A pre-nanowrimo warmup for you . . .
At the last minute on a Friday afternoon, you and a few friends decide to go camping in the nearby lake district. You throw together a few sleeping bags, one tent, some food, and a few extra clothes. Sure, you’re not the most experienced campers, but you’re going to have fun anyway.
The drive is longer than you think, thanks to some bad navigation and car trouble, so it’s almost midnight when you arrive at the campsite. You eat a cold meal, erect a somewhat shambolic tent, and then all crawl in together for a good night’s sleep. Not a brilliant start to your mini-vacation, but tomorrow is going to be awesome.
The problem is, you’ve managed to pitch your tent right over a rather large rock, which you somehow didn’t notice in the darkness. And now it’s in the middle of your back. The tent’s a bit too crowded to avoid this rock. So finally you climb out, ignoring the protests of your friends, and reach beneath the tent to retrieve it.
And here’s the weird thing: trapped beneath the rock was a piece of paper.
You take this paper back into the tent, where you all crowd around it with a flashlight. It’s a hand-scrawled note that says . . .
a) “I’ll be back just after midnight.”
b) “Here lies Rusty, who asked too many questions.”
c) “This place is plagued with midges.”
d) Put your own story-starting note in the comments thread below!
Don’t forget the meet-up over at the Westerforum. I’ll be there to answer all your questions (within human limits).
Here are the details:
October 20, 2012
7PM Eastern US/4PM US West Coast
Sunday morning at 10AM in Sydney