The Len Impersonator Prompt (Saturday Writing Essential)

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Whoa, that extra day in February really wore me out. I think I’m going to take a day off and let you do my work for me this week.

Last August,  Lynn P.  gave us a wonderful challenge for this week. In  The Len Impersonator Prompt  she asked us to do something that many of you will like and some might dislike. I’m obviously hoping that those who dislike the idea of writing this type of story will take the time to try it. You might actually have fun with it.

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Okay, so I let my chin hair go until it filled out to a full beard and mustache. I borrowed one of my husband’s caps. I’m wearing my wire-rimmed glasses. I’m Len. Can you see the resemblance?

So, what does Len do? Hmmmm, Encourage writers.

Come on! You can do this. Don’t over think and just have fun.

What else does he do?

I don’t care how long I let my chin hair grow, I just can’t do tutorials on punctuation. Sure, I’d make you do it and skip it entirely, but, hey, he wants us to respond to the prompts we give him, so I’d have to get good at grammar too quickly. Not going to happen, (as proved by this paragraph.)

Tease Greg? Nah, too easy. (Maybe if I do another one.)

Ah, I know two other things he does all the time. He tries to force us out of our comfort zone and writes great revised fairy tales. (Fractured Fairy Tales for anyone old enough to remember Rocky and Bullwinkle.)

Me do a humorous take on a fairy tale or cartoon characters? I already know how good Len is. I’d look bad in comparison. Oh, I know. I’ll get others to try it out, too. True, it’s more likely I’ll look bad compared to a whole bunch of people, but, hey, “out of our comfort zone.” So, there you have it.


This Week’s Challenge:

Take fairy tale or cartoon characters, place them in our world, and tell their story. [Use prose or poetry.]



Surely, Hansel and Gretel grew up. Where are they now?

Remember Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar? They’ve been retired. Now what?

I grew up with cartoons where someone was always chasing someone else. How often did they ever catch them? Do you think they ever stopped? Then what happened?

Ha! I’m serious. This is outside my comfort zone, so I’m not giving away any more ideas. I still have to figure out what I’m doing.


Watch Out For:

Women trying to be Len.

Just kidding, but, if I knew what I was doing, I might come up with a “Watch out for.”

It’s time for me to get rid of this beard. It itches and my hubby won’t kiss me now.

Come on! You can do this. Don’t over think and just have fun.



What a radical concept; some of you actually have a story dealing with snow or ice. There are a lot of great stories and poems this week and it would be courteous of you to read each of the following.

(Saturday Writing Essential – Snow or Ice) – The Ice Woman Cameth  by Pam Brittain

Dreams on My Pillow – Saturday Writing Essential  by Irina Dimitric

I’m a Scientist  by Len Maxwell

Roads Daydream Taken : Saturday Writing Essentials  by William Dotani

Saturday Writing Essential: A Tale Told in Winter  A. F. Stewart

Saturday Writing Essential: Freestyle: First Snowfall (SatWE-Write about Snow or Ice  by Stacey (Jesus is coming soon-are you ready? ) U.

SatWE Snow flake  by Korak 257

SatWE….Winter Milk Delivery….Barbara H….02.26.2012….  by Barbara H.

SatWE~~ICE or SNOW…..02.26.2012…Barbara H….  by Barbara H.

Snow in Hawai’i – Saturday Writing Essential  by Sonia M.

Thanksgiving Ice Storm 1999 Saturday Writing Essential  by JOHN Ashley


What Snow White Saw  by Kathryn Esplin

WINTER [Freestyle Saturday (Saturday Writing Essential)]  by Joann B.


Responses to Previous Challenges:

Some of you have suspected this but I think it will come as a shock to many of you — I make misteaks occasionally. One of the reasons I have this heading is to let you know about posts I’ve missed.

I wonder what he’s thinking (SatWe, October 15th, 2011)  by Angela A.


Weekly reminder: Don’t forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida’s article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.

The Rules:

  • Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.

Challenge: Take fairy tale or cartoon characters, place them in our world, and tell their story. [Use prose or poetry.]

  • There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
  • Post to Gather Writing Essential.
  • Tag your submission with SatWE.
  • Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
  • I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.

Good Writing!

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