll include a Linky List at the bottom of this post for those wishing more feedback on their revisions (note: revised entries will not be judged, so please label clearly your original post and your revisions. Please do not offer critique unless someone asks for it, as per the usual blogging conventions. If you do ask for critique, make sure you ask for it clearly so people know you want it, and please be prepared to receive feedback that may not be 100% glowing. If you are a critiquer, please be tactful and courteous, and remember to provide positives as well as negatives.) Okay, I can handle this part. I think. So go ahead and critique it, if you’d like. I can take it. Just be polite.
Here are Rachael’s Prompts:
Two people are sitting together under the remains of a concrete bridge. Their backs are against a rusted bridge support. One person’s leg is cut. The other person has wet hair.
My flash fiction entry, at 199 words:
Tazi raced along the promenade, his cloak a crimson flash against the sparkling azure sea. His tiny legs pumped, but the little wizard could draw no closer to the Wishing Orb. It remained at a fixed distance, taunting him.
This was crazy. He was a shaman, like his grandfather. But Tazi had never been taught how to harness his magic. Frustrated, he pulled out his wand, the one his grandfather had just given him, when they hid from the Spectral Guard beneath the ruins of the
. Empyrean Bridge
Even as the lifeblood poured from the injured man’s leg, Tazi’s grandfather raised the staff and tapped it against his grandson’s foot. A funnel of water twisted up around Tazi’s body, swirling in a giant teardrop. In a flash, the water exploded, and Tazi began to tumble through empty space, encased only in a gilded cage of whirling stars.
Then, with the wand in hand, Tazi crashed, but in an unfamiliar land littered only with filth and scavenging imps. Except for the Wishing Orb, rolling along the promenade. All he had to do was touch it and wish himself home, if only he could reach it.
Tazi raised his wand. Poof!
My Pitch for Tazi’s Wish, at 42 words:
Stranded in an unfamiliar wasteland, the young wizard, Tazi, must learn to harness the power of his grandfather’s magic wand to capture the Wishing Orb and return home, or risk becoming a lost scavenger imp adrift in a sea of decaying debris.
That’s it. If you enjoyed it, please click on over to Rachael's
and “like” my entry. I’m number 5. Thanks!!