Jekyll Island Beach 2012

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Rogue's Offering - Saturday Centus

The Rogue Speaks:

I was truly flattered when Jenny asked me to write the prompt for this week's Saturday Centus. I am anxious to read what everyone comes up with. Please try to read as many of the offerings as you can, because we have many gifted writers in our blogging world.

I came up with the prompt before I started writing the next chapter of "The Surface," and then I had to figure out how to work it into the story so it would whet your interest to keep reading about Selah and Scott. I will post another chapter of their saga tomorrow, but in the meantime I hope you will enjoy the little snippet I came up with for today. The prompt is in bold type:


The walls of the archives were filled with large drawers, each numbered, but sealed. Scott took Selah’s hand and placed her palm in the middle of a door. The door opened, and inside lay a chest which he carefully removed.

Selah opened it to find a series of data files, each one older than the next. At the bottom, she saw a stack of letters in pristine condition, as if they could have been written just yesterday. Reverently, she lifted the stack of letters from the ancient chest and placed them gently on a table in the middle of the room. Then she sat down and began to read.

28 comments:

Cherie said...

I loved this weeks prompt and tried to take it in a little bit different direction.
I have not been to your blog before - You are SO interesting!

Sue said...

Your Centus certainly piques my interest in Scott and Selah's story.

And your prompt was like a breath of fresh air, creatively speaking.

I loved it!

=D

Jackie said...

Oh boy this is going to be hard to beat . Seems like the perfect story .

Koby said...

Many of the prompt takes have left us hanging and wanting more, more, more...great job!! PS..What happens next?

elysabeth said...

Interesting - first time I've visited the blog, so I don't know much about the story you are working on but be careful about posting too much on this blog as if you are ever looking to having it published traditionally the agents and others in the publishing world will consider it already published - and they won't take it since they won't have first rights -

I like the scene of the ancient tombs or archives - puts everything else into how connected one thing to another is - keep on going - E :)

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Karen S. said...

Oh how great is this prompt, thank you! Also I just love your header photo of your blog..I used to spend time believe it or not in the summer (hot but dry) at my grandfather's ranch in Florence, Az I so loved going there! Beautiful country! I too will put something together...yours is pulling at me for more...very intense and I can't wait to see what she reads! Great story line, treasures, chests, ancient, letters all the markings of a great story!

Tina said...

First of all, thanks for a normal prompt! Jenny's been driving me crazy with hers...
I'm definitely intrigued by this story. Please give us more!

Ames said...

This implies a sense of history saved. We need to pass on to future generations don't me. Or all is lost. Very good Judie! I like the prompt too. Refreshing.~Ames

Ames said...

Whoops! That is "don't we?" and not "Don't me". :0 ~Ames

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for a more normal prompt this week, Judie.

Your piece is so rich in description that I feel like I'm there. I want her to hand over the letters, but she's not letting go. Drats.
xoRobyn

Judie said...

You guys! Stop it with the "normal prompt" stuff!! Jenny has really made us stretch our creativity with "scary" prompts! Were it not for her, you wouldn't be reading any sci fi from me at all! I was scared, but fortified with a glass of wine, I took the plunge. You can also thank the wine--I know I do!

JJ said...

"Reverently, she lifted the stack of letters from the ancient chest and placed them gently on a table in the middle of the room. Then she sat down and began to read."

Little did she know it was the ancient chest itself that housed the key to the Cercon Magnate - the sole remedy Scott would ultimately need to survive.

BEAR's Mom said...

I had a dream last night about Scott and Selah...how bad is that???
waiting the baited {wine} breath for the next chapter :)
~victoria~

Viki said...

You did a wonderful job providing the prompt this week. I loved your take on the prompt. Interesting that the letters were in the old chest but in pristine condition, hmmm.

Poetic Justice said...

I really enjoyed working with the prompt you wrote!

I like your entry too, very mysterious indeed. More to come?!

Dazee Dreamer said...

I loved the prompt. Thank you so much. I also love your story.

Sarah said...

Great to have a normal prompt again! (just kidding) Great job on the prompt and the story.

5thsister said...

You penned an excellent centus to go with such a clever prompt. Love it!

nimaruichi said...

Enjoyed where this prompt has taken us, thanks.
Old data files and seemingly new letters - love the element of time warp here.

Jo said...

oh geez I am loving this! I finally got to my saturday centus ... you gave us all an excellent prompt to work with ... now i am off to see what everyone else did!

myorii said...

I am totally loving the story :) You definitely have a way of ending each part of the story such that I'm always coming back for more. I can't wait to read the rest of this story!

Joann Mannix said...

You are a fabulous storyteller, woman! And you know exactly where to stop to leave us wanting more!

Sorry I haven't been around more, my friend. Trying so very hard to get it done.

cj Schlottman said...

First, thanks for writing our prompt this week! I loved the way you combined today with yesterday in your piece.

Well done..........cj

Tgoette said...

I am so impressed with your story, Judie! Of course it helps to have a really cool prompt! Excellent job on both parts! You go to the head of the class this week!

Anna said...

Oh Judie! I just love this prompt! And it seems to have inspired many to write really good centus-texts.

I admire you for continuing your sc-fi text using the prompts. That is not easy, even if the prompt in this case is your own! I just noticed the warning that Elysabeth wrote about not writing too much on your blog so that the text is already considered 'published'. I've never thought about that, but it maybe something to consider if you have ambitions to publish in book form. (And who doesn't, in our crowd here?) Personlly, I am just writing sketches that could be something longer in the future and perhaps even in a different language!

Thank you for reading my SC-text. To answer your question whether the granddaughter in my text is interested in history, the answer is yes. This is a fictional text based on my own life, so she is interested in her grandmother's story for several reasons. But I could have written this story with the granddaughter saying something very unkind. But i chose to make this a happy story.

Thank you so much for giving us this wonderful prompt. You are very gifted as writer and artist!
Best wishes,
Anna
For the benefit of other readers:
'Infrequent visitor' SC week 39

gaelikaa said...

Thanks for the prompt. I enjoyed writing on it and reading yours too.

Jenny said...

Judie! Fabulous prompt. Fabulous story. Fabulous imagery.

You are well... ummm... FAAAAAAntastic!

Tina said...

ooooh i wonder what the letters say. how exciting. its making my mind wonder now!