Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Let's get extemporaneous (a contest)

Want to win an ARC of this, months before you can buy it in stores? You know you do. Well, here's your chance.

From now until midnight on June 24, we're writing a co-op story. I'll provide the premise, along with the first line. The next commenter will add one sentence to what I've written, no more, no less. The length of the sentence is strictly up to the commenter.

Here are the rules:

You cannot invalidate anything that has been written before (or say it was all a dream). Thus, you must read all the comments before adding to the story. Please make sure your line does not contradict anything already written. For example, if someone says that FTL was developed in 2204, you may not write that it was invented in 2499. Make sure your entry makes sense in conjunction with what's already been written. If someone writes that the hero has black hair, you can't make him blond, unless your sentence deals with him bleaching his hair for plot-related reasons. Got it?

If you enjoy this, you can enter as many times as you like, but you may not post two sentences consecutively. In other words, if you want to add to the story again, you need to check back until someone else has written a line. Then you can go again. I'll be adding lines now and then myself. Don't worry about style, voice or quality; the ARC winner will be chosen randomly. This isn't a writing contest -- the point is to have fun, so don't sweat it.

A few how-to points... give any necessary notes about your sentence in parenthesis before you write it. Such as (POV shift, location change, new paragraph). That will help your co-authors a great deal. It'll also help me in formatting the final version of our story.

At midnight on June 24, I'll compile what we have and then pen an ending. On June 25th, I'll post the winner here, and put the final version of the story on my Free Reads page. The chosen one will receive a signed ARC of Wanderlust.

Are you clear on the rules? Okay, here we go.

Title: The Way of the Game

Premise: This is a road trip tale with an undercurrent about how one man can make a difference. The protagonists are a cyborg (Cutter / male) and a romantic performance artist (Pixil / female). Our story begins in a port city (Majona) on a lost planet (Aleo-Tau).

First line: Cutter had seven days before the girl died.

Title provided by this Random Title Generator. All other story elements created using various Seventh Sanctum generators.

87 comments:

Alexandra said...

If he could find her.

Jambrea said...

It was proving to be more difficult than first expected.

Natalie Hatch said...

Majona was crowded with the refuse left over from the Triaxial War.

Angie Fox said...

Even Pixil, in her gold silk robe, looked dreary on the hulking gray landing platform.

Therese Walsh said...

...though her foot still tapped to some inner music.

Alexandra said...

Even if he assume it would be dangerous, Cutter knew he had to contact the Guilde.

BoxingKing said...

However much he hated them - each and every occupant of that blasted Guild.

Ann Aguirre said...

He didn't like asking for help; it seemed like an admission of weakness, and he'd had enough of that lying in the hospital after they replaced certain key parts of him in order to save a life he wasn't sure he wanted.

nascarandbeans said...

But he knew in order to save her, he was going to ask for help no matter what his personal feelings were.

Amber Green said...

A rumble, deep and frightening, shook the platform.

catslady said...

No time to think about anything - they were here!

Jennifer said...

Pixil pulled her robe back over her shoulders and ran off the stage.

Kimberly B. said...

It was imperative that they not recognize her.

CrystalGB said...

Heart pounding, she flattened herself again the side of a building.

RachaelfromNJ said...

She held her breath, fearing that someone would hear her.

Heather said...

Phantasmagoric shadows danced across her vision, and then something sharp and slick dug into the tender skin of her neck.

Cathy said...

Oh God, this was it, she was going to die, where the hell was Cutter?

mjhm said...

"Finding you wasn't as easy as I thought it would be," a deep male voice whispered, his hot breath on her neck sending a shiver down her spine.

Wendy said...

Cutter grabbed her arm and pulled her towards the back of the building.

Pamk said...

"Come on we need to get the hell out of here before someone else catches you" Cutter said.

moralanqua said...

"If I wanted to be easily found, you great big trachar, I wouldn't be working in a midget performance club!" Pixel snapped and pulled her arm free of his iron grip.

Angie Fox said...

She couldn't help but think of the last time Cutter decided to take charge of her life.

Wendy said...

She still had nightmares about it.

micheleleesbooklove said...

Controlling ex-boyfriends had a completely different meaning when parts of your brain could be wiped and reprogrammed in under an hour.

Jax said...

But this wasn't the time to be rehashing the past, if Cutter had found her, the others couldn't be far behind and it was time to hoik up her robes and run.

JaimeK said...

She had to find a way to ditch Cutter.

bonnieann said...

(POV change)
Cutter could tell Pixel was getting ready to ditch him by the way her slanty green eyes scanned the area.

moralanqua said...

When would she realise she needed him?

catslady said...

But he didn't expect what happened next.

M. said...

"Is that you, Cutter, you %$#2&%, you still owe me a a gronzite of federation credits, a drink, and half a giraffe!" came the unmistakable whine of 888J.

Wendy said...

Cutter closed his eyes for a second cursing his luck. Where the fuck was he supposed to get a giraffe? Nevermind, half one?

Stargazer said...

Cutter flashed a look in Pixil's direction making her roll her eyes as she flatly stated, "I swear bad luck follows you like a plague."

Natalie Hatch said...

'Admit it Pixil, you can't get enough of me, just watch this.'

loonigrrl said...

With a forced smile, Cutter swung an arm over 888J's rather slimy shoulders, shuddering when one tentacle brushed his side; he knew the easiest way to get an audience with The Guild was through this creature

Alexandra said...

If I give you the Whole Giraffe, will you do something for me ?

nascarandbeans said...

"Will you help me get her out of here?"

Wendy said...

888J looked at Cutter shrewdly, and wondered if he would get screwed again.

LorelieLong said...

The grey tentacle that traced his ear in a Ferluvian truth-test didn't detract from his peripheral vison; Cutter snatched a handful of gold silk and dragged Pixil to his side.

Jackie said...

Cutter thinks to himself Although how I'm going to smuggle a giraffe into this city is going to be tricky.

Wendy said...

Pixil huffed and tried to swat his hands off her arm, to no avail.

Katie(babs) said...

Cutter laughed at Pixill's pathetic attempt to escape him, so to shut her up, he planted his lips against her own.

loonigrrl said...

Hoping their display had distracted the notoriously prudish Ferluvian, and making sure he kept a tight grip on Pixil, Cutter reached for his gun.

Wendy said...

Pixil stood frozen in shock while Cutter playfully bit her bottom lip.

Ericka said...

(POV Change)
As the shock wore off I remembered that kissing was NOT why I broke up with Cutter.

bonnieann said...

The fact that he had grabbed and kissed me while in a public place running for our lives, however, was a big part of the reason.

nascarandbeans said...

For reasons she couldnt understand she wanted him so bad right now she couldnt think straight.

Katie(babs) said...

Pixil pulled Cutter in closer and whispered one simple word in his ear.

LorelieLong said...

"Now," she breathed, and ducked behind him; Ferluvian life plasma was hell to get out of silk and there was no way 888J would do what Cutter wanted without some violence involved, even with a whole herd of giraffes to sweeten the deal.

Heather said...

A bright flash seared her retinas.

catslady said...

Known for his marksmanship, she couldn't believe her eyes.

Pamk said...

He missed dammit how'd did he miss?

catslady said...

I didn't want to have to do this but it looks like I don't have a choice.

Stargazer said...

"Hay Ferluvian!" she yelled lifting up her skirt, reaching for the sliver tipped dagger she kept in her garder belt.

loonigrrl said...

Silently thanking the months she had spent working on the trapeze at the performance club, Pixil jumped through the air, dagger in hand.

CrystalGB said...

With deadly accuracy, the blade penetrated the Ferluvian's chest.

Alexandra said...

Which did not please Cutter considering the look he was giving her but more trouble was on the way just behind him.

moralanqua said...

"Shit me!" Pixel exclaimed while terrified midget performers from the show scattered like small, terrified mewbs

LorelieLong said...

Behind them, seeming even more unfeasibly tall by comparison to the midgets, three Parthwa giants stalked towards Pixil and Cutter.

Wendy said...

"Dammit!" Cutter muttered as he decided what to do, they were surrounded.

Stefanie said...

Pixil wasn't going to like what he was about to do, but he didn't see another option.

M. said...

'Here,' he bellowed, shoving Pixil in front of him, 'take her, she's almost as good as half a giraffe!' and hoping to sweet Zurgliff the hopping midgets would obstruct his species-specific nerve gas pellets from the giants' sightline.

Wendy said...

Pixil squeaked in outrage and whacked Cutter in the back of his head with her palm.

Katie(babs) said...

Cutter turned to Pixil and raised his eyebrow.

loonigrrl said...

Cutter waited until the giants were almost on top of them before releasing the gas pellets.

Kristen said...

He then realized maybe he shouldn't have waited quite that long when one almost fell on top of him.

JaimeK said...

Cutter ducked out of the way of the last loose pellet as the gas pellets created a screen of green smoke and Cutter and Pixil took off at a dead run in the opposite direction.

Stargazer said...

Pixil shouted over to Cutter, "I hate you!" to which he quickly replied grabbing her hand, "Yah I know."

Wendy said...

Cutter grinned as he hauled ass towards to the exit, dragging Pixil behind him.

Kristen said...

He knew Pixil found him irresistible, no matter what she said.

Alexandra said...

But they had more pressing business to attend than their lost love life- like saving her life and the Planet they were on.

M. said...

Now if only he could remeber where he had parked his spaceship!

Wendy said...

Pixil stumbled as Cutter suddenly stopped and looked around, muttering to himself.

Stargazer said...

"What now?" Pixil exclaimed, as she let out a deep sigh waiting for the next big catastrophe to hit them.

Wendy said...

Cutter snapped "I can't remember where I parked!" a second later, Pixil snickered.

Chris Thorp said...

When Cutter tried to pull on her hair for retaliation, Pixil smoothly ducked. She grabbed his right pinkie finger and pulled hard. With a click it detached. Wiggling his little finger under his nose Pixel stated: "The stress is getting to you, old Cyborg. You forgot you got a remote."

Stargazer said...

With two clicks of the end of his finger she located his ship at the far end of the platform.

Kristen said...

"Whatever you do, don't lose that finger!" Cutter yelled as they raced toward the safety of his ship.

Stargazer said...

"What THIS finger..." she mocked him dangling it out in front of her.

M. said...

"oops" was her next comment as the remote control digit fell from her grasp and slid down a grate with a distinct, echoing splash

loonigrrl said...

Pixil continued running after Cutter-hoping he hadn't noticed anything- when suddenly, a loud explosion from below the grate nearly knocked them off their feet.

Alexandra said...

(cutter POV)
It had started, they now had 48hours before they were irremediably screwed !

catslady said...

And not the kind he was hoping for.

Stargazer said...

"Damn it Pixil, I told you to be careful with that!" Cutter growled at her as he pushed her on the spaceship.

Kristen said...

"Oops," said Pixil, smiling sweetly or perhaps evilly, Cutter couldn't quite tell which.

catslady said...

And just when he thought he was going to have a chance at figuring out that look, all hell broke lose.

Stargazer said...

Cutter slammed his hand over the control panel shutting the door behind them, just as a pirate ship buzzed over them firing at the platform making it rock with impact.

Ann Aguirre said...

"We seem to be encountering hostility, Captain," said Sam the chronically redundant ship's computer.