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Story Starter Saturday

Did I miss a weekend while I was in England? I know I remembered the prompts one Saturday that I was there, but looking at the calendar I notice I was gone for two… anyways sorry about that, I have a hard enough time keeping track of days of the week when I’m at home.

Daily ones first:
1. No one in town could deny that on nights like this, with the moon at its fullest…
2. He stared at the handcuffs in disbelief…
3. When I started all this I never intended…
4. I remember…
5. Hurrying away, and looking directly at no one…
6. The red feathers of a cardinal against the snow
7. A cloud passed over the sun and the light started to die…

And from Seventh Sanctum, from the Character Scrambler (this one made me smile): The mysterious yet totally ineffective magical knight who follows the protagonist anywhere and whose odd ideas are actually true.



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Saturday Story Starters

Huge fail on my part, I totally forgot to link the other blog I started. But I guess it hasn’t been going all that long, so it is here. I started doing the art prompts over there, and I’ve been posting a bit about my traveling too.

That’s also why I haven’t had time to get much reading done so no reviews this past week. But I do have another flight in a few days so I’ll probably get something finished then.

Anyways, here’s the daily story starters:
1. love letters
2. I try not to…
3. I squinted against the glare off the snow as something moved through the trees towards us. Fast.
4. Writing a letter.
5. I hate…
6. “Fiddlesticks.” she snapped
7. Cool night air.

And the weekly one from 7th Sanctum, taken from the Alien Race Generator: The spindly, feline race. They are a race of entertainers. They are extremely patronizing. They were once a dead people – what brought them back to life is a matter of speculation. They come from a low-gravity, desolate world that has many rings surrounding it and is known for being home to powerful diseases.

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Saturday Story Starters… but not art ones

Alright, so not as early as I usually post, but I was kind mixed up about what day it was, (I lose track a lot when I travel). I’m posting the usual daily story starters, as well as the week long short story prompt. I figure it’ll be easier to do them both on the same day since I’m not doing the art ones on this blog any more (and no I haven’t started the other blog yet… but I’m thinking of getting a start on it tonight before we head off to France for a couple days).

Daily Story Starters:
1. It was a strange night, there seemed to be a chill in the air…
2. Feeling the effects of too much sun…
3. The smell of rain
4. The cold had seeped into my very bones…
5. The smell of winter
6. Blood trickled down his leg…
7. On a rainy night in…

The week long prompt comes from the “what-if-inator”: what if the fall of  Egypt had never happened.

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Another Story Starter Saturday

Welcome to another Story Starter Saturday! From 7th Sanctum this week we’ve got a another character description from the quick character generator: The young priestess.

The art challenge this week is to draw your object to express anger.

Good luck all!

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Story Starter Saterday etc

I didn’t forget! Just a quick post with this week’s weekly challenges, I hope everyone had fun with last weeks. For the story starter I’m using a setting from Seventh Sanctum, the Lost Civilizations one, because it intrigued me:  This intelligent woodland country was noted for its advanced pharmacology. It was destroyed by political coruption, leaving behind only maps and artifacts.

And for the continuing art project, remember you’re using the same inanimate object, this time your trying to express timidness.

Good luck!


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Story Starter Saturday… On Sunday

Story Starter Saturday didn’t start off very well. I have no excuse. Well, really I have lots of excuses, but that doesn’t really make it better so instead Story Starter Saturday is brought to you on Sunday, by Seventh Sanctum (aaah so much alliteration).

In case you’ve forgotten the challenge is to write a short story, (7000 words minimum) by the end of the week from the prompt given. Today’s is a character, (from the quick character generator) write about: The educated, infamous gambler who suffers from a chronic medical condition.

I suppose I might as well do the art challenge at the same time, save me from having to make another post. Again to refresh your memory, this is another week long one, you’re going to find an inanimate object, preferably one you can keep around or have a reference picture of. This week we’re actually going to draw it twice. The first time just draw it as it is, just like you see it. For the second part we’re going to try and express excitement using just the object no words or anything like that. If anyone’s interested I think I’m going to be drawing my hammer. It’s my favorite tool, (I’m kind of a girly girl so I don’t have many) in the place you’re supposed to use to pull up there’s a bottle opener instead. I’m not really sure what sort of rationalization they had in mind when they developed it, but someone decided that yes, a hammer with a bottle opener on the end is exactly what Adriane needs.

Anyways have fun with these, and hopefully tomorrow I’ll remember to post the weeks worth of daily writing prompts and art inspirations.

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Not Really Challenges

…But I don’t know what else to call them. I’m not going to keep track of who’s doing what, so people can pretty much jump in and do whatever ones they want as often as they want, I probably won’t even do all of them every week. But I will try to at least consistently post them.

On Mondays I’ll post a week’s worth of daily writing prompts, probably first line story starters and things like that, and a week’s worth of art prompts, just for quick projects or doodles for fun, they’ll probably just be one word inspirations rather than explicit instructions so that artists of any medium can do them.

I’m also going to do Story Starter Saturday, (I like alliteration) where I’ll give a character, setting, or culture to write about, (most of them will probably come from Seventh Sanctum so if you don’t like the ones I give you you can get other ones) they’ll probably be sci-fi or fantasy, (whereas the daily prompts will probably be things that can be used for most genres). These starters will be for slightly bigger projects, a weekly short story. If people aren’t into sci-fi or fantasy they can always keep going from one of the daily prompts.

My suggestion is to write Nanowrimo style (quantity over quality) though that could be because that’s how I write pretty much everything, (you no matter how much you work at it you’re always going to have to go back and edit your first draft). I figure minimum length for a short story is 7000 words, and I can write at least 1000 words in half an hour so I can get a short story done in a week of writing half an hour a day. But you can always write more or less. Another suggestion from Nanowrimo, don’t reread your work for at least a week or two after it’s done so you can get some distance. You’ll probably like it better then.

For a bigger weekly art project I was actually thinking of doing something that we did in my high school art class. We took an inanimate object (the same one every time so it’s best if you either have the object itself or a reference picture) and each week you had to make it express something different. At the time we were doing textures or something like that, (I remember melting and furry I think). This time I’m thinking of trying to express emotion through the object. I think it should be a fun challenge, especially for people interested in comic art since they’d have to know body language really well.

For people who don’t like the inanimate object project could use the story starters from Seventh Sanctum as an alternative for ideas. But again, you’d have to be into sci-fi and fantasy, (though I suppose it’s fair to assume most people reading this blog would be).

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