The first round of the “Tweet me a Story” writing contest from NYCmidnight was last night. Entrants were assigned a word at 7 p.m. and had 5 hours to come up with up to 3 stories, under 140 characters each, including that word in proper usage.
My group got the word “HEAVEN.” Here’s what I submitted (titles added for fun afterward, not included in submission):
SUBMISSION #1: “Watching the Fur Fly””
“I don’t think ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven’ was a suggestion, Bill.”
“Just keep feeding me cartridges,” Bill said. “This is gonna take a while.”
SUBMISSION #2: “Sacrificial Yammering”
“What do you mean I can’t come in,” he said. “I gave up everything to get to heaven.”
“Exactly,” said St. Peter. “You’re too boring now.”
SUBMISSION #3: “Afterlife Is a Bitch, and Then You’re Dead”
Listen: Sometimes Heaven and Hell swap, as a lesson to the saved and damned souls alike.
Where will you go if you die tonight? Depends…
Granted, they’re more like scenes than actual beginning-middle-resolution stories, but those are a pain to cram into a tiny box.
On June 1st, 15 winning stories from each group get posted for online voting, and the winners progress to round two. I expect slavish, devoted voting for me from all of you.