August 2015 | Topic Post, Week One: “Can you elaborate?”

Welcome to the August contest! I’ll be your host. (:

For those of you who do not yet know me, my name is RicoChey, and I represent precisely one third of the Mod Hydra for the Flame. Throughout this contest (and any time, truly), you can reach me fairly instantly by two reliable methods: 1. You can send me a Facebook message, or 2. You can pop an e-mail over to write.brain.dependent@gmail.com – either outreach pings my phone in real time, and I can respond accordingly. This goes for contest questions, general inquiry, and harmless nosiness. Now, on to the fun stuff.

If you’re anything like me, you have a few favorite television series you can’t stop watching. For me, the big contenders are House, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, (to my shame) True Blood, and (recently liked) Orange is the New Black. Furthermore, if you’re anything like me, you despise spoilers. There is nothing worse than having something you love ruined for you before you get to experience it with fresh eyes, ears, mind, and heart. So, as we carry forward and the goal of this contest becomes clearer, do not flee in terror! No spoilers lie ahead. In fact, the point is to be vague.

Ever read the synopsis on Netflix before choosing ‘Play’? Sometimes they’re essentially a novel-esque description of the entire episode. Other times, they are painfully open-ended and unclear. I once watched an episode of something for which the synopsis was ‘(character) takes on a new task’, and the episode followed the course of events that followed this character’s decision to murder another character. Netflix, it turns out, considers murder simply another entry scribbled into one’s To Do Today agenda.
A vague account of a 30-to-60 minute span of rising action, climax, falling action, and (hopefully) and accompanying character arc typically bears no reflection at all on the actual events of the episode. Let’s explore that concept.

Basic Premise: You are presented with an example of a synopsis for an episode of a television series (no spoilers, as promised); a deliberately generalized, vague description of thirty to sixty minutes of complicated action and character development. Using this synopsis, write your entry. You may also use the title of the episode or something you know about the series or episode quoted to inspire your entry. You do not have to use the name of the character mentioned in the synopsis. These parts of each month’s prompt are interchangeable at the entrant’s discretion; however, you may like to make a clear statement in an Author’s Note about the origin of your inspiration if you deviate unexpectedly from the episode title and/or synopsis provided as each month’s prompt. All forms of writing are welcome!


The Walking Dead [S3E5]: ‘Say the Word’ – “Rick struggles to cope.”

The Walking Dead is an intense series. For those of you who do not know, the series chronicles the struggles of a diverse group of survivors attempting to make it in a world that has since been reduced drastically by an epidemic. The dead rise again as flesh-eating predators, roaming the landscape ever in pursuit of their next meal. Rick Grimes, former sheriff, acts as the Group’s leader and guide. As such, entirely too much of the burden lies on Rick to make decisions no human being should have to make. That being said, the man struggles to cope. If spoilers are no issue, click here to see some Rick Grimes highlights.

To cope is a lofty demand. That one needs to cope is pretty indicative of a situation for which coping does not come easily. For some of us, the threshold for tragedy is a lot higher than others, and coping is more a synonym for adapting. At the other end of the spectrum, there are those of us for whom coping is a daily necessity. Consider all points on the scale. How does your character (or characters) need to cope, with what, and by what means? Is coping something this individual must do almost constantly, perhaps as a method by which to live with mental illness? Or, is your character a fortress against the onslaught of life’s horrors, with so high a threshold for suffering that it takes a metaphorical atom bomb to rattle the walls? Dig deep, reach high, and write what you must.


You can access the poll below. Entries are due Sunday, August 9th at 2345 Eastern Time. No sign-ups are necessary for this contest.

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About RicoChey

I'm just an unmarried, childless, thirty-something high school dropout with big ideas and a small attention span. Weave drunkenly behind me as I meander through my own life: a winding path of musings on life, relationships, food, the few politics I can stomach discussing, and probably really dumb stuff like the ratio of Sex and the City episodes wherein Carrie does and does not appear to be wearing extensions.
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10 Responses to August 2015 | Topic Post, Week One: “Can you elaborate?”

  1. So we’re just using Rick struggles to cope as the prompt but he doesn’t have to be in it or it could be a different man named Rick and it doesn’t have to be walking dead related? Or it does?

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    • RicoChey says:

      You can interpret the prompt, or parts of it, any way you choose. The main prompt is “Rick struggles to cope”, but obviously I don’t expect you to re-write the episode. Just a fun thing we can use to draw inspiration; the idea of a character and their unique struggle to cope.

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  5. t.s.wright says:

    Sounds like fun!
    I’m picturing that scene where Rick is bawling at Carl, except on the prison wall behind him is a to-do list painted in red.
    1. Deliver the baby myself.
    2. Kill my wife if she turns into a zombie, myself.
    3. Shield Carl from a horrifying reality.

    No crossing things off that list.

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