Saturday, July 16, 2011

Birthday Bash Blogfest!

J.C Martin's awesome blog is officially one year old.  To celebrate, she is hosting a blogfest.  Here are the rules as posted on her blog.

Write a story (or a personal account) that begins with the phrase:
“A lot can happen in a year…”
The catch? It must be a drabble, i.e. exactly 100 words long, no more, no less. The starter phrase will not be included in your word count.
Some guidelines:

  • Proper nouns (names, etc.) count as just one word, e.g. ‘New Mexico’ is one word
  • Hyphenated phrases count as one word, e.g. ‘self-defence’ is one word
  • I shall be lax with conjunctions: you may count them as one word! 

I'm not sure when I was supposed to post this, but it seemed like a good idea to do it on the actual blog birthday.  So here is my entry:

“A lot can happen in a year…”
Those were the words my mother had uttered when I told her I wanted to train with the Knights.
“We’ve been fine for ten, mother.”
My father died when I was little.  My sister and I were all that my mother had left.  We often worried that bandits would attack our homestead.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to fight them off.  But if I trained with the Knights, I could protect my family and my land.
I returned home, after a year, armed with the skill to fight off bandits, but I had only cinders and rubble to defend.


  1. Hey Jake! Found your entry fine! Thanks so much for participating! This is just a quick note to say that I've been by to read your entry! Drop by my blog on July 26th for the announcement of my shortlisted entries!

  2. Congratulations! Your entry has been shortlisted as a finalist in my blogfest contest! It is now up for the public vote till July 28th! Tell your friends! :)