you like short? then youll get short
topic is fire however you chose to interpret that
word count is 50 words
due end of the month
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50 words on the nose:
Flambe The Flaming Homosexual is loud and proud about being a gay superhero, wearing dayglow pink spandex with bright orange and yellow flames around his plunging V-neck shirt. After defeating the homophobic killer archer, Straight Arrow, he's the darling of both the Manhattan hero circuit, and the college club scene.
Fire is good. Fire is fun. Fire roast Marshmallows. Fire roast Humans. Fire burns buildings. Fire burns for a lasting time. Fire causes smoke. Smoking is bad. Fire is bad. Fire is not fun.
Don't play with fire.
Fire is a young girl. Fire cries every night.
Fire is also a killer.
This is a free-verse poem. Note: Nothing states that the word fire should be in the submission. If not, I can revise it.
You give yourself away
To the rhythms of evil
The blanket that surrounds your being
The dark covering the sun's rays
What's left to do, is leave all behind
The ending you have awaited for so long
Let it touch you, caress you toward death
As it leads you to the depths of your pitiful nightmares
You're alone now, to die as dust
Nothing lives, you look around
You feel the heat and let it envelop you
Internalize it, and you may live to see another day, another life
Deny its help, and the man with horns
Comes, takes you away
To live another day
And that's more than 50 words. I'll revise it
@kcsshd: No, not all, but some are. I actually came up with Flambe' 15 years ago. I worked in a kitchen, and we had a very "out" waiter who was flamboyant as could be. Someone referred to him as "gay...I mean flaming," and flambe is something you deal with in food service, so bam, Flambe' the Flaming Homosexual. He's kind of my personal challenge character- I have a hard time seeing LGBT characters as anything but a gimmick to draw in readers (because that seems to be how most of them are used) so I wanted to see if I could write one that was just a character that happens to be gay. His flamboyancy is a necessity to go along with his name, but he's a cross between the waiter and an also flamboyant LCS owner I know. :)
@cbishop That's a cool story. I know what you mean by some gay characters being gimmicks rather than advancing or showcasing a part of the world or story. Although, not all homosexual stories are exactly gimmicks. There have been writers of past showcasing or hinting at lesbianism or homosexuality but a lot of those authors had to avoid being banned. (Now with free speech actually applying to literature in most cases, it isn't really a problem.) The Fox by D.H. Lawrence could be an example of early lesbanism back in 1923.
Basically the summary of what I have noticed is that a gay character either exists because of three reasons: 1. As a story/character detail that draws in people and may produce complications in plot. 2. Showcases tolerance or intolerance in a society. 3. The writer has no idea how else to write a relationship because being gay themselves, it's difficult to write a straight one. (I find it almost automatic to make a male character gay because it's basically natural.)
Paraphrasing from the book How to Read Literature like a Professor. Writers put what they have in their conscience and subconscious into the story as well as their imagination. Basically if the writer is already gay, it is easy for them to make a gay character because it is part of their essence as a person imaginatively, subconsciously, and consciously.
"I am gay"
"What is that like?"
"It is hard to be gay and be a superhero"
"Oh OK, on to other business"
It seems in these cases that it is the second example listed, though a really poor version of it. I guess some writers are not well suited to handle such developments though.
You have to be able to write them real. My gay friends will zing me with gay inuendo in a second, and I'll make "queen" and Dorothy puns (I must stress that these are friends, not strangers). It's hard to do that in fiction without getting tagged as anti-LGBT in some way. Until you can write fully rounded characters that deal with everything without silly reader backlash, it's hard to do competently.
Still had the Killing Joke fresh in my mind. Here's what I came up with.
I gaze forward, seeing the monster I hate. He looks back at me with mutual disdain. A revolver divides us, but our hands connect together. We struggle for control. The fool trapped by his past, and reflections of what he’s becoming. Only one way to stop it. Ready. Aim. Fire!
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