Thursday, January 31, 2008

Writing Exercise

Evil Editor has decided to run a four-day live-in writing workshop in his home. You and the other three participants who were willing to fork over a thousand dollars for fours days of intensive work (meals included) are picked up at the airport by a stretch limo and brought to EE's place. Write a scene that takes place anytime during your stay (or during the limo ride back to the airport). 300 words max, deadline Saturday at 10 PM, include a name if you want credit.

55 comments:

pjd said...

EE, perhaps you are truly evil.

Shall we have a pool for which minions get included in the most submissions? And will there be prizes for putting another minion in the most compromising position?

Oh boy the imagination gets going quickly on this one.

ril said...

Hmm. That could signal the end to all those cozy comment trail chats...

Robin S. said...

Oh Peter, I'm with ril, better to avoid pools on this, I'm guessing.
I just want to have fun with all of you all. I like the cozy comment chats.

Besides, EE wrote 'participants' rather than 'minions', so...we have a free ride (of sorts) on who we choose to pop into that limo ride. Could be anybody.

See, EE isn't really evil - just creative. Or maybe he's a little antsy. Or maybe he's a handful.

Or maybe he's just being a guy - wanting to see, as he says, what happens, as he mentions..."during the limo ride back to the airport".

I was thinking it would be fun to kind of switch things around a bit this week - as there's a limo ride handy.

Anonymous said...

Just pick on all those gutless people who post under "Anonymous."

pjd said...

Suggestion for a pool was made with tongue planted firmly in cheek. It never occurred to me that someone would actually nominate names... I withdraw the suggestion.

Thanks for pointing out "participants" rather than "minions"... opens up the possibilities a lot and relieves the pressure!

Anonymous said...

Just pick on all those gutless people who post under "Anonymous."

Shit. That's my idea busted.

Brenda Bradshaw said...

And again, I have no idea what this means.

Too much Xanax. Maybe when life stops shitting on Brenda (yes, mor stuff just today), I could understand simple instructions yet again.

talpianna said...

You can use my pool, if you don't mind paying to have it replastered.

ChristineEldin said...

That's $250 per day.
Considering EE seems like an able therapist, this could save me a lot of money....

Blogless better not be there. He's the reason for my last session.

Robin S. said...

I agree, Chris. Blogless is too busy with his crunching.

blogless_troll said...

Who me? What did I do?

Anonymous said...

I envision some bawdy humor in these entries. Oh, wait, there usually is...

I wish you meant that 4-day workshop for real, EE. Humor AND muttonchops? Prrrfect. Of course, since you are really someone's pimply teenager lurking in the basement, all hope is lost.

BuffySquirrel said...

Hmm. First thing we'll need to work on is that "fours days" glitch.

Robin S. said...

It's what you didn't do, blogless, my boy...

and yeah, you anonymouses, I'd say your time has come.

Wes said...

Test

Did I finally get this &^%$ pic loaded?

blogless_troll said...

It's what you didn't do, blogless, my boy...

I'm a guy, so you're gonna have to spell it out for me.

Robin S. said...

Well, blogless...read the comments on your blog, buddy. You have four of them now, you know.

Hey Wes,
Glad you're popping a picture on here.

OK, somebody come along and un-bore me, please. How about a story? Even an anecdote would do.

My spousal unit is in London, my kid is at a party, I'm too sleepy to write coherently or answer a few emails that I need to actually write pretty well. And I'm sitting on my sofa with my neutered 16 year old cat.

At least he's purring at me.

That's something.

Evil Editor said...

And you've completed the writing exercise, which requires no coherency?

Robin S. said...

Is coherency real a word?

And about the writing exercise, I already know who's going along for the ride, no worries there. I'll be up early to write. I may have it in your in box before you've finished your male version of beauty sleep, YRH, but I can't do it now.

What about a story? Even a one-liner? Well, maybe a two-liner.

Robin S. said...

OK. You send the, what was that again, the "cont.s"?

Is that Editor-ese?

Just checking.

ril said...

Oh, my. You guys are good...

Evil Editor said...

Feel free to add your input, ril.

Robin S. said...

Thanks, EE!

Wow, taking over while you're on vacation. Damn. That would be fun. Bet you can guess the direction the writing exercise would take, huh?

But you have to promise to come back all rested and ready for, well, me.

Oh, yeah, and the other minions, too. There's that.

Evil Editor said...

There are a couple more waiting as well. Always glad to let others share the blame for making the wrong choice.

ril said...

I think you've cracked it.

At least one of those was mine, so I'll stand back and watch...

Robin S. said...

Hi ril!

What do you think about the continuations?

Evil Editor said...

If one was yours, you sent it anonymously.

ril said...

Yeah, sometimes I do. If I'm not signed on already, I just hit anonymous. It's quicker. And if I'm not totally thrilled with the idea (in the continuation) but think it might have legs, I just hit anonymous. It's cowardice.

Evil Editor said...

Okay, read "Jack."

Evil Editor said...

If your anon. one gets chosen, you should tell me it was you so if it gets into Novel Deviations you get credit. Not that you don't get plenty of credit anyway.

ril said...

Ah, now that's interesting. A bit of a split on this one... And, ah, I'll say no more...

Robin S. said...

Oh, come on, ril. What do you think?

Evil Editor said...

There are only two more, and as one of them has no continuations so far, and the other only two, it might be better to actually write some continuations instead of judging them.

Robin S. said...

A-Ha!!!!! Another #6.

Hi McK. I like how you vote, honey.

Evil Editor said...

I assume that item you just submitted is your actual exercise, Mickey, and not a comment.

Evil Editor said...

Night all.

ril said...

Not night here, but lots of stuff to do.

Bye all!

Phoenix said...

OMG. First I read ME's opening, and now this latest thread. Nothing's making sense. Did I wake up in secret-coded-language bizarro world or what? And yet everyone else is still acting like everything's perfectly normal. I feel so left out. It's like high school all over again.

Robin's talking to McKoala, but there's no McK on the thread. Ril's going on about #3s and #6s that have no antecedents. And it suddenly looks like everyone is talking in real time. And there are quiet whispers about EE going on vacation and someone else taking over. Are there conspiracies afoot? Maybe if I reboot, the words will all show back up in a different order and the world will be sane once more.

Evil Editor said...

Actually, several bored people happened to be online Friday night and I posted the continuations vying to complete two openings. But not wanting people to read the winning continuation before posting it "officially" I deleted some comments. I would have deleted all of them, but it was getting tedious.

As it happens, the continuation posted this morning arrived overnight, and wasn't among those we discussed.

Dave F. said...

That's not true. Can't be true. As one of those mythic guys on TV says - I reject your reality and substitute my own.

I'll be that EE secretly posted VOGON poetry and the ghost of Douglas Adams rose up to haunt him.

Robin S. said...

Oh, EE, please don't delete the whole string of comments - there are some good memories in here.

McKoala said...

Ha, all that effort for nothing!

Hey Phoenix, good thing you weren't here. The things we were saying about you... Well, must dash.

Phoenix said...

Hey Phoenix, good thing you weren't here. The things we were saying about you... Well, must dash.

Yep. Just like high school. Sigh.

Robin S. said...

Oh, you all!

talpianna said...

Something to un-bore Robin:

http://tinyurl.com/35o8dx

(English subtitles)

McKoala said...

Snigger. Like you's all growed up or something, Robin. Well, we knows better.

Robin S. said...

Hey McK

Yeah, that's me - a grown-up.

Like THAT's ever gonna happen!

I'm sitting here waiting for my own little princess, the 15 year old, we'll call her Blondie, to figure out what she's doing tonight so I can figure out what I'M going to be able to do tonight.

I have notes laid out for a big foray into a read-through of a section of novel. We'll see. Depending on Blondie.

Robin S. said...

Hi tal- that was fun. Thanks!

Robin S. said...

Damn. I'm here and no one else is around.

Blondie's still here, painting in the family room. No, not the walls. A canvas. She's damn good.

A kid is coming over to sleep over after her late soccer match. Joy of joys. So here I sit.

Anything un-boring going on?

ril said...

And that continuation just coming in from the ether like that...

I confess.

You guys inspired me (though it's based on an old, old joke)...

Evil Editor said...

I thought that sounded like you. In fact, I often think that sounds like you when I get anonymous ones.

ME said...

Thanks ril, I thought it was great!

talpianna said...

robin said: Anything un-boring going on?

Well, the SuperBowl is going to be played right here in town tomorrow!

Oh, wait! That's boring...

Robin S. said...

Well, that was certainly an un-boring something to wake up and find!

I kinda thought it was you, ril. (And I bet you already knew that, huh?) Old joke basis or not, it's really good.

Robin S. said...

Are you kidding? The Super Bowl, boring?

What with all that faked out pomp and circumsatnce and Americana going on? And those well-placed padded outfits and nice asses, (even if fake-nice), running around in a controlled testosterone-filled frenzy?

Boring? Nah.

Also, the gold this weekend is really good. Dubai/Tiger is on in just a few minutes, and then there's the madness-of-being event in Scottsdale later on.