Posted by: victanguera | March 18, 2011

Rambling On: Writing Prompt #313

I’ve never understood long rambling messages on an answering machine (or voicemail). I want to hear your name and phone number. If it’s a friend, all I really need is a “hey it’s…” without the number, and I’ll call you back. Don’t talk about what you forgot to ask me the last time we got together or what you might like to do next weekend, because unfortunately, once I hear who called, I usually hit the delete button and don’t listen to the entire message. Especially not if I know you ramble.

So for today’s prompt, what would happen if someone left your main character a rambling phone message. Like a good clue in a murder mystery, the caller buried an important piece of information within all that rambling. But your main character didn’t listen to the whole message and deleted it.  What did your main character need to know? What happens now that they don’t find out that bit of something?

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Responses

  1. Long, rambling phone messages figure prominently in Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (which I recommend, BTW). In that story, it helps to listen not only to the entire message, but then to keep listening after that…

  2. I thought I was the only one that read Douglas Adams. Didn’t he climb a mountain in Africa in a mascot costume of some sort. It’s to bad rereading him is all I have left. Sorry to jack your thread, I’ll have work this idea a bit nothing pops quick.

    • Love Douglas Adams as well. I’ve read everything he wrote. Too bad he’s gone now.


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