The joke that I posted on Monday, the Two-Humped Camel, was one I actually heard nearly forty years ago, from Ben Campbell, my freshman English teacher back in high school.
(I often hear people say, "I don't remember jokes." I totally don't get that. I think I remember every joke I ever heard. All it takes is a little nudge and one will pop into my head, as fresh (or rancid) as the day I heard it.)
Anyway, the nudge that brought back the Two-Humped Camel joke was thinking about plotting in fiction, which is supposed to be like a two-humped camel: things start off level for the protagonist, then she encounters an obstacle. She works through that, and things get a little better and then, wham, she hits another obstacle, before finally learning whatever it is she has to learn and resolving the issue for once and for all.
If you're interested in learning more about plotting, there are a couple of great books (recommended to me by other writers): Story, by Robert McKee and Screenplay, by Syd Field. Both books are actually about screenwriting, but plot for novels work in much the same way, especially today, when readers' expectations are largely formed by movies and TV.
This Week's Winner
is Steven G. He had an interesting take on the prompt, as he so often does. Nice work, Steven!
His five day run on Jeopardy! changed Elwood Merkles life forever. The answer, "EMP" triggered an emotionless response from China’s seven billion dollar prototype robot to announce, “What is Electromagnetic Pulse, Asshole,?”
Alex Trebek had grown to like Elwood, but was stunned by the response. Elwood’s eyes turned dead.
Elwood stood motionless as the studio crew shivered in fear.
“Who are you?’ begged Alex.
LWD MRKL. I am programmed to Listen, Withhold Determent, Manage Response, and KL.
Alex weakly asked Elwood, “What is KL?”
Elwood replied., “KL is KILL.”
Alex cried out, “KILL WHO??
Elwood said, “You.”
Next Week's Prompt
As you may know, Steven G was the only entrant this week, and one of two last week. Not sure what's going on -- vacations? bad prompts? or is everyone burned out? Depending on what happens this week, I may take a prompting sabbatical till after Labor Day.
Anyway, here's this week's prompt:
Much can be discerned about a woman named Elizabeth from the nickname she goes by.