Month: December 2013

Daily Prompt: You’re A Winner

Format: Prose

Set: Modern Day Perth, Australia

The couch, my only friend these days; she hasn’t left me yet. You see, when you work a 12 hour job, can’t afford a car, and live fifteen minutes (by car) from any mode of public transport, your friends sleep and comfort, tend to leave you.

I used to have a nice job, a comfy 9 hour job, that paid 9 grand a month and a house of my own but then the business almost went bankrupt and we had to make a few cuts. I was cut but managed to change my bosses mind, now I earn 3 grand a month and can barely pay my rent.

Nowadays I just wake up at 5, get to work by 7. Eat breakfast by 7:15 and start by 8. Get home on a 2 hour long journey (1hour and 30 minutes are spent walking), get to the convenience store, pick up a meal and a scratchie. Come home and watch the evening lottery.

This day was a bit different, I got cut (again). So I went home and did my routine. Just as I found out that I was evicted and only had 2 days left in the house. The water was cut down but the electricity was still on. I turned on the tv and watched the evening lottery for the last time. The numbers were 23 42 50 09. Some lucky person would have won. Some lucky person that was not me. I looked down at my card about to throw it out like I normally do, but I won! I actually won!

I got my best dress on (sadly, it was a not what you would expect) and walked up to the show. I got a million dollars and luckily for me, the government said a week before that any lottery winner with no source of income, or a source of income lesser than 1 grand a month, does not need to pay tax of a lottery not exceeding 45 million.

So first thing I did was to put 500, 000 in my bank account. Then I bought a new house for myself, and a cheap car. 250k left. I then got a call from my boss, asking if I needed a job. I told him no because I had just applied for a job at google as one of their accountants. I got a nice suit and went for the interview (surprisingly I passed) and I got the job.

Now I have 750,027 dollars in my bank account (with interest) and am starting a job that pays 12 grand a month. Who says dreams don’t come true?

About Me

Personally, I don’t think I am anything special, nor do I need an about page but I do think knowing a bit about an author increases the ability for you to relate with his work.

My name is ****** *********, and I am just another person who has a passion for writing. It started out with a passion for creating things. I had a very imaginative brain and was in love with science (I still am) so I started with the flying car, the swimming car e.t.c. It developed until I actually did some research on that. I actually started coming up with the parts needed, and the actual science behind making a car swim. But then I found a passion for reading.

I started reading a lot of books, kid’s books, adult sized books, science books. And then I tried writing. At first I sucked (mainly because of my poor handwriting and my writing skills) but then I started writing and applying my extremely imaginative brain unto paper. Suddenly, my parents could understand my ideas and now I just write. Like I said, not interesting. I just try and convey what reading a good book feels like to me, to my readers.

“Description should start with the author’s imagination but finish with the reader’s.”

Daily Prompt: Interplanet Janet

Hi, my name’s John and I live on a planet called Harcourt (which means fortified dwelling) with my annoying little sister Janet and my pet kwodo (basically a dog with wings). You see, its the year 2070 and Earth has basically been ruined by pollution, global warming and the like. Because of this, the IPUOH (Inter Planetary Union Of Humans) has been looking for a way to send us humans to different inhabitable planets. The first planet discovered in 2040 and by 2067, there were 500+ discovered inhabitable planets in the universe. Sadly, I was sent to the same one as my annoying sister.

My sister is a animal specialist, she has done some technological training and has discovered that animals have a certain hearing frequency that allows access to the brain. She found that if she could tune a CFT (Cellular Frequency Tuner – kind of like an advanced radio and phone), she could basically talk to animals. Of course, being my annoying little sister, she didn’t use this to get a Nobel or WitchCock prize (WitchCock invented hyper space travel), she used it to get my kwodo to annoy me.

Of course on planet Harcourt, we are not the only ones there, there is a small town of joones, which are basically ogres. They aren’t ugly but are really huge. Anyways, they help us with the hard things, like lifting our advanced cranes and house sets and other such things. There is drinking water but you have to de-electrify it unless you want it to mess with your nervous system.

The seasons are quite warm, there are 8 seasons, partially because the planet is sphere inside a sphere of gases. So for 8 months at the start of the year we have the first two seasons which are basically early and late spring. Then we have 16 months of semi-darkness which are basically the fall and winter seasons because the gases swirl up and cover up the entire planet. Then we have another two seasons of summer (we have 32 months in total). Our year is exactly 292 days but our days are 25% longer than Earth days so it took some getting used too. Our winter is extremely cold as it gets to nearly 100K. Luckily for us, kwodos exhale a gas that keeps heat at around 40 degrees celsius.

The terrain of Harcourt is really smooth. Most of the surface is covered by land although the majority of weight comes from water. This is because the surface here is not made of dirt but is made of a similar material that sticks together and can float while holding a lot of weight. We call this Lynex and it is very useful. Our planet is 65% water and 35% land. Occasionally, some patches of Lynex are taken up into the atmosphere during the fall and winter seasons because of their lightness. Then they come back scorching hot in the summer seasons. We call this phenomena heat lift because the hot Lynex can then be used air-conditioning as it blows the really hot air up and the cold air in.

Every 8 months we have to file a report for the IPUOH to see if we are okay and everything is alright. So far we have gotten no response and we have been living here for 7 years. This is a report we sent in a capsule to Earth. If you are still alive, call the IPUOH phone line. If you are some evil alien life form please don’t come; we don’t have cookies.