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This is Inanna’s Game. A set of story ingredients, the challenge to create a story. Creative, invigorating, and fun! The stories you create remain yours.
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Each story remains the copyrighted material of the author posting the story.
Each story must contain at least one of the snippets of prose in the section. It is not necessary to use the component verbatim. Instead, the overall impact of it and its shape and presentation should be utilized.
Snippet 1 - She inherits a clunker, outmoded, in need of repairs, noisy. She finds the old manual and taught herself how to repair. It is so old they do not make them anymore. Nor as good. Manual is written in a different language, she does not speak or read it. Manages to repair and rebuild with help, but it ends up with additional features.
Snippet 2 - A practical joke goes radically awry, an animal snuffles around them, whiskers brushing against the skin and raising goosebumps. Fear ratchets up as a predator arrives suddenly, and the only help comes from the least likely source.
Snippet 3 - Ghost light danced against the windows of the warehouse. Strains of dimly-heard music wended its way through the floorboards. The murmur of many voices sounded, but were strangely muffled and indistinct. The hair raised on the back of the observer's neck as the dark and abandoned carousel began to move.
The places or scenes defined in this section also need to be incorporated into the story. Once again, a minimum of one must be woven into your tale. It is not required to use the component verbatim, but nothing that contravenes what is listed here should be put into your work.
Scenario 1 – Deep, dark forest with towering trees. Sunlight shows as a glow among the top branches. Branches were outlined in a intense illumination that made them seem like they were haloed. Only in the rare open meadows did the light reach the ground. The breeze that threaded its way through the forest was redolent with pine, but the other smells of decay and animal musk clung to the inside of the nose. Mushrooms dotted the path, like freckles.
Scenario 2 – The water raced through the maze of rocks and downed trees, rushing to fill the deep pool at the end of the waterfall. Mist rose from the chilled water, forming a concealing cloak for the invading force. The sound of the water covered the clink of armor and the motion of bodies that would have warned the defenders. Suddenly, a ball of light appeared over the most shallow portion of the stream and all hell broke loose.
Scenario 3 – Person walking through a large open well-tended park. The scents of marigolds and lilacs wafted through the grass and trees. The sound of a rigorous game of tennis came from the distant court ahead.
The characters described in the section are the third requirement for the story. You may pick one or more of them, but each character included in your tale from this list must act believably, given their background, stated appearance, or limitations.
Character 1 – Man owns a salvage yard. Shy, retiring, but successful. Has some physical scar or some other obvious sign of injury. Likes calm environments, dislikes social gatherings, believes everyone reacts with fear and loathing to him. Buried passion and strength, waiting for the right spark. Believes that people have to take stand. Well known for his online opinions, but does not share in person. Better educated than he first appears.
Character 2 – A young character moves into a new house with family, lonely for friends, sets out to explore, and gets lost in the woods nearby. youth meets a mythical creature and they become fast friends.
Character 3 – The elderly man was interviewed on the morning news show. When asked what he missed most, he said having someone to talk to. The following week, the letters began.