I want to judge you

Are you willing to be tempted? Today I’m the judge at Alissa Leonard’s Finish That Thought. It’s a flash challenge to write a story of up to 500 words using the first sentence.

“I’ll tell you what you need, and that’s a [rocket scientist].”

and this is the special challenge

Set your story in a war zone.

Here’s the link

…and these are the short rules (full rules can be found on the site; the words in [ ] in the first sentence can be changed to suit your story)

1. Start with the given first sentence.
2. Up to 500 words
3. Keep it clean (nothing rated R or above)
4. Optional Special Challenge
5. Stories submitted must be your own work, using characters and worlds that you have created. Sorry, no fanfiction.
6. Include: Twitter/email, word count, Special Challenge accepted
7. The challenge is open for 24 hours on Tuesday EST


I’d love to see your stories there as it would give me a chance to get my teeth into your gorgeous prose. If you’ve not tried before give it a go. You know that while I may judge you I won’t be mean and it will be enjoyable. But hurry over because you have to post your story in the comments on Alissa’s blog by end of Tuesday. And don’t worry about impartiality. Trust me, I’m a lawyer… sorry, that’s not it. The replies will be anonymised before I see them. See, clever, eh?

So hurry over. Hope you do.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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11 Responses to I want to judge you

  1. I like the idea Geoff, but I am too well occupied writing my daily post to take up the theme.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Norah says:

    I hope there are lots of wonderful stories for you to judge. And by the way, when did you get that promotion from lawyer to judge? (Kidding!)

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Annecdotist says:

    Oh the power – I hope you enjoy being a judge for the day

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Charli Mills says:

    I’ll give it a shot if I get a chance! Never know what my day is going to be like while I’m here, but I go home Thursday. Enjoy the judging!

    Liked by 1 person

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