Here’s what happened. First I wrote these 36 words for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt:
Recipe for a classic tale:
beginning, middle, end
Problem— to solve or tragically fail
stir in wily nemesis, maybe loyal friend
let set (hard time alone)
serve character(s) changed and arrived back home.
Then I figured I should follow that recipe, and further figured I could get in under the wire for the Six Sentence Story prompt. With only 36 words this was a bit of a challenge. It’s all a might fudged. The nemesis and loyal friend are to be inferred, and there’s a plot twist. The 6-line 36-word tale was pared down from the longer draft below.
Rambunctious prince undergoes quest
wild to pass his father’s tests
Encounters a woman wholesome and good
tending a small field within a large wood
Ambitious prince now settled down
found something richer than a gold crown
Rambunctious prince requested to settle down
was sent to slay dragons and giants, maybe rescue a princess
his father’s demands would be met before passing the crown.
At the far edge of the forest, a woman with no royal interests
captured the prince with a disarming smile
agreed to teach him to live, fair warned him it’d take a long while.
His quest to settle down far from foiled
his sword now a plough, the prince tills the soil.
He slew his old dragons of ambition and greed
lives happily with his queen with all that they need.
P.S. Is anyone else having a new problem with Word Press? Or am I doing something silly? I can no longer copy/paste text from a document into the text blocks in WP. It comes in as an image.
P.P.S. Here’s what I figured out: Though I didn’t used to have to, it does work to first copy/paste from Word into Text Editor and then copy/paste from there into WordPress. That’s not so bad.