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75 Word or Less Off Season Mini Challenge
by Janice Cartwright
03/25/08
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Off-season Mini-challenge - Week of 3-20

1. Write two ultra-short stories (no more than 75 words each)
2. They should be completely different in mood, tone, genre
3. Each should BEGIN with this sentence:
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Story # 1

Starving Artist

“Megan stared at the stain, horrified.” Shannon recited the line in a phony Swedish accent, folded the script into airplane shape, and flew it at Trent. He ducked.

“Cannard really has lost it this time. I’m supposed to get into this charade, this sham, this travesty he calls a tragedy? Well, I have a flash for Mister C. playwright: I’m not doing it.”

“You’ll do it.” Trent sailed the craft back to her.


Story # 2

Kabbages and Klenes

Megan stared at the stain, horrified. “They know.”

“Only the Klene-klenes, though: oh, I pray, only the Klene-klenes.”

“What if…?

“Don’t even think it.” A shudder passed over Louis.

“Any chance we could Turpolize it?”

“I already checked the bottle. Not a single drop of Turpoline.”

“You know what that means.”

“We have only one other option.”

“Right. We’ll have to Kabbage.”












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K. J. Cash 26 Mar 2008
Hey, do you talk to yourself, too? These are from a crazily brilliant mind!
Glynis Becker 26 Mar 2008
Both are fantastic! In #1: To use the phrase as a sentence sort of 'outside' the story itself is so clever and #2 is great even though I don't get it :) LOL
Pat Guy  25 Mar 2008
I LOVED the originality of these Janice! VERY well crafted! Yes, better late than never - but I thought we had until Wed. or Thurs. Kudos Girl!
Judith Hope 25 Mar 2008
Greetings, Janice, What a growing talent you have. It is lovely to see your work in many different genres. These two I find highly amusing and think they are clever! Love and Blessings on all you do, Jude Hope
Jan Ackerson  25 Mar 2008
Wow, Janice, very original and creative! I think you're the only person who put the first sentence in someone's dialogue. And...I'll be honest...I have no idea what the second one means. It feels kinda sci-fi-ish? Am I right?
Lesley-Anne Evans 25 Mar 2008
...of cabbages and kings... something in my brain is dredging up those words... is it from Alice in Wonderland, or The Owl and the Pussycat??? It's very interesting, a bit of a mind twister, but I like it!
Karen Wilber 25 Mar 2008
I like the first one--it has "attitude". Like the short, clipped sounds. Not sure about the second one. What don't I get? I feel like there's something in there I missed.
Betty Castleberry 25 Mar 2008
I loved the originality in both of these. I got a Star Trek feel with the second one. Is that close?




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