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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Inner Person (09/09/10)

TITLE: Stop the Insurrection of Procastination Nation
By Catrina Bradley



From: your Regent, Queen Kathryn

To: All Current and Prospective Occupants of Innerland

Let a decree be heard throughout the realm:

We have summoned soldiers to scour the provinces of Innerland. Armed with the prayers of your Regent, they have been instructed by Our King to take up an official census, and seek out and record all rogue projects, personal or professional, that have joined the insurrection and defected to Procrastination Nation. Tasks that have crossed the border from their home province of To Do into hostile territory currently under the ruthless control of the Enemy will be reclaimed for the Kingdom and put back into circulation.

We hope you have taken notice of the example made of your “hero”, Index.

As you are likely aware, Index, the most notorious offender, has claimed citizenship on our fair isle of To Do for over a year. Although his defection was not rectified, it did not go unnoticed. We have known for some time of the ulterior motives behind his repeated reassurances. We were not amused.

Last night, we dispatched an advance war party who returned Index to the control of your Regent. We relocated him to Actively In Progress this morning, and, within three hours, he achieved the status of Complete. He would have already sailed for his next intended assignment, Awaiting Final Product, if not for the unfortunate meddling of our nemesis Missing Paperwork. That minion of the Enemy was stopped post haste, and tomorrow, Index’s promotion will be complete.

Do not underestimate the power Our King has bestowed upon these soldiers.

We have also requested extra security be stationed along the borders of Awaiting Final Product, another weak area in our defenses against the Enemy. He and we constantly wrestle for control of this territory, and soldiers are necessary to ensure fortification. Malingerers will be accounted for and dealt with on a priority basis. We plan to be in constant contact with Our King to assure no gaps form in the hedges of protection.

As individuals, you may not be aware of the consequences imposed by the spreading insurrection. The whole of Innerworld has been affected to some degree, as have parts of Outerworld and the worlds beyond. The scourge known as Procrastination Nation must be stopped before it damages you further.

Occupants of Innerworld, take heed and take heart: we are not against you. Our desire is the desire of Our King--to protect you from the Ultimate Enemy. To this end, we are requesting permanent placement of armed patrols among you. Their mission is to defend you from attack.

The swords they wield will never be used against you; their sole purpose is to slay the minions of the Enemy by the Spirit of the Word. The shields they carry will extinguish the fiery darts of the evil one so no further projects are swayed to the dark side. Only when you all follow the same path can we reach our destination. If we allow the Enemy to divide us, we cannot fit through the narrow gate at the end, and we’ll be left floundering in the wastelands.

Stand firm, citizens, and be strong in Our King and in His mighty Power.

With highest regards,
Your Regent,
Queen Kathryn of Innerland

Written with our hand, in ink on paper, in the year of our King, Two Thousand Ten

Author’s Note: Inspired in part by Ephesians 6:10-18

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Sarah Heywood09/16/10
Creative and enjoyable - good work!
Charla Diehl 09/17/10
Excellent message for all to heed. A very imaginative way to put the topic into action.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/18/10
What a creative mind you have. I laughed while at the same time realized the seriousness of your message. I couldn't help looking over my shoulder half expecting to see an army coming toward me!
Barbara Lynn Culler09/19/10
Very creative!

I did find myself skipping ahead as there seemed too much information to process.

Hail to the Queen!
Allison Egley 09/20/10
Hehehe I definitely found myself chuckling a few times.

I had a bit of trouble, personally, combining the spiritual message with the rest of the story. I thought maybe a better verse would have been the one about "In whatever you, work at it with all your heat, as working for the Lord, not for men." But perhaps that is just me. :)

Great job, overall. :)
DK Landers09/20/10
Congratulations on your creativity. Innerland is a clever way to use the topic. The rhythm sounded like something written by a monarch, just a bit stilted for us peasants.
Rachel Phelps09/20/10
I love the concept of this. Just awesome. The paragraphs were very dense - my eyes were faving trouble focusing. On the other hand, this would be amazing as a radio play or a monologue. Just a thought. Really, love the creativity.
Gregory Kane09/21/10
I liked this a lot. Clever, imaginative, with some powerful digs at our own procrastinations. I felt that the paragraph starting "The swords they wield" borrowed a bit too much from Biblical analogy with the result that the tone was noticeably different from the rest of your missive.
Loren T. Lowery09/21/10
I agree, very creative and I was reading I couldn't help but think that we all need a Regent, Queen Kathryn in our lives. Stand bold, indeed - it is a battle out there, daily.
Lillian Rhoades 09/21/10
Very creative. I would probably would have chosen to shorten the title by eliminating Nation and replacing it with Procasti-Nation to eliminate the redundancy.
Lillian Rhoades 09/21/10
Oops, didn't mean to be redundant with "would." :)
Christina Banks 09/22/10
Very cleaver. I found my eyes jumping paragraphs because of the density, but stopped and went back. I really enjoyed your memo from the Queen.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/23/10
Congratulations for placing 11th in your level and 16th overall!
Edmond Ng 09/24/10
A very interesting way of getting across the message!