Friday, June 01, 2007

Writing Exercise

Below be th' prompt; ye write th' scene. 200 words. Submit Friday or Saturday. If you want credit, include the name.

Miss Snark was thrilled to find herself trapped in an elevator with her favorite actor, George Clooney, but the strict method actor refuses, even under such dire circumstances, to abandon the "pirate" persona from his current film, O Laddie, Whar Be Thee? After two hours, the "act" has begun to wear thin. Even Miss Snark has her limits.


Dave Fragments said...

"O Laddie, Whar Be Thee?"

I can just hear the songs:

Bell Bottom Trousers
Barnacle Bill the Sailor
Shall We Gather by the River
By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea
Cruising Down the River
Another Irish Drinking Song (that's not Danny Boy)
Beautiful Blue Danube
Charlotte the Harlot
Senza Luna Menza Mare (Under the Moonin the Middle of the Ocean)
MacHeath's Ballade for Shark Lovers (Mack the
Moon River
Tiny Bubbles (in honor of Don Ho)
Beneath The Twelve Mile Reef Soundtrack (Bernard Hermann) the only music scored for a minimum of seven harps.
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (technically a lake, but that's too picky).
Old Man River (for contralto, six voices)
I Saw Three Ships A Sailing
Farewell to Tarwathie

And finally,
Cockles and Mussels
Roll Your Leg Over (that's in honor of Miss Snark)

Sandra Cormier said...

I remember the old show "Hee Haw". Archie Campbell and Gordie Tapp singing:

Where, where are you tonight

Why did you leave me here all alone

I searched the world over and I thought I found true love

You met another and pffffft, you was gone.

Dave Fragments said...

I think every author should go out and find a baseball game to watch and then organize a game of TEGWAR with their friends.

The Post Gazette ran this obit:
Mark Harris, author of 13 novels and five nonfiction books,... best known for four baseball novels narrated by Henry Wiggen, the ace left-handed pitcher for the fictional New York Mammoths: "The Southpaw" (1953), "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1956), "A Ticket for a Seamstitch" (1957) and "It Looked Like For Ever" (1979) ,,, died in Denver at the age of 84.

pacatrue said...

What have I done?!?!

Chris Eldin said...

Oh Chumplet, I remember Hee Haw! Thanks for the song and the memory flashback!

Whatever happened to those kind of comedies where the whole family could sit down and watch? I'm also thinking of Carol Burnett. Now I'm just stuck watching reruns of Spongebob with my kids (and yes, they ARE goats-eating everything, climbing on everything, not listening to a single word of English....)


Anonymous said...

The pirate theme of this exercise reminded me that, earlier this year, Jeff VanderMeer put out an open call for a pirate-story anthology he was editing for Night Shade Books to have been released in conjunction with Pirates 3 to be called "Fast Ships, Black Sails."

Don't know how many minions write short stories, but maybe we can share future "casting calls" for one-time projects like these. Open submissions for book anthos don't come along too often...

Anonymous said...

What's with the pirates this month? Everyone is into pirates. I'm seeing pirate themes everywhere I go. You guys all drinking the same hooch?


Anonymous said...

"Open submissions for book anthos don't come along too often... "

Phoenix -- Those would be good to know about.

Yeah we've all switched to Rum now that the Snark is gone.

EE, what's your poison?

And bloody hell! when weel you be a postin' them thar scratchins' of them that did, Mate? (Parrot thumps pirate's forhead and tells him he should have had a V-8)

Evil Editor said...

I thought I'd wait till after the deadline (midnight, eastern) to post them, so I can put them all in one post. Of course, for all I know there are no more to come.

foggidawn said...

Gosh, that leaves two hours and 44 minutes for inspiration to strike.

Or not.