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June “100 Words Or Less” Writing Challenge
A picture is worth a hundred words.
Here's the picture:
It's a picture of two people seemingly out for a fun drive and... (no, waitaminute, waitaminute - that was the set up for our last writing challenge!)
Oh. Here it is:
It was one of the more memorable news photos of 2011. In the midst of a violent Vancouver street riot, a moment of love and tenderness had somehow found a place to blossom.
BACKGROUND: On the night of June 15th, the Vancouver Canucks lost the final game of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins. Vancouver hockey fans, fuedl by adenalin and alcohol, let their anger explode in one of the worst riots ever experienced in the city. As the mob moved away from Rogers Stadium and up Georgia Street, bricks were thrown, store windows broken, merchandise stolen, fires started everywhere, including the torching of several police cars. Riot police pushed forward with battle shields and batons, firing tear gas cannisters and plastic bullets into the crowd. Local hospital emergency rooms admitted 150 injured rioters, one in critical condition. At least four people were stabbed, and nine police officers were wounded, several with bite marks. More than a hundred people were arrested, and property damage was estimated at more than five-million dollars.
Photographer Richard Lam, who took the photo, said it went like this:
“...The riot police on foot took over. They charged at the crowd to push everyone back. They do that in waves. It's like a 20 meter run... They come at you pretty hard when they want to clear you out.
“...I looked back and saw two people on the street. My first instinct was that she was run over by the riot squad and that she was hurt... That's what they do. If you can't run, you get knocked down and then they come back and clean things up. And here are two people in the middle of the street waiting to get cleaned up.”
THE CHALLENGE: Tell us about the people involved and the dramatic event that led up to this image. “Set the scene,” as they say. You can start your story months or minutes before you get to the “pay-off.” The pay-off is the image above. Your story should end with the image.
Oh, yes... And tell your story in 100 words or less.
HOW TO ENTER: Simply fill in your entry as a "comment" to this blog (below) and then click on "Add comment." One entry will naturally follow another as they're added, so we can enjoy each one and see who the author is.
Remember the two simple rules: End with the image in mind, and tell us what's going on in 100 words or less.
DEADLINE IS Thursday, July 5th at high noon.
BEST ENTRIES will be lauded and applauded at our General Membership Meeting, July 7th, at the Glendale Public Library. If you're chosen the best, be prepared to stand and read your entry to the admiration and envy of everyone there! Of course, we'll have the illustration displayed right behind you.
Be inventive, be creative. Most of all, have fun!
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