Mai Madness: Fenton and Kilasha, Chapter 6

This is for Dawn, who is about to become a Mamma. She kept pestering me to write more of this story, so here you go, Mamma! (Have Not-the-Mamma buy you some ice cream for you!) To catch up, here's where it starts.Fenton and Kilasha, Chapter 6Kilasha trembled with exhaustion, her muscles protesting their unaccustomed position on horseback. She blinked and her vision refused to lighten. She rea...
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Mai Madness: “The Rescue” Chapter Two: Into the Woods

This story continues one I wrote for March FADness last year, called “The Rescue.”Fernando came awake to a heavy weight against his chest and stomach, as though a jack collapsed and let the car fall on him. He tried to breathe and pain seared him.“Keep him quiet,” a man’s voice snapped.“I’m trying!”It sounded like Adana, but Fernando couldn’t get his voice working to ask. He finally managed to p...
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Mai Madness – New Job, Suicide

This prompt is a lot darker than the ones we’ve been looking at recently. The job here is to use the setting to establish a mood. The object is to use the same setting, but in one make it from the point of view of a character who just got a new job; the second time do it from the POV of a character who is contemplating suicide. (For that reason, please do not read if you feel the subject matter...
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Mai Madness – Horror Story

This prompt explores atmosphere. Horror stories do this very well (we all remember “a dark and stormy night,” right?); so the idea is to play with those images and see what we can come up with.“The Silent Ones”Susan looked up at the old Tudor, its windows black and looming over the entranceway. A short patio extended from the front door, its beveled glass pretty but empty like a staring eye. Sh...
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Mai Madness – Birth and Death

This prompt asks us to consider the same situation, but once from the perspective of a dying character, and then from the perspective of a birth. It was interesting what came out of the keyboard; this is one of those that seemed to write itself.“Untitled”Richard looked out at the street. The front window of the house was low and wide, not quite a bay window but the size of one. He could see all...
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Mai Madness – Setting – Opening and Closing Scene

The purpose of this assignment is to use setting to establish the opening and closing of a story. Setting can lead to Story, frame it, and sometimes be the purpose of it. By doing these exercises (this one and the ones over the past few days), one can explore their use of setting in their storytelling in order to develop the inner eye. I found this one interesting, and it actually wove itself in...
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Mai Madness – Man Against Nature – Setting

The object of this exercise is to understand how to use nature settings effectively. We are to describe the setting of a man-against-nature story, using as much detail as possible.“Mount Shasta”Mount Shasta is not dormant. It’s one of the active volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain Range, and like its sister Mount Lassen they are geological anomalies. They lie well within the Sierra Nevadas, a non...
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Mai Madness – Train Ride

Describe a train ride. The idea is to show travel, but I found it incredibly hard to do – the funny thing is, I ride a train to work every day. So I assumed it would be easy to write about. Not so much. I did have fun with it, and it helped other projects, but this one was hard to get down onto the keyboard.“Chicago”The number 93 bus pulls up at the Kimball terminal on Lawrence Avenue, and pul...
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Oh Blog My Blog

I haven't fallen off the wagon, exactly; it's more that the homework train collided with the posting train and there's words all over the tracks!I'll post shortly; just have to get caught up on the homework reading. Hang in there! (If you feel the need to read, check out March 2008 for some fun stories, both in the FFC category and the March FADness category...)And positive comments make me writ...
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