Rodeo #1: Dialog

“Check out that old man talking to that tortoise.”

“What do you think he’s saying?”


“I almost didn’t recognize you.”

“Why, I- you – I haven’t seen you since-“

“- that kiss. When you said…”

“I could change.”

“Have you? Are you ready to come out of your shell?”

“I still think we should take it slow.”

“Really? Won’t stick your neck out? Take a risk?”

“Well, uh, I, uh…”

“Look, I changed. It’s your turn. Shall I kiss you?”


“That man is still talking to the tortoise. Ugh! Now they’re kissing.”

“OMG! He turned into a tortoise!”


Carrot Ranch Literary Community

By Geoff Le Pard, Rodeo Leader

Writers are notorious people watchers. It’s a small miracle we don’t get done for stalking more often. Part of that idea — thieving we do involves listening to what people say — phrases, the modes of speech, dialect, etc. People convey ideas and feelings with words. [READ MORE…]

So, those pesky rules:

  1. Every entry must be 99 words, no more, no less. You can have a title outside that limit.
  2. It’s dialogue only. Everything inside speech marks, please. (American and British styles both accepted.)
  3. Any genre, time, place, just let us know via words. If you can world build a fantasy, hats off! (Oh, by the way, I bloody loathe the overuse of the exclamation mark. Be very sparing or my prejudices may show through.
  4. It’s a conversation so you need two characters at least. But can you have a conversation with yourself? With…

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13 thoughts on “Rodeo #1: Dialog

  1. Hahaha, love it. It has some similarities to the one I entered in the contest. It’s a great contest. I hope you entered too, oh, Queen of dialog. 🙂 I invited Hub to read my story, his only response was that he would have included something about ‘sticking one’s neck out’. My response was that I didn’t. It’s not surprising I don’t invite him to read very often. He’d probably like your story. 🙂

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