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Friday, September 4, 2009

The Friday Challenge - 9/4/09

Well, well, Henry was holding out on us:
I won't be mad. Heck, if I'd have entered, I'd have setup a love interest between David Shenk and one of the girls, who would actually be his first cousin.

I'd have dumped Connie's psychic sword because nobody in the redneck South would know about swords. I'd have either replaced it with a psychic shotgun or given her a totally different power. If I'd gone with another power, it would have been super speed (brought about from her mamma drinking white lightning during the pregnancy) and given her the superhero code name Lickety Split.

Kristin would still have come from a rich family, only this time they'd be the only family in the trailer park with a double-wide. She'd still be super strong and dress like Daisy Dukes.

I'd probably have made Dragon a local dirt-racing legend who could turn into one big, mean ol' 'gator instead of a dragon. There'd even be a local legend about the gator-man who lived in the swamp and who kids and rednecks were always trying to hunt down and capture...
Too late for that now, though. As of the deadline, we have received the following entries in the 8/28/09 Friday Challenge: "Southern Knights: The Movie."

Arisia, "Southern Knights: The Movie"

Topher, "The Treatment"

Al, "Southern Knights Rocks!"

As always, even if you haven't submitted an entry this week—even if you never submit an entry in any week—you're invited to read, comment on, and vote for your favorite. Don't be shy about leaving feedback on the authors' sites, either. Writers thrive on knowing that someone out there is actually reading their words. The winner will be announced on Sunday.

And now for this week's challenge.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation
Yes, that's right, it's Labor Day weekend, and therefore time for that hoary, ancient, time-honored bane of returning school-children everywhere, "Write a 500-word essay about what you did during summer vacation." Except—

Well, they're always so boring, y'know? There's always a certain dreary sameness to the 99-percent of the essays. ("Monday, I went down to the strip mall, and spent all day hanging out in front of the arcade. Tuesday, I went down to the strip mall, and spent all day hanging out in front of the arcade. Wednesday, I got a job; keeping kids from hanging all day out in front of the arcade...")

So let's have some fun with this one. Tell us a tall tale; something wild, or ridiculous, or amazing. What do you wish you'd done? If it helps, imagine you're someone else: say, you're 12-year-old Brenda, just returned from the most boring summer EVER, but the last thing you want is for all the OTHER girls in 7th grade to know just how DULL your social life is and how WEIRD your parents are, so you're going to tell them—

Something. You have a week to figure it out.

As always, we're playing by the loosely enforced Official Rules of the Friday Challenge, and playing for whatever is behind Door #3. The deadline for this contest is midnight Central time, Thursday, 9/10/09.
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