Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Writing Sample: "...Killin' What's Inside of You..."

It's been a busy week and I've been doing some writing as well some prepping for the the April A-to-Z blogfest, so I'm afraid I don't have too much to offer for a new post.  But I do have another 10x10 submission I'll gladly share with you, from yesterday's prompt at the Creative Copy Challenge.

By now you're probably familiar with my 10x10 convention: Ten lines of ten words each, using the prompt words in order and in number position within each line (the first prompt word as the first word in the first line, and the second prompt word the second word in the second line, and so forth).

The ten prompt words from yesterday were:

     1.    Strange
     2.    Track
     3.    Whatever
     4.    Band
     5.    Crush
     6.    Private
     7.    Leave
     8.    Wild
     9.    Recipe
   10.    Slang

I saw "strange" and the old Cream song "Strange Brew" started playing in my head.  For some reason, it also kind of brought out a murder scene, and that's what this piece ended up as -- perhaps the BOPO (body on page one) opening for a murder mystery?

“…Killin’ What’s Inside of You…”

Strange Brew‘ played endlessly — the iPod was on continuous loop.

The track featured Eric Clapton singing and playing kick-ass guitar.

But despite whatever the victim might have liked about them,

he and the band Cream were now both long gone.

Someone had decided to crush the skull of the guy,

abruptly ending the poor sap’s private sixties musical flashback review.

I needed to figure out who’d leave the music playing,

after breaking in and carrying out this wild, grisly killing.

On the wall, in streaky black paint, a recipe for

“electric blue stew” was written.  Was this warped, twisted slang?

 Thanks for reading!


Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Great job! You've really gotten good at this.

Chris Fries said...

Thank you, Susan!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Susan is right! It's like limericks or hink pinks -- once you get started, it gets easier and easier.

My favorite one is still the buried alive one, though.

Gina Gao said...

You've done a good job with this. I really enjoy reading your blog.


Chris Fries said...

@Diane: Thank you very much! I appreciate the kind words!

(And now I'll have to search to figure out what a 'hink pink' is, lol! >curiosity aroused< )

@Gina: Thank you, Gina! That means a lot to me!