The 31 Sentence Contest: Round 19

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Welcome. You have stumbled upon a new adventure. One that will challenge you to grow; one that is filled with twists and turns; one that will have your piece swinging like the rhythm of a jazz ensemble that keeps readers and listeners engaged to the very end (or we crash into a wall and die; either way, we'll learn something together).

Over in China, the revered Shanghai Conservatory of Music can’t even believe the principles of jazz are real! That with enough courage and trust in yourself, you can hear a piece of music once, and ring dazzling changes on it forever and ever. They can’t duplicate our jazz. But everything else we make doesn’t worry them a bit.
....The road to wealth comes from understanding yourself. Doing what you do best, not what other people do best.
--John Taylor Gatto

Round 19

The Prizes

BUILD @build-itHP Delegation for one Week
1st Place225300
2nd Place150200
3rd Place75100

New Sponsor(s): Currently seeking more.
@qurator is helping with upvoting the winners. It works like this: 50%, 30%, 15% for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Sweat! has pledged to help with the delegated rewards. So now, 2nd and 3rd place will receive a one week HP delegation. Also, the @freewritehouse (of whom we both write with) will be showing their support with reblogs and upvotes. Spectacular!
@mariuszkarowski - a.k.a. @mmmmkkkk311 - has offered to upvote (a and/or the) winner(s). The prizes keep growing and so does the support for this contest. Awesome sauce!

The old-timer sponsor(s) list:

Bananafish has supported this contest from day one! with upvotes.
Build-it supports us with build tokens through steem-engine. They seek to "reward those who put in lots of effort into their DIY and How-to articles." Please, feel free to peruse their introductory post to learn more about what they do.

steem-engine tutorial: refer here to learn how tokens can be purchased, staked, sold, and/or given away.

steem-engine: token sponsors -
(currently waiting on steem-engine to update to the HIVE, if they do at all)

Contest Rules

1. One Entry Per Person.

2. Inspired by the prompt and follows the random number order exactly with the correct amount of words in each sentence (explained below).

3. Prose or poetry; any form and genre of fiction is accepted.

4. It must be a story. Refer here for an explanation of what the essential elements of a story must contain in order for it to be considered a story by me.

5. Contest closes at the end of this post's payout. Tuesday is the day this contest comes out.

6. In your entry, link back to this contest somewhere in your post.

8. Post a link to your tale in the comments below.

9. Your entry must be in English.

The Prompt (explained)

The PROMPT: this is what your story is tied to in some way and in some fashion of your choosing within the fiction realm. Easy enough - we hope.

The Sentences: # 1-31(explained)

This idea comes from John Taylor Gatto. In this interview - PDF, he speaks about the inner jazz of writing coming to life simply by applying this method. I've been curious to see this in action. So ...

The SENTENCES: This objective here will have you writing out exactly 31 sentences, found below the prompt in a randomized order. The number of words for each and every sentence corresponds with the sentence number you are on.

For example, if 1 is the number that is up, you may only use one word that will complete the sentence (I know - technically, one word isn't a sentence but deal with it 8-). If 31 is the number, you construct a sentence that is 31 words in length, no more no less. The same goes for all numbers. (Here you'll find excellent examples from the previous rounds that are found at the bottom of the post should you need to see examples.)

Except for number 1, all sentences must, at the very least, follow basic grammar and punctuation rules. You may construct your paragraphs however you see fit (unless you're purposely putting each sentence on its own line, it should read like it is coming from a book or some other like source).

I, @tristancarax, am the judge. Beyond basic grammar and punctuation, I'm looking for stories (refer to rule #4), whether your entry is in prose or poetry.

And there you have it. I'm excited to see what your minds create and imagine through this exercise.

The Prompt:

[Photo is mine, @tristancarax]

Sentence order:

20, 24, 6, 27, 28, 4, 11, 30, 16, 21, 31, 19, 12, 13, 17, 26, 15, 29, 10, 7, 22, 25, 2, 18, 3, 8, 9, 23, 1, 5, 14

Previous Contestants

@agmoore, @blueeyes8960, @carolkean, @chireerocks, @cloudblade, @deirdyweirdy,, @free-reign, @gwilberiol, @ireenchew, @jadams2k18, @justclickindiva, @letalis-laetitia, @marblely, @odeis, @oivas, @owasco, @wakeupkitty

Steemit sites I support and/or delegate to. (yet to be updated... waiting for everyone to switch over to the HIVE )


Other sites I support

Facebook - Moving the Streets
Iq Matrix
Facebook - Kemetic Aha and Sema Association


Tris, I am unable to see the image even with the post open.

Let me try again.


If you are still having trouble, let me know and we'll figure out another way for you to see the pic. I could probably post it in discord.


Hey Tris, it worked today. So, thanks! :)


At first glance the picture looks a little depressing. We'll see what I can come up with.