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The condensed directions: Read the cue, react to the cue. There's no right answer, no research required. I cite sources where applicable but it's all about coming up with creative answers. Winners are picked in a week.

The number one rule? Have FUN!!!

05/23 - I'll be naming final winners this week!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Costume Party

A Thousand Words: Photo day!

What's going through the mind of the kid in the middle of this photo?

Source: Wildflower Preservation Society, Illinois Chapter. 1902.

We have a winner!!! (11/07/09)
Hmmmm, its about 300 yards to the woods. If I could disappear in there no one else would ever see me in this stupid costume. I wonder how far I could get before Mom turns around??
Big Ups to: Mellodee
Method of Selection: There were some great answers to this one but Mellodee's resonated - I'm always looking for an escape route. It seems perfectly logical that since the ground wasn't opening to swallow him up, running for the trees was the next best thing.

Friday, October 30, 2009

After Work

Storytime: This week, we begin a new story. I'll provide a starting paragraph. You write paragraph #2, taking the story in whatever direction you like. Just please keep it to a paragraph. A winner will be chosen and the next week everyone will write paragraph #3. And so on, building on the previous winners, until we reach a conclusion.
After a long day at work, all I wanted was to sit back, put my feet up, and enjoy a glass of wine before my husband and kids arrived home. I had just settled back in my chair when I heard a crash upstairs.
There you go, write the next paragraph!

We have a winner!!! (11/06/09)
"Great," I thought, getting up to attend to the situation, "Pickles must have fallen off the bed again. That damn crippled old dog can't see the nose attached to his face." But as I turned toward the staircase, I saw Pickles lying contentedly on the top step, which meant it wasn't him who had caused the loud crash...

Congratulations to: Tabitha
Methodology of Selection: I'm a big fan of blaming things on the pets. And finding them snoozing away instead of knocking around upstairs frightens me.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Award Nomination

Letters: Given either a first line or a set-up, write a letter appropriate to the situation.
Write a letter nominating someone for an award.
Amidst much controversy, President Obama recently received the Nobel Peace Prize. Now it's your turn to nominate someone for an award.

We have a winner!!! (11/05/09)
Dear Ladies & Gentlemen of the Awards Committee,

I'd like to formally nominate Mrs. Boobra McSelferston for the 2009 Most Self-centered Boss Award. Mrs. McSelferston has demonstrated stellar examples of self-serving behaviour over the past 3 quarters. She excels at turning conversations from issues of business to ones of her most recent aches and pains, those of her husband, and even her cat. She masterfully uses cliches like "I'm the boss!" and "the buck stops here" to refer to her position of superiourity over a staff that giggles at her foibles and makes every possible effort to be promoted out of her department. She under pays her staff to a comical degree and in one instance even shamed the president of the company when he learned at an excellent job candidate whom he had referred to be interviewed turn down the job due to the outrageously low salary.

Mrs. McSelferston is nonetheless generous with her staff. Once a year she takes them out to lunch on the company's dime. And every once in a while she'll buy gifts for each of the ladies in her department, making sure to work into the pre-gift introduction that she bought everything at FULL PRICE. She earns more than 6 times the salary of any one of her staff members and regularly jets off to casinos to fritter away $4,000 for fun yet she doesn't seem to put together that perhaps discussing her life's woes is unacceptable in front of staff who live paycheck to paycheck.

And so, kind ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for the opportunity to present this nomination and wish you good luck and god's speed if you have to personally interview this questionable woman, Mrs. Boobra McSelferston.

Kind regards,

underpaid worker bee
Congratulations to: TMC @ Return to Rural (@returntorural)
Methodology of Selection: That's one well-formed convincing letter! And who wouldn't want to tell the plaque company to engrave "Boobra" on the statue? Also, I was afraid that if TMC didn't win soon, she would boycott playing ever again or maybe suffocate me in my sleep.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Costume

Now What?: Write what comes next.
"I can't believe you came to my Halloween party dressed as..."
Briefly describe the costume and the circumstances. Perhaps also the consequences.

We have a winner!!! (11/04/09)
Oh, honey, I just can't believe
You came to my party as Eve.
This causes me grief,
But please put on a leaf--
Or, sweetie, you'll just have to leave.
Congratulations to: C. Beth (@cbethblog)
Methodology of Selection: C. Beth has a big bag of tricks
And she sure does love limericks.
Sometimes it's a stretch
but an award she does fetch
for getting in her daily kicks. (yeah, speaking of stretches...)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

World Peace Plan

Checklist: A list of words will be accompanied by a scenario in which to use them.
rabbit, rocket, rainbow
Share your plan for world peace using the words above.

We have a winner!!! (11/03/09)
Fill a rocket with rabbits (everyone loves rabbits, right?) and blast said rabbit-rocket through a rainbow. All the rabbits will become rainbow-rabbits. Eject them from the rocket. Everyone will find a rainbow-rabbit waitin in their backyard. And be happy. And there will be peace. Aside from all the rainbow-rabbits being dead... hmm. Maybe there should be parachutes, as well? For the rabbits, I mean. Ooooh, rainbow parachutes. Wouldn't that be pretty?
Congratulations to: Ryan Ashley Scott (@ryanashleyscott)
Methodology of Selection: She's the only one who admitted (and corrected) possible flaws in her plan. Also, she's the only one that killed the rabbits, however unintentional.

Monday, October 26, 2009

153rd Arrest

In the News: This category features news-related prompts.
NH man arrested for the 153rd time to plead guilty
Why was he arrested? Why such a long record?

Source: After you finish writing, check out the actual story. I didn't even make it up!

We have a winner!!! (11/02/09)
NH man pleads guilty to serial bigamy after 153 arrests. The exhausted 49-year-old plaintiff explained that he had always been a romantic and loved women so much that he had to propose to them to see the delight on their faces. Naturally they all said 'Yes, oh yes' and then he felt obliged to marry them. Asked how he could afford so many wedding ceremonies, which were conducted in places as diverse as Finland, Australia and many of the states of the USA he replied that he had been left a considerable legacy by his father, Don Juan, which allowed him to travel. He told each of his wives that complex business affairs took him around the globe. His most recent bride snorted derisively and said, 'Business affairs? He told me he was a diamond merchant' as she glanced at the huge solitaire on her finger.
Congratulations to: jabblog
Methodology of Selection: Cate liked it.


Today, I'm officially launching "Seven Days Seven Answers". I'm hoping it turns out to be a lot of fun for everyone involved.

The concept is fairly simple. Each of the seven days has a theme with a cue. You answer the cue in the comments and a winner will be chosen. Accumulate a win on each day and you become an ultimate winner, complete with a prize!

For more information, please read here and let me know if there are questions. Otherwise, Monday's Day One Cue is below - get started!