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Hello Moon Guard, would you like to play a game? The rules are simple: someone will link you a song they think you might like and you’ll write a 100 word piece of fiction (a drabble) inspired by some aspect of it; be it the lyrics, the music or the mood. Are you up to the chaaaaallenge? Step up to request a song! (Please remember to state a preferred music genre or ‘any’)
Music rules: Keep it legit, yo. Don’t post the Cake Song or anything too silly unless it’s been requested. No gangsta rap or death metal or other really niche music unless it’s been requested. Put thought into your song selection; give your victim something to work with. You can abstain from writing with a song you really hate, but try to work with what you’re given if it’s a serious choice someone’s made.
Heroic Challenge: Write the drabble as you listen to the song for the first time. No way son, you think you’re ready?
One more thing. If you give someone else a song, you automatically put yourself up for receiving one from someone else to write about. Bwahaha mine is an evil laugh.
Further information for the confused:
“WTF, a hundred words? What kind of story can I write in a hundred words ?”
Well, not generally a complete story (though it can be!). Often a drabble is written as a moment in time; a snippet of action or conversation. It can start at the beginning, in the middle, or a paragraph before the very end. You can use a flash of that epic scene you’ve always meant to do something with, or center it around a one-liner you’ve been saving up to use. Endless possibilities! This is a pure writing exercise and anything you like can be cannibalized for a longer story later.
Remember, this is a challenge. Drabbles are hard. You’re using as few words as possible to make something poetic and interesting. You don’t have to hit one hundred words exactly, by the way. A margin of about 5-10 words either side is perfectly fine.
Incubust by Terry Pratchett
The physics of magic is this: no magician, disguise it as he
might, can achieve a result beyond his own physical powers¹.
And, spurned, he performed the Rite of Tumescence and called
up a fiend from the depths of the Pit to teach her a lesson she
wouldn't forget, the witch.
The phone rang.
"Nice try," she said, "It's sitting on the bedhead now."
His breath quickened. "And?"
"Listen," she said.
And he heard the voice of the fiend, distant and wretched:
"...frightfully sorry ... normally, no problem ... oh god, this
has never happened to me before..."
¹See the Necrotelicomnicon, p.38.
The Innocent by Alice Kohler
I saw her sitting in a patch of sunlight, and stepped out from
behind the trees. She smiled and beckoned and I moved forward,
lay down on the grass and placed my head in her lap.
I saw the dagger in her hand and death in her eye, but not until
after the blow was struck did I lurch upright, crying out my love
and pain. Another girl appeared beside the first and together
they watched me as I staggered, then fell before them.
"That scream was almost human. Here, you hold its head while
I cut out the horn."
Edited by Cythe on 9/22/2012 8:12 AM PDT
Satterly you're my new bff. Hope you're cool with sad sweet girl songs.
Silk - Giselle Rosselli
(er, I can't find a proper site that has the lyrics, but they're simple and the comment on the youtube has them roughly.)
70's jazz? That's meeeeeean!
Ahh, this is for you I think
Waltz - Balanescu Quartet [instrumental]
(Also Ven if you get the crazy desire to do two, I always associate Lights by Ellie Goulding with Venita. Was listening to it while I read one of your stories once and it seemed to fit so well.
Edited by Cythe on 9/22/2012 9:29 AM PDT
This will probably sound like a less affectionate snippet than it is.
If even of dreams we are to be wary, then what hope have we of a daylight unhindered?
That was the usual cloying buzz with which he was ever satisfied, but I remained unprepared for another night of his interventionist vigil. Nonetheless, I never could keep him from passing it off as rationale enough for slashing my chrysalis and making himself at home in the wound. There in the liminal perch he favored, his hand bid me set aside, for the present, the thankless work of braiding my noose with my own spinnerets.
My greatest ache, the !@#$ing nerve of you.
Edited by Satterly on 9/22/2012 10:12 AM PDT
The breeze pulled the leaves off the trees and into the chill air. A small group of starlings perched on the branch, swaying with the branch that was shuddering in the strong, cool wind. With a flutter of wings they were up in the air, dark plumage making them a speck against the grey-splattered sky. Their outstretched wings carried them in a dancing step, disregarding the clouds above and greying ground below. The flight was their joy. Up, in spiraling twirls, twittering with cheer only birds had on such a day. And with a joyful chirp, they climbed higher and out of sight.
If anyone wants to give me another... this was really enjoyable. Great idea :)
Hmm. You might like this:
Havent listened to any Tool in YEARS, and I'd never heard this song. It was definitely a good choice though...considering the events in the grove the last few days. So. Here's mine, at 108 words. :P
Blue eyes watched as the other walked away in disgust, his cries about the primitive living of the guardians ringing in the air. Why could he not see the truth? See the peace and wonder of this sacred place? Dusk shook himself, scooping up the injured visitor he'd been tending, heading for the visitor's den.
What part of living in close crowded cages of wood and stone was healthy? Or killing over imagined wrongs...carving the world up, and destroying the wilds for meaningless stone? The worgen sighed. If that was what it meant to be 'civilized', he would stick with the life he had, without any regrets at all.
Gonna cheat like Medivh to get more drabbles out of y'all and gives songs for everyone!
So Far From Your Weapon - The Dead Weather
:D! Try Gypsy Eyes- Jimi Hendrix
Fur Lined - How To Destroy Angels
MOAR INDIE 4 U
Adventures in Solitude - New Pornographers
Edited by Cythe on 9/22/2012 11:36 PM PDT
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