April 12, 2016
It was a long, long time ago…
No that’s not the start of a new story of mine, it is a factual representation of the length of time between the events told in this blog post and today. Way back in April 2013 I won a micro-fiction writing contest on the Quotable, a writing website. The contest was to write 100 words based on a prompt by a famous writer. Unfortunately it looks like the good people a the Quotable are hanging up their quills, and the site no longer functions as it used to. To make sure I don’t lose online reprsentation of this enviable win, I’ve decided to publish the prompt and my winning entry here on my own website.
The prompt was “…it was Greek to me.” — William Shakespeare
And here is my (winning) entry:
The palaeographer scratched his head, confused. The slab of granite sat front and centre of the table, surrounded by aged tomes and yellowed, dog-eared books. These letters… there was no doubt; he’d definitely seen them before. But if the carbon dating was accurate, these pre-dated any written language he’d heard of by over four thousand years. He checked the paperwork again. It was conclusive.
“We have unearthed something here” he muttered to his assistant “The symbols on this tablet pre-date Ancient Egyptian, Sumarian even ”
“But isn’t that…”
“Yes” he interrupted; excitement and wonder etched into his face “it’s Greek.”
Who knows, one day I may take this and make it into something a little more substantial; for now, I’m just keeping this as a personal record!
March 18, 2013
So, I’ve entered the writing prompt contest for March on the Quotable (www.thequotablelit.com).
The concept is to write a 100 word micro-story based on the prompt provided. In this instance a visual prompt of Greek characters, and a quote: “…it was Greek to me.” – William Shakespeare.
There’s currently only one other entrant, so its not exactly the most highly contested or sought after of competitions, but the prize for the victor isn’t to be sniffed at – entry into a competition to win a copy of the Quotable, and publication in the Summer 2013 edition (a publishing credit).
The rules are simple – the entries are written as comments to the initial contest post. Visitors to the page can give a thumbs up to the entry that they like the most. The entry with the most thumbs up at the end of the month wins.
So if anyone actually ever lands on this blog, please do me the honour of giving me a big thumbs up on the contest page!
What’s more, the prompt has actually worked and got me thinking about a potential story running off the back of the 100 words I’ve entered!
June 14, 2012
In the interest of recycling – not the saving the planet type, but the saving time and reusing things that are still good type – here’s a link to an article wot I wrote a little while back for the e2community site…
Its about iPhone games ‘n that. I still stand behind each of the reviews, and still have all the apps on my phone! Have a read and enjoy…