Saturday, September 4, 2010

Saturday Centus #18 - Family Drama



Good grief. On a night like this, even I might say, “It was a dark and stormy night,” thought Katherine as she negotiated the hair-pin turns on the rain-soaked country lane. This wasn't her plan for the evening. But what can you do when your baby sister calls you, desperate for help in the crisis du jour, and you're just sitting at home, planning revenge. Not just any revenge, but a revenge so clever and intricate that no one would be able to guess who or why. A revenge that would make this novel another best-seller. Tonight, though, she'd have to settle for real drama.  

It's week 18 for Jenny's Saturday Centus.  Our clever, unpredictable hostess threw yet another curve ball.  Yes, it was a prompt we could use anywhere in our 100 words or less addition to that prompt, but it's a groaner of a prompt.  As you might have recognized in italics above.  Head on over there if you want to link up, or just to read what the rest did.  I, for one, can't wait to see.  It's a diverse group of fellow bloggers, sure to have something for everyone.

25 comments:

Write From Karen said...

I really want to know what sort of revenge she has planned for her characters.

I also really want to know what sort of crisis her sister got herself in.

What a great two-pronged approach! As a reader, you've piqued my curiosity twice!

http://writefromkaren.com/2010/09/04/scared-of-everything/

Viki said...

I liked this take on the prompt. Very intriguing the writing of the novel and helping her sister out. Loved the "crisis du jour" prhase lol.

5thsister said...

Loved it...just enough mystery and suspense to keep us wanting more. Wonderful take on the prompt dear Tina!

Cheryl said...

Tina you nailed it to the wall! I want to hate you for leaving us hanging knowing virtually nothing but this kind of writing just makes me love you more.

Bookie said...

Nice sense of a writer's life, how families come first, etc. Enjoyed it.

Terra said...

Nice. Those interruptions can be killer can't they! Way to work this prompt into a great piece!

Susannah said...

I really enjoyed your take on the prompt. :-)

Susannah
http://panopticulated.blogspot.com

Brian Miller said...

and out of that real drama perhaps will come another element to the novel...like it!

Jenners said...

I love how you mixed it up ... at first, I thought the sister was in for it!!!

I've been impressed with how everyone has "overcome" the lameness of the prompt! ;)

linda said...

Ah sweet revenge.

Great story.

Sue said...

I really like the direction you went with this. Clever.

=)

jfb57 said...

Oooo! You are going to have to a) tell us what the emergency was b) tells us about that novel!!

Jenny said...

Lameness of the prompt? Huh? I thought this was the very definition of well-written literature. Sigh.

I got distracted by that comment (and hurt, I might add - NOT!) and by your "crisis du jour" line. I am going to have to steal that. It sounds like something Pearl would say.

BUT...

This was a great and different use of the prompt. It's amazing where the Centurions are going with these words!

I really enjoyed what you did here!

My name is PJ. said...

Great job!!

Kaelin said...

wonderful!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And all this in LESS THAN 100 words!!!

I really must check this out.

Tgoette said...

What a great direction you took this, Tina! I really liked the interesting novelist/sister take and how one interacts with the other. Intriguing drama!

Deb and Barbara said...

So excited to meet you, Tina. Love your story. And love the "prompts" idea. In another case of freaky zeitgeists, Deb is preparing a blog-post on the whole idea of story prompts (I think for Wed).

B

Malisa said...

Oh, I like the direction you took! Real life drama is the most interesting drama! Don't we get our best ideas from real life experiences?

I just posted two assignments in one post. I'm bad, but come visit me anyway!

Malisa

Kat said...

Love this! Great story, and the line "crisis du jour" - I've got one of those baby sisters myself and this description is dead on :) Kat

RockiBottom said...

Cool! I love how you played on her mood for revenge only to reveal she was writing a novel

Anna said...

Lordagen den 11 september 2010
Hej Tina!
Nu antligen kan jag lasa din SC-inlagg for 'It was a dark and stormy night' ("Det var en mork ovadersnatt.")
Den var ocksa bra och kusig!
Va' kul! Du lurar lasaren! Skickligt gjort.

Jag skulle vilja skriva ut en liten novell om den här stormiga natten, men jag har svårt att bestämma mig vem det ar som knackar paa dorren! Jag har dock flera forslag. Jag fundera paa att skriva ut flera alternativ som var och en kan valja själv.
Kramar
Anna
For the benefit of other readers:

Anna's SC #18 - 100 more words!

Anna said...

'Lameness' of the prompt? I am so happy that Mrs. Matlock decided to have this prompt! I simply love it! It is the essence of the 'Gothic Novel'!
This is what Wikipedia has to say about it:
"It was a dark and stormy night" is a phrase written by Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton at the beginning of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford.[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_was_a_dark_and_stormy_night

cj Schlottman said...

Great job of weaving two stories together and leaving us hanging. Good writing!

Thanks..........cj

~Lissa said...

Ah I always would prefer to immerse myself in my fictional drama than deal with any of the typically more boring real life drama. Great job with this SC!