Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Submission Assault and Where There's Muck There's Money

It's a full out submissions assault. Poetry and art submissions are being sent out and new pieces are  being written for blogs and competitions. Do you know what? Us writers are spoiled rotten when it comes to places to submit to. I don't think we ever had it so good. Also autumn is a great time to submit as a majority of journals have their submissions up and running after the summer holidays. 
So that's what I'm doing and I'm reading lots of short stories and poems at the moment. And I've started a new project. It entails cracking open my proverbs book every day and randomly selecting a proverb. Then the challenge is to write something based on the proverb. Anything.
So my first proverb is:

Where There's Muck There's Money

Did you hear the news?

What news?

The council's saying they lost a large sum of money in a field of muck!

How does one manage that?! How can one lose money in muck? It's the queerest thing I've ever heard.

Well it's mighty strange indeed though the council are looking for people to recover it.

The hell?

It's true. Jimmy found €100,000 after just three hours of digging.

And he got to keep it? The council just gave him the money?

Well he got to keep €10,000 of it.

That's not a bad return. And how much is missing?

They're saying it could be millions. Just think millions.

By god there must be a catch!

No catch. Just turn up and start digging. That's it. I'd do it but...

Who else is at it?

Not many but it's bound to catch on. People will soon be flooding in from all parts of the country to chance their arm, you'll see. But you get in there, you get in there quick. You roll up your sleeves and get cracking.

I certainly will. You know muck doesn't sound half bad, not bad at all.

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