Virtual Book Tour and A Real Challenge

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Richard Alan’s  MEANT TO BE SERIES VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on March 5 and end on March 23 2012. Please contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing his book. Thank you!

I am so excited to be part of a Virtual Book Tour.  Each day I participate in a different interview, blog, or guest blog.  There will also be giveaways.  I will try to keep you updated by twitter of the various stops I’m making during the tour.  Click on the image below for the schedule of events.

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While on tour the second challenge came out from Rachel Harrie’s Fourth Writer Platform-Building Campaign.

Prompt 1: 

Two people are sitting together under the remains of a concrete bridge. Their backs are against a rusted bridge support. One person’s leg is cut. The other person has wet hair.

Prompt 2: 

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Prompt 3

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Prompt 4

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Prompt 5

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Second Campaigner Challenge

Do one or more of the following:

  1. Write a pitch/logline for a book based on the prompts (less than 100 words)
  2. Write a short story/flash fiction piece of less than 200 words based on the prompts
  3. Write a poem with a twist using the prompts as inspiration (in less than 200 words)
  4. Write a story/poem in five sentences, each sentence based on one of the prompts
  5. Write a poem/flash fiction piece (in less than 200 words) about the water pear *without* using the words “pear”, “spoon”, or “droplet”.


Here is my entry:

Two people are sitting together under the remains of a concrete bridge. Their backs are against a rusted bridge support. One person’s leg is cut. The other person has wet hair.  Three children are in the midst of a large garbage dump.

“It’s not a bad cut,” he told his sister.  “Besides, the rain has almost stopped.  I see another garbage truck coming.  We better get out there and see if there’s something for us to eat.  I’m so hungry, my belly aches.”

On the other side of the world, my son runs along the pier chasing his ball.   He has thoughts of the cotton candy he ate at the fair yesterday.   He doesn’t worry about hunger and if anything, he could stand to lose a few pounds.

How will he react when he is kidnapped?  How will he manage to exist when he is left on a garbage dump on the other side of the world, to fend for himself?  After a life of not knowing hunger, will he have the physical and social skills to join with the other children in a desperate attempt to survive?

I welcome your critique of this piece.  Flash fiction is very new to me.  Now I can go and read other people’s entries.  There were so many wonderful flash fictions stories from the first challenge.  It was fascinating how many different themes came out of the same input.  I expect to see that here also and I’m really looking forward to it.

Until next time – Happy Reading!

Richard Alan

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21 thoughts on “Virtual Book Tour and A Real Challenge

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  2. Yes, I also thought that your flash was intriguing, but could do with a bit more polishing of the point of view and the tense, to keep us in one perspective and one moment. Thanks for participating!

    I’m still hoping that I can get your answers to my spotlight interview questions – did you receive my email with the questions?

  3. I like it. I found the switch a bit jarring going from third person omniscient to a narrator doing first person watching his son but I think the elements are there to pull it together as someone planning their son’s kidnapping is already quite intriguing to me.

    Take care,
    Jenn (2nd challenge entry #84)

  4. clarbojahn says:

    I like what you did. I think the corrections you made on the piece have helped it along. Think I’ll do that on mine, too. I had thought to do a separate one with the corrections side by side somehow but now I’m tempted just to post the better version. Wish there were more time to work on it.

    good job, Richard. I liked it.

    • Rach has another link at the bottom of the second challenge that allows us to post a revised version. It won’t be used for judging, but it can be reviewed and liked. I’m going to wait to see if I get a few more comments before I repost. The critiques have been so helpful. I really appreciate when people let me know how to improve.

      • clarbojahn says:

        yes, much better than just vague “I like” or “such and such I didn’t understand. ” I may upload it today since traffic has all but stopped.
        Thanks for the encouragement.

  5. C.M. Brown says:

    I found the story flowed a lot better with the few corrections you made through these comments! Kidnapping strikes a hollow note in most people and quickly engages your potential readers attention! Well done!

  6. I liked it. I agree the POV needs work. And it would have been nice to know a little more about the kidnapping – how he would know about it. (I thought maybe he was in on it.) Of course, with a 200 word count, it’s difficult to work it all in. Good job.
    Melissa Maygrove #14

  7. RaeAnn says:

    Love the tension, the emotion, and deep thoughts you provoked! Great job!
    Pssst…I’m #77

  8. Great emotion here. The pov switch from the first to second paragraph startled me, and the kidnapping thought seems really random. Granted, I’m not a parent, so there wasn’t an emotional punch there.

  9. Morgan Shamy says:

    You captured every parent’s worst nightmare! Gaaaaah… And such diversity… Which is so true in today’s world. Loved the theme. “liked” 😉

    (and because you asked, my only crit is it jumps out of the father’s head when he describes what his son is thinking–but it’s so hard in a short piece & who knows what the father’s abilities are) 😉

    You are fabulous, Richard. Way to evoke emotion & I loved the your take on this!

    • Thanks Morgan for your critique and comments. I should have said, “On the other side of the world, my son runs along the pier chasing his ball. He probably has thoughts of the cotton candy he ate at the fair yesterday. He doesn’t need to worry about hunger and if anything, he could stand to lose a few pounds.” (I added “probably” to the 2nd sentence and “need to” to the 3rd sentence.) Thanks for the “like”.

      Richard

  10. Sara Flower says:

    Wow! Such a contrast between the two worlds. Intense.

  11. Liza says:

    Ohhh, the thought of kidnapping a healthy child and bringing him to the place you described gives me chills. Really. (#30)

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