The Continuing Adventures of Alice (100WCGU)

This week’s 100 Word Challenge for Grownups from Julia asked us to use the phrase ….‘What was the rabbit late for,’ wondered Alice…… That seemed simple enough, until I realized the other part of this challenge:

the last 10 words are going to be used to start a piece by someone else next week!!”

I refuse to worry about whether or not my last 10 words are a good prompt or motivator for someone else. I just wanted to see if I could write in “Alice’s” voice.  Here is the result:

The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“What was the rabbit late for,” wondered Alice. “I mean, rabbits can’t really be very important people, can they? Important people are always rushing off to meetings and whatnot and barely have enough time to stop for a cup of tea. Imagine a rabbit drinking tea.” She laughed at his thought, until she walked into a log that had fallen across her path. At her present height of 8 inches tall, the log seemed more like a mountain, and its covering of velvety purple moss made it challenging to get a handhold. “Why this log would be a proper throne for a king.”

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Alice (fron...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Alice (frontispiece) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Little Announcement

I am tired of myself and my excuses. If I want to be a writer, I need to indeed follow a story through to its end. As I embark on a novel writing project, I am even more aware of my excuses and my backing away from challenges. So, I am giving myself a new challenged, based off of these 100 word challenges. How many times have I used the challenge to spark a little piece of fiction, only to leave it dangling while readers clamor for more? I am going to attempt to finish those unfinished stories, but still keep them succinct.  I will post them here for your reading pleasure (or for you to completely ignore if that suits your desire) Wish me luck.

38 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stuart Nager
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 08:33:08

    Nicely done, Lisa…and a great last ten words to start off another tale.

    Good luck on your writing. I struggle with the same thing. It’s why I write such short fiction.

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  2. thebestdigger
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 08:39:15

    Best news in quite awhile. Best advice, write what you know. Those last ten words are beauties. Follow the path you’ve been placed on. Write. And share that stuff for feedback and for pleasure. I look forward to it.

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  3. ifiwerebraveblog
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 09:06:27

    Good luck! I am leaning in this same direction. I haven’t been blogging much, but I have been working on fiction. Now I just need to finish something…

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  4. Kathryn McCullough
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 09:48:17

    Good news, Lisa.

    I thought about you yesterday when I was in Barnes & Noble and realized, in light of the Hunger Games’ success that young adult fiction is all the rage–even for adults. A great opportunity for you, I thought–and still believe.

    Go for it, my friend. I’m cheering!

    Hugs,
    Kathy

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Mar 27, 2012 @ 09:50:18

      Ah, but the problem is that the kind of fiction that is all the rage goes a lot darker than I am comfortable with. I don’t want to write about blood and gore. I don’t want to write about violence. I need to break through my blocks in those areas if I want to succeed. I’m trying to find my way.

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      • Kathryn McCullough
        Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:02:48

        I have confidence that you will find your way. At the same time, I say, write what you are currently comfortable with. You are enough as you are today. Maybe you don’t need gore. See where the story takes you. I can’t wait to see where you end up!

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  5. Delft
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:22:04

    Alice to the life. You certainly aced the ending, I sort of gave upon that part.

    Best of luck on the new project! And I agree: write what you want to write.

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  6. thelifeofjamie
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:41:55

    Murder mysteries are good sellers! I have confidence in you. Write what you like, what you are good at and the rest will fall into place!

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  7. nathan010
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:49:16

    Will we get to vote on which stories we want you to finish?

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  8. annahalford (@anhalf)
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 17:10:03

    Like this , and your sentiments. I also want to finish some of those started…but 100 words is much easier than the elusive novel (or novella!) Will be fun continuing nextweek. I have NO idea how to choose… I thnk youcaptured Alice’s voice admirably 🙂

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  9. benzeknees
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 19:07:17

    I am so psyched you are going to finish some of your 100 Word Challenges. Some of these lend themselves very well to short stories.
    On another note – we have a new channel here in Canada by ABC called Spark & they have some wonderful Young Adult Fiction series on there. They got me hooked into a series about 2 girls being “Switched at Birth” & what happens when they find out. So not all popular short young adult fiction has to be horror-based.
    Great job on this week’s challenge. I am just stumped on this one & you did such a good job!

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  10. Andra Watkins
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 21:49:36

    Lisa, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You are going to do it. Sometimes, we just have to make every excuse in the world to get them out of our systems. 😉

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  11. irenelefort
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 11:14:28

    I emphatise with you. Its the same with me too, with the novel writing that is. I wish you all the best and look forward to reading more from you. Interesting ending. 🙂 I already have an idea, how I would use it.
    Here is the link to my piece for this week:
    http://366degree.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/an-invitation-to-tea/
    Cheers!

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  12. Mayumi
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 13:03:49

    Very nice job, capturing Alice’s voice! I’m recently re-reading both books, and I could easily see/read this happening among her adventures. 🙂

    Congratulations on deciding to move forward with the extended projects! I’m working on a long original novel, as well, and I have to admit that I’m also disheartened by the dystopian-future trends in fiction. But I also believe that I have to love my story first, or no one else will. Maybe this novel won’t find an audience beyond me, but at least I’ll have finished it, and figured out how to work with publishers. So, whatever you end up doing – long-form young adult, or short fiction – the learning process is invaluable.

    Good luck!

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Mar 28, 2012 @ 13:06:21

      I’m trying to do both. The short fiction will, hopefully keep me writing and creating through blocks in the longer journey. I know that I have to write what I love, and love what I write. I may never get anywhere with what I write, but I certainly have to try.
      Good luck with your journey as well.

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  13. Gilly Gee
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 17:12:40

    I totally empathise with you!

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  14. Judee
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 07:44:49

    Nicely done, you did a great job of capturing Alice’s voice. And good luck on your writing goals.

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  15. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 20:23:15

    I know where you’re coming from. Sometimes trying something new refreshes you. Nice piece on Alice.

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  16. jfb57
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 03:44:16

    I love your Alice Lisa! She is strong, independent and curious just like the original one. I’m really excited and flattered to think that some of these prompt have set you another challenge. Looking forward to a longer read!

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  17. 4amWriter
    Apr 02, 2012 @ 04:32:54

    Great piece off the prompt, Lisa. I actually found this one to be a toughie this week. But I plowed through it and came up with something that could definitely use improvement.

    Haha, I had actually forgotten that the last few words would start the next prompt. So, I didn’t write with that in mind either. Wonder how it’ll go…

    I like hearing that you’re going to push yourself to do longer pieces. I think, based on your 100 WC and your blog in general, that is a fantastic idea. I am looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

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  18. annahalford (@anhalf)
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 12:49:13

    Hi, I haven’t forgotten about this weeks..having some down time wit family..but will do next week.Hope I can do it justice …

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  19. annahalford (@anhalf)
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 07:41:22

    I have had a try to finish this off…found it very hard to do in 100 words! Wrote a load more and chopped away at it. Do hope that you like it. It is a real challenge trying to continue in a similar vein.
    Happy Easter :O)
    http://mrshalford.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/100-words-for-grown-ups-week-37.html

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