Okay, so y'all wouldn't write on command (see last blog post) for me (and don't think I'm not taking names), but maybe you'll do it for Avon.
Avon's not handing out contracts or anything, but they are giving you a chance to limber up a little and put yourself out there to be seen by utter strangers. Which may be more eye-opening than pats on the back from your mother, sister-in-law or critique group.
Anyway, here's the deal: Every two weeks there will be a "prompt" on the Avon blog, having to do with a set-up, character sketches, scene setting or something else. It's up to you to turn it into the beginning of the story.
Once there are 25 comments -- it seems the comments can be both the story AND anyone commenting on the story, but I'm not 100 percent sure about that -- a commenter will be chosen AT RANDOM to win a goody from the Avon vaults.
Here's this week's prompt:
HE–former high school baseball star who flopped in the pros. Now, he’s back in town to coach the local minor league team.
SHE: Could write epic volumes on what it takes to be the biggest nerd in your high school. Now, she’s the principal.
YOUR MISSION: Write the dialogue of the first time they see each other again.
As of this writing, there were three comments, two of which were story fragments. I kind of like both of them so far, especially the second. And no, not just because the hero's name is "Cole."
Twenty-two to go.