Meta-Monday (A Writers Challenge Prompt!)

Prompts are push-ups for writers. It’s an exercise that tones the creative gut by cutting away the fat. Not all prompts are created equal. There are good prompts that challenge you, and then there are prompts that will leave you balled up in a corner, laying waste to a package of Oreo cookies. I dig the latter, obviously.

Karen Craven from Table for One gained the inspiration for this prompt whilst watching Nature on PBS. So a special thank you to PBS, and your pledge check is in the mail. Check out her post here. And then a certain trouble maker (Ahem . . that means you Dale) from A Dalectable Life took up the challenge and delivered the smoothest Canadian import since Crown Royal. Read her up right here.

Okay, the prompt. Use the 10 words listed below in a post. And to add some hilarity to the occasion, I opened my big trap and exclaimed . . I’ll do it! And then I followed that up with in 150 words! Because I am a tad bit unhinged.

Painted Lady


So, without further ado . . . Metamorphosis.

Here she was, Pamela Gilbride . . the virgin. And she was taking flight, loosing herself from the barbed wire existence of high school senior in the City of Angels. She was saying goodbye to the little girl who gave it up free of charge. Graduation from juvenile pursuits meant taking control of your own destiny and steering your rudder into uncharted territory.

‘John’ would be her first. She could feel his hover in all the places that counted- as if he had an antenna tuned in to her deepest desires, And his touch . . it was a thunder clap that stirred her innocent soul. And so what if all this was make believe? She was a painted lady now, and she was getting paid. Her previous existence as bubble gum posse ring leader had undergone a radical metamorphosis.

“Aaand . . cut! An Oscar’s in your future, Miss Gilbride . . .” Said the director.

196 thoughts on “Meta-Monday (A Writers Challenge Prompt!)

  1. Dear Marco,

    For once it is you who is “late” to the party instead of me! But oh man, so worth the wait. Bravo on doing a great job in 150 words… Guess you’re ready to partake in the Pegman Challenges or Friday Fictioneers (at just 100) 😉

    I love that you make us believe she is now selling her body for sex… though some think Hollywood is the same as.

    Again, loved it, B!

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  2. You two chat more than anyone I know! … Oh …. the story. You had me going on the sex thing too, and the twist of acting came out of nowhere. Well done, Marc! …. ok … back to your chat.

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  3. The sign read, “Virgin Airways Flight 62 London Heathrow. Although a juvenile delinquent in her youth, she found herself through art. Now, the Painted Lady on her way her first-ever exhibition outside the country. Two hours into the flight, the captain invited her to the cockpit. After hovering over the captain, she took control by grabbing his rudder, which made his head bobble as springy antennae. Weeks later, he discovered he had the clap.

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  4. All right well this was fun. Moving beyond ding dongs and ho nos, and yes every potential pun is intended. Here’s the deal. Pick a night and time. Each one of us – 4 now – assigns the other a prompt, which can include up to 10 words. Timer is set for ten minutes. Then post. We can go in after and add links, etc. Thoughts?

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  5. It’s been a gas. I had to come back and catch up… I had missed some of the comments… Good gawd.
    Anyhoo…. That sounds like a ridiculously fun challenge.
    Hopefully we’ll all be as kind as you were, Karen, by making sure the words have some semblance of togetherness. Mind you, we all still managed to pump out something totally different.

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