The 31 Sentence Contest: Round 11

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Welcome. You have stumbled upon a new adventure. One that will challenge you to grow; one that is filled with twists and turns; one that will have your piece swinging like the rhythm of a jazz ensemble that keeps readers and listeners engaged to the very end (or we crash into a wall and die; either way, we'll learn something together).

Over in China, the revered Shanghai Conservatory of Music can’t even believe the principles of jazz are real! That with enough courage and trust in yourself, you can hear a piece of music once, and ring dazzling changes on it forever and ever. They can’t duplicate our jazz. But everything else we make doesn’t worry them a bit.
....The road to wealth comes from understanding yourself. Doing what you do best, not what other people do best.
--John Taylor Gatto

Round 11

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Contest Rules

1. One Entry Per Person.

2. Inspired by the prompt and follows the random number order exactly with the correct amount of words in each sentence (explained below).

3. Prose or poetry, any form and genre of fiction is accepted.

4. It must be a story. Refer here for an explanation of what a story must contain in order for it to be considered a story.

5. Use the tag #31sentencecontest (this is how I keep track of your entries)

6. Contest closes at the end of this post's payout. Tuesday is the day this comes out.

7. In your entry, link back to this contest somewhere in your post.

8. Post a link to your tale in the comments below.

9. English is the only language I speak and that limits me big time. However, just about any language can be plugged into google translate. If the translation comes out clean enough for me and others to be able to read it, it is a valid entry. If you prefer to have your story in the best English translation possible, consider collaborating with someone.

The Prompt (explained)

The PROMPT: this is what your story is tied to in some way and in some fashion of your choosing within the fiction realm. You don't have to use the wording of the prompt in the story but your story must somehow relate to the prompt. Easy enough - we hope.

The Sentences: # 1-31(explained)

This idea comes from John Taylor Gatto. In this interview - PDF, he speaks about the inner jazz of writing coming to life simply by applying this method. I've been curious to see this in action. So ...

The SENTENCES: This objective here will have you writing out exactly 31 sentences, found below the prompt in a randomized order. The number of words for each and every sentence corresponds with the sentence number you are on.

For example, if 1 is the number that is up, you may only use one word that will complete the sentence (I know - technically, one word isn't a sentence but deal with it 8-). If 31 is the number, you construct a sentence that is 31 words in length, no more no less. The same goes for all numbers. (Here you'll find excellent examples from the last round should you need to see a fuller example.)

Except for number 1, all sentences must be a complete sentence. You may construct your paragraphs however you see fit.

I, @tristancarax, am the judge. This contest will mostly be judged by how I feel about your piece and my interest in your piece because my editing skills are so far below par that earthworms stand above me. As I improve, so will the judging. Additionally, comments on contestant's posts will be taken into consideration when choosing a winner.

And there you have it. I'm excited to see what your minds create and imagine through this exercise.

The Prompt:


[Photo is mine, @tristancarax]

Sentence order:

4, 20, 10, 2, 12, 25, 18, 16, 6, 8, 31, 3, 22, 27, 17, 23, 29, 5, 26, 30, 13, 11, 21, 1, 14, 19, 15, 24, 7, 9, 28

Previous Contestants

@agmoore, @blueeyes8960, @carolkean, @chireerocks, @deirdyweirdy, @free-reign, @gwilberiol, @justclickindiva, @letalis-laetitia, @odeis, @oivas, @owasco, @wakeupkitty

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@tristancarax, Thank you so much for your kind mention and looking forward to it. Stay blessed.

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Looking forward to seeing your entry. You, too, stay blessed.

Thank you so much. 🙂 👍

@tristancarax, I know i am late for Round 11 but i didn't want to miss this series. Valid or not no problem, just sharing my piece. Kindly find my below piece for your reference.

Have a wonderful time ahead and stay blessed. 🙂

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It will be counted. Glad to have you back for another round.

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Cool. A new contestant.

What was this process like for you?

need Look at the rules many times
Just understand
I after read several articles
Just understand the rules of 31 sentences
Hope i didn't have the error

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Here is mine, in really early this time, as I was waiting for it. :)

You missed first blood by a good eight hours. Oh my. haha

Happy to see you back.

I noticed that, but it was all good... I got to read that awesome first blood post!

Haha. I actually took the first blood from the @bananafish "Finish the Story Contest" because I enjoy it. I think once I got first blood. I need time so I'm usually one of the last to enter.

I might add: "last blood" lol

Hi @tristancarax. Here is my entry for the 31sentencecontest, Round 11:

I had problems with Steempeak, so didn't add the round 11 when I was attempting to transfer to steemit.

Glad to have you back. No worries. It happens, but next time I might have you sent to a re-education camp so do be careful. lol

hi @tristancarax. I just might have to take you up on it before my family forcibly have them come take me away for good, lol. I finally got the system to change the title. some items are hard to do once it's published. I've been super busy, so glad I could squeeze this one in.

Sweet! You are all good. You have almost 16 hours-ish left to go.

Yes, this is a fairly tough challenge. What did you like and not like? What worked for you and what didn't?

Thank you @tristancarax!
Ah.. let me see... it was exciting to think of a story for the prompt and my story was based on a true event. So, I knew the beginning, the middle and the ending but to develop the story to fulfill the 31 sentences number of words, that was tough. I almost quit in the middle of it :D I don't think I have written 31 sentences before, what more in specific number of words. I was okay until the 15th line :D.
Thank you for the challenge! I challenged myself to keep going. Pheww.. Happy week to you @tristancarax!

Your comment made me laugh. That is about what I went through on the first go at this.

First blood. Man, you were quick!

I was in the flow since the last contest.. It sure is captivating. 😊

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I will see if I can see the prompt before this ends.
Resteemed and !trdo and good luck to all 💕

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Happy to hear it worked @trendotoken

I patiently wait for your entry. 8-)

Here it is. Robbed again 🤫

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Hereby my entry. Enjoy the weekend. 💕

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