Writing Challenge # 19

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Editor’s Note: This post has been written by Linda  K. Strahl, an editor at the Jet Fuel Review. Her full bio can be found at the end of this post.

Hello to the audience, I say as the writer, author, and the challenged in this writing prompt. I believe the best way I could rewrite a project was to show you the current fan-fiction I am working on. The title is “Twilight on Crack,” and yes it is a spin off of Twilight, and I know it could use a different title. To answer your immediate question, “Are there Vampires?” I say, “No there are no vampires, just crack addicts.” I have taken a previous excerpt from the project and my revision I did earlier today for prompt # 37. I put it up on FanFiction.net last semester under the name SlyLilia, so if you feel like taking an adventure away from this blog, feel free to visit.

Prompt # 38 is more to the reality of things. “Everything and the Kitchen Sink,” which reminds me of a cookie recipe, is titled to make the writer look at a kitchen and tell a story. I ended up creating a mess in a kitchen. I thought, at first it would be just about the mess, but found out by the end of the free write it was more about the dog, and the woman. I added in the kitchen sink for good measure. I can only hope that the prompts fulfill the purpose of the tasks. Here they are!

Prompt # 37

Task: Revise

Duration: 15 min.

Original: Passing her burrow she snatched up the freesia perfume and spritz it into the air. As she walked under the fragrant mist she realized that the morning routine from Arizona hadn’t changed. Various tweaks were made to accommodate the new environment of her father’s home, but the routine had only altered in degrees rather than leaps.

Revised: Passing her burrow she snatched up the freesia perfume and spritz it into the air. As she walked under the fragrant mist she realized that the morning routine from Arizona hadn’t changed. Various tweaks were made to accommodate the new environment of her father’s home. She skirted the bed frame, and avoided the alleyway that led to her desk, which sat in the corner, with the new laptop her mother had gotten her. The wireless modem blinked at her as she stood still and accounted for all her actions. The routine had only altered in degrees rather than leaps. She felt a small comfort in that truth, as she pulled on her sports bra; her favorite; lucky and very warn shirt; and jeans on. Tacking her back-pack to her shoulder, she went down the stairs to the kitchen. He father, Charlie, waited at the breakfast table.

Prompt # 38

Task: Write about Everything and the Kitchen Sink

Duration: 15 min.

The blender was tilted off the stand, smoking as she peers into the contents. Nothing had blended, just splattered across the counter. A pool of strawberry chunks and juice was being lapped and slurped up by the dog, as she took a wet towel to the counter. She hadn’t shut off the faucet, so the dripping was an accompaniment to the slurping, as if it were crying out her own frustration. As the tears leaked from her face, she came to the concrete conclusion that the blender would have to go. Drying off the last of the counter, she looked down and the furry helper, only to find him covered with the sticky goop that she had pushed of the flat surface. He looked up at her pitifully, and she sighed, “Bath” she said, as the tail of her companion wagged with agreement. He was not going to be able to get to the patch on his head, all by himself.

Editor’s Note: Linda K Strahl is a transfer student from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, where she was studying Archaeology and minoring in Creative Writing. She came to Lewis University in Fall of 2010 to major in Creative Writing. After participating in the production of two plays at Phillip Lynch Theater she has become an enthusiastic dramaturg, and is contemplating a career as a researcher and playwriter.

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