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Well, it's SSIAW (Short Story In A Week) time again. This is a challenge posed twice a year, March and September, by a writing group I belong to. At the end of April and August respectively we all throw as many great words as we can think of -- enticing adjectives, vigorous verbs, intriguing nouns -- into the pot. Starting on the first of the month, we're given two lists of five words each; you choose one list, and have to write a complete story (beginning, middle and end) in no more than seven days. Then the next two lists are posted, you have another seven days to write another story, and so on until the end of the month and we all expire of brain failure and exhaustion.

It's basically a chance to practice wrestling your muse into submission instead of waiting around until the fickle bitch decides to visit you on her own. Each time I firmly commit myself to doing four stories, one each week (we always have a few overachievers who use BOTH lists and do TWO stories every week; how slacker-y they make the rest of us feel can easily be imagined). So far my best achievement is two completed stories and one half-completed which I finished the next month.

SSIAW always seems to fall during a very busy point in my life, but damn it, this time I'm making it a priority and I will do no less than four stories. I will, I will, I WILL.

This week's lists include such gems as cistern, quincunx, and insouciance. I have no idea where I'm going with those, but I'll keep putting one foot in front of the other until I get there...

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shyfoxling
Mar. 2nd, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
"Cistern" seems like a fairly easy one to incorporate. "Insouciance" isn't bad (I've seen it in a number of fanfics). "Quincunx" is rather specialty, though, innit?

...huh. I only knew it from its astrological meaning (aspect of the planets at 150 degrees, or 5 signs apart). Didn't know it was actually a general word about the arrangement of 5 objects. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/quincunx) Well.. that's actually easier then. You could have an insouciant quincunx of cisterns ;P
delphipsmith
Mar. 3rd, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
...an insouciant quincunx of cisterns ...
LOL! I like it. I wonder how a cistern would go about looking insouciant?
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