Friday, July 6, 2012

A Challenge


Authors Tim Hallinan, Barbara Monajem, and I were asked to write 150 words (or less) based on this picture.

I had trouble, at first, coming up with anything because I took an irrational dislike to the picture . . . but, at last, it came to me. . .

You can  see our very different responses over at Ellis Vidler's Unpredictable Muse. Leave a comment, if you will. Tell us what you see.

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14 comments:

Ms. A said...

Good job, woman!

Jules said...

Oh very clever!!

Brian Miller said...

Knicked and pitted the face of the guitar resembled that of its owner as the last glow of the day crept across the room. Alone for now it waited, soon enough hands would take it up and coax from it a voice. A voice often left in the background of all the others in this small, out of the way place where beer was cheap but wet enough to cut the dust brought by daylight. It had few dreams though, content to be used by a man of similar thought, who could have graced much larger stages, but was content to play just to feel alive.

it would not be long, but for now it waited, breathing easy in the thick heat, enjoying the kiss of the shadow.

ok its only 128 words, but there you go...smiles...

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

I love the picture, and your clever take on the challenge. Jim

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

I love the picture, and your clever take on the challenge. Jim

Vicki Lane said...

Good job, Brian!

Thérèse said...

Not an easy one! But closing the eyes and imagine the music could help write something.

Darla said...

Vicki, fabulous! Loved all three takes, or, should I say, all four takes -- thanks, Brian, for another fun one!

NCmountainwoman said...

Poor Mort, dreaming his dreams and yet living with the shrew. You must tell us what about the photograph made you dislike it.

Ellis Vidler said...

Vicki, your description of Mort and the guitar was an amazing piece of creativity. I'm so glad you stuck with it--you really brought it to life. It also convinces me that you do anything! Thanks for participating--it's terrific.

Ellis Vidler said...

Brian, your description is so good! I especially like "where beer was cheap but wet enough to cut the dust brought by daylight." Ellis

Frances said...

Vicki, I'd have to say that I share your initial response to that photo, and let my own mind wander a bit about how I would summon the required number of words.

Perhaps we might be of similar age, and also love music, might have known some musicians, whatever the reason, I did think that you found a creative and believable key into that photograph.

Best wishes to you in what I think might be a very warm NC from what is now a very hot and humid NYC, particularly for those of us who still exist without air conditioned homes, perhaps revisiting childhood memories, or training in frugality.

xo

Inger said...

Fun challenge! I enjoyed reading the three version. Yours was very clever.

Terri Buster said...

Very clever take on the prompt!