100 Word Challenge: Tall tale

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Earlier this week, two days before my birthday, I find out that instead of the MRI I thought my orthopedist would order for my wonky knee, I’m actually now waiting for a scheduling nurse to call to set up full knee-replacement surgery sometime in the next few weeks.

I get a brand new knee for my birthday! Yay, me!


This knee has given me fits beyond the normal arthritis for nearly a year and a half, so anything that promises to alleviate that pain is a welcome option.


What I need from my Wordsters this week is a backstory. Doc says I’ll have a pretty impressive scar that will run vertically down the middle of my knee and I need some fantastical story to tell people why I needed surgery – something other than the old knee just wore out.

Tell me a tall tale. It can be science fiction, fairytale, supernatural, some almost believable (yet, heroic) soon-to-be urban legend… whatever genre you like, just make it convincing.

I could say a prehistoric alligator crawled out of the bayou while I was on one of my photo hikes and attacked me. I could have fought off alien invaders (or just a really big bird) trying to abduct my dog… you get the idea, only it has to be told in 100 words.

The more outrageous the better… impress me.

I used to tell strange, wild, improbable tales akin to ghost stories, and discovered a taste for spinning yarns. ~ Algernon Blackwood

This week’s inspiration:

Tell me a tall tale

What to do:

Using “tall tale” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

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