10.21.2011

Shot of Randomosity & Third Campaigner Challenge

Happy Friday, peeps! I've actually got a double dose of fun for you today.

#1: A Shot of Randomosity
This week, I rediscovered some books while filling my new bookcases, including an Alexander Hamilton biography a friend had bought me (not the glorious Ron Chernow one). I pulled this Hamilton biography from the box for History shelf placement when I noticed something tucked inside.

I texted Alz:

ME: I just unearthed a Hamilton book & it's got like loads of $ in it!!! Thank you, darling!
Monday, 6:35PM

ALZ: wtf? you hide money in books??? :P
Monday, 6:36PM

ME: Uh, I didn't think so and yet here we are.
Monday, 6:35 PM

So, yes. I found MONEY inside my Hamilton biography. $60 to be exact. Yep, that's my man - First Secretary of the US Treasury and Founder of the Bank of the United States.

#2: Third Campaigner Challenge: Show Not Tell
To recap, Alz and I missed Rachel Harrie's Campaign this year, but I found this challenge through Lori's Challenge Entry and was inspired to do it myself. Alz posted her attempt on Wednesday. Mine is after the prompt.

Write a blog post in 300 words or less, excluding the title. The post can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should show:


  • that it's morning
  • that a man or a woman (or both) is at the beach
  • that the MC (main character) is bored
  • that something stinks behind where he/she is sitting
  • that something surprising happens
Just for fun, see if you can involve all five senses AND include these random words: "synbatec," "wastopaneer," and "tacise." (NB. these words are completely made up and are not intended to have any meaning other than the one you give them).

Not sure if I got the boredom bit and didn't use the words. Mine's exactly 300 words.

Rude Awakening

The wind woke Casey first, then the rough tickle of sand against her cheek. Slowly, she became aware of the salt on her chapped lips. The muffled static in her ears resolved into the sound of rushing water. She pushed herself upright, blinking. To the east, the sky blushed pink-gold.

Casey had no idea where she was, and she might have been alarmed if she weren’t so baffled. Her body was sore, her memories hazy, but she’d bet her college savings a meddling angel was involved. A headache threatened when she tried to remember. So she stared at the sea, too drained for anger.

She hoped someone would fetch her soon. This was getting old fast, and something sat uneasy in the pit of her stomach. Her insides shuddered at the thought and then lurched when she caught a whiff of smoke. It was harsh and metallic. Electric.

Stifling a gag, she turned and found an angel looming over her. The dawn light enveloped him as if drawn by celestial magnetism, leaving the day sapped and dull. It cut the planes of his face to diamond sharpness and gilded his pale hair. His wings smoldered, shedding scorched feathers and oozing ozone. Blood trickled down his arm and sizzled as it hit the sand.

It was Uriel, and Casey had never seen his eyes so luminous blue like stars. She had never seen him injured or his bright beauty shadowed by -- what was it?

“Where is the Commander?” he demanded.

“Michael? Isn’t he with you?”

“No. I thought he accompanied you when he sent you here. To safety.”

When she didn’t answer, Uriel muttered something and glanced down the shoreline. It sounded like a curse. Casey realized then what was different about the angel. In his expression, there was fear.

Hope you enjoyed that! For the record, I have no idea what's going on (much to Alz's annoyance). So here's my Q4U: what's the weirdest place you've found money?

SUPER SPECIAL P.S. I found out last night that LYDIA KANG of Medical Mondays fame, who recently landed an agent, now also has A BOOK DEAL!!! SQUEE! GO CONGRATULATE HER POST HASTE!!!

14 comments:

Ciara said...

Great job with the challenge. I'm part of the campaign challenge and didn't even know a new one was up. LOL

Lydia Kang said...

Weirdest place? Floating in the ocean.

I love your writing, always have, always will.

I think maybe Mr Hamilton is crushing on you from the grave. Really. He's giving you money now!

Thanks for the congrats! :D

Lori M. Lee said...

Wow, that was fantastic! Loved all the descriptions of the angel. So vivid and different. I AM ALSO FRUSTRATED THAT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. I insist you continue :D

Tony Storm said...

seriously, its a good read but it leaves you expecting a little more context, i want to know whats happening now

Emy Shin said...

I love that little drabble -- and would totally have read on! *nudges nudges hints hints* :)

shelly said...

Love your angel piece!

Sophia Chang said...

haha Uriel! Your Divergent crush.

I jive with your style; I really get a feel for you and Alz's novel now and I think the two voices are going to be GREAT.

Trisha said...

Probably the weirdest place I've found money so far is in my washing machine. Australian money is plastic so it didn't get destroyed ;) It was only $15 but still, I would have been annoyed to lose it! :P

The Golden Eagle said...

I love the last line of your piece--I want to know more about the story behind the characters!

I once found a $10,000 bill in a book I found at a garage sale . . . sadly, it was fake. :P

Christina Lee said...

$60?!?! That must have been the best surprise (mine is always in pockets).

You writing is so very lovely!!

Abby Fowers said...

Wow! You've got talent. This is fabulous. So glad I found your blog. Great job on this challenge :)

julie fedderson said...

Love this entry!! I'm a sucker for an angel story and you really made me see it. Great job!

Angela Felsted said...

Lydia is one of the nicest, sweetest people I know. She's also a hard worker. If anyone deserves success, she does.

ali cross said...

That was a great flash fic! And congrats on the moola ~ who DOESN'T like a little extra cash, eh?

Um, I haven't ever found money in an unexpected place. Not that I can remember anyway!