Another super-short mega story writing challenge

Here’s another super-short story writing challenge.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun.

Sunset over Wellington district after a storm.

Sunset over Wellington district after a storm.

As for the picture itself – well, it’s a photo I took of the sunset sky after an storm swept the Wellington district. The turbulent conditions generated an unprecedented display of colour and cloud. Are you ready? Set… Go!

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

A dieselpunk short story writing challenge

Here’s another super-short writing challenge.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun.

Coffee cart in an Airstream caravan, Napier, New Zealand - open for business...

Coffee cart in an Airstream caravan, Napier, New Zealand – open for business… http://www.mjwrightnz.wordpress.com

This is an Airstream caravan, made into a coffee cart, in Napier, New Zealand. Usually I don’t suggest topics, but this time – well, this cart is SO Flash Gordon dieselpunk SF era it’s not funny. And so that’s today’s theme. Yup – Flash opens a coffee bar on Mongo… (well, not really…)

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

A super-short mega-story writing challenge, driven by the awesome power of hydro

Here’s yet another super-short mega story writing challenge.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun. Happy writing.

The Clyde Dam. For scale, check out the vehicle on the platform at the side of the power house.

The Clyde Dam. For scale, see that dot on the ledge in the centre of the power house? That’s a truck. http://www.mjwrightnz.wordpress.com

A few words about the photo. This is the Clyde Dam in southern New Zealand. It was built during the 1980s and the lake behind it, Lake Dunstan, was filled during the early 1990s, part-flooding the town of Cromwell to the north. Rumour that a Morris 1000 was left, deliberately, on a bridge that became part of the lake-bed has yet to be confirmed. The power station generates up to 464 megawatts – sustainably, using renewable resources and gravity.

To get a handle on the scale of this enterprise, see that dot in the middle of the ledge adjacent to the power house? It’s a truck. The dam is 490 metres across and 100 metres high. And while it’s the third-largest dam in New Zealand, all of them are dwarfed by the biggest hydro-engineering project we’ve done here, which involves a lot more than just dams (ptooey – dams! Small fish…). More on that another time – though I will say, us Kiwis… we don’t do things by halves.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

This week’s super-short mega-story writing challenge

Welcome to this week’s Super-Short Mega Story writing challenge.

Use the photo below to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun. of course the story can be about anything, but please keep it seemly!

Aaaaaaaagh! This is someone - I have no idea who - bungy-jumping  off the old Kawarau Bridge, near Queenstown.

Aaaaaaaagh! Photo I took of somebody doing something I would NEVER do. http://www.mjwrightnz.wordpress.com

And now a word or two about the photo. This is a photo I took of somebody plunging off the bungie jump on the Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown in New Zealand. The technique’s a Kiwi invention – it was pioneered by A J Hackett and Henry van Asch in 1988, at this very site. Would I do it? Not for all the money in the world. But plenty of people do.

Last week’s Super-Short Mega Story challenge was met by:

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

Another super-short mega story writing challenge

Here’s another super-short mega story writing challenge.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun.

Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!

Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!

The story can be about anything, and should be suitable for a general readership, so please keep away from ‘adult’ themes. As for the picture itself – well, I took it at the south of Lake Onoke, in the southern Wairarapa, in New Zealand. It’s not too far from where James Cameron lives. Yes, that James Cameron. Are you ready? Set…

Go!

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

A Super-Short Mega Story writing challenge

Welcome to a Super-Short Mega Story writing challenge. Your challenge is to use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun.

Lake Dunstan, central Otago.

Lake Dunstan, central Otago. Photo: Matthew Wright, http://www.mjwrightnz.wordpress.com

If it all works and everybody has a lot of fun – which is what all this is about – I’ll keep the contest going. Let me know what you write!

We kick off with a picture I took of Lake Dunstan – an artificial hydro lake in Otago, New Zealand, formed in the early 1990s. But your story can be about anything…can’t it. Are you ready? Set…

Go!

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

Writing inspirations – bright skies before a tropical rain

A couple of autumns back I spent a week on Rarotonga, where I took this slightly dramatic picture of a tropical storm looming.

Tropical rain approaching in Rarotonga.

Tropical rain approaching in Rarotonga.

Luckily I was able to get my camera packed away before the storm broke. It was an evocative moment; the feeling of oppression, the stillness – and then the rain, with its feeling of relief. A moment to inspire writing? Absolutely.  You?

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015