Writing Prompts (to Potentially Ignore) for the November Year of the Ox Bamboo Shoots Writing Contest

Hmmm, let try something new.  How about this.  Look around where you are right now and choose something to write about.  Just don’t write about Christmas yet, okay?  Hold back for now, just like the retailers do.

That’s right.  You get to choose your own topic.

All entries must be between 100 words minimum and 500 words maximum.

For instance, I’m looking around the room where my computer is, the one I’m sitting here typing on, and I see a blue Primo Aloha shirt hanging on the wall.  Why is there a blue Primo Aloha shirt hanging on the wall?  Because my mother always chooses the clothes I will wear the following day, and for Aloha Friday, she’s selected a blue Primo Aloha shirt, orange cargo shorts, and yellow with red polka-dot socks.  They’re all hanging on the wall.  Waiting for me to wake up.  Or at my age, waiting for me in case I do wake up.  Thanks, Mom.  Make sure to wake me up — if you can.  Mahalo for the love.

So I think wow, just like Lessa Griffith did in October when she mentioned Liberty House, I’m going to blow everybody’s mind by writing some kind of momentary flashback piece where I at least mention Primo Aloha shirts. What am I going to write about Primo Aloha shirts I have no idea right at this moment.  Maybe I’ll ask Darrell Lum for suggestions. (Actually, this is just an example.  I’m not a writer, so you won’t be seeing me write anything about Primo shirts.  I wouldn’t know how to write that — or anything else.)  I know, maybe I’ll ask Lanning Lee to write something having to do with Primo shirts.  He might like that idea.  Who knows?

Got, it right.  Between 100 and 500 words max.  You get to pick the topic based on something you see right around you as you sit down to write.  It’s almost like ignoring the prompts I suggest and coming up with your own : )

At the end of your piece, please tell us what object you picked.  That will add to the reading excitement : )

Okay, everybody, let’s write!

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  1. Misty Sanico says:

    “Why is there a blue Primo Aloha shirt hanging on the wall? Because my mother always chooses the clothes I will wear the following day, and for Aloha Friday, she’s selected a blue Primo Aloha shirt, orange cargo shorts, and yellow with red polka-dot socks. They’re all hanging on the wall. Waiting for me to wake up. Or at my age, waiting for me in case I do wake up. Thanks, Mom. Make sure to wake me up — if you can. Mahalo for the love.”

    THIS is everything to me. <3 You should definitely write about this.

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