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Posted in Fiction

I’m borrowing old sentence starters from Colony of Gamers to try to get my creative juices flowing.
This sentence starter can be found here in its original form, and the word count goal is 150.

He overturned tables, smashed furniture, bringing to a boil the full extent of his fury.

Dennis threw down his mouse in disgust.  Creating a home for his avatar wasn’t going very well.

Why wouldn’t the walls line up properly?  All he wanted to do was build a snug virtual cabin to retreat to when he was tired of gaming for awhile.  There was no way he could relax when he could see simulated sunlight streaming in every place walls met floor or ceiling.

Perhaps he should just go with one of the templates.  None were as unique as he wanted, but at least snippets of the outdoors wouldn’t be streaming into his avatar’s home.  He considered the possibility of a chrome cube as his relaxation retreat.  Interior touches would make it his own; perhaps he could even add a unique texture to the exterior.

No, that wouldn’t do.  Sighing, Dennis settled down, his avatar now sitting amongst the furniture debris, for another hour of trying to line up his southwest wall with the floor.  Maybe he should have built the exterior before adding furniture to his floor plan.

(Word count: 188)

I’m still finding it rough to write much, especially fiction, so bear with me.


Posted in Informative

I’m working on a blog for a few reasons.  First, my Lenten commitment this year is to use my gifts more often.  Specifically, I am trying to write daily.  Fiction, non-fiction, a letter, whatever.  I figure this will be good for me because I will be preventing skills from atrophying as I work an entry-level desk job, and because I have started reading a lot again.  I think writing helps me both better appreciate and better understand the books I read.  I’m also hoping I can use this blog to keep in touch with a dear friend who is moving away.  In the past we traded a journal back and forth, and I would like to revive my end in an online format.

Hopefully I’ll come up with a more fitting name for this blog than the current name, “Demon Grocer.”  It is a title that popped into my head on my commute home while I tried to think of topics for a ficly story.  I’m still struggling at developing story ideas, but the name originally stemmed from me contemplating some people’s distaste for Walmart.  From there, I tried to imagine a way to portray vegetables bathed in the red, quavering light of the checkout scanner in a demonic way, but I have had no success expanding beyond the basic picture in my head.

I don’t actually have a ficly account at this juncture, but several of my friends do, and I’m hoping to utilize it for both my Lenten goal, and my own enjoyment.

Undoubtedly posts will be rambling and/or brief, with little focus, at least until I get a feel for my own voice, and for what I want to express.