Crazy John’s Pictonaut Challenge

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Pictonaut challenge, writing

A month ago, Crazy John (known amongst some as The Rogue Verbomancer and amongst still others as Glempy) issued an intriguing challenge; each month he’ll post a picture over at his blogmatron space and his readers will be charged with writing a 1000 word story using said picture as a basis. Thus was born the Pictonaut Challenge.

September’s challenge was a picture he dubbed Grenade in the Rain. It is the (quite superb) work of artist Marek Okon and looks somewhat exactly like this:

A very powerful image indeed.

Naturally, I responded with enthusiasm, a few clichéd yet interesting ideas setting my brainmeats a-vibrating. Just as naturally, it’s not done yet. In the immortal words of the late great Douglas Adams, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they fly by.”

You know how it is. Creativity needs to take a back seat when work and various other adultly commitments make their presence felt. Rest assured, it’s a work in progress and when it’s ready enough to be presentable I’ll post it here. It won’t be perfect, but it’ll be something I can polish and possibly adapt into a longer work.

So, yes. Watch this space. In the meantime, John has linked to others’ completed stories (including, of course, his own) over on this page. Check them out!


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