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Husband-At-The-Grocery-Store Syndrome – 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!

“I said get blood and chocolate not bloody chocolate, from the store – where’d you even buy this?”

“There’s this place in the slums that advertises they can get whatever you need, no matter how outlandish,” he mumbled, a blush warming his face. “So…we can’t use this?”

When he saw the look on the Master’s face, he sighed, then looked down at the open package in his hands. “What do you think it tastes like? I’d have to waste it. I had to trade like four years of life for it.”

“I’m sure we’ll find some use for it eventually. Chocolate keeps.” The Master set it aside, before staring pointedly at him, as though waiting for something. He dreaded figuring out what it was, but his brain simply would not work out what the Master was waiting for. I watched the Master as he sighed heavily, pulled a large needle out of his closet and came at me. Then I remembered the blood part.

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BRANDON SCOTT

Contributors

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

DESIREE MATLOCK

JM PAQUETTE

LISA BARRY

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Monster Blues – 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!

I frowned as yet another sticky block the size of my head landed on the car parked in front of me. A slow concerned gaze from me drifted toward what I could only assume was a monster made of fecal matter. Towering over the parking lot, it was lumpy and lopsided, and dear god did it smell. A man got out of the car next to mine, his manner that of a long-suffering companion. He gestured to the creature. “Now, Bobby,” he began in the best dad voice ever, “We’ve talked about this.” “Yes, dad,” the monster said, defeated, as he started to deflate like a balloon. Even as I sat there, twenty minutes later as the poop monster had most likely gone home with a scolding, it still stank outside.

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Leading Line

LISA BARRY

Contributors

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

DESIREE MATLOCK

JM PAQUETTE

BRANDON SCOTT

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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.

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Leading Line

JM PAQUETTE

Contributors

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

DESIREE MATLOCK

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

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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.”

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Leading Line

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

Contributors

LISA BARRY

DESIREE MATLOCK

JM PAQUETTE

BRANDON SCOTT

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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?”

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Leading Line

DESIREE MATLOCK

Contributors

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

LISA BARRY

JM PAQUETTE

BRANDON SCOTT

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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.

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Leading Line

BRANDON SCOTT

Contributors

LISA BARRY

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

DESIREE MATLOCK

JM PAQUETTE

 

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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!

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“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

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ISG Contributors:

ALANNA J. RUBIN

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

ERIKA LANCE

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

 

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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!

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“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

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ISG Contributors:

ALANNA J. RUBIN

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

ERIKA LANCE

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

 

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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!

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“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

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ISG Contributors:

ALANNA J. RUBIN

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

ERIKA LANCE

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

 

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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!

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“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

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ISG Contributors:

ALANNA J. RUBIN

LISA BARRY

BRANDON SCOTT

ERIKA LANCE

NICOLE DRAGONBECK

 

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