The Carrot Ranch May 16, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about when a newly released prisoner meets the disabled veteran who adopted the puppy the prisoner trained behind bars. The prompt is based on the short story Charli Mills wrote for Marsha Ingrao’s Story Chat. She asks us to rewrite her story in our words, 99, no more, no less. Go where the prompt leads!
Charli Mills says, “If you have an interest in learning in-depth analysis and how to use it for revision, I invite you to read the comments (including my teaching points for the process of revision). For the purpose of this week’s challenge, you can read the short story “As Far as a Prisoner Can Go.” Your task is to tell the same story but differently. That may sound ambiguous, but it’s what we writers do. All the stories have already been told. Not all the storytellers have yet told them in their own style, voice, genre, tone, or perspective. Take all the liberties you want! Improve it. Wreck it. SciFi it. Romance it. Darken it. Tickle it. Make the story your own.”
“Sergeant Jan Mathers? It’s good to meet you.”
I reached out with my one good arm and shook his hand. For a newly released inmate, John Tyler held himself confidently. Sunny, my support dog, whined at my side.
“It’s okay girl, you remember him, don’t you?”
Tyler locked eyes with the golden lab.
“After Iraq, I never thought I needed help, but I’d lost more than just an arm. I’m thankful you trained her. She saved my life.”
Tyler grinned. “She saved my life, too.”
“You start at the pound Monday, Tyler. Don’t be late.”
If you’re interested in the getting feedback on your writing, I’d like to suggest following Marsha Ingrao’s blog: Story Chat HERE.