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Silliness aside… Here’s the short version:
I’d said I was looking for folks to do some collaborative writing, expecting exactly zero bites. I have received several now, much to my surprise, but Krista and Towint were the first and both foolishly left it up to me to propose something. Harshi had a specific request. The fall-out is that I thought a three-way collaboration could be interesting, specifically a triptych of three short pieces each to give nine total fragments of a triptych whole. And that the prompts for each of the three pieces we each were to write would come from a random three tarot cards. If it seems like a lot of threes, then you are starting to see my madness for what it is. I also suggested just to put additional limits on it, that we each limit ourselves to 100 words TOTAL for all three contributions we each make (Why not a multiple of three? Because that seemed to be too much, even for a madman such as myself).
In bullet list format (because I like bullet lists for these things):
- Each of us writes 3 poems or very short prose or very short fiction for each card.
- The word limit for all three is 100 words, in any combination (33/33/34 or 15/45/40 or 55/5/40 or…)
- We all use the tarot prompts given however we see fit (not necessarily limited to recognized meanings; e.g., the picture gives an idea that has nothing at ALL to do with tarot or the meaning of the card.). Heck, if you want to create something entirely different (drawing, collage, musical composition, photos, etc.), I consider that as a cool contribution as well.
- Everyone has a full week to send their offerings for the Muses to me.
The prompts are [drumroll]:
SixNine of Wands
- Three of Cups, reversed
- Seven of Swords
Early next week, I assemble them in some meaningful way (if possible; in general, if not) and repost all as a single collaborative piece (I’ll follow up with Towint and Krista on private channels to give them the place to send them to me). If you want to add your own exploration of the idea, feel free to do so and send it to me on the contact form on my “About” page so I and make sure everyone visiting sees your contribution to the insanity. Although I’ll probably only rework our three contributions to fit together, I will make the post long as necessary to include everyone who contributes, and to make sure you get some kind of link to where you normally write.