We all have moments where we act "out of character", as though we were some fictional character subject to an author's strict guidelines of personality. But while we usually have the opportunity to explain ourselves in the real world, sometimes a fictional character or a celebrity (who are all about 75% fictional) aren't so lucky, and are sensationalized for behaving unlike the one or two-dimensional cipher we picture them as.
For this prompt, find an example in your favorite media (books, comics, TV, music, celebrity culture, etc.) where someone behaves atypically for their perceived character. Explain to us what happened. Feel free to be as bullshitty as possible.
The first time I vacationed in Florida as an adult, some friends and I made it a point to drink around the world. Meaning, we went to Epcot's World Showcase and had a drink in every national exhibit. We tried to recreate this feat a couple of years later, but we were rained out halfway through, and in May 2017, we tried it again, but didn't gauge our time properly, and the park closed in precisely the same place where we'd been hit by rain the time before. Determined not to let that happen again, we started our adventure this year at The World Showcase, and managed to make it all the way through.
It was a silly goal, and did nothing to improve our lives, aside from us being able to check an achievement off our list.
What's something trivial that you committed to doing in your life? Something that was a challenge but that you finally accomplished. Is there something else that you want to achieve but don't know how you're going to get it done?
It's come to this. Uhhhh. Sooooo. Ummm. It sure is weathery right now, huh?
Tell us about an event in your life that was defined by extreme or unusual weather.
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Putting yourself and your talents up for sale can be agonizing, whether it's sending out applications for a job you now you're overqualified for, sending out writing submissions for contests or publication, making a dating profile, or just asking your most selfish family member for a favor. William James, a poet out of New Hampshire has spent the last several years chronicling his poetry submission rejections, as well as his acceptances. It's pretty baller.
But, sometimes, we find ourselves on the other end of the process, having to accept or reject someone's art, someone's help, someone's advances, whathaveyou. This prompt asks you to write a rejection letter, be it polite, stern, or downright sassy, for a condition in your life that you no longer find acceptable. Tell unemployment it is unwelcome at your house. Tell depression to go fuck itself (or tell joy to go fuck itself, don't let any of your emotions tell you what to do). Or, just let your nut allergy politely know that it just doesn't seem like it's going to work out for you.
I'm reading Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics, for a break from a Stephen King project I've been working on. And I'm outright stealing the concept for this week's prompt.
Find a one sentence scientific fact that's easy to understand. Now write a three minute folk tale that involves that fact but embellishes it into an impossibility.
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