Some nights I lie awake, all the worries and pressures of the day just passed and the day to come tumbling and dancing in my brain like popcorn. When this happens I usually resort to one thing: stories. I sink down as deep as I can go into whatever story is clamoring for attention. I plan out conversations and internal monologues. I set scenes. The goal is to lose myself, immerse myself completely in the story, and hopefully to fall asleep with something interesting to dream about. If I’m really lucky, I even remember it in the morning.
What about you? Do your stories keep you dreaming or keep you awake at night? Tell us about it in the comments – or in your 42-word microstory.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: why are you still awake?
This week’s question requires only one thing for a good answer: that the answerer be awake at a time when they would be expected to be sleeping. Please note that the verb tense of the answer should match the verb tense of the question. We want present tense: why are you awake right now?
PROOFREAD. Nothing is easier, and nothing will get you bumped from the voting grid faster than typos, spelling or punctuation mistakes, or grammatical errors. You’ve only got 42 words; mistakes stick out.
Keep in mind that your post has to make sense if your reader doesn’t know the question. Don’t use the question as your title or anywhere else in your piece. And remember, any words surrounding your gargleblaster — explanations, references, footnotes, shout-outs, etc. — will be counted against your 42-word limit.
The top 42 entries will be open for voting on Thursday
You may enter only one gargleblaster microstory. Submissions are moderated. All entries will show up on our submissions grid, and up to 42 entries will be moved to the voting grid, which opens on Thursday. Everybody: read, comment, vote!
If you don’t make the voting grid, don’t despair – you’ll get a detailed love letter from our wonderful submissions editor, Rowan G., letting you know what needed improvement. Email us or head over to our pages on Facebook and Twitter with any questions.
Winners will be announced on Friday
Look for Friday’s combined winners’ post to see the crowd favorites and editors’ picks from across all of our challenge grids.
What else is happening around here?
We’ve got the nonfiction grid opening on Mondays, the speakeasy for fiction and poetry on Tuesdays, the gargleblaster micro challenge on Wednesdays, and the come-one, come-all moonshine grid for the weekends. We’ve also got a great hangout space over at the coffeehouse. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly e-mail blast so you don’t miss out.