Microcosms offers a character, a setting, a genre, but with a longer list you can pick from if their random number generator doesn’t tickle your fancy. There’s also an optional picture prompt too. It looks like the winners judge next week’s round, which will hopefully lessen the work for the administrators. It also seems that the judges pick out their favourite line from each piece, a nice way of making sure everyone feels loved.
This week we were given character: time traveller, setting: medieval Europe, genre: mystery
and the picture was:
Love Letter to Herself
In frustration the scribe thumbed through the manuscript again, hoping inspiration would strike. He had studied the parchment for months, but unable to translate even the smallest fragment.
Theodotus stabbed his quill into the inkwell repeatedly. Sighing, his crabbed writing crawled over his own piece of vellum.
“Yt be moft vexing that nary a word nor phrafe canst be gleaned from yon treatise… surely it be an account penned by an angel.”
Jade knew no-one would ever crack the code she used to write the Voynich manuscript, so she couldn’t resist leaving it for her future past self to puzzle over. A small concession to keep her from being blue.