Stonehenge Story Starts: Failed Endeavor (Prompt)

Welcome to Stonehenge Story Starts, a weekly writing prompt and story sharing opportunity.  Each week, we post a writing prompt: an opening line, a concept, a plot hook, maybe an image.  The following Saturday, we’ll post again with the writing the prompt inspired.

This week’s prompt is: “You had one job to do…”

Our writers will be writing for the prompts, but anyone is welcome to participate!  Just come by on Sunday to see the week’s prompt, write during the week, and send any writing you’d like to share to StonehengeCircleWriters@gmail.com by the following Friday at 8 pm.  On Saturday we’ll post participants’ writing (with credit to the author, of course).

Write as much or as little as you choose: a paragraph, a flash fiction piece (less than 1,000 words) or a short story.  (Note, for long writing, we may choose to post only a selection.)  You are encouraged to be as creative as possible with the writing prompts.  Try to do something unexpected, or explore a particular genre like science fiction or historical fiction.  Take the prompt literally, or decide it’s a metaphor.  Your only limit is your own imagination.

Happy writing!

 

If you like to plan ahead, next week’s prompt will be: A story using the words “traitor” and “sky” (Courtesy of @writingprompts)

 

Stonehenge Story Starts: Decisions, Decisions (Results)

Happy Saturday!  We hope you’re having a nice day with only pleasant decisions to be made.  The characters in this week’s stories may be having a harder time of it.

This week’s prompt was: Write a story about making a difficult choice

Enjoy reading!

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Cheryl Mahoney:

I looked at the two books on the table in front of me.  Everyone said they were just two possible paths.  Everyone official said that.  The whispers said something else.

It wasn’t obvious looking at them.  They were much the same, in fact.  Two big leather tomes, each with a locked clasp holding them shut.  Each with swirling gold lettering on the front.

“Could I, maybe, look at the table of contents?” I asked.

The Mentor across the table from me blinked once, so I knew this wasn’t a usual question.  And it was true, I had a pretty good idea what was in each one.  I knew the lore.  I’d already been learning for three years.  No one was ever offered the Choice until their fourth year of study.  The Choice that would determine their future study.

But then she nodded, and drew a ring of tiny keys out of her pocket, so apparently the question wasn’t completely unheard of.  She unlocked each book, turned each one to the contents page.

I looked at the right hand one first.  It was more or less what I had expected.  Spells to grow flowers, to mend tears in cloth, to heal mild ailments.  All the things a simple village witch would need, to take care of a simple village like the one I’d grown up in.  My mother took it for granted I’d choose this one, and always had.  She had always said how the Choice was no real choice.  It hadn’t been for her.

And yet—it all seemed so small.

I looked at the left hand book.  There was nothing small about these spells.  Spells for raising up walls, for blasting fireballs, for uprooting trees.  And other spells.  Darker spells.  All the things a warrior witch would need, to spread conquest and destruction.

But I didn’t really want to do that either.

“I don’t suppose, maybe, there’s a third book?” I said weakly.

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Cover Reveal: The Servants and the Beast

Today we are delighted to share with you the beautiful cover art for The Servants and the Beast.

First the synopsis…

You think you know the story – prince gets cursed, girl meets Beast, they fall in love and live happily ever after. If only it was that simple. But dating is tough even in the best of circumstances.

Ever since the fateful day when we let that horrible Good Fairy into the castle, our lives have been on hold. When she turned our bad-tempered prince into a Beast, she lumped us, his loyal servants, into the curse too, just because she assumed his rude behavior was our fault. Theodore the butler should never have let her in, and the rest of us should have helped bar the door.

Now Theodore is an armchair, and we’re all trying to carry on our duties as a piano, a coat rack, a bookcase and the like. At least we have Robert to clean up the pink sparkles piling in the corners from the Good Fairy’s curse, since he’s a mop now. We know we just need the Beast to fall in love to break the spell. We’re all doing whatever we can to help him find True Love, one visitor at a time, hoping the right person finally comes along–but will the Beast ever learn to love?

And now that you have the story idea in mind, scroll on down for the picture that will be gracing the cover…

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Cover art by Wynter Designs

Enjoy all the sparkly beauty of it!  And mark your calendar/Goodreads list/to-do list to get your copy on June 28th!

SCW Quarterly Retreat: June 2019

This past weekend, several of our writers gathered for a day-long retreat.  We had a great time discussing writing–and actually writing!

We did a morning exercise on theme, and in the afternoon discussed author business plans–getting to the practical side of things.  We also did two writing sprints, and spent some time on free writing.  Another great day of writer fellowship and learning.

Pictured: Ingrid Victoria, Magnus Victor, Mattias Bergman, Cheryl Mahoney, Kelly Haworth,  Karen Blakely and R.A. Gates

Stonehenge Story Starts: Decisions, Decisions (Prompt)

Welcome to Stonehenge Story Starts, a weekly writing prompt and story sharing opportunity.  Each week, we post a writing prompt: an opening line, a concept, a plot hook, maybe an image.  The following Saturday, we’ll post again with the writing the prompt inspired.

This week’s prompt is: Write a story about making a difficult choice

Our writers will be writing for the prompts, but anyone is welcome to participate!  Just come by on Sunday to see the week’s prompt, write during the week, and send any writing you’d like to share to StonehengeCircleWriters@gmail.com by the following Friday at 8 pm.  On Saturday we’ll post participants’ writing (with credit to the author, of course).

Write as much or as little as you choose: a paragraph, a flash fiction piece (less than 1,000 words) or a short story.  (Note, for long writing, we may choose to post only a selection.)  You are encouraged to be as creative as possible with the writing prompts.  Try to do something unexpected, or explore a particular genre like science fiction or historical fiction.  Take the prompt literally, or decide it’s a metaphor.  Your only limit is your own imagination.

Happy writing!

 

If you like to plan ahead, next week’s prompt will be: “You had one job to do…”

Stonehenge Story Starts: Getting to Our Origins (Prompt)

Happy Saturday!  Our writers are heading to our quarterly retreat today, but that hasn’t stopped us getting two new stories up.

This week’s prompt was: Write a story featuring Stonehenge

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Cheryl Mahoney: Aliens on the Salisbury Plain

Stonehenge had collected many myths over the millennia, especially about how and why it was build.  Was it built by druids?  Was it an ancient calendar?  Did it have religious significance?  One of the more extreme myths, of course, was that it had been built by aliens.

This was obviously nonsense.  Stonehenge had never been a meeting point between Earth-born humans and extraterrestrial life.

Until today, that is.

I was never particularly interested in aliens.  When I was a teenager I had friends who were into old media like Star Trek or Star Wars, or the latest virtual reality series, Star Reveries.  I preferred history.  There were enough fascinating cultures and peoples in Earth’s past; I didn’t see a need to make up others.

Of course I saw the news stories, when EASA (Earth’s Aeronautic and Space Administration) announced they had made positive contact with an alien species.  I mean, I didn’t go dance in the streets like lots of people, but I thought it was pretty cool.  I didn’t expect it to impact my work, as part of the English Heritage team at Stonehenge.

Until EASA contacted us to explain that the Growlers had chosen Stonehenge as the site for first in-person contact.  Not that “Growlers” was what they called themselves, but humans couldn’t pronounce the guttural sound they made.

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Stonehenge Story Starts: Getting to Our Origins (Prompt)

Welcome to Stonehenge Story Starts, a weekly writing prompt and story sharing opportunity.  Each week, we post a writing prompt: an opening line, a concept, a plot hook, maybe an image.  The following Saturday, we’ll post again with the writing the prompt inspired.

This week’s prompt is: Write a story featuring Stonehenge

Our writers will be writing for the prompts, but anyone is welcome to participate!  Just come by on Sunday to see the week’s prompt, write during the week, and send any writing you’d like to share to StonehengeCircleWriters@gmail.com by the following Friday at 8 pm.  On Saturday we’ll post participants’ writing (with credit to the author, of course).

Write as much or as little as you choose: a paragraph, a flash fiction piece (less than 1,000 words) or a short story.  (Note, for long writing, we may choose to post only a selection.)  You are encouraged to be as creative as possible with the writing prompts.  Try to do something unexpected, or explore a particular genre like science fiction or historical fiction.  Take the prompt literally, or decide it’s a metaphor.  Your only limit is your own imagination.

Happy writing!