For this challenge, choose a book, any book off your shelves.
* Open to page 33 and find the first noun on that page. The noun must feature largely in your story/essay. (If the noun is a character or place name, skip to the next noun. Example: the first noun is Chicago and you have no interest in writing about Chicago or setting a story there, and writing a story about another author's character named Kvothe is either fan-fiction or theft.)
* Turn to page 100 and find the last verb on the page. This verb features as a primary action or conflict in your story/essay. (If the verb is a boring one like "said," skip to the next one, unless you're inspired to write about speeches or rumors or something)
* Turn to the last chapter and find three adjectives that speak to you in interesting ways.
The idea is to freely associate these random words with one another, pushing the adjectives around the noun and verb until an interesting prompt emerges. Brainstorm until an idea excites you, then write away.
Post below:500 wordexcerpt of your story/essay (posting the entire story in a publicly viewed forum will sacrifice first-time, exclusive rights if you choose to sell it) Reward:10 Hard Points
(if you want critiques on your work, post it in the appropriate feedback forum, then post a link to it below)
Last Edit: Sept 29, 2020 1:47:46 GMT -6 by RAVENEYE
Is the 500 word criteria set in stone? Or is there some sort of word range and would we just stop at 500 words, even if that should be mid-sentence, for example? I'd like to take a stab at this but want to make sure I'm following the rules.
Yes, just any 500 words of whatever the results of the prompt are, even if that falls mid-sentence. The point is just to prove you did the work, while protecting your rights. I'm insisting on that 500 word count, b/c the challenge does award hard points. This is to prevent folks from just tossing out a couple of sentences and claiming the reward. Does this help?
In on this! most of my books are in storage, so my choices for something with 100 pages is limiting. XD
Source: High Voltage - Karen Marie Moning 33/34 - Great 100 - Keep Last - Endless, Simple, Black
“It is a promise I must keep.”
The conviction burned within her heart as it poured out into her hands and voice, splayed out as an offering. It was so simple, but necessary.
The figure above her towered high, stretching beyond her peripheral into an endless sea of the night sky. Still she stood her ground, looking up into the void eyes of the spirit. The figure leaned in low to see further than any could into her soul.
Swallowing deep, she blinked, but her resolute strong.
“A promise. From a mortal.” The words spat out with disgust, the voice colder than the north winds caused her to shiver. Even her arms wrapped around each other and her eyes stayed for a moment. Blinking hard, she returned the gaze even though her knee’s shook and the strength of her legs trembled and threatened to topple.
No! She thought. NO!
“Yes.” Her words resonated with the same absolute.
“Such big words for such a little, fragile thing.” Weighing. Measuring. Deciding.
The world grew darker around her, still. Could it be so black? How could she even see, but still those eyes held her attention. They held her in place like no hands could.
Her voice cracked.“I.. must.”
“Why. Mortals are flawed. Weak. Selfish. Even the deeds they do are done to make themselves better than the next. You are no different. You are selfish. You only wish to keep your promise so that you may find peace. How dare you. Within MY circle. Your word is nothing, mortal. You have no purpose here. Leave. Now.”
The darkness vanished and she found herself blinded by the light of even the moon. Her eyes unable to adjust to its glow, though the shadows still lingered. The voice spoke not from around her but from in.
Before I consume you, too.
Kaira stood there shaking, her knees giving way as she then fell to the patched earth beneath her.
Was he gone too? Consumed by the great spirit who despised mortals such as them? They made a promise! SHE made a promise. She gave her word like it was her life, the force of her soul begging to see it to its end.
She can not.
There was no other way.
“NO!” The echo of her scream set off birds in the distance that scurried away with hard beating wings. “You must let me pass. You will let me pass!”
Her hands turned into fists as she beat her tears into the earth.
“I must go to him. I made a promise! My word is my heart.” Her heartbeat with ever hit upon the earth. Hours passed and still she cried as she hit the ground.
Must you beat my home. The words echoed once again in her mind, a heavy sigh.
For me, on this challenge, I go to a book that, while controversial in some respects holds some significance to my current point in life. I love A Song of Ice and Fire series, so I wanted a book from there, as it embodies a lot of things that I want to channel as a writer. Epic Fantasy that challenges conventions. Dramatic story-telling with lots of twisting near-melodrama plot told in a huge robust world with many many characters. And the cherry on the top for me is this is a book that the writer had some of the most trouble completing, aggravating the fandom by taking several years longer than all previous installments combined; something akin to the spirit of "getting past a huge difficult block" for me, here, which is something I'm trying to do. (For those interested, look up the Meereenese Knot. Kind of interesting that period of his work on this book was such a huge deal, it got a name. They even had a wink and nod to it in the TV Series. Plus this block involved a bunch of different characters and plots converging on Daenerys, who is my favorite.)
So, here we go.
Source:A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Page 33 noun(s): Niece or Queen... Don't know that I have any strong feeling for niece. I like queen better so I'll focus on that and try to incorporate niece, too.
Page 100/101 Verb(s): Consider or Touch Same to the nouns. While consider is doable, I wanted something a little more physical so I'll try to use both.
Final Chapter Adjectives: Tepid, cracked, drifting I ignored the preview chapter of the next book, the appendices and the epilogue, going straight to the last POV chapter before that.
slbutler: Nice job again Pel, enjoyed this one as well. There are several good entries this week it will be hard to place my vote. Alatariels and Cynics are both standouts as well for mine. But all are very good you should all be happy.
Sept 18, 2021 22:16:54 GMT -6
pelwrath: Thank you both, Mazulla and slbutler. I agree that everyone has created some very well done stories.
Sept 18, 2021 22:23:04 GMT -6
pelwrath: Seven entries this week, that's what's great because all who participate and read them are winners.
Sept 18, 2021 22:26:24 GMT -6
RavingCynic: Well thank you slbutler, kind of you to say!
Sept 18, 2021 22:46:35 GMT -6
pelwrath: When your English skills are so bad, you create 1st person narration but all along it’s 3rd person present.
Sept 19, 2021 7:03:59 GMT -6
Alatariel: you're not the only one who does that, Pel
Sept 19, 2021 11:58:39 GMT -6
pelwrath: I’ve only had such a contract for a story once before. That doesn’t excuse my stupidity.
Sept 20, 2021 15:37:51 GMT -6
pelwrath: Did about 1200 words on Vampire #2 this morning with more for tonight. Wife and daughter watching Candyman.
Sept 20, 2021 17:11:05 GMT -6
pelwrath: My wife said with pouting eyes, “don’t you want to watch Candyman with me?” Horror not a genre of preference. Monster scary (Alien, etc.) fine. That said, movie isn’t that bad with an interesting twist at the end.
Sept 21, 2021 11:40:08 GMT -6