The winners of the latest Creative Writing Challenge have been announced and nailed to the Hall of Fame. Give some respect: these people took ten completely unrelated (and I daresay, bizarre) words and strung them together to create winning short stories.
Q: Your story had to include these 10 words: fifth-column, gazpacho, agog, horripilation, simian, fug, opus, salad days, abscond, Kew Gardens. I have to ask: Did you already know the meaning of all these words?
A: I knew the meaning of some of the words, but others, like Kew Gardens and horripilation, sent me to the dictionary.
Q: Talk to us about your main character Brock Holberman, private investigator, salted nut roll binger. Is he at all autobiographical?
A: Wow, I hope not. Brock is an amalgam of Film Noir detectives like Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and Jake Gittes, although Brock would be the least intelligent of the group. I do like gazpacho, though.