Saturday, June 23, 2012
CONTEST l Write Your Worst
In anticipation of Alan Furst’s visit to Common Good Books this Monday night at 7 o'clock, we thought we’d try our hand at writing a spy thriller. How hard can it be? Here goes:
It’s 1947, and secret agent Schlitz McFierce, American infiltrate of the Soviet Red Army, is on the run, as his “commander” keeps on making everybody exercise. Sooo much. Ugh!
Whoops! What happened there?! But seriously:
It’s 1947, and time is running out. Secret agent Schlitz McFierce, American infiltrate of the Soviet Red Army, has less than 24 hours to find Stalin’s number two AND file the required paperwork! Oh, um... because the following day he has plans… with this girl he's kind of into. Well, it's not really a date. He doesn't know. It's just...
Alright, look, I can do this. It might help if, in your head, you heard not my voice but Ving Rhames':
It’s 1947, secret agent Schlitz McFierce, American infiltrate of the Soviet Red Army, is on a mission to find Stalin’s secret mistress, take her hostage, and escape to Stuttgart. There’s just one problem: Zero cell-phone reception!
...Okay, well, turns out pretty hard. What with all the twists and turns and research. We'll leave it to Alan Furst to show us how it’s done, but in the meantime we want you to write the best, WORST spy synopsis you can muster, before the big event.
Find Common Good Books on Facebook to submit your most hysterical, least likely synopsis for all to see by Monday night. Common Good Books will pick one winner to receive an audio copy of Guy Noir And The Straight Skinny, performed by Garrison Keillor, Tim Russell, and Sue Scott.
Clock's ticking... (I'll stop.)