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.