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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 - There were ashes and charred timbers everywhere the eye could see. Devastation and the despair of the land dragged on her spirit and sapped her energy. The air tasted of acid and the metallic tang of iron. She could not tell if it had come from heated metal or blood, but the faint echoes of screams that weighted down the air made her long to be gone from the place, and from this time.
Snippet 2 - The old pickup truck rattled down the country lane, spewing stench and noxious gas in its wake. The urban camouflage of its appearance clashed with the bony protuberances attached to its hood.
Snippet 3 - Mixed in with the bills, junk mail, and personal items, the mail delivery person included cards that celebrated various historical events. The oddest thing ever included was the 'Ides of March' card. Being a frustrated teacher, the delivery person was determined to educate the residents
Snippet 4 - The noise of the crowd echoed through the hall. He was overwhelmed by the press of the people. The sour smells of the close bodies were worse than he had ever experienced. The noxious odor was made worse by the various perfumes.
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 - It snowed. It snowed a lot! The hushed silence clung to the trees as the birds pecked, looking for food.
Scenario 2 - The stairs down to the cellar creaked as it carried any weight. The scents of dust and old wood created a pungent mix. The dust motes danced in the sunbeams, and the shelves holding the corked bottles waited patiently for anyone who wanted a robust and tasty drink.
Scenario 3 - The small girl was struggling with a tall stack of books. Thunking loudly as she plopped them on the desk, she had to peer around the side to see the disapproving face of the librarian. That expression, coupled with the dusty smell of massed books, made the girl more determined to be heard.
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 - He walked with a limp that caused an uneven sound on the hard wooden floors. He was a proud man, so he handled any embarrassment that he felt carefully concealed. Reacted unpredictably to any challenge. He has distinctive eyebrows.
Character 2 - They say you should not spit into the wind or whistle in the house, but she had a tendency to fly in the face of cliches and authority. Her two eyes were startling to a first glimpse, with radical differences in color. Other than that, if she were wearing sunglasses, her appearance was so nondescript that no one could pick her out of a crowd.
Character 3 - The creature had chocolate eyes and a sweet face that immediately dragged disgusting babytalk from any adult in the vicinity. Looking totally harmless and pitiful, its soft coat concealed a much sturdier frame and sharper mind than anyone expected.