The above illustration, "Blowing Bubbles," has been adapted for use here by generous permission from the artist, Cyril Rolando.

May 15, 2011

WGI: "We few, we happy few..."

"This story shall a good man teach his children."

At last we have a list of 19 invitees for the 3rd annual Watery Grave Invitational. And that means that it's time to reveal the 'theme' so that all you fine writers can get to work. But first, here's the list (bolded names are in via talent AND a bit of luck in today's drawing):
Brian S. Roe
Chad Eagleton
Chris LaTray
David Cranmer
Eric Beetner
Ian Ayris
Jane Hammons
Joe Hartlaub
John Kenyon
Liam Jose
Matthew C. Funk
Nigel Bird
Patricia Abbott
Paul D. Brazill
Rosemarie Keenan
Sandra Seamans
Sean Patrick Reardon
Sigmund Werndorf
Todd Mason
You can't tell me that's not a quality group. I am SO anticipating the stories that are going to come from this bunch!

And now, the theme. Okay, first, this is not really a theme. It's more of a motif, I think. I don't expect you writers to build your story around this, but rather to just find a way to incorporate it into your story. And what it is, is: a horse.

I don't care what your story is about, find a way to get a horse in there. From stories built around horses to a passing reference to Secretariat (or another equine star); or even so slight a reference as a character drinking a Colt .45 or selling heroin. Pony rides at the fair, a Ford Mustang, Little Joe Cartwright's big brother,  it all counts. Easy-peasy, right? Well, you only have until noon EST, Sunday, June 5, 2011, to get your 3500 word (or fewer) story to me.


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