Monday, March 5, 2012

The Second Campaign Challenge!

It's time for the Second Challenge for Rach Harrie's Fourth Platform Building Campaign! I wanted to really step it up this time and do as many of the added tasks as I could. So, I used ALL FOUR of the picture prompts presented (say that five times) using a common theme, kept it under 200 words, and wrote in a genre that is not my own. The idea for time travel came up with this pic: 



Past, Pear, and Future

Screaming. Everywhere. I bit the corner of my lip and tried to shut out the chaos. Tears trickled from my eyes, but seemed to dry before they reached my cheeks. I clenched my jaw tight and strained against the net of energy that pushed, pulled, and surged around me.

And they said time travel couldn’t happen.

The pressure dissipated and a cool breeze lifted the hair off the back of my neck. I peeked open to see a boy in a red coat chasing a ball along the oceanfront. Me twenty years ago. Wrong location.



I had to go forward. Discover what was to come.

Chaos seized me again and I pressed on, mentally straining as I squeezed through the space. Time stopped. Back at home. Not far enough ahead. Taking a deep breath, I allowed the travel to take hold and the pear on the counter appeared to dissolve before my eyes.



After the madness had silenced again, a mixture of heartache, horror, and utter shock pulsed through me. Garbage strung out over the ground, with half naked children wading through the filth. No. This couldn’t be our future. What had I done?


Hope you enjoyed! To go "like" your favorites you can check out the rest of the awesome entries here. 

Red. Head. Out. :D 

74 comments:

  1. Oh, I love how you ended that! Off to "like" it. :D

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  2. Nice job including so many of the prompts.

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  3. I really liked this, only now I wish it were a real book! I would totally read it! Great job!

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    1. By the way I've also tagged you in The Lucky 7 Meme at http://amberafterglow.blogspot.com/2012/03/lucky-7-meme.html

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  4. You are supremely talented - that was amazing!

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  5. Very impressive. All of the prompts felt natural, not shoehorned in. I really liked this :-)

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  6. I'm impressed with all the prompts you managed to include. Great job!

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  7. (Drops ManCard on ground... shuffles off five steps to the left and takes three paces forward.)

    SQUEE!!

    (Runs back to pick up ManCard.)

    OMG... I was like she will *never* get all these in AND still beat #4... and look at you... PLUS... wow, what a *great* story. You go, Mz. Morgan, with your bad self :)

    That was awesome. You is "liked."

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  8. Awesome entry! Love it! I'm a total sucker for time travel :)

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  9. Wow, nice. I'm so completely at a loss on what to write. I'm impressed you could do this so fast.

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  10. Oh, that is such a clever idea to use time travel to move between the different prompts. Awesome!

    xx Rachel
    My entry

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  11. Very clever indeed, a very enjoyable read!

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  12. Very nicely done. They flowed together naturally.

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  13. I really like the time travel idea too! Awesome job, wish there was more!

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  14. I love anything time travel. This was so well done and none of the prompts seemed forced. I enjoyed reading this. :)

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  15. Very nicely done :D I love time travel stuff!

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  16. Oh good lord, you did all five? Now I feel bad doing only one!

    Good job though, I loved each and every one!

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    1. It's entirely possible I misunderstood the rules, but I thought we HAD to use all five prompts - it was what we did with them that varied. Hmmm... Maybe I was making this challenge more difficult than it was supposed to be.

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  17. Oooh, nice! I would have read more!

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  18. Nice job. I loved your time travel idea.

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  19. Whoa! Is that this week? I totally spaced it. I'll have to figure out something, but it'll be a while. Loved your stab at time travel, Morgan! :)

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  20. Very cool. I loved the last picture!

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  21. I love how you used time travel to seamlessly move along each prompt. Good job!

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  22. Great ending! Time travel was a nice twist for these pictures.

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  23. So cool.. trying not to be jealous.. failed. Damm you and your good ideas and execution. Knock it off, you're making the rest of us look bad. Now I gotta go 'like' this stuff. Grrrr...

    Really great job Morgan.

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  24. Very cool. Nice imagery!
    I only managed to use two of the prompts (entry 23). Very impressive that you used all of them!!

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  25. OMG, what an ending! Morgan, that was beautiful and eerie, and I just loved it! More!

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  26. Awesome job! And yes, we were supposed to use all 5 prompts. The question is whether you could do any of the other challenges. I did the both the flash fiction and the pitch, but your story definitely rocks! I hadn't a clue how to write in another genre, but I gave fantasy a shot. I'm #5.

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  27. So sad I'm missing out on this campaign. (really don't have time this week.) Awesome prompts!

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  28. Great job! I love how you incorporated the pictures with your prose.

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  29. Oh! Very well done! I loved the whole time travel element!

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  30. I like how your theme weaved each prompt. This probably has to be one of the best entries I've read so far.

    Kudos!

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  31. That was a challenging challenge. Awesome job with it, Morgan. I LOVE the middle picture.

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  32. Very nice take on the challenge. I loved the time traveling theme. Well done!

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  33. SCORE FOR MORGAN! Oh yeah - this is spectacular! I love it girl. Time travel is fascinating. You did a wonderful job on this. Love it!

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  34. Wow! Super awesome. Time travel...LOVE IT!!! So glad I'm finally back to read these :)

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  35. Thanks for sharing- I like reading time travel tales. Like you, I also used the prompts together to form a story.

    #35

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  36. I love time travel ^_^ There's so much potential in that sub-genre of SF.

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    1. I love your creativity in how you pulled all the prompts together via time travel. So well done.

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  37. Very exciting – I enjoyed the time travelling – unfortunately for him his end destination was a bit dire! Loved it Morgan! Heading over to vote!

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  38. Excellent use of prompts and good story
    I'm #48

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  39. This flows effortlessly, very atmospheric too. I wish I'd thought of the time travel idea! Adding my vote to your tally.

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  40. I do love time travel stories ... nicely done! Perhaps it was the person time traveling that caused the events of the dystopian future. The butterfly effect.

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  41. I love the time travel idea. Great desription! I felt like I traveling with him.

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  42. Way to go, Morgs. Yes, maybe we shouldn't mess with time travel. haha

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  43. Ooo, interesting!! I'm a little late, I haven't even checked out the prompts yet! Ack! But loved this, you're so creative!!

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  44. Time travel...awesome! Way to use all of those prompts, lady.

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  45. Wow, Morgan! So creative!!!

    I haven't starting reading through the entries yet, but I will definitely be "liking" yours.

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  46. That was awesome! Truly impressive. I'm definitely voting for you:) By the way, congrats on doing so well on the last challenge.

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  47. This is awesome! Morgan-1 The World-0

    :)

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  48. Oh my gosh, I just realised (because I had the little html thingy in a virtual post-it on my desktop) that all the links I left on posts on Monday that said "My Entry" underneath my name, were actually taking people to my launch post and NOT my entry! I feel so bad!! It's like I was trying to "trick" people into to visiting the launch post, but I totally wasn't! I promise!
    (I so do not know how that happened... Maybe cos I had two posts on the same day I copied the wrong one... Sheesh. Total blonde moment.)

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  49. Hey,

    Thanks for the awesomeest comments, you are too kind :) And, yeah, although it's hard squeezing in the time, look what happens (to you:) when you do... Congrats again :)

    PS... I once said Cassie was cool peeps, but called her Carole (on purpose:)... the rest is history :)

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  50. You did a fine job yourself, Morgan, of using all the prompts successfully. Not an easy task! I've "liked" you. Thanks for stopping by my post!

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  51. Morgan - time travel - brilliant. You are so dang creative!

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  52. Very good--hope that's not our future though!!

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  53. I love the time travel angle...excellent job. So creative.

    Michelle :)
    I liked.

    www.michelle-pickett.com/blog

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  54. I love time travel--and kudos to you for using the abstract image. That's the only one I couldn't fit in.

    Great story! :)

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  55. Nicely done. I love how you incorporated all the prompts. Great job!

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  56. Oooh! I like this one. Really well done!

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  57. Nice job of incorporating all of the prompts. I really enjoyed your story.
    Richard

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  58. Way to rock it in one setting! Love how you pull us into the time traveling, making us feel and hear the experience. Good work of connecting the prompts. #103 and new follower.

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  59. Brilliant! Love the time travel idea as a way to incorporate the prompts.

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  60. It's interesting how so many different writers have such different takes on the several prompts. I liked the image "me, twenty years ago."

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  61. It was vivid descriptions, but I don't think I liked the ending! Maybe I wasn't supposed to. ;) Thanks for joining into the challenge.

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  62. How creative! :-) I love how you chose to tie all the prompts together and tell a complete story! Nicely done!

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  63. You did well stitching all the prompts together. I really enjoyed reading this piece.

    #46

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  64. Hey Morgan! Wow, great job utilizing all the visuals! I love how different they are and I really enjoyed the beginning of taking the reader into this kind of tight pressure of time travel and wondering what had been done. Brava!

    Yay, Write Campaign!

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