Play Time in Writerville

While recent posts might suggest ideas are easy to come by, it’s always fun to hear about new ways to exercise the writer-brain and this one really peaked my interest. I was sent this picture by my writer friend, Dana (his website is here: if you’re interested.)

He received the dice as a Christmas present – the challenge is to come up with a story featuring all these components. Now the first thing I thought when I saw this was “Famous Five”. Must be something to do with the flashlight and the moon and the castle, but I think mostly the footprint. You have my permission to psychologically assess me based on that impression – I wonder why I went for all the corner pieces first!

But I digress…

I feel 100 words won’t do either this challenge or the components of this story justice, so I’m planning to write something a little longer in resposne to this picture. I’ll post it when it’s done. If you would like to join me, feel free to post your own stories either in the comments below, or in your own blog with a link in the comments. I won’t be reading them until I’m done mine, but then I would love to see what other people saw in Dana’s Dice.


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9 responses to “Play Time in Writerville

  1. Stephen

    I concur with your Famous Five analysis (which isn’t the point, I know; we’re all supposed to see our own things in it!)

    Because I’m contrary, I’m trying to make out what images are on the side of the dice that’s barely visible…

    Looking forward to reading your piece on this when its done!

  2. I totally get the Famous Five reference (yay British genes!), but offer this contribution instead (and ask where, oh where, can you get such a set of dice?)¬—

    The question is, how to escape from this place? I was bound and gagged and left here, probably to rot. I don’t know why they took me, and I don’t care. All I care about is leaving. Escaping. Being free.

    I was able to wiggle out of the ropes. They hadn’t tied them very well. That made removing the gag easy enough. And the blindfold.

    I look around. There’s a window in the room. Also a cane and a flashlight. Someone has painted a flower on the curved stone. Was a child kept here? Or an old man? The yellow petals have clearly faded with time.

    There’s a door but there doesn’t seem to be any way to free it. There is no handle and no keyhole. Just a thin rectangular slit that holds the promise of an opening. I move to the window.

    I look down. I am in a tower. Rapunzel personified. I can see footprints in the mud below. They head west, towards a small cottage. I can see clearly the two windows in the distance, but I can’t tell if anyone is there. I still don’t know what my captors look like. I think there were three, but it could have been two. I don’t think there were four; four feels like too many.

    I wait until dark. The moon shines, a vibrant crescent in the sky. The flashlight works, and I tuck it into my shorts. Kind of my captors to leave me something useful.

    I knot the rope that held me to the cane and hook it over the windowsill. I pray. The end barely touches the ground. I smile. The odds are good — all I have to do is roll the dice.

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  4. Chess

    It was Dad who liked chess. Me, I prefer board games, rolling the die and all that. If nothing else it’s a better metaphor. He was pretty good, under-15 county champion. Think he hoped I’d follow in his footsteps. No such luck. I could never figure out the next move.

    When he got older, every time we’d go round his house it was ‘let’s get that board out, eh lad?’ and he’d bother about in the cupboard under the stairs, poking the piles of stuff with his stick, shining his torch in there.

    Trying to see flowers from the moon.

    100 exactly 🙂

  5. Although having written that too quickly whilst the children were watching television I’m now kicking myself that I’ve somehow distinguished board games from chess – a game played on a board. Oh well.

    • Hi bookworm, I loved your story too, carefully wrapping all those things into a hundred words takes some doing!
      I don’t think there’s a problem distinguishing chess from “board games”, I certainly got your point, although I guess you could switch it to Monopoly and then incorporate the “house” image through that somehow. But I liked it, and the metaphor at the end was priceless.

  6. Stephen – Yes, I did that too. I’ll have to get Dana to provide us with another picture soon so we can see more sides! Or maybe to supply us with details so we can buy our own.

    Stacey and Bookworm – I haven’t read your stories. I’ll try to get mine done tomorrow, because I can’t wait to read yours!

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