Charli Mills’ prompt for this week’s 99-word (no more, no less) story at Carrot Ranch was as follows:
August 1, 2022, prompt: Write a story that features someplace remote in 99 words (no more, no less). It can be a wild sort of terrain or the distance between people. What is the impact of a remote place? Go where the prompt leads!
This pedometer geek writer did not have the remotest idea what to write about and so just went where the prompt led this writer, and it is follows:
Television: the Remote Wasteland
When we were young, it was black and white television only, and the remote was the distance to the set, turning to one of three channels.
My family was the first in our neighborhood to own a color television, but there wasn’t a remote control.
Technology brought cable television, with a remote to scan through many channels.
Televisions in rooms used for eating or sleeping became common, and with it, more remotes.
Now our television requires two remotes to find something worth watching; some days, it’d be easier to return to three networks, getting up, and flipping the dial.
~Nancy Brady, 2022
Or even better, just turning the TV off and reading a book instead.
To read all the 99-word stories about remote places, check out the blog at http://www.carrotranch.com. I am sure the Word Wranglers will have written some interesting tales. I know I plan on reading them all.
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