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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 5:42:32 PM

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The challenge is simple: Using the prompt as a guideline, describe in 100 words or less, the singer as if she was a character in your short story.

Prompt: With no fanfare, the singer steppes onto the small, dimly lighted stage and slips through the band members until she reaches the microphone stand. The moment she taps on the mike's grill, a bright spotlight illuminates her from head to toe. "Hi," she says, "waving to the suddenly hushed audience. "I'm Linda Ronstadt," and begins to sing.

That's the challenge: describe Linda Ronstadt at some point in her career facing an unknown audience in an undefined setting, and do this in 100 words or less not counting the prompt which need not be included.

Submit your response to Story Space Microfiction with the title, "Challenge: Name the singer -- along with your handle

Post any questions, reprimands or words of wisdom here.

Enjoy.

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Entangled_Fate
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 6:23:51 PM

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Just making sure I understood correctly.

(Example)
Title; Challenge: Linda Ronstadt Impossible Task

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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 7:17:14 PM

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Hi ya, Fate, and welcome back!

Sorry about muddying the waters. My thought was to have each challenge response have a similar title so they'd be easy to find but with a unique tag to make it, well, unique. The first thing to occur to me was the writer's SS name (handle). However, dang near anything else will do the job.

Since you're a caffine addict, be sure to stop by the 'Inspiration Coffee Shop' in 'The Break Room' forum.

note: I'll swear on a stack of Strunk & White's 'Elements of Style' that I posted a similar reply a few minutes ago. Just mentioning that in case you get two heading your way.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

AnnaMayZing
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 1:05:22 PM

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I have to ask, why Linda Ronstadt? Why not just a singer?
Or are you just using Linda Ronstadt as an example? dontknow

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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019 3:35:06 PM

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Anna, there are no hard and fast rules to that challenge, mainly because I couldn't find any guidelines for challenges. Ronstadt was picked because she had a long career and because she is one of those individuals who, while not classically beautiful or handsome are sexy and I wondered how other writers might describe that condition.

If you have more questions or ideas for improving the challenge, pass 'em along.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

henrietta_fielding
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 3:37:21 AM

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Hi Rumps!

Great idea and I'd love to join in, but I'm just not terribly familiar with Linda Ronstadt's career. There's always one... ;)
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 8:36:32 AM

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Curvy, there's no need to know anything about her. Just use Google Images to pull up a lot of photos and take it from there.

What I was most interested in was how folks would describe a fictional character who, like her, might not be a classic 'beauty' but is considered cute and sexy in an appealing non-threatening way.

Whether you give it a try or not, I'd really appreciate your input.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Survivor
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 1:50:36 PM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
Curvy, there's no need to know anything about her. Just use Google Images to pull up a lot of photos and take it from there.

What I was most interested in was how folks would describe a fictional character who, like her, might not be a classic 'beauty' but is considered cute and sexy in an appealing non-threatening way.

Whether you give it a try or not, I'd really appreciate your input.

glasses8


I do believe I will be the first entry into this little challenge. Just awaiting the approval of a mod back behind the curtain. rr
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 2:15:09 PM

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Survivor wrote:


I do believe I will be the first entry into this little challenge. Just awaiting the approval of a mod back behind the curtain. rr


Excellent! Go, Larry! hello1
Survivor
Posted: Friday, January 25, 2019 2:16:29 PM

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henrietta_fielding wrote:
Survivor wrote:


I do believe I will be the first entry into this little challenge. Just awaiting the approval of a mod back behind the curtain. rr


Excellent! Go, Larry! hello1


Thanks, dear Cynthia. rr

Now I'd like to see a few others play along with the challenge. flower
gypsy
Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2019 5:06:19 AM

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Mine is up, thank you muchly Uncle Rumple, for both the challenge, (it was a tricky one), and the quick verification.







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Dreamcatcher
Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2019 6:01:02 PM

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Mine too.

Welshdreamer42
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:54:05 PM

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I'm not familiar with Linda Ronstadt but I just read the stories submitted so far so I'm beginning to know her. Well done, everyone. This is a great set of 'micros' :)


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steffanie
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 12:25:55 PM

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Welshdreamer42 wrote:
I'm not familiar with Linda Ronstadt.


Same here - so I stretched the brief a bit.

I can't post a link but it's up and the video is on my profile.

Anxious

gypsy
Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:52:05 AM

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steffanie wrote:




I can't post a link but it's up and the video is on my profile.

Anxious



Here's the link to your story, Steffanie.

Challenge: Linda Ronstadt - Steffanie

It's strange your number of posts is listed as -2

d'oh!





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