Monday, October 13, 2008

Don't Look Now... It's A Prompt

Hakan Tendell gave me this prompt:

You're on a mission to Mars together with twelve men and eleven other women. Your mission is to establish a colony on Mars, but you're only halfway to Mars when most of the crew have gone mad because of various reasons, and you've lost contact with Houston.

Here's the deal...

In sixth grade science there was this project. I was supposed to, using a 2-liter bottle, create a model of a space station that would endure life. I had to figure out the logistics for food supply, water and oxygen, entertainment, the whole gamut. How would people work? Provide for themselves? Exist?

That was one of the hardest projects I ever did.

My brain works no better at creating a scenario mid-way to Mars. An astronaut I'm not, and I'm afraid I don't have the right skill-set to pretend I am.

So sorry, Hakan. I realize this gives me a failing grade...

Incidentally, I'm not opposed to cheating! Anyone want to do this prompt for me? You want it, it's yours. ;)

15 comments:

Joanne said...

Mid-way to Mars is a whole new genre. I'll pass too. And aren't you so glad to be done with sixth grade! I mean, really. With those projects and all? Oy.

Terri Tiffany said...

Too hard for me!!! But I do love your stories. I am praying this is your week!

Janna Qualman said...

Joanne (I have to put here that each time I type your name, I stumble with mine first, the letters are so similar :) - You said it!

And Terri, every bit of that helps. Thank you!

Angie Ledbetter said...

If I was in command of the spaceship, I'd veer over to, say, planet Amazonia and get some more help from the women warriors there. lol

Janna Qualman said...

Love it, Angie!

Barbara said...

Afraid I can't help either. But I do love Angie's suggestion.

Melanie Avila said...

Jana, I would have a hard time with this one too.

btw, I did the same thing with your name when I posted on my cousin's blog a minute ago. I started it to Janna, then realized that wasn't right!

Melanie Avila said...

And see, I went and misspelled your name. Jannnnna. :)

Turkey Lurkey said...

Something like this is right up my alley. It would be interesting to take it in a direction that has never been tried. For example, the ship is boarded by an alien presence that cant be seen or heard, but it is felt as it blows through the halls of the ship to the main power source and sends them faster than light speed to an entirely different solar system. They arrive on a planet that is inhabited by other 'souls' who feed upon the living. Now they need to fight an invisible enemy and use their technology to get back home.

Rachel Burton said...

I like to think I can imagine a lot of scenarios for my characters, but this one would be tough for me too! Maybe that's why I steer clear of science fiction!

thedomesticfringe said...

Although my mind often wanders through space (the space between my ears), I would have to pass on this one too.

Janna Qualman said...

We're in agreement then, Barbara. :)

Melanie, throw as many n's in as you need to. ;)

Turkey, I'm impressed! Great job, even in that little paragraph!

I agree, Rachel. I, too, stay away from science fiction.

LOL, domesticfringe. Too funny!

Josh said...

lol

colbymarshall said...

I'm scared of this prompt! *runs away*

Janna Qualman said...

Josh, I thought for sure you'd have an idea for this one.

Colby - There's room here where I'm hiding, behind this chair. ;)