Hello once again, flashionistas, and welcome to Microcosms 118.
In MC 110, I mentioned my resolution to address my addiction to tsundoku — the Japanese term for the habit of buying books, then piling them up unread — by reading 50 books in 2018. In the first quarter of the year – 13 weeks – I managed to read eleven and a half books, so I’m a little behind schedule.
*** PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY, ***
*** ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE NEW TO MICROCOSMS. ***
Once again, there’s no “slot machine” in this round. Your task is simply to select a NOVEL from the mound you have waiting to be enjoyed and use its TITLE as a prompt for your entry.
(If you are someone who buys one book at a time, reads it, then buys another — how weird are you?! Choose the book you are currently reading, one of the books you enjoyed in 2017/2018, or one from your bookshelf.)
DON’T USE THE CHOSEN BOOK TITLE AS THE TITLE OF YOUR ENTRY and DON’T WRITE A PRECIS OR PARODY OF THE NOVEL, but use the title creatively to spark an original story .
*** Please tell us the word count of your entry, and the TITLE and AUTHOR of the novel you have chosen.
*** Once again, there’s no need to specify character, location and genre — you have free rein.
*** NO FAN-FICTION, PLEASE, and NO USE of COPYRIGHT CHARACTERS ***
Judging this week is Microcosms 117 Judge’s Pick, Ted Young.
All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length.
APOLOGIES! — we are running late this week. Consquently, you have 24 hours until 01:30 am TOMORROW (Saturday, 14-APR), New York time (EDT) to submit. PLEASE IGNORE THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK.
*** If you are new to Microcosms, remember to check out the full submission guidelines. ***
All being well, results will be posted on Monday.