Last week I created a meme.
Now I’m ready to launch a Mr. Linky-based interactive game.
Next week I take over the Internet, and my quest for world domination will be complete.
Just kidding…but I was just thinking it would be fun to host a game every so often and to invite you all to play with me. This is also my attempt to expand my blogging skills by creating a button (see lame attempt below) and to use Mr. Linky’s Magical Widgets.
Unlike other regular participatory things, my games will only appear sporadically and will not have a set day. You can join in when you are ready to play. However, I think I will only run each game for two weeks or so. We’ll see how it goes; I’m kind of making this up as I go along.
So, now ladies and gentlemen, without any further ado, I bring you:
(The official button that you might or might not be able to copy onto your own blog.)
Game 1: Bad Writing
(AKA My Tribute to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest)
Here are some examples of past entries that I particularly liked:
“It was a nice day and cheerful Nellie busily dried the breakfast dishes in the nice kitchen.” -by Nancy J. Brousseau
“I mean, they were kind of mellow times, but not exactly state-of-the-art times, if you follow.” -by Peter Schermerhorn
“I watched in helpless horror as the monster clawed its way up the TV tower and wondered what could be in the mutated genes of these Alaskan king crabs which caused them to snatch only Canadian aircraft from the sky.” -by Walter J. Murphy
“The dark can be scary, thought Todd, if you’re young, impressionable, intoxicated, out of gas, naked, and are forced to sit on vinyl seats.” -by Rix Quinn
“Since I’m the all-knowing Private “I” (Eye-ha,ha!) in this novel mystery, I’m telling you, the reader, who the killer is right now so you can enjoy knowing who he is as you read along; it’s Twoddy Tworf (the Morpeth Dwarf). -by Lucy Lightbody
“Only one front wheel of the shopping cart turned; the other was frozen by dried egg yolk.” -by Peggy Bishop
“With as little energy and as much false hope as a lobster kept alive in a restaurant window, Peter Richards awoke and did his few small meaningless exercises.” -by Don Austin
Hopefully those examples give you an idea of what this game is about. Basically, just write the worst opening sentences to a fake book that you can think of. The dumber, the better. Your “fake book” could be from any genre: mystery, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, children’s literature. Feel free to write more than one if you get inspired — or even to make up the name of the fake book.
When you have completed your bad sentences, you can share them with others by posting it to your blog and linking to the Mr. Linky at the end of this post. This way, everyone can go around and see what everyone has come up with. I will also try to collect all entries and put them in a post when the game is done. It might help to have an “end date,” so be sure to link up your post no later than February 28th.So, to get us going, here is what I came up with.
I never realized I didn’t like peanut butter until I tried peanut butter yesterday.
– From “Me and Peanut Butter: A Short History”
My eight pretty cats are Mr. Snuggle Wigglewams, Miss Princess Prissy Peapot, Mr. Jack Snookiebottoms, Mr. Timothy Tuttlebottom, Miss Meowy Meowykins, Mr. Cuddlebottoms the Third, Miss Amanda Purrypurrpurr and Joe.
– From “Adventures with Cats”
I like peas and carrots because I like vegetables. I like vegetables in stew. Vegetables in water. Vegetables in butter. Vegetables in meat. Vegetables in noodles. Vegetables in bread.
– From “Bubba Gump’s Vegetable Cookbook”
The yellow sun rose up behind the big mountains, and the brown cows chewed the green grass in the big field of the large farm that had a red barn.
–From “A Fun Day At the Large Farm with the Red Barn”
If you want to have a fun and exciting time, you should go to Spain. I hear it is nice there. I saw a show about it one time.
–From the “The Couch Potato Travel Guide”
So what can you come up with? I can’t wait to see! Link up with your post by February 28th in Mr. Linky below.