Monthly Archives: October 2015

Friday Story Prompt: Strange Medicine

Pills

Welcome, oh toiler in the word-mines.

Is there one thing about you – or someone else – you’ve always wanted to change?  Maybe more than one.  Maybe something physical, maybe not.

Imagine there was a pill that would change that thing.

Is it legal?

Is it expensive?

Does it have unexpected side-effects?

And what happens if you take too much?

Have at it, and have a good weekend.

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Meal for One?

feast

Today’s prompt is this picture: Still Life with Cheese by Floris Claesz. van Dijck, (via the Rijkmuseum’s splendid available-to-download collection, here).

The table is laden with fruit, bread, cheese, olives, nuts and wine – or, perhaps, water.

Yet the absent diner dines alone, with their back to the harsh light, staring into a pitch-dark room. Of all the food before them, they have eaten half a carefully-peeled apple, half a walnut, a bite of bread.

Who are they? Why have they eaten so little of the feast? What lies in that darkness?

Have a good weekend.

 

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Doctor, I’ve got these tentacles…

medicineA hospital. A patient. A disease.

The base material of thousands of stories, from tv dramas to romances to thrillers to sf to horror.

So this week – let’s mix and match.

How about a thriller where the disease everyone’s racing-against-time to cure is not what it seems – maybe it’s not a disease, but a haunting?  How about a clean-cut romance set in an abandoned psychiatric hospital?  What about a TV drama like House or Casualty – but with a patient who happens to be a government agent, or a disease that’s something to do with aliens, or a doctor who gets a little hairy and short tempered come full moon?

Explore some possibilities, maybe confront some fears, and above all, have fun.

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