It has begun. A project of brobdingnagian (I know, isn’t it a fantastic word?) proportions where the fate of an entire galaxy rest on whether a piece of toast lands face up or face down. Okay, maybe nothing as drastic or as random.
I, along with 14 other writers, will be contributing our talents to one collaborative short story.
The goal? To tell a collaborative short story about a young man and his travails growing up. Sounds easy? Well, no. The handicap is we have to do it one after another.
Did I mention we only had exactly 100 words to tell our chapter?
That’s it. No more, no less. It must be part of our cohesive whole and yet uniquely awesome and linked to the person writing it.
So why would anyone engage in such an unusual writing challenge?
What? Really? You need a reason?
Because it sounds difficult. Because I haven’t seen it before (but I know someone somewhere has done it) but most importantly because we’re writers. Writers are like skydivers, we ignore the idea of leaping out of a perfectly good aircraft for the chance to get a once in a lifetime view of the world.
We know we could die. But it’s not the fall, it’s the sudden stop.
But for three minutes, you see the world in a way few people ever will. That is the nature of this challenge. To have an entire alphabet, and thousands of words, but to string only one hundred together in a way that is rich, meaningful and significant.
And add them to the person’s one hundred before you, while paving the way for the one hundred behind you.
If its great, we will have Josh Magill, of The Magill Review to thank for this. If its doesn’t work out, we will just assume our chutes didn’t open and we will be getting closed caskets… To read more about it click here.
If you are interested or know of anyone that’s interested in joining The Fantastic Fifteen gang, please shoot Josh an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s one spot left.
Here’s The Fantastic Fifteen line up along with their links. Make sure to check them out.
July 29 — Richard Eaker, Contributing Writer to The Magill Review
August 5 — Josh Magill, Editor of The Magill Review
August 12 — Joe Owens, The pen behind “Joe’s Musings” and TMR Contributing Writer
August 19 — Erica Hines, The inspiration for “A Short A Day.”
August 26 — Rob Akers, Writer of his own blog here.
September 2 — Thaddeus Howze, a writer at Hub City Blues. (I’m not just a writer, I’m the BOSS!)
September 9 — Elvis Alves, author of the poetry collection, Bitter Melon. Check him out here.
September 23 — M.L. Swift, the “master of the house” at M.L. Swift, Writer
September 30 — Abby Jones, spinner of urban fantasy at Worlds Before the Door.
October 7 — Alexander Ikawah, author of Creative Samples Kenya.
October 14 — Franklin Durden, a beginning writer looking to share more. His writing can be seen here.
October 21 — Ambrozya, a muse for many on her own blog.
October 28 — TBD
November 4 — Karlene Petitt, author of the aviation thriller, “Flight for Control.” You can read about her here.