October: When Western Man begins to think of things creeping and crawling. The graves of imagination are breached, and the phantasms of our darkest fears sing hosannas to the coming darkness of winter. So, really...what better time to write? It's either that, or hide under the bed, and frankly, the stuff under the bed is probably scarier. (Maybe that's just me.)
Your Challenge Theme; should you choose to accept it: Monsters With Jobs. Monsters have to make a living too, you know. Have you priced exotic spiders? And don't even get me started on the negotiations with unionized minions. Think: Herman Munster as an undertaker, Wittilda delivering pizza by broomstick, Dracula finding a room for Bugs Bunny. Make it funny, or make it scary, or make it about TPS Cover Sheets, but make it about how your monster puts slugs on the table.
- hornswoggle verb [with object]: get the better of (someone) by cheating or deception: the day would soon arrive when Peter would see he’d been well and truly hornswoggled.
- pareidolia noun: the imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist. (There is an universal tendency among mankind to conceive all beings like themselves, and to transfer to every object, those qualities, with which they are familiarly acquainted, and of which they are intimately conscious. We find human faces in the moon, armies in the clouds; and by a natural propensity, if not corrected by experience and reflection, ascribe malice or good- will to every thing, that hurts or pleases us. --David Hume)
- Savoury adjective: 1(of food) belonging to the category which is salty or spicy rather than sweet: fresh pineapple is useful in savoury as well as in sweet dishes. 2 [usually with negative] morally wholesome or acceptable: everyone knew it was a front for less savoury operations. noun (plural savouries)chiefly British: a savoury snack: refreshments include cakes and savouries.
As always, host your story on your server of choice, and post a link to it here. I'm sure we're all trying to limber up for NaNoWriMo next month, so any length, up to about 5k words. If you can do it in haiku, more power to you.
Ready, set....punch that timeclock!