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Any of you having trouble making characters seem real?  Here's a website that could help:

www.humansofnewyork.com/

If you aren't familiar with this site, you owe it to yourself to get familiar.  Follow him on the social media of your choice.  Brandon takes pictures of anyone and everyone, talks to them, gets not only a snapshot of an actual human, but a snapshot into their life.  Mesmerizing at times, mundane at others.  It's all good.

Sometimes the stories, like I said, are mundane.  But this one was too much:  a fellow told a story about a time he fell off a fishing boat and thought he was going to die at sea.  

www.humansofnewyork.com/post/8…

The story was harrowing enough but his final thoughts were so much more:

"You know how they say that when you're dying, you're supposed to go toward the light? Well, when I thought I was dying, the light was moving further and further away."


Your prompt
Write a story based on the concept of this dude's last two sentences.

Obvious attached difficulty
No actual death should be involved in any way.  Push yourself to think harder and for longer than five minutes and really imagine something deeper about this.  Start with single words, string them together, find a common theme.  If you need help, get in touch.

Guidelines
In honor of FFM, you can keep it around 1000-1500 words, vignettes are fine.
Due at the end of July, note it to me here or at my page.  Link back to the prompt.
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These are my own stories from the prompts I've provided. I'd be a sorry-ass administrator if I didn't write the prompts with you guys, wouldn't I? Hell yes, I would.

Who's mouth is that?

It is Chris Cornell's mouth from a bootleg cd of a Soundgarden concert from 1993 (or 1989 or 1991, there's no telling with those things). The picture was stolen long before the internet existed so I think we can allow it to be grandfathered in as the group icon without too much static.

Scream is the name of his most recent solo album, one co-produced with Timbaland. Old school Soundgarden fans still living in 1992 wrapped in their old flannel HATED this album because it wasn't like his old stuff. He took a chance and went in a new direction. That is what inspired the name of this group -- trying something totally new or something that might go against what you've been doing for years CAN be a good thing with good results. Seeing as the album is absolutely fantastic, I felt it was only right to see if that concept would apply here as well.

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:wave: Hello. Welcome to ScreamPrompts. Go to the About Us page and read the "About Us" information. Then read the Manifesto. Both are very important regarding whether or not you belong here. Not everyone does. That is fine. It is not personal. Not everyone is ready to be awesome. But when you are, I'll be here waiting.

:star: If you're not already watching my personal page, add me to your watch as soon as possible. Oftentimes I have information for ScreamPrompts in my journal over there that you should be aware of, stuff that might help you succeed, stuff that might make you proud, stuff that could really help. And on occasion, I might spotlight one of you all. So please, add me to your watch list. I will return the favor if I'm not already watching you.

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:bulletred: You can generally reach me after midnight, Pacific Standard Time; that's when I'm more likely to be here. Of course, I respond to all notes within 24 hours.

:bulletblue: To stay up to date with prompts and other information, please read the blog entries. There are important things to know and other things to consider hidden in them sometimes... there's no telling what I might wharrgarbl about.

:bulletgreen: If this is your first time here, read the Manifesto (screamprompts.deviantart.com/a…. It is very important that you do. This group is not for everyone, just those who want to help the Lit Community improve by actively improving their writing.

:bulletpink: To learn about how I run this show , read the "About Us" page. It is as important as the Manifesto, even if it's not as entertaining.

:bulletpurple: Feel like you've missed a prompt? No worries; click on the Journal link and you'll find the List. The prompts don't expire so if you want to try one out, go for it. Remember, you must be a member if you want your work to have a shot of making it to the gallery.

:bulletblack: For current and future members, I am compiling stories from the prompts for publication for charity. Read more here: screamprompts.deviantart.com/j…

:star: If you are a poet, good for you. I don't accept poetry of any sort here whatsoever, not even "prose poetry", and don't think I don't check. However, there is a group out there for you that was inspired by this group, HammeredPoetry. Check them out. Tell CrumpetsHarvey I sent you.

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BiscuitDude Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That manifesto is so typical of you, and I would expect nothing less. This sounds like the perfect group for where I want to go with my writing. Count me in.
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raspil Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014   Writer
thank you, and welcome aboard.  if you have questions, never hesitate to get in touch with me.
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BiscuitDude Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Just one thing I noticed: 666th member...I sure hope that's not a bad sign...:O
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raspil Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014   Writer
it's not.  it's perfect.

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Pinkedalink Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   General Artist
I'd just like to let you know that I found the Manifesto. I didn't realize it was in the About Us page. I read through everything in the About US page, I believe, just so you know. =]
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raspil Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   Writer
groovy cool.  welcome aboard :-)
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Pinkedalink Featured By Owner May 22, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! :3
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DaCoda-Buchan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Of three groups I was a part of this was the only one current when I came back. Yay! I will not do March, but I will do the next one.
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raspil Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Writer
I will not do March, but I will do the next one.

You can always come back and do any of the prompts that you've missed.  There's never a guarantee that any of the prompts will be easier than the next, so keep that in mind ;-)
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DaCoda-Buchan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I just enjoy doing them with the group. I may go back and do some older ones. I need the practice. Thanks for the suggestion.
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