Monday Creativity Wake-Up Call: Cynic!

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Hey writers,

In a Monday Kentucky State Fair hangover of nachos and cheese, midway games (I won a stuffed banana, which I claimed, perplexed), blue grass poultry, blue and white cows, Pineapple Whips, super-sugar-enhanced lemonade, a roomful of prize rabbits, a flea market with miracle products galore, a Bald Eagle, tater tots, a 1,000-pound pumpkin and death-defying rides held up by wooden blocks, I forgot to put a photo prompt from the fair on my flash drive this morning.

Thus, I’ll offer up a Literary Roadshow prompt today, and I’ll be back Wednesday with the photo—and the swag recipient for our favorite story from the last month.

Yours in writing,




In 500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring, write a story inspired by or including the following (from Kurt Vonnegut���s Cat’s Cradle):

“What a cynic!” I gasped. I looked up from the note and gazed around … “Is he here somewhere?”
“I do not see him,” said Mona mildly. She wasn’t depressed or angry. In fact, she seemed to verge on laughter. “He always said he would never take his own advice, because he knew it was worthless.”