Challenge Gallery 47: Original

This week we feature stories inspired by the challenge prompt, “original,” which was also the prompt over at 100 Word Stories. Some of our entries are accompanied by their 100 word stories. It wasn’t a requirement, simply a nudge to participate in both challenges.

Crap Mariner posts his podcast on Sunday mornings, so be sure to listen to the participants read their own stories tomorrow morning. Crap’s mental meanderings are just a happy bonus.

Before we get to our gallery, the prompt for next week is, “Stream.” Make of it what you will.

Challenge Gallery 47: Original


She’d been safe in the shelter of his arms, the cocoon of his protection. She’d wanted to stay that way forever, sunlight pouring through their windows, warmth moving throughout the day.

Until he could no longer be warmed, and arms grew too frail, too weak to remain about her waist. Until all that remained were his unwashed sheets, abandoned wrappings with a fading scent.

She wrapped herself within them, burrowed deep, lain still to let the sunlight bake her into something else. No warm safety for her transformation. No witness to her rebirth.

Painted in sunlight, she conjures the storm.

by Masha Runya


Original DNA of Meandra

My avatar got herself a DNA string, brain and pounding heart. It’s supposed to give a feeling of unique origin. But ‘original’ is a word we often abuse. It has this smell of magic, which turns every common person into something very special. Sure, we all are unique by DNA and in that way original. But being unique by DNA does not make us behave in the same sort of unique way. Who we are is how we learn to use that special self. But remember, most of that is being teached by others, which makes us just a copybot.

by Meandra


Sheila’s original recipe burgers were hugely successful – the succulent, juicy meals she served up turned fast food into fine dining. The recipe was, of course, a closely guarded secret and despite numerous cash offers from several giants of the food industry, it wasn’t for sale.

Despite her success, Sheila never sought the big time, selling her burgers from a mobile kitchen at the roadside. She’d stay for a while, never more than a few weeks in one place, then move on.

Oddly, the neighbourhood cats and dogs seemed to follow her – because there were never any about after she’d gone.

by Serendipity Haven

...No matter What, I will never be an original Queen !

“…No matter What, I will never be an original Queen !” by Awesome fallen

How original...

“How original…” by Crap Mariner

A True Original

“A True Original. A deeply artistic collage by a good friend of mine called Absinthe Wednesday. She’s a totally original artist, honest. Alternatively, I could say that the main image is located here:” by Cad Lorakeet

We all try to be original, but all we end up as are copies.

“We all try to be original, but all we end up as are copies.” by Haisley

Original (Not)

“Original (Not)” by Sinjin Cooperstone

The Original Plan

“The Original Plan” by Maybe May

Single Frame Stories: Original

“Original and Deluxe Flavor” by Dioridhe Quandry

Original Ideas- Take Your Pick

Original Ideas – Take Your Pick

“Where do you get your ideas?” they asked.
“How did you get so creative?” they wondered.
If only they knew how easy it is. Original ideas grow on trees. They can be plucked from the gnarled branches in bushels. Ideas are the fruit of the stubby trees of despair, euphoria, loneliness, and strife. These trees feed from the loamy soil of hardship, watered by the rays of a smile and fertilized by longing. For every idea that is picked, three more grow in its place.
Just pay no attention to the serpent, out on a limb.

by Whiskey Monday

100% Original Profile

“100% Original Profile.”

I recently came across someone who had copied my SL profile into her own. It made me take a good hard look at how important it is to be yourself, the only true original.

It also pissed me off.

by Whiskey Monday


I died again and it’s starting to bother me. I know it shouldn’t. We are taught that the Self is nothing more than identity and the continuity of our memory. So every time they restore an archived brain scan into one of my clones, it is the real I who awakens.

But what about the lost memory of each death? All gone. A sniper’s laser. A drone’s warhead. An enemy’s blade. Abandoned in the black hole between my last scan and the last breath of each incarnation. They who died are dead and gone. Irrecoverable. May we rest in peace.

by “Botgirl Questi


Challenge Gallery 46: Pot

Both Botgirl and I have participated in Crap Mariner’s 100 Word Stories Challenge over the years, and it was that challenge that prompted our idea for Single Frame Stories.

This week both 100 Word Stories and our Single Frame Stories will feature the same challenge prompt, giving both challenges an opportunity to enhance their entries by participating in the other. For this week only, we’ll be lifting the 140 character text limit if you submit a 100 word story with your entry.

You can learn more about how to submit a 100 Word Story here. Crap records a podcast each Sunday featuring the week’s stories. Most folks record their own stories for Crap to add, but if you’re unable to record yours, he can do it for you.

If you write a story that goes with your Single Frame Stories entry, please add it to your Flickr photo or email it to singleframestories at gmail, along with your challenge entry for our gallery. We’ll feature them together here.

And so for both Single Frame Stories and next week’s 100 Word Stories, the prompt is, “Original.” Make of it what you will.

Challenge Gallery 46: Pot


“I am off to Vancouver next week…I will smoke one in honor of you all!” by Elle Couerblanc


by Sinjin Cooperstone

Crack Pot - Single Frame Stories

“Crack Pot” by Adaline May

I wonder if there is catnip in this pot

“I wonder if there is catnip in this pot” by Derry McMahon

130711 other side 02b

“130711 other side 02b” by Bear Silvershade

Single Frame Stories: Pot

“The Wrong Kind of Pot… by Deoridhe Grimsdottir Quandry


“Music is My Dope” by Meandra

The Pot

“The Pot” by Dondo Dollinger aka Billy

The Escape

“The Escape” by Peep Sideshow

A Little Teapot (Single Frame Stories)

“A Little Teapot” by Whiskey Monday

I'm Fucking Done Now

“I’m Fucking Done Now” by Botgirl Questi

Challenge Gallery 45: Delayed

I suppose it was inevitable that I would be delayed getting this blog posted. Today’s challenge gallery was delayed, in both name and also by the flood in my basement. My fingers are wrinkly from bringing up ruined boxes of books, clothes and art supplies, so I won’t waste much time typing. I know you want to see the entries for this week, without any more delay.

But before we do, the challenge prompt for next week is, “Pot.” Make of it what you will.

Challenge Gallery 45: Delayed

Single Frame Stories Challenge 45 – Delayed

“I delayed in expressing my deepest love and how they helped me become who I am today. Wherever they may be I hope they are hearing me right now” by Elle Couerblanc


by Sinjin Cooperstone


“Living alone now in SL I still always set a place for him, thinking him just delayed, rather than not coming. It’s easier to think about it that way.” by Gidge Uriza


“There has been some delay in services.” by Deoridhe Grimsdottir Quandry

Delayed at the Sale

“Not that I really need to do more shopping, but yeah, I totally do! So glad I’m not too late…what if they sold out???” by Derry McMahon


“Your clothing is still downloading but you can use SL as normal.” No, I bloody well cannot. by Cinnamon Ghoststar


by Dondo Dollinger, aka Billy


“Delayed by Shutter Speed” by Meandra


“Delayed, by Any Means Possible” by Serendipity Haven


by Whiskey Monday


“…of all the hardships a person had to face
none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.” ― Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns” image by Botgirl Questi

Challenge Gallery 44: Wall

Botgirl posted a compelling blog post about her process for this week’s prompt. Do check it out here. I think the difficulty of pushing past the initial, cliched reaction we may have to a prompt is worth the work involved. Here’s a little of what she had to say:

. . . what keeps me coming back each week to the Single Frame Stories Challenge is the process of working through an initial knee-jerk metaphor to aspects of the underlying concept that were not immediately evident. For instance, the second image extended the idea of walls we hide behind, to spaces of safety that we peer beyond, where others can see us from a safe distance. And as climbable barriers we can step outside of. Not earth shatteringly profound, but an interesting expansion of my original view.

Some people take issue with being directed by an external prompt rather than one’s own inner calling. But the beauty of surrendering to an external prompt is the consistent opportunity to break out of our habitual framework and work on ideas we would not otherwise engage with. Works for me. I invite you to give the weekly challenge a try.

So, let’s see the artists who pushed through that initial cliche this week, and the stories they want to tell.

But before we do, the challenge prompt for next week is, “delayed.” Make of it what you will.

p.s. Today is the last day to view the Single Frame Stories exhibit at SL10B. More info here.

Challenge Gallery 44: Wall

Whatever It Takes

“Whatever It Takes.After a year of paperwork, I’m finally going to be with the love of my life, whom I met in Second Life. It’s been a long, stressful, emotional road, but worth every step. :)” by Jewel~Appletor


by Masha Runya

Wall at Night

“Wall at Night” by Sinjin Cooperstone

Single Frame Stories Challenge 44 - Wall

“I dance around the walls I have built for myself. The wall is there – I feel it. It may just be one sided, but the wall still keeps me out of reach.” by ElleCouerblanc

Single Frame Stories ' Wall'

“psychological wall” by Pixi Late

What's on the other side?

“What’s on the other side?” by Cinnamon Ghostar


“The Walls Have Ears” by Serendipity Haven


“I want to break free” by Meandra

The Fourth Wall

“The Fourth Wall” by Michelle Hyacinth

"Where did my 99 bottles of beer go?"

“Where did my 99 bottles of beer go?” by Crap Mariner

Closing in

“Closing In” by Bear Silvershade

Walls for SingleFrameStories

“A wall doesn’t need to be solid to be formidable.” by Derry McMahon

The wall divides. Yet it shaped and brought us together

“The wall divides. Yet it shaped and brought us together” by Ferd Frederix

Wall of Fear

“Wall of Fear” by Aequitas

Darn - Single Frame Stories prompt: "Wall"

“Darn” by Skell Dagger

Sticks and Stones - Breaking the Fourth Wall

“Sticks and Stones – Breaking the Fourth Wall” by Michelle Hyacinth

Building A Wall

“Building A Wall” by Dondo Dollinger, aka Billy

Wall 2

“Although we hide behind walls for a sense of safety, we are also continuously peering out beyond them. And sometimes we step outside.” by Botgirl Questi

Challenge Delayed

No, the prompt isn’t “delayed,” the challenge gallery will be. Both Botgirl and I are strapped this weekend (not together, mind you) and so I’m going to extend last week’s prompt til next Saturday, June 29. If you’ve already submitted a story, feel free to create another. If you haven’t, this gives you another week to work on it.

So, the prompt for next week is, “wall.” Make of it what you will, again.

Challenge Gallery 43: Creativity (SL10B Challenge)

For the past three weeks our challenges have been stories that illustrate just a few of the things that keep us in Second Life, to celebrate SL’s 10th Birthday. The topics were Identity, Community and Creativity. And for the first time ever, our work will be shown inworld, at the SL10B Community Celebration.


As of this morning, our SL10B exhibit is finished. I’ve wandered around the 20 celebration sims, and I’m humbled by the talent of our fellow exhibitors. Some of the builds are simply breathtaking, and all of them are heartfelt.


Our build is not the most elaborate, but it is deliberately simple- partly because I have little skill as a builder, and mostly because I wanted your stories to be the focus. I’m ridiculously proud of our display. We have all submitted pieces that showcase the broad range of talent and ideas that make virtual worlds such an incredible space. I’m thrilled to be a part of the process.


Our build has a cherry location. {Slurl to our exhibit} The name of our sim is Wonderous, and we’re located across the path from the Welcome Area, and a prim’s toss from Marianne McCann’s History Walk. From our build, if I turn my draw distance up a bit, I can see the incredible Main Stage and behind us looms the giant birthday cake tree. We’re surrounded by awe inspiring talent, and we fit right in. I hope you’ll agree when you visit.

build with arrow.jpg

SL10B opens to the public tomorrow, June 16 and continues for just a week. It will take you that long to see it all, if you can. But please start here, at our exhibit. I’ve marked the spot so that you’re sure to find it. I hope you’re as proud as I am. Thank you for taking part in this challenge.

sfs silly

Before we get to our challenge gallery, our prompt for next week is “wall.” Make of it what you will.


Challenge Gallery 43: Creativity (SL10B Challenge)

There are a few of the other SL10B prompts represented in this gallery, as well. 

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“Creativity happens the moment your work becomes a part of you.” by Elle Couerblanc

Recreate yourself

“Recreate Yourself’ by Sinjin Cooperstone

Single Frame Stories SL10B Creativity

“How to be creative” by Pixi Late


“Crux1” by Brian Lambourne

"I did not bear my pain alone" for Single Frame Story

“I did not bear my pain alone” by Crap Mariner


“Community” by Serendipity Haven


“The Crusaders search for the Holy Grail, is it in fact a woman?” by Brian Lambourne

Lessons from a dead poet

“Lessons from a dead poet” by Peep.Sideshow

Waiting on Creativity

“Waiting on Creativity” A joint collaboration, designed by Derry McMahon and shot by Bear Silvershade.

Creativity - I can see for miles

“Creativity – I can see for miles” by Ely Hynes

Creativity SFS By Southieface

“Creativity” by Southie Allen

Single Frame Story - Creativity

“Sometimes, when things end and begin, there are butterflies.” by Deoridhe Grimsdottir Quandry

By the sea

“By the sea” by GoSpeed Racer


“Creativity” by Masha Runya

Creative Space

“Creative Space” by Cinnamon Ghoststar

Town Square Communities Utherverse

“Town Square Communities Utherverse” by LeeHere Absent


“Creativity is make something dead come alive” by Meandra


“The Simple to the Sublime” by Venus Petrov


“Identity” by Serendipidy Haven


“Creativity” by Serendipidy Haven


“Identity.” by Cad Lorakeet

Identity - Just me

“Identity – Just me” by Ely Hynes

Heaven and Hell - Single Frame Story - Prompt - Identity

“Identity” by Vylna Daviau

A Gaggle of Bloggers

“A Gaggle of Bloggers” by Peep Sideshow

Hive Mind

“Hive Mind” by Michelle Hyacinth


by LeeHere Absent

My Mess

“My Mess” by LeeHere Absent

"Creativity" SFS prompt

by Michelle Hyacinth

Community: There is no place like home.

“Community: There is no place like home.” by Cinnamon Ghoststar

Light in the window

“Light in the window” by Bear Silvershade

Plugged In- Creativity

“Plugged In” by Whiskey Monday


“Mystery” by Botgirl Questi


“Identity” by Botgirl Questi

Challenge Gallery 42: Community (SL10B Challenge)

Months ago I planned to do a Douglass Adams inspired prompt for our 42nd challenge. I was disappointed that the SL10B challenge got in the way, until I saw the entries for Community this week. You guys do good work! I can’t wait to show y’all off at SL10B.

I didn’t get a chance to shoot my own entry this week. But we’ve still got another week to finish up with this challenge. A note about this week’s deadline- The SL10B celebration opens to the public on Saturday the 16th. I need your entries in on Friday. Preferably early Friday, but anytime Friday is okay. But I will say, the earlier the better this week, as it will be easier for me to finalize our display when I know how many entries we’re going to have. I’ve left some flexibility in the build, but you can save me some stress by submitting early this week.

The build will be open to press on Thursday and Friday, so hopefully I can have it mostly finished by that point. Our build isn’t the most impressive structure, but it’s certainly one of the most diverse displays I’ve seen. I’m proud of us.

So let’s get to our final SL10B challenge prompt. In addition to Identity and Community, the challenge prompt this week is “Creativity.” Make of it what you will. 

Challenge Gallery 42: Community (SL10B Challenge)

“Community” by Meandra Ardnaem

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“Everyone wants to belong to something – Everyone needs a Community. We can’t do it alone.” by Elle Couerblanc


“Community” by Venus Petrov

The Newcomer

“The Newcomer: The community was a bit unsure about their newest member.” by Sinjin Cooperstone


by Masha Runya

Singe Frame Story: Community

“They came when I called, no questions asked.” by Deoridhe Grimsdottir Quandry

Single Frame Stories SL10B Community

by Pixi Late

“Identity” by Venus Petrov

Painting a Community (canvas) by Ferd Frederix

Painting a Community (canvas) by Ferd Frederix

What Path Will You Take?

“What Path Will You Take?” by wavinggirlsav


by Botgirl Questi