Category Archives: Creative Writing

Car Insurance Premiums – a Round Robin Writing Snippet

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

He stared at the liquid remaining in the tea cup, the image doubling in his vision. He turned to her. “What have you done?”

She smiled, pointed teeth gleaming in the firelight, and caressed his cheek. “Don’t worry, everything will be alright in the end, and if it’s not alright, why, then it’s not the end.”

“When it comes to you,” he said, “I’m not sure of that – you’ve tried to start apocalypses before.”

She shrugged. “Sure, but honestly, they are really boring. The day to day struggles of life, you know with a stabbing, I mean a break up, or teen problem, they too can end well and be far more interesting.”

As he collapsed in his seat, the drug taking effect fully, his last thought was of what she might do if she stole his keys. So many possible calamities. Her grin faded to black, and he saw no more.

FEATURED AUTHORS

Leading Line

JM PAQUETTE

Contributors

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

DESIREE MATLOCK

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

~Like ISG  on Facebook! 

~Follow us on Twitter!

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writers Group, Writing, Writing Exercise

I’d Like to Think It’s Amazon Skin Cream – a Round Robin Writing Snippet

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

The mirror fell from her limp grasp and shattered into a thousand pieces on the marble floor, but all she saw was the hideous face reflected over and over again.

“How…how did this happen…I was so careful!” she said. The skeletal face reminded her of the cat-like scream that haunted her dreams and she knew the omen was true. She turned slowly, afraid not to see herself in even the slight reflection of the window, blackness pooling outside. She knew what she would find. She looked down at her hand, not surprised to see the flesh slowly fading away to reveal the bone and sinew beneath.

“Dammit!” she cursed. “They said it would last for eternity.” She looked around to the empty room, addressing no one. “Two days? That’s all I get? Two stinking days?” she scowled. “Unbelievable. No wonder you are all cursed. I should have trusted those reviews.”

FEATURED AUTHORS

Leading Line

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

Contributors

LISA BARRY

DESIREE MATLOCK

JM PAQUETTE

BRANDON SCOTT

~Like ISG  on Facebook! 

~Follow us on Twitter!

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writers Group, Writing, Writing Exercise

Keeping Up with the Agenda – a Round Robin Writing Snippet

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

As she watched reality explode around her again she wondered where the team was sending her next…or rather when. It would have been nice to have some warning this time. The landing was harder than usual and she fell to her knees in black dirt, a pair of well-worn boots in her peripheral.

“Ugh,” she moaned, rising back up to stand. “I hope it’s not Hitler this time – I’ve lucked out so far.”

“I don’t know this Hitler you speak of,” a crisp voice issued from the very attractive man wearing said boots. “But we’ve been expecting you, and you’re late.”

“I work for an agency that specializes in time travel,” I quipped. “How on earth can I be late?”

FEATURED AUTHORS

Leading Line

DESIREE MATLOCK

Contributors

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

LISA BARRY

JM PAQUETTE

BRANDON SCOTT

~Like ISG  on Facebook! 

~Follow us on Twitter!

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writers Group, Writing, Writing Exercise

Group Effort – a Round Robin Writing Snippet

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

Brandon, having passed his to Lisa, wondered if she would continue breaking the fourth wall – that is to say break the illusion of story by acknowledging the reality o fit being written. Lisa grasped the paper in her hand, closed her eyes and said the incantation that would bring the most happiness; a dark shadow pulled away from the wall behind her, wings spreading wide. Desiree gasped as the beautiful creature appeared, hovering above them all, before looking back down to continue writing. Some things could wait. The creature stared down at the group of writers, who all continued to write furiously, completely ignoring its presence. It cleared its throat. Nothing. It tried again. Still nothing. “Seriously?” It finally spoke aloud. Nicole, having just read what the other Ink Slingers had written, thought long an hard on how to properly end the story, but when she drew a blank, she turned to the shadowy winged creature and handed it the paper and a pen.

FEATURED AUTHORS

Leading Line

BRANDON SCOTT

Contributors

LISA BARRY

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

DESIREE MATLOCK

JM PAQUETTE

 

~Like ISG  on Facebook! 

~Follow us on Twitter!

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writers Group, Writing, Writing Exercise

The Task – a Round Robin Writing Snippet

On April 4th, 2018 the Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. Here is one of several mini-stories created this way.  We hope you are as entertained as we!

~~~~~~~~~~

“The Task”

They all stood in the circle, their shadows joined in a point between them by the magical fires burning behind them. The task had called them to this place between worlds, and their sour tethers were barely holding on. Morton tried to break free, the tethers were so loose, but something dark held a lifeline fixed to his core and he panicked. The darkness crept up inside him, threatening to take over and he felt his mind begin to fade into the background. A voice, sinister, whispered into his ear, into his mind. “So, again you forgot – and again you came.”

First line by NICOLE DRAGONBECK

~~~~~~~~~~

ISG Contributors:

ALANNA J. RUBIN

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

ERIKA LANCE

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

 

~Like ISG  on Facebook! 

~Follow us on Twitter!

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writers Group, Writing, Writing Exercise

Taunt Me – a Round Robin Writing Snippet

On April 4th, 2018 the Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. Here is one of several mini-stories created this way.  We hope you are as entertained as we!

~~~~~~~~~~

“Taunt Me”

The smell coming from the dumpster made her gag slightly as she lifted the lid to the garbage bin. The decaying body one-eyed her and Molly couldn’t suppress her stomach any longer. Molly doubled over and what was left of her meal from hours ago now graced the sidewalk.

“Well great,” she mumbled. “Another one.”

Steeling herself, she peeked in for another look, knowing that somewhere, she would find what came with all the others – a taunting message written in the victim’s blood.

First line by ERIKA LANCE

~~~~~~~~~~

ISG Contributors:

ALANNA J. RUBIN

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

ERIKA LANCE

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

 

~Like ISG  on Facebook! 

~Follow us on Twitter!

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writers Group, Writing, Writing Exercise

Tastes Like Chicken – a Round Robin Writing Snippet

On April 4th, 2018 the Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. Here is one of several mini-stories created this way.  We hope you are as entertained as we!

~~~~~~~~~~

“Tastes Like Chicken”

Because he was a god, and because he figured it would taste good, he went about eating a tornado. He found it quite surprising, given that he was a god, that it did not agree with him, catching in his throat and making him feel deathly ill.

“What are you doing?” his brother asked as he created a tidal-wave with a flick of his wrist.

The god coughed, spat out a bit of cow hide and turned to his brother with a scowl.

His brother continued. “No one in our family can eat tornadoes, they give us indigestion.”

First line by BRANDON SCOTT

~~~~~~~~~~

ISG Contributors:

ALANNA J. RUBIN

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

ERIKA LANCE

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

 

~Like ISG  on Facebook! 

~Follow us on Twitter!

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writers Group, Writing, Writing Exercise

The Surprising Meal – a Round Robin Writing Snippet

On April 4th, 2018 the Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. Here is one of several mini-stories created this way.  We hope you are as entertained as we!

~~~~~~~~~~

“The Surprising Meal”

I couldn’t stand the thought of eating one more hotdog but the way that kid looked at me, I reached for another. My eyes narrowed at the kid in response, showing him I was up to the challenge. The first bite went well enough, it was the second where problems began. Everything in my stomach rolled and heaved, threatening to come up again, but I forced it down again, determined to see it through. And then I felt it, the warp worm; I should have tasted it over the mustard and now I was done for.

First line by LISA BARRY

~~~~~~~~~~

ISG Contributors:

ALANNA J. RUBIN

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

ERIKA LANCE

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

 

~Like ISG  on Facebook! 

~Follow us on Twitter!

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writers Group, Writing, Writing Exercise

Darkness Rises – a Round Robin Writing Snippet

On April 4th, 2018 the Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. Here is one of several mini-stories created this way.  We hope you are as entertained as we!

~~~~~~~~~~

“Darkness Rises”

The sunset cast rays of red upon the hallowed ground. Standing with those rays was a tall, thin figure emanating malice. Jane stood fast, the pendant clutched in her hand repelling the chill and the darkness as she faced the demon from her dreams. A sly smile played across his face as he withdrew the soul gem from his fur-covered stomach. Jane muttered her incantations softly as she held out her pendant with one hand and drew the appropriate symbols with the other, and the demon’s laugh was the last thing she heard.

First line by ALANNA J. RUBIN

~~~~~~~~~~

ISG Contributors:

ALANNA J. RUBIN

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

ERIKA LANCE

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

 

~Like ISG  on Facebook! 

~Follow us on Twitter!

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writers Group, Writing, Writing Exercise

The Great Sugar Plague – Featured Author: Erika Lance

FEATURED AUTHOR

Erika Lance

www.ErikaLance.com

Erika’s Facebook Page

 

Every time the Ink Slingers meet, we do two to three writing exercises that must include three to four specific words that were unknown to the author prior to hearing the loud “START!” command and then getting to it! We love sharing the end result with you.

Sometimes the author will have three unique shorts and other times the author will write a continuing story from one exercise to the next. These continuations can be tricky to create but this Ink Slinger killed it with this fun story.

Enjoy!

____________________________________

Plague

Sugar

Incongruous

 

She eyed him suspiciously over her modern history book. “I do not think that there was ever a plague caused by sugar, or the lack there of.”

“Of course there was” he replied not daring to raise his head.

“This is what you intend to have our project based on?” her tone was somewhere between annoyed and the ooze of distain.

“Yep” he replied and began to scribble notes.

It was now time for her to assert her superior knowledge “That is incongruous to the subject of pivotal women in history which is the topic we are supposed to focus on.”

There was a brief silence and then from the other side of the book “of course it isn’t. A woman of history caused the great sugar plague of 1983. Her name was Strawberry Shortcake it is on page 384 and will done on the use of the word incongruous.”

She started turning the pages before it hit her what he had actually said.

 

 

Shocked

Fallow

Wordy

She slammed the book closed and stood up “Strawberry Shortcake is not a woman of historical importance!” her voice drawing attention from most of the other students in the library, some giggling.

He responded again without looking up “Did you turn to page 384?” his voice calm as could be.

Her emotions were teetering between shocked and angry. She was shockingly angry in fact. Why in the hell had she been paired with this… this.. she couldn’t even think of the word to mentally call him.

“That’s it” her voice still louder then she intended “I’m done!”

She started to gather her things when he stated “The great sugar fields laid fallow years after the great  sugar plague of 1983. The consumption having been diminished in the effort to remove the continuing threat.”

Now he looked directly at her.

She squinted her eyes and could only say “Your wordy made up story is laughable.”

He turned the book around to page 384 showing a picture of the fields and Strawberry Shortcake in cuffs.

 

Disagreement

Phallic

Board

 

This is not happening she muttered to herself as she opened her book to page 384. She scanned it quickly and only saw a phallic symbol in the middle of the page. She looked closer, it was actually an oil rig and not a …. Never mind she thought.

“Give me your book” she said as she reached for it. His face shifted ever so slightly in disagreement to her request and then he handed it too her.

She looked at the page and sure enough it was about a great sugar plague.

“What the hell….” She said under her breath as she began to flip the pages. There was page after page of history as written by Saturday morning cartoons.

As she looked though several more pages she looked up again to find that her ‘partner’ had pulled out a piece of poster board to begin the project.

“Where did you get this book?” She asked. It, by all appearances seemed as real as hers. “Prof. Dumbledore” he replied smiling as if this answered any further questions she had.

“I give up” she said as she sat back down in defeat.

About Erika Lance

I would say I was fortunate, some would say otherwise, to have a chance to live across the US. Originally from Minneapolis, MN I spent most of my formative years in Hollywood, CA, then NM, CO, GA, WI and FL. Moving around a lot meant I got to see so many interesting parts of our country and the cultures that are all around us. All through my life I was lucky to have many artists; writers, actors, painters, poets and musicians. It made for a very wild upbringing. I grew up as an elusive female nerd. My head was either buried in a book or playing RPGs (if your cool you know what that means), it made for an imaginative existence. My love of writing started at a young age and although I wrote a lot for myself, it took hitting that certain moment in my life to decide I wanted to share my universe with the world. With that said, it will most likely be an amazing ride so hold on tight.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Creative Writing, Writing