Master Class 2014 Volume VIII

Master Class 2014 Volume VIII
March 12, 2014 13 Comments Master Class, Writing Stephanie Ayers

Storch-BadgeLast week there were two prompts to challenge you. They came from Douglas Adams’ The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul and Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle.

“There are some people you liked immediately, some whom you think you might learn to like in the fullness of time, and some you simply want to push away from you with a sharp stick.”-from The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul

“My miraculous survival will not change my opinion that Heaven is an idea constructed by man to help him cope with the fact that life on earth is both brutally short, and paradoxically, far too long.”-from The Gargoyle.

These lines could be used anywhere within the story, and there were no requirements to use them both.

Only 5 writers braved this challenge.

K~’s short story about an affair between a man and a woman takes an interesting twist. She called it Dance With Me.

The Bamboo Dragon had a mellow atmosphere, with low lighting in shades of red and gold. The booths had curtains that could be closed to allow for a different level of privacy than most eating establishments near the pavilion. When the waiter arrived, she ordered in Japanese, pausing long enough to ask Markus if he would like a drink.

Troy responded to his own prompt by using BOTH lines in his short story of a love gone stale that will leave you wanting more.

I won’t tell you too much about it, as it is still painfully embarrassing to this day. Suffice to say, there was a lot of alcohol, a blustery night, one last joint, a menacing snowflake or two, and a 3rd floor patio with unreliable rails involved.

EW Storch, the original professor, made his return by bringing back his Anne and her strange walkman. It was the 6th segment of a continuing story titled L’esprit de L’escalier.

“You think I don’t see it, but I do,” her mother said. “You don’t have any friends, do you?” When Anna opened her mouth to protest, her mother held up a hand to stop her. “Not really, you don’t. I know you’re doing homework for other people, aren’t you? You want them to like you, right?”

The Professor chimed in with yet another segment to her work-in-progress, The Elven Games.

“If I’m such a failure, why are you taking me back? There’s nothing I can do. I’m useless.” Edgar said in a low voice. Derik just barely heard him.

Tara’s continued saga of a crazed king and a woman called “Noone” added some spice to the linkup this week. Her Connivance is exactly what we needed.

His mother, the Queen, usually seemed afraid of him. He would often catch her staring at him with an expression mixed of longing and apprehension. Wet nurses and nannies raised him, and he rarely spent any time with her. Studying her, he could imagine she was once a handsome woman, now she carried a mantle of despair, overshadowing any beauty there once was.

I asked Tara to open any book of her choosing and give me the first line. Your assignment this week is:


All stories should begin with this line. You have until Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM EST to link up.

The linkup is now live.

Ready? Set? Write!

Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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    Tara R.

    I hope everyone has fun with this prompt.

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      me too! I’ve already got mine started. I’m resisting the urge to continue the Elven Games with it and write something new, but then I get blocked, so we’ll see.

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    I’m not thrilled with my piece but I’ve forced myself to write.

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    Stacey (@Staceysmoments)

    Better late than never, eh? At least I wrote something. It’s been a while!

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      I will open the linkup for you later. On Mar 18, 2014 7:24 PM, “My Write Side” wrote:


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    Stacey (@Staceysmoments)

    Awesome, so it looks like I did something weird when I entered my link. Here it is. Overdue. 🙁

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