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#7 - Can You Tell a Story in 25 Words Or Less? Come and Give it a Try. (No Self Promo)

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Initial post: Mar 19, 2012 7:13:55 AM PDT
Challenge: Write a story in 25 words or less.

Theme: Crayons

Participants: Anyone. You don't have to be an author. I'm not.

What you can't do: If you are an author, do not mention it. This means no links.

What you can do: If you are an author, put information about your books on your profile page. Link your books, webpage, or Amazon author page.

Comments: If you want to comment on another person's writing, please be positive. This is not a critique thread. We want any and all participants to feel comfortable and enjoy participating, whether they've never written anything more than an email or they've sold 20,000 books.

I will begin in my next post. Have fun!

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 7:14:49 AM PDT
The last thing she'd said to him was an exasperated, "Put the crayons away! They'll melt!" Now she couldn't stop staring at the little puddles.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 7:20:59 AM PDT
Splinker says:
She loved him dearly, but she was flawed. She left him with apple juice, three crayons and an activity menu. Later, there were tears.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 7:30:12 AM PDT
MommaCat says:
Steven looked at the black crayon and the freshly painted wall and wondered how he could resist. It was more than he could imagine.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 7:50:27 AM PDT
That boy, he's always into something. At least this time it is only a crayon up the nose! Hopefully his sister will survive him.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 8:08:08 AM PDT
He looked at his granddaughter, excited she said, it´s finished grandpa. He looked at the screen. Sometimes he missed the time when crayons were around.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 8:12:34 AM PDT
I love the little twist at the end!

Great start, everyone. :)

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 8:20:10 AM PDT
The pastel colors displayed in the clouds elegantly lit by the morning sun, so breathtaking, like an innocent child had used crayons on the sky.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 9:48:11 AM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Red marks on the hardwood floor. Bucky, your crayons are supposed to stay in your room! Wait, feathers too. I raise birds. Miranda raises cats.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 10:23:54 AM PDT
She was running, crying.
They´d been mean to her again.
The running and crying dwindles, at least she had paper and crayons at home.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 10:32:09 AM PDT

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 10:58:20 AM PDT
Sweating, trembling, not knowing if I were still alive. The final stroke of that gruesome black crayon covered my eyes in darkness. What a nightmare!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 11:05:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2012 11:10:56 AM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
Michael James, your graceful writing (the "clouds elegantly lit" post) reminds me of the arguably best work of descriptive literature of all time, an obscure novel called Tom Cringle's Log, written in the early 19th century by one Michael Scott. You can download it to your Kindle for free.

A sample from a page chosen at random: "The sea in our neighbourhood was strongly phosphorescent, so that the smallest chip thrown overboard struck fire from the water ... and when the dolphin or skip-jack leapt into the air, they sparkled out from the still bosom of the deep dark water like rockets, until they fell again into their element in a flash of fire."

If anyone wants hundreds of lessons in writing stunning descriptive prose, download this free book. Michael James needs fewer lessons than most of us.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 11:31:41 AM PDT
Oldog, thank you for the kind words. *blush*

I'll check out the book and add it to my Kindle this evening. It sounds as though it would be a very worthwhile and interesting read.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 11:37:51 AM PDT
... And we watched as he blew up the crayon like a giant balloon and filled with a thousand hairless, eyeless, screeching rats.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 11:54:04 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 11:56:51 AM PDT
I agree about Michael's writing. Though I have to say I have found more stunning writing in these story challenges than I could ever have imagined. And the imagination of posters is almost unbelievable. I am constantly astounded and so happy.

I've download Tom Cringle's Log. The thing I loved so much when I read Villette by Charlotte Bronte was the beautiful writing.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 12:15:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2012 1:50:52 PM PDT
So waxen was my boy's chromatic stool. Our crayon-spattered toilet has never looked this Greenwich Village.

*Edit* 'cuz my parents were first cousins.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2012 1:09:22 PM PDT
Psst, Mike. You need to use the word "crayon or crayons" in your story. Could you edit it?

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 1:36:10 PM PDT
Pressing so hard the crayon cracked in two, then the green one, and the red! Gritting her teeth she wondered why daddy had to leave.

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Posted on Mar 19, 2012 2:23:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2012 2:26:38 PM PDT
Rosebud says:
There was a rainbow of crayon colors dripping from his mouth. A large grin.
Good thing Poison Control was on speed dial!

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 2:38:48 PM PDT
The editor scratched her ear, staring at the new manuscript written entirely in crayon with his famous name scrawled at the end. Blurred by drool.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 5:37:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2012 5:38:46 PM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
25 + 25

Mom bought only the cheapest tinted paraffin crayon sets. I took my coloring books to my friends' homes, where the name brand could be found.

(At age five, the difference between lower class and lower middle class can be easily seen by the number and brand name of your crayons.)

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 6:32:24 PM PDT
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