July’s Pictonaut Challenge

Do you hear that sound? That high-pitched whine just at the edge of hearing? The wail whose source you just can’t quite find, every time you try to focus your hearing onto it, the sound just slides away to somewhere else. It’s the sound that’s making your dogs ears bleed and your cutlery melt. That sound is me. It is an exquisite requiem rendered in panic, anxiety and failure. For you see, I forgot to write the blogpost for the beginning of July’s Pictonaut Challenge. Now it’s gone 7pm, the post should have slithered onto the internet seven hours ago. But it couldn’t, because it did not exist. I should have written it last night but I got distracted. I could make my excuses, there was a THUNDERDOME, some faeries, boots which were made for thinking. But so much of it is a strange and incomprehensible blur of which I can only grasp loose and vivid shards. And so I am lost in a thick soup of panic as I frantically hammer away at my keyboard, desperately trying to finish this blogpsot before anyone notices that it’s missing. that soupy, black panic pulls me further into its fathomless depths, it swallows me, I cannot find The Way Out.

35 - July 2014 - The Way Out

Boom! Say this for The Rogue Verbumancer, he is the master of the extremely tenuous segue. Such a master that I fear one day I shall make a segue so tenuous that it will not in fact exist. It will be my crowning glory.

This month’s image is the work of Polish artist Michał Karcz and it involves some kind of cave, grotto, warren or lair and perhaps, a way out (hence the name. Honestly with such quality of wit I must be the reincarnation of Oscar Wilde.) Now to the business at hand. We all have a month. A whole month! And in this month we must use every ounce (or 28.35g if you prefer metric) of our cunning, skill and guile to write a short story. This wordascope should be of approximately 1,000 words in length (that’s the same in both metric and imperial, obviously) and based upon the image above. Then you send me a link to your work, I share it about and every has a read. This is because reading is amazing and enriches your soul more than your limited human mind can comprehend! (I am also human but am lead to believe that this statement is true all the same.)

Now you’ve got the picture at your disposal you should probably get started.

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About The Rogue Verbumancer

A chemistry graduate consumed by the demons of apathy and disinterest. Likes tea and cheese. Sleeps less than he should. View all posts by The Rogue Verbumancer

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