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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: From Head to Hard Drive
By Chuck Livermore
01/13/07


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The ringing telephone sounded like high-pitched thunder to Marion as she struggled with the blankets. She finally freed a hand and picked up the receiver. “Hello?”

“Good morning, Marion,” the voice replied. “It’s Dave.”

“Dave who?” Marion grunted.

“Your husband!? Wake up, Sweetie. It’s almost nine.”

Marion sat up and tried to sound normal. “I’m sorry, Dear. I was up almost until two doing that rewrite for SciFi Weekly.”

“Yeah, but you’ve got to get moving. I left a list of errands on the table and I noticed the dinner dishes were still in the sink this morning.”

“Okay, I know,” Marion replied. “I’ll catch up. See you tonight.” She hung up the phone, grabbed her robe, and stumbled to the bedroom door. She opened the door and looked down the hall. She pulled her robe around her to ward off the chill. The plaster walls transformed to the cold, gray stone of a medieval castle. She noticed a dank smell. Around the corner ran a fair-haired maiden chased by a knight. He raised his broadsword to strike . . .

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Marion glanced at her watch. “Almost noon,” she thought. “Maybe I’ll grab a burger for lunch.” The traffic light turned green, but she hesitated as a Prius coming from the left sped through the intersection in front of her. “Let’s get ‘em boys.” she said.

She instantaneously was moved from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s. The officer that was driving now accelerated the ’36 Hudson Terraplane police cruiser in pursuit of the gangsters. He switched on the siren and its wail startled the cattle in the pastures they sped past. The dust from rural Texas road clouded their vision, but they didn’t lose sight of their prey. The passenger side door of the Ford Roadster they chased swung open and the crook stepped out on the running board. He raised his Colt revolver and fired at the pursuing Hudson. The windshield shattered and the driver slumped over the steering wheel. The cruiser careened off the road toward a large oak . . .

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Marion heard the door from the garage open and Dave walked into the house. “Marion, I’m home,” he called.

“I’m in the kitchen, Dear. Dinner is almost ready.”

Dave saw the dry-cleaning hanging in the closet as he put his dress shoes away and retrieved his slippers. The packages that were setting by the front door waiting to go the shipping service were missing. He walked into the kitchen from where a tasty smell wafted through the rest of the house. The stainless steel sink was empty and shining. “It looks like you’ve had a busy day. Did you have any time to write?”

“I wrote the third chapter of my novel and chose a title for it. I’m going to call it, Massacre at Edinburgh Castle. And I wrote a short story for Crime and Punishment Journal. Maybe tomorrow I can type them into the computer. But I’ve got them all up here.” Marion pointed to her head with the handle of the wooden spoon she used to stir the savory sauce on the stove. “Take a seat at the table and . . .” Marion paused in the middle of her sentence. “Listen,” she said.

“What is it?” Dave asked quietly.

“I think I heard a tiger growling in the backyard!”


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Ky Bishop01/18/07
Great story!! It made me realize that other people have stories floating around in their heads too. I'm not crazy after all.
lynn rodgers01/18/07
hahaha. i loved this.
Julie Arduini01/19/07
Really enjoyed this. Either we're all crazy writers with stories in our head, or you made us all feel a lot better. Keep up the great work!
Myrna Noyes01/19/07
Cute! :) I used to be just like Marion when I was a teenager! I always had a story floating around in my head! Now, other things often crowd out the stories, but Marion has inspired me to let them flow again1
Donna Emery01/19/07
I can relate to getting those "head stories" in my head while driving home from work. I'm so glad that so many have confessed to similar stories in our head. Great illustration that is easy and fun to relate to!
darlene hight01/21/07
Excellent! I have a few stories written in my head as well. This was an enjoyable read!
Betty Castleberry01/21/07
Thanks for this fun (and true to life for me!)read. Well done.
Joanne Sher 01/22/07
Such fun! Great "transformations." A truly delightful read.
Sandra Petersen 01/22/07
Whoa! I get story ideas that simmer in my brain, but I've never been inspired like your MC Marion was. Maybe if I would live my stories like Marion, they would be more vivid. I enjoyed this glimpse into another writer's life.
Helen Paynter01/23/07
Funny, light, enjoyable entry. And yes, I also admit to living entirely in another world at times. Good stuff.
Jan Ackerson 01/24/07
Shades of James Thurber--with a 21st century twist! Well done.
Joanney Uthe01/24/07
I can relate to getting behind on other things as well as having stories in my head.

I think you may have wanted the packages to be "sitting" instead of "setting" by the door.

Great story that really kept my attention.
CeCe Lane01/24/07
When did you climb inside my head? I loved this!
Shannon Brendlinger01/27/07
That was great! I have lots of book ideas in my head; mainly when I try to sleep. Now I would like to know what happens;0!