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There's a meme going around — a number of my friends have done it, and I've had fun giving people prompts, and really enjoyed the responses. I didn't figure on doing it myself, because when it comes to memes I'm terrible at getting back to people, and I'm in the middle of Clockwork Phoenix 4 slushpile crunchtime, but wirewalking poked me so I figured why not.

The meme goes like this:

Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I'll give you one sentence from that story.


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On December 3rd, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC), csecooney commented:
The one about finding the baby monkey in your bathroom wastepaper bin.
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On December 3rd, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
The shape wrapped in the bloody membrane reminded me of a baby, with its glistening pink skin, but the arms and legs were too long, the head too small and shriveled, the mouth too wide.

I leaned closer. It's a monkey, I told myself. Has to be.

The thing twitched and emitted an eardrum-shredding howl.
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On December 3rd, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC), tithenai commented:
That one -- you know the one? The one that has absolutely no element of horror to it whatsoever? I mean not a single scary thing? What was it -- it also had a bluebird, a telephone, and a Turkish coffee pot. Remind me?
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On December 3rd, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
You have a good memory, this one was way back in the closet. ;-p
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She held the glass pot by its long handle and warmed it with a candle. I squinted at the solution within -- what I'd at first taken for colorful tea leaves resolved into an animate scene, a bluebird perched on a telephone pole, turning its sky-crowned head sideways to regard me with its black pearl eye.

"How are you--" I began, then tried again. "Will that--"

"Wait," she said.

The bird began its tur-a-lee tur-a-lee song, and the shrill syllables transmuted to an iridescent steam. She closed her eyes and breathed it in, then nodded to me to do the same.
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On December 3rd, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC), samhenderson commented:
The one with the birthday party - you know, the one where you didn't use the letter "e."
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On December 4th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
My siblings and I hiss with joy through our gills, drinking to our hatchday from this still-dripping kill.
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On December 4th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC), samhenderson replied:
Well played, sir.
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On December 4th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
*bows*
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On December 3rd, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC), theferrett commented:
I did ever so enjoy that tale about the library of lost languages, where the caretaker tends to AIs whose whole job it is to talk to each other in tongues that no one living now speaks.
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On December 4th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
As Yuri turned sadly to leave the library for good, the vents and vault door sealed of their own accord -- and at once she understood what those whispered responses must have meant. Every diverse set of syllables the same: Stay.


Edited at 2012-12-04 04:14 am (UTC)
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On December 3rd, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC), cucumberseed commented:
The one whose working title was "Rattlemybones."
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On December 3rd, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC), maxxammo commented:
How about the one you mentioned when we met for dinner?

You had noted the decor and stated that perhaps some of the dining patrons had met an ill fate and were now permanently on display as wall decor - you said it was perhaps a story idea.
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On December 3rd, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC), time_shark replied:
HA! A real story idea that I'd forgotten!!

Alright, I'll have to come up with something extra special for you.
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On December 3rd, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC), selidor commented:
The one about why the Devil never visits Vegas any more. There was a parakeet.
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On December 3rd, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC), brownkitty commented:
The one your socks told you.
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On December 3rd, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC), gwynnega commented:
The one about the lobsters and the heavy metal band.
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On December 4th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC), hani commented:
The one about the human with a long ass. :P
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On December 4th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC), time_shark replied:
At first he thought Thomas had four legs -- but then he surmised, with another jolt of surprise, that his new acquaintance was simply sitting down. The man's buttocks doubled as a pair of stilts.
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On December 5th, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC), maxxammo commented:
Since I gave you one which was a remnant from your own creative juices, here's one from mine.

How about the one where your reflection in the mirror started telling you strange stories you had never thought of...
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