Foxes, Dogs, And Triple F

Hope you had an awesome week. Mine was pretty busy.

I saw a short sentence written on an envelope the other day. Vague, right? Well, it happened to be a phrase that people who are learning typing are taught because it uses every letter in the English alphabet.

Which inspired me for Triple F. So today’s Fabulous Fiction Friday prompt is:

Build a story with this sentence in it: “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”

Now the fun part.

All right, we’ve got two characters (fox and dog). There’s too many adjectives in the sentence to really show us anything.

Anyway, the character part is taken care of, but there’s barely a shred of plot here, and zero setting. Blank canvas = challenge = fun with the right touch.

What are the gender of these characters? Do we have:

Both guys?

Both girls?

One of each? Female fox, or female dog?

Robot fox and alien, two-headed dog? A cousin of the Cerberus character, maybe (although I think he had three heads)?

Can these animals talk? Or are they under the control/ownership of somebody else? Why would someone want to own and train a fox, anyway?

Are they really shifters of different species who are trying to work something out in their relationship? Maybe this scene is just a snippet of what’s going on, and they’ve yet to revert to human form. (Maybe the dog is the guy, the fox is a girl, and someone didn’t take out the trash this morning. I dunno).

Are the fox and dog really balloon animals in a puppet act of some kind? Or paper cutouts? (After all, I didn’t say where in your story this sentence had to be). Are they bubble thoughts in an outer space cartoon?

(I can feel the silliness growing in here. Better put a lid on it fast).

Okay. What happens after the jumping over of the dog? Does the dog groan? Growl? And why?

Are the fox and dog good friends, and the dog is really sick, and that’s why he’s lazy? It would seem that “lazy” describes what goes on all the time, but it doesn’t have to.

And where are the fox and dog? An old country road? A space dock? The bed of a truck parked in a farmer’s garage?

That’s enough idea-cranking-out for today, I think. Hope they inspire you (you only need a piece or two to start a good fiction story).

There’s one more day of January 2015 after today. Sunday is February 1st.

Make it a great weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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