Saturday, August 6, 2011

Murder for Breakfast?

I didn't want to pass this one up.

Here's my Saturday Centus for this week. Just barely before the deadline. Eek.

For a prompt this week we were given this picture.

I've entitled my Centus Baker's Dozen


Baker's Dozen

Baker’s blood boiled beneath her skin. 

Benedict had turned on her, pouring salt into her already open wounds. She had a hard shell for a reason but he broke it  then leaked all her secrets to his posse.

She wouldn't be beat. And so she pushed Benedict from the 27th floor. 

He splattered on the concrete. She watched the liar fry in the sun just as she would for her sin. She tried to stay positive. See the sunny-side. But as the cops circled the scene she knew it wouldn’t be over easy. 

There were still a dozen to go. 



Friday, April 1, 2011

What do you do when you can't think of a rhyme?

Jenny Matlock
So I heard about this weeks Centus and could not pass it up. A 100 word, RHYMING poem, (cool), in the style of Dr. Seuss (fun!), with the prompt: I'm not a chicken. (Amazing.) I swear I didn't submit this prompt, but over here at Why the chicken Crossed the Road, I felt it was my duty to participate this week, even if it be in the last few minutes of the time limit.

This got me thinking back to all my favorite Dr. Seuss books. Fox on Socks has solidified first place, but the rest kind of battle each other: Hop on Pop, Go dog Go, and Green Eggs and Ham, are all good, but what Dr. Seuss really deserves credit for is doing something I don't know that any poet has ever done. If he couldn't think of a word that rhymed with what he was saying, he could simply make one up, draw a doodle of what it is, and be good. And he was a giant success.

Anyway, here is my attempt at a Seuss Sounding Centus. The prompt is in bold. It's titled, The ZumbiDuck's defense.


  The ZumbiDuck's Defense

 “I’m not a chicken!”
The ZumbiDuck squawked,
with shock he was stricken.

“I can play the ramtoozle
While on Metamucil
And my beats, still will be kickin.

I can swim over countries,
Fly on the ground
And even jog through the seas.

I can cross the street without question
Nor do I have a suggestion
On what was first, the egg? Tell me please.

A Chicken? No, I’m much more.
I’m not made of rubber.
And won’t ever cluck when you snore.

I’m two headed for smarts,
Have five different hearts,
And my beauty shines from my core.”

"Fine. How about a scaredy-cat then?"

Saturday, March 5, 2011

What do you do when you're in a pickle?

Jenny Matlock 
I can't believe it. I'm actually participating in Saturday Centus on, of all days, Saturday! Wow. This weeks prompt was: Everything depended upon this single card. I've titled my centus, On Air. The prompt appears as usual in bold.

On Air

Thousands were watching.

The blinking red dot stared her down. She showed nothing but confidence.

The applause died down. She soaked it in. Here it was. Time to bring it all home.

The cue card switched. She continued her speech. Addressing the camera-

"Which is why, in this time of crisis, I urge you all to stand with me and--"

The card switched again.

She froze.
Everything depended upon this single card
and it was BLANK.


The world was collapsing on her. Suffocating.

The primed robot would have to actually speak for herself.

If only she'd thought of dancing a jig off the stage...


Friday, February 18, 2011

Can I channel Hallmark?

I just saw this and figured it seems too fun, I'd have to jump in while there was still time. Time being less than 30 minutes, so very tardy, but still legal!

This week's prompt for the Saturday Centus hosted by Jenny Matlock at Off My Tangent was a picture.

This one to be exact. Cute, right? And in celebration of V Day, not VD day, we were also prompted to write our Centus in the vein of a Hallmark Romance card. And we have 50 words to do so.

I've titled my Centus. The Power of Love. Here goes.


The Power of Love

To my Wonder Woman,

As the years go by,
and the wrinkles grow deeper,
so does my love;
now superhuman in strength. 

Your flaws, invisible to me.

You've lassoed my heart
and I can only speak truth when I say
I can't look at you without smiling.

I love you.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

How do you make a story from 25 words?

Jenny Matlock 

Another week gone by and it's time for another Saturday Centus! This week again we have been thrown a big twist to the regular challenge. Instead of the normal 100 word limit to our Centus we now have just 25 words to craft a story. 25 words. Though 25 seems like a HUGE number to a 5 year old, we all know it isn't much. In fact my first two sentences already totaled 25 words. So really this could be considered the Two Sentence Centus. Sounds pretty catchy.

In addition to our 25 words we are provided a 3 word prompt to use, unaltered, and base our story around. The prompt this week: The lottery ticket

I haven't got a chance to read any of the others yet but I'm really curious to see if anyone took the whole "stone to death" approach from The Lottery.

Below is my two sentence Centus for the week. The prompt is in bold. It's titled: Wishing



At the store, she bought hope for a dollar. Maybe a perfect life was possible. As she wished, the lottery ticket matched, but happiness didn't follow. Wrong wish.



Saturday, January 8, 2011

How about THIS for a blockbuster?

***I apologize for the multitude of typos or lack of comprehensible sentences that may follow below, as I am very tired***

I've had a rather sleepless week this week, staying up often til 5 or even, once pulling an all nighter and staying up for 36 hours and going to two classes.  The reason? School has started up again, which means I have to go back to reporting to my Feature Film symposium class. The class is 9 months long and in the end of it we should have a second draft done on our own feature. This week I am supposed to turn in another 10 pages of my script therefore totaling 40, but over the break I decided to change so much of my story, I am now rewriting the first 30 pages as well. Writing 40 pages in less than one week. Oh plus reading all 5 hours of the original untranslated Hamlet. It's making for a tiring week.

Now it's 6 in the morning and I'm not up "early",  just still up, working on my feature. In needing to take a break from writing, I oddly enough decided I would do... more writing. So I've put aside my feature for the moment and am participating once again in the Saturday Centus.

Jenny Matlock

The Saturday Centus is a meme hosted by Jenny Matlock in which every week we will be given a prompt, usually a sentence or two, that you must form a story around using only an additional 100 words. You must include the prompt but cannot break up or alter the prompt in any way,  and you may not use pictures, or foul language.

This week she is throwing us a twist, and breaking away from the mold. Instead of a sentence prompt we were provided a picture.

My centus based on the picture above, follows below. I've titled it, A Fruity Trailer.

A Fruity Trailer


Coming soon to theaters...

The greatest love story ever told.
Orrie Ange was just a lonely girl rooted in Florida who never felt like she belonged...until one winter...

She met traveler, Jules Snow.
---"He just disappeared in the morning?"
----"I'm going after him."

Their love was instant.
---"She brings color and zest to my life!"

But with their families trying to keep them separated...
---"Orrie, he's flaky."
---"No, he's beautiful!"
--"He'll kill you if you stay with him!"

They'll have to fight to be together.
Can their love survive?
Julia Roberts. Johnny Depp

Orange Julius

February 12th 2011


You can tell I can't get movies off the brain, huh?


Thursday, January 6, 2011

How do you get rid off all food benchwarmers in your cupboard?

Answer: You make it a game.

This week I've created a bit of a challenge for myself that I have proudly succeeded in so far.

You know how sometimes you look into the back of your cupboard and discover foods you bought months ago but never ate?

Not the perishable foods that you find smelling awful and growing a second head but the non perishables. You pick it up. Look at it. Then put it right back where it will continue to sit for another five months just taking up space.

Well, rejected foods, this week is your chance off the bench. 

Low on money, and sick of looking at the two year old bag of stuffing in my cupboard, I came up with a plan. This week, I was to spend absolutely no money, which meant, no grocery shopping or eating out. I was going to only eat what I already owned, and having not gone grocery shopping since way before the holidays, I didn't have much. I would be forced to sustain myself with the few benchwarmer cans of food in my cupboard, and hopefully eliminate them all.

Operation: Divide and Conquer.

The first issue I encountered in this challenge is how none of my rejected foods really go well together. A can of refried beans and pasta? I had to get creative.  How about a side of stuffing, made with another reject, cream of mushroom.

Side dishes were forced to become whole meals. For lunch, a can of corn. Yeah, this challenge isn't really the healthiest of diets.

The hardest part about the challenge is you can never have what you are in the mood for. The question switches from, "what do I feel like?," to "what sounds the least off putting?"

Now after five days, I'm getting down to the wire with my foods. Here is a list of ALL the groceries I have at the moment in my fridge and cupboard.

-stuffing (Still. There's lots and I haven't really made a dent in it.)
-pasta (same as the stuffing.)
-refried beans
-green beans
-artichoke hearts
-3 boca burger patties
- coffee (I don't think I would be able to succeed in this challenge if I started while low on coffee)

And that's it. Anyone know any good recipes with these as the only ingredients? Haha. 

I only have two days of the challenge left before I'm going to go buy groceries but with everything almost gone, I might hold out until there is only one man standing.