Friday comes around quickly when you’re having fun… Welcome to Microcosms 117, as we move effortlessly — if only! — into the first post of the second quarter of the year.
*** Please read the instructions carefully – ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE NEW TO MICROCOSMS. ***
As is customary at times like this, I’ve been looking back at the entries received during the previous quarter. I’ve selected one of the favourite / favorite lines chosen by the judge in each of the 12 contests . (Yes, that’s right — only 12; there was one week when the contest had to be postponed, if you recall.)
There’s no “slot machine” in this round. Your task is simply to select ONE — or TWO at the most, this time — of these lines and incorporate it/them into your entry:
#105 – Some people wore masks to cover their hurt broken selves.
#106 – Uttering a simple prayer, she scattered Gloria’s ashes on the breeze, returning her beloved friend to her native soil.
#107 – I wasn’t always a grumpy old man.
#108 – Her smile took my breath away and sold it down the market.
#109 – Nah, screw that! I’m gonna tell you the real truth. No one lives happily ever after in this story.
#110 – “Molly? Your head is gone. Don’t worry. I’ll find it.”
#111 – My only real wealth is experience, my only trophies are my memories.
#112 – There’s something deadly about that first morning chill.
#113 – ‘We’re at the arse-end of nowhere.’
#114 – She just floated along in her bubble.
#115 – He became obsessed by the death process.
#116 – People got curious when things rolled around in packages, were tempted into taking a peek.
*** DO NOT USE THE CHOSEN LINE AS THE TITLE OF YOUR ENTRY ***
*** Incorporate it somewhere in the story / poem ***
*** You may change the chosen line slightly – names, gender, tense, punctuation, etc. – but it must still be fairly recognisable.
*** Please tell us the word count and the favourite / favorite line(s) you have chosen.
*** There’s no need to specify character, location and genre this time round — you have free rein.
*** NO FAN-FICTION, PLEASE, and NO USE of COPYRIGHT CHARACTERS ***
Judging this week is Microcosms 116 Judge’s Pick, Geoff Le Pard.
All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length.
You have just 24 hours until midnight TODAY (Friday, 06-APR), New York time (EDT) to submit.
*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***
All being well, results will be posted on Monday.