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Anikka
Anikka
Babelfish

Sep-18-2007 18:11

The premise: Using a given opening line and closing line, you must write a Noir mystery story to fill the space between opening and closing (fill the tummy, so to speak).

The rules:

* Entry must be ten sentences (not including opening and closing lines). There is no word limit, but run-on sentences are considered structurally incorrect and one word sentences are considered a cop-out. :-)

* Not counting their use in the opening and closing lines provided, words may only be used once. There are a few exceptions to this rule.

* Exceptions to the previous rule can be used no more than three times within the course of your ten sentences. The exceptions are the following words: "A", "I", "the", "that", "they"

* Spelling and grammar DO count.

* Opening and closing lines are interchangeable. You can use line #1 as your first or your last line, and the same for line #2. However, you may not use the same line for both beginning and end.

* All entries must be posted no later than 11:59 PM server time on September 28, 2007.


Yes, I have, indeed, worked out a story of my own to make sure it can be done while following the above rules. I'll post it after contest closing, if anyone wants to see it.

Finally, remember - the Thesaurus is your friend.


OPENING AND CLOSING LINES:

1. Benny the Snitch was a hard man to find when he didn't want to be found.

2. Gertie gave the man with the badge an icy smile and said, "You got nothing on me, copper."

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Sophie4
Sophie4
Gopher to the Sleuth Gods

Sep-23-2007 13:26

Thank you. And I just want to say that I believe it was an over sight and you really meant to include that exception and please don't worry about it any more and know that we all still love you and I have one question and this is it is this what you call a run on sentence?

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Sep-23-2007 14:16

Um, dunno bout her, but yeah, I'd call it one. Big time. ;-)

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Sep-23-2007 16:42

ohhhhhhhhhhhh I have read this like 20 times, AND I just got it! You can use AND as many times as you like. *sighs* In order for my story to work, can you also exclude the words 'cucumber' and 'stampede'?

Anikka
Anikka
Babelfish

Sep-24-2007 15:22

No, actually, you can't use 'and' as many times as you like. You can use it a total of three times.

However, I will waive all rules for you, Squirrelboy, just to see what kind of story utilises the words 'cucumber' and 'stampede'. This ought to be a good one.

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Sep-24-2007 16:47

lol... well I was never great on the rules I admit :D Oh and I am having trouble finding "Benny" and "Gertie" in the thesaurus !! :s

detectivehappy
detectivehappy
Old Shoe

Sep-24-2007 21:06

I was told we can use Benny and Gertie once in our paragraph.

Anikka
Anikka
Babelfish

Sep-25-2007 14:34

Yes, you can, Happy. And any other way (within the rules) you can think of referring to them - within reason, of course.

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Sep-27-2007 19:52

lol Holy Exploding Prepositions Batman... dang this is hard.

detectivehappy
detectivehappy
Old Shoe

Sep-27-2007 20:29

After hours and hours of struggling, I think I got it:


Gertie gave the man with the badge an icy smile and said, "You got nothing on me, copper."

"I may have a motive since those birthdays were missed, but see Chuck.

He'll tell you I was drinking yummy apple martinis."

Driving upto Body Shots, Johnny questioned Mr. Bartender regarding Gertie's alibi.

"She's here, even after that blond boyfriend of hers left."

This policeman went over the crime scene again.

Looking around an apartment, he found one interesting item.

John saw a yellow strand lying flat against the floor.

Carrying it to the local barber, our hero asked George about his curly possession.

"That's Gertrude's man, Benny's hair."

Evidence in hand, I searched for my murderer.

Benny the Snitch was a hard man to find when he didn't want to be found.

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

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