The Writing Prompt

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I haven’t had time for writing or spending much time at my computer for a while. Things are settling down slowly, but still a bit hectic for the next couple of weeks – then hopefully all will be tranquil in the land of Jo, and I can get some work done. If I manage 10 000 words on the NaNoWriMo this year I’ll actually be quite proud of myself. Doubtful though. Anyway. I spotted a writing prompt that got my scribbling mojo briefly interested.

WRITING PROMPT: The benefits to the Earth brought about by humanity living on it.

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OK – got one! The Mushroom Death Suit. Cool! A suit infused with flesh eating fungus spores to help with all the decomposition and – stuff – whatever goes on six feet under after our souls blithely trip off through the pearly gates.
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The suit’s inventor, Jae Rhim Lee, educated these mushroomy little guys to develop a taste for munching on a bit of human by feeding them bits of herself – skin, nails, hair, oozy bits – you get the picture.
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She maintains that mushrooms are environmental cleaning heroes, and that this sort of “person disposal” is all to the good of a green planet. Well. Fair enough. What do I know? I’m not a scientist. Still. This whole business just gives me the willies. We now have real live flesh eating fungus on the planet. Mushroom spores like to travel, and the little fellows are pretty good at it. Things like to evolve, adapt, kick up their games. Black mould is already partial to a bit of human lung, so hopefully these fellows won’t get together with the flesh eating ‘shrooms and make some whoopee. Mushroom Zombie Apocalypse. Anyway. We’ll just have to wait and see if future Earth ends up looking like a big giant porcini hanging around idly in space, waiting for some unsuspecting little green alien to pop over for tea.
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I don’t think wild animals are prone to as much sickness and disease as we are if they’re left in their own untainted environments. They just get on with things. Unfortunately we’re far too clever to just get on with things. We like to make cool stuff. I bet you ten magic beans that most of the deadly viruses around uttered their first goo-goo ga-ga’s in a lab secreted away in some innocuous looking building somewhere. We have pigs, mice, rabbits and other creatures that have been genetically modified with human DNA. Whatever the reasons were to do these things were – well – I don’t really care. It’s just not right. Think up ways to fix the climate guys – or any of the other things that we’ve already broken before creating mushrooms that enjoy eating us.
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Anyway. Back to square one and my writing prompt. Now. Let’s see what we got. We….
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Sometime later….
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Later still…..
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Ummmmmmm…..
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New writing prompt needed.

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19 thoughts on “The Writing Prompt

    The Story Reading Ape said:
    November 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

    LOL – the mind of the great author at work visible for all to see – great article Jo.

    BTW, that suits inventor is NUTS LOL 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Chris! Ha haaaa! She really is gaga – one more thing to worry about – The Revenge of the Killer Mushrooms. Cool name for a movie though. 😀

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        The Story Reading Ape said:
        November 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

        OR a BOOK JO 😀

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          November 14, 2013 at 3:11 pm

          IT’S A CHALLENGE FURRY! Let’s all write one – I definitely will. We can call it Apocalyptic Fungus of Doom. Ha haaaaaaaaa! Love it! Seriously though – I really am going to write a little tale. Watch this space…… 😀

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            The Story Reading Ape said:
            November 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

            Please, PLEASE don’t write stuff like – “It was a SPORING DAY (boring day) at the Office LOL 😀

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              jorobinson176 responded:
              November 14, 2013 at 3:37 pm

              YES! Instead of just eating us, they infiltrate us, and LO – we ARE the mushrooms! You are a genius my friend. So, to begin – ahem – “It was a sporing day at the office and Abalone Cap had her gills set on Magic…. 😀

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        The Story Reading ApeChris Graham said:
        November 14, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        Oh NO – the old “GILL meets Boy and tips her CAP at him” gag 😀

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          November 16, 2013 at 3:07 am

          Ha haaa! I’ve decided to create an alter ego and publish B grade movie books. LOLOLOL! 😀

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    John W. Howell said:
    November 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    This was great. You have to wonder about what goes through someone’s mind to jump on an idea like this. Your prompt was a tough one and you did well. . . which comes to the point: Humans have done little to benefit the Earth

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks John! I reckon whoever thought that one up must be a crusader for writers block. 😀 I seriously couldn’t think of one actual thing – got the chills a bit.

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    Vashti Quiroz-Vega said:
    November 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Ha,ha,ha! I don’t like the idea of flesh-eating mushrooms either. Maybe it’s my Horror writer’s mind (I’m thinking of a great short story right now) spores spread through the air…HELLO? I agree with you Jo. I can’t think of a damn thing either. :/

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Write the story Vashti! Cool! We should call it a prompt and all write a short story. Imagine – Extinction Event by Mushroom. LOLOL!! 😀

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    Donicia said:
    November 14, 2013 at 4:06 am

    It’s a good way to make people ponder. Way to go! 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      November 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      LOL! What next after mushrooms, I wonder? 😀

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        Donicia said:
        November 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

        That could be anything. You’ll definitely come up with another more interesting one 🙂

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          November 16, 2013 at 3:04 am

          LOL – we have to try. 😉

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            Donicia said:
            November 18, 2013 at 2:26 am

            Sometimes thoughts come out at the most unexpected times 🙂

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