Campaign Challenge #1

The first Platform Building Campaign Challenge is to write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open”.

The Escape

The door swung open, bounced off the rubber door stopper, and swung back, hitting the little girl in the face. “Oww!” she cried, rubbing the center of her forehead where the doorknob struck.

The boy stretched out on the bottom bunk gave no reaction and kept reading his book.



“You promised to play a game with me.”

“I’m busy.”

Stepping into the room, Lily asked, “What are you doing?”

Raising one dark eyebrow, Luke replied without looking up. “Duh! I’m reading.”

“Watcha’ reading?”

“A book.”

“Duh! What book?”

“You wouldn’t know it.”

“Maybe I would.” Lily sat lightly at the foot of Luke’s bed.

“It’s for big kids.”

“You’re not so big.”

Luke sighed. “I meant older kids.”

Footsteps stomped overhead. Looking up, Lily swallowed. “Hank’s home.”

“Yeah,” Luke said, finally glancing up from his book.

The children listened to the muffled sounds of slamming cabinets and swearing through the ceiling.

Luke moved over on his bed. “Come here, Lily.”

Lily crawled eagerly up the bed to lie beside her brother, who opened his book and read aloud, drowning out the noise from above.

Comforted by each other’s warmth, the children escaped into the world of Harry Potter.

A Writer’s Life

Hello fellow Ninjas and Campaigners!

I’m always curious about how others write, especially my favorite authors. What’s their day like? What’s their process? What are their essential tools?

In her book, How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Writer, Janet Evanovich gives readers a peek into her writing life, like what’s on her desk –

a Winnie the Pooh clock, a statue of an angry Donald Duck, a Little Lulu bank, a couple diecast cars (I make them go vroom vroom vroom when I’m bored), pens, and Magic Markers, a yellow pad (for catching stray ideas), a phone with cordless headset, and an iPod filled with happy energetic music (How I Write, p. 196).

Knowing what Ms. Evanovich keeps on her desk isn’t going to make me a better writer, but it’s still interesting! Now I want to know about your writing process!

I got the following idea from my friend Dawn @ The Write Soil. She had a post a while ago that I’ve taken and switched up a little. Here’s how it works:

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Creative Commons Search.

2. Pick one image to represent your answer.

3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker to create a mosaic of the picture answers. (3 columns, 4 rows)

4. Save.

5. Post the mosaic (with the photo credits provided by the Mosaic Maker) to your blog to share with readers and fellow campaigners or ninjas!

6. Leave a comment here so I can check it out!

The questions:

  1. Where do you write?
  2. What time of day do you write?
  3. What do you snack on when writing?
  4. What do you drink when writing?
  5. What do you do to overcome writer’s block?
  6. What office supply is your best/favorite/most useful tool?
  7. What book do you read for inspiration and/or procrastination?
  8. What music/song do you listen to for inspiration?
  9. What television show/movie do you watch for inspiration and/or procrastination?
  10. What writer inspires you?
  11. What genre do you write?
  12. What celebrity would you say your main character resembles?

If you don’t want to make a mosaic, you can just answer the questions or share images in whatever way you wish!
My Mosaic –

My answers with photo credit:

1. family room, 2. Morning, 3. Twizzlers, 4. Water, 5. Run, 6. index cards, 7. Bible, 8. Billy Joel, 9. Twister, 10. Janet Evanovich, 11. Mystery 12. Ariel Winter (with shorter, lighter hair)

ETA: My answer to number 12 could be misleading so I thought I might explain it better. My genre is mystery. When I typed the word into the photo search the results were a faux Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo and a crocheted dragon magnet apparently named Mystery. I chose Mystery the magnet dragon because I thought he was cute.