Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Protrudio Says Go Write! 3



In the spirit of internet blogging and cyber-hugging, Abysswinksback is pleased to announce its very third writing exercise.

“Part (or all) of you has turned to chocolate — just seconds before meeting your hot, hot new date...”

300 words or less (or exactly 59), by 11.55GMT Sunday 19th October.

Entries will appear at the beginning of the following week in the order they are received and, as ever, Protrudio will take a short break from his custard-guzzling exploits to reward any and all participants for their efforts.

In addition, this time round, I’m happy to announce that there will be an additional mystery prize for our favourite entry — so, mysterious, in fact, that neither of us have thought of it yet. Correction — a mystery and probably quite crap prize...

33 comments:

JaneyV said...

Verrry iiinteresting! I wonder what I can come up with by Sunday? Maybe I need to go out and buy a huge pile of chocolate - y'know, for research purposes.

Kiersten said...

A mystery AND probably quite crap prize? Ooooooh...

I do so love the spirit of internet blogging and cyber hugging. If I get EXACTLY 59, does it boost my chances of winning? I quite like winning quite crap prizes.

writtenwyrdd said...

Hee hee! Which part?

Whirlochre said...

This is the kind of research I enjoy, so if you feel the need to consume twice your body weight in Thorntons, Janey, go right ahead.

Yes! Bonus chances of winning a prize for exactly 59 words!

And, WW, extra points for 'duodenum'.

Kiersten said...

Sweet...59 words it is.

Robin S. said...

Oooooh, Wish I could play- but I'm crammed with a deadline for myself right now.

Can't wait to read these!

Whirlochre said...

Kick Deadline Ass, Baby...

ChrisEldin said...

I hope it's my butt that's turned to chocolate. I wouldn't mind eating chunks of it. But then, would my chocolate butt return to my chocolate butt?

LIFE IS NOT FAIR!

I forgot to ask if there are any prizes. And not that fungus stuff you posted recently.

ChrisEldin said...

Okay, so I went back and finished reading your post in its entirety and saw the part about the prizes...
:-) Ooops.

writtenwyrdd said...

I will try, really. But I'm trying to finish a short story that I need to sub to my critique group. However, since your last contest inspired me so awesomely I actually got published, I feel I owe it to myself as well as to you to participate.

Where in hell do you come up with this stuff?

writtenwyrdd said...

PS I actually know what a duodenum is because I have had pictures taken of it a number of times. One can never learn to swallow well enough to find the experience pleasant. (What? I was talking about the scope! Sheesh, dirty minds...)

Mom In Scrubs said...

Where do we submit?

The entries, I mean.

Whirlochre said...

Submissions are best posted as comments, folks — unless you want to be an especial pain and email me.

Mom In Scrubs said...

Did Protrudio get my submission? Just checkin'!

Kiersten said...

Hey Whirl. In the spirit of internet blogging and cyber hugging, just wanted to say I hope the editing is going swimmingly (swimming in pools of crisp, precise ink or something of the sort, I'd imagine) and I like you.

Wait, you think I'm procrastinating my own writing?? Never.

Whirlochre said...

Hey MIS — he got it. But only three so far. Come on, you supposed literary fiends, let's have you at it.

Meanwhile: WIP update. I'm mired in plot at the moment, trying to get everything in the right order. Hopefully, by mid-afternoon I'll afford myself the luxury of killing off a character.

writtenwyrdd said...

YOu're tagged for a meme should you wish to participate!

Whirlochre said...

Seems like I'm treading water in a sea of rascals...

Kiersten said...

Here's wishing you the luxury of execution.

And you received my submission, right?

Whirlochre said...

Kiersten

All communication thus far received has been flung into the custardy bubbles, but I can't recall seeing yours.

As a lifelong imbecile, I hereby accept full responsibility for any and all comment eating duties I may foolishly have assumed on behalf of the Blogger brand, and you have my full assurance that, should you re-submit your entry, and subsequently win Protrudio's crap crap prize, I shall forever zig-zag forlornly along the avenue of abject shame.

OK, maybe till tea time.

Meanwhile — Protrudio informs me the competition is hotting up to a level only previously matched by the All-Venus Mulligatawny Soup Lukewarming Allstars and has agreed to extend the adjective count defining the prize to a third, italicised crap.

Kiersten said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

I so carefully crafted a piece to be EXACTLY 59 words! And then I didn't save it!

Curses. We'll see if I have the heart to try again.

Kiersten said...

DO NOT ERASE THIS ONE. It's not quite as good as my first attempt, which was lovingly honed and trimmed and crafted to be fifty-nine words of perfection.

But you lost that one, didn't you?

So you'll have to settle for this new one, in the comment to follow. And if you erase it, too, I'm going to take it personally.

Whirlochre said...

Precogs are already falling over themselves to register for the 2033 World Trivia Olympics just so they can answer 'boiled in his own entrails' to the question 'what fate became the hapless blog host of Abysswinksback shortly after he revealed himself to be bereft of any hope of salvation just before tea time on October 18th 2008?'

Hot tip : the answer to the subsequent question is 'they all played for Tottenham Hotspur.'

Kiersten said...

Curses! Either you or blogger really has it in for me today, since it just ate a comment, the jist of which was, did you or did you not save the most recent story entry?

And I would never boil you in your own entrails--I hate steam. I'd just chuck you off a cliff. Much less mess on my part.

Whirlochre said...

You're in — as in 'within the hour'.

writtenwyrdd said...

did you receive my crappy entry, Whirl?

Whirlochre said...

I have an entry, I have your name, but I have yet to witness crap.

Whirlochre said...

I'm reserving the crap for the prize, btw — now up to 4 craps, the last of which is bold and underlined, as wel as italicised.

JaneyV said...

I have to ask the same thing as everyone else - Did my trifle make it all the way to the custard man?

Anonymous said...

Just so long as it can sail through the mail without resounding fisticuffs with the polizia. I hate it when they get out the truncheons and tasers!

ww

Anonymous said...

Oh, and if you have framed your prized, why not post a picture with Conan? Or something blasphemous and amusing? ww

Whirlochre said...

Consider yourself trifled, JV.

As for Conan, I fear his photogenic days are over...

writtenwyrdd said...

I'm sure you can manage blasphemous and amusing, however.