It’s Written In The Stalks #99wordstories

This week’s #99wordstories prompt is

March 7, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a robotic writer. Is it an analogy or a battery-operated i-writer? Is it possible? What will happen if robots write? Go where the prompt leads!

Daub Byzantine’s land at Wallops Bellend was unsuited to livestock so he tried wheat.

‘You’ll need a harvester,’ opined Kevin Largehampton and offered Daub the loan of his two Thrust and Bale 500s. When the time came Kevin set his robotic cutters to work. As the men watched, the machines began to gyre and weave around the field.

‘What’s happening?’

Kevin frowned. ‘Looks like a message.’

When the harvesters parked on their chargers, the men climbed the hill. One machine had written ‘this corn’s crap,’ the other, ‘no it’s not.’


Kevin shrugged. ‘They’re playing good crop, bad crop.’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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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33 Responses to It’s Written In The Stalks #99wordstories

  1. This raised a smile

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  2. Sadje says:

    Haha! Good one Geoff.

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  3. Gloria says:

    Hahaha! That’s just like what the young farmer lads here would get up to!

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    • TanGental says:

      I wonder when the first crop circles were discovered? They were big news back in the 70s where I grew up. Aliens or drunk young farmers (not that you could distinguish between the two very easily) seemed to be the likely explanation. Did you guys add in a touch of leprechaun dust to the possibilities?

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    Seriously Geoff ? 😆😆😆😆😆

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  5. Gloria says:

    Yes I remember the crop circles. We totally believed it was the leprechauns; better fun. 😅

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    • TanGental says:

      Exactly. Being English we lack the imagination to enjoy Leprechauns. It’s a fundamental weakness that makes us prone to buying Royal dinner plates and losing at sports we invent…


  6. noelleg44 says:

    Seriously, Geoff? I snorted my coffee!

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  7. Go to your room immediately!

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  8. KL Caley says:

    😂😂😂 Well that is crop circles with a difference. KL ❤️

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  9. Gloria says:

    Love your humour! 😆 Are you sure you’re not part Irish? 🤔


  10. Had to laugh. Now I’m mad at myself. Well done.

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  11. Erika says:

    Haha… too funny 😄

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  12. Norah says:

    That’s so funny, Geoff. Love it.

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  13. Geoff, you are an absolute card.

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