Triple F: Crossword Clues #3

How’s it going? Today’s Friday, which happens to also be the last day of July. And around here, Friday means Triple F, and a new fiction prompt. I’d diverged from the routine I started with the crosswords (which you can read about right here).

So I thought I’d get back to it. Today’s Fabulous Fiction Friday prompt is:

Across: “Ran in neutral” (5 letters). Down: “Back muscles, for short (4 letters). These clues intersect in the middle, at the Across clue’s third letter. What are these words, and how do you use them for your story?

All right then, my answers are “idled” and “lats.”

Let’s get to the fiction on this.

Okay, we have just two words, no character, plot, or setting (although the two words could be the start of any one of those pieces).

If we wanted to use both, we could have a robot who has a problem running his arms because they’re stuck in neutral almost all the time. And as a bonus, you get to decide what type of research and technology allows this robot to walk the earth, consider his arms are a problem, or what-have-ya.

For some reason, I don’t think a story about back problems, on its own, is very exciting. But that’s why I write these prompts. Things are ALWAYS connected. If an exec who needs back surgery has to make his kid’s college payment in two days, or the kid’s expensive education is canceled–and it’s one the kid can’t pay for himself, despite trying–what does the exec do? And why?

Or, you could really go off the rails and anagram “lats” into “slat,” and put this story at a boardwalk or train station, with somebody looking up through the platform. Why are they there? What could they be hiding? And why does the train idle for one minute longer every time it comes in?

Today is the last day of July. It’s been a really awesome month for me, with the finished edit, the door opening for better home internet, getting the basement unclogged, and a lot more.

Tomorrow is the first day of August. Make it a great month. We’re closing the chapter on July 2015, after all.

And make it an awesome weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next time, week, and month,

Ty

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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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