Wow! What a start to the weekend and having seen the other entries a bit of a surprise. So many thanks to The Royalist for giving me the ultimate thumbs up and for setting such interesting parameters, I only hope I can follow in such illustrious footsteps.
Now I know there are some techie bits involved in putting this on the proper part of the site but can kind soul prevail please as I have suddenly come under a lot of pressure work wise and will be going like the clappers for a few days.
To the Competition itself. I think it fair to keep the limit of 2000 words in place, this keeps everything nice and tight, tickles the little grey cells and prevents our hard drives filling up with the equivalent of the collected works of Shakespeare. The closing date for entries will be the last day of April.
Theme. This gave me a lot of fun and I hope I’ve come up with something that will get the old juices flowing, ooh matron!
The theme is ‘Alternative History.’ It can be from any period you wish, from the cave men to the present day and all stations in between. You know the kind of thing I mean, Germany wins WW2, Harold won at Hastings, Edward never married Mrs Simpson, Television was never invented etc, etc. Have a bit of fun with this thinking about how the world would have changed, in other words, an Alternative History. When I say ‘have fun’ I don’t mean that it should be a comedy piece but that’s ok if you want it.
Now for the twist. I did like The Royalists idea of including the word ‘Snake’ somewhere in the body of work and with his blessing, I hope, have built a bit on this. Whenever the mental block arises, usually as I’m looking at a blank piece of paper or the keyboard remains untapped, I use a little device taught to me by Jack Rosenthal. Take a dictionary and open it at random and place your finger again at random upon a page and write down the word your finger is nearest to, do this three times. You then have three random words and you would be amazed at how this tends to break the block as your mind starts to fly in different directions. You will be delighted to read that I have done this for you already and stand by what I say, these words were picked in the way I have described. The words are: EXCHEQUER….SANDBLAST….DALAI LAMA. These must be mentioned at least once in your story, how you do it is up to you.