Blackbirds is out now for just shy of a week, and this seems like a good time to do a round-up of stuff related to and orbiting around the book’s release? I’m totally geeked that the book is getting a lot of love. On with the round-up, then. Load your rifles. Let’s shoot some blackbirds.
You will see five randomly-generated military operation titles (I, for instance, got “Famous Wizard,” “Red Imperialism,” “World-Destroying Devil,” “Massive Justice” and “Flaming Bee”). Choose one of the five. This is the title of your story. Any genre. Up to 1000 words. Due by Friday, May 4th, noon EST.
I am traveling today, up at the hot spackled ass-crack of dawn to fly out to LA (“Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs”), so it seems only appropriate that this week’s writing challenge is about: Travel — a journey of some sort — must figure into your story.
So, in less than two weeks now, my debut original novel — Blackbirds — enters into the world. Hopefully with a mad flutter of wings and not the thud of a dead crow hitting the windshield of a parked car, but that’s a thing that’s out of my control. What all this means is, today we’re talking about death.
Normally, this challenge is about utilizing brevity — be it a 1000 words, 100 words, or three sentences — to tell a complete story. Well, not today, my little red balloons. Today, I just want a single sentence. I want to read the opening line to a story. One you’re just making up now.
No, you needn’t write fiction in which you lie to yourself, but you must write fiction in which the characters lie to one another. Your task today is to make the core conflict of the story based upon or orbiting around a terrible lie. If your story features no such lie, you will be ejected from the airlock and forced to fight space sharks.