How Writers Accidentally Inspire One Another

  • June 3, 2011

Recently this person posted a blog post inspired by a prompt that challenges writers to profile their favorite chess piece (the full list of 50 Writing Prompts can be found here).

The game of chess is ages old, and is loosely based on the days of castles and medevil warfare, only in a civilized table-top mind-challenge way. The writer explained that her favorite chess piece was the rook (i.e. the knight), because as far as she is concerned, knights are sexy and are her ideal mate. I know this because she mentions drooling over how manly knights are.

But aside from knights, I might find one attractive if there were ever a female knight. The post made me think of another prompt that is loosely related; describe your ideal living situation.

My favorite chess piece is the king. Not only is the king in charge, but the king traditionally lives in a castle and historically, is married to the queen. Everything the king does, he does royally, or in a royal fashion. A king wears a gold crown, sits on a golden throne, and wears a fur coat. Just like me, a king goes overboard whenever he sets out to do even the most mundane of things.

My ideal living situation would ultimately be a castle because I’ve always been fascinated by the medieval times. I would love to build my own castle, but since they are built with stone and concrete, castles are expensive things to build.

How could I live in a castle? Let’s take a look at the possibilities…

  • I could marry into royalty, which would be unlikely because I’m already in a relationship and not looking.
  • I could build a castle, which would be very unlikely unless I won the lottery jackpot… Twice. Castles are not only expensive to build, but also very expensive to maintain. I can only imagine the taxes of such a place. But even if I could have my own castle, it would need to have castle-wide Wi-Fi installed, which might prove difficult because radio signals have a difficult time passing through concrete.

I’ve also always wanted my very own freight train diesel locomotive, but trains are big things. Extremely expensive things, mind you. I’ve heard that some locomotives can cost in upwards of $200 million!

Lots of folks tell me that I have expensive tastes. Truth be told, I don’t. I have impossible tastes. Besides, where would I put a train? In my yard? Hardly. Trains are big things. Historically speaking, when we are told stories of a train robbery, it’s always the contents of the train that are stolen, not the train itself.

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4 Comments on How Writers Accidentally Inspire One Another

  • Dr. Harvey L. Slatin says:
    June 5, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Very amusing commentary. However may I offer some suggestions.
    (1) It is a common practice to build castles in the sky. They cost zip and can be refurbished daily or hourly.
    (2) There are no taxes to pay and have zero upkeep.
    (3) They can be as extensive as you like and still take up very little space.
    (4) No heating or air conditioning expenses. There are many disadvantages for you to figure out, but it is a solution.

    As for the most important chess piece, it obviously is the king. Once the king is check mated, the game is over. Long live the king.

    As for locomotives, I am afraid you may need to settle for HO models. The real McCoy is beyond the reach of individuals and nations. I remember visiting the GE plant in Erie, PA which at the time was full of hundreds oof such monsters ready for shipment, but there they were silently awaiting the money to pay for them (in advance). As far as I know after 15 or more years they are still there. Recently I was also impressed by the newly designed engines and trains now being built in Chiina, Japan, and Germany.

    Stick to your miniatures.


  • Jayke1981 says:
    June 8, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Dude, you are everything I want to be!! Colour me inspired!!


  • Todd says:
    July 4, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Hi Thomas,

    I hate to nit-pick, but the Rook is not the Knight, nor is the Knight a Rook. They are two separate and different pieces on the Chess board. The Knight is the piece in the shape of a horse, the Rook is in the shape of a Castle and is found at either end of the Chess board at the start of a game. So which did she mean?

    …I’m so confused….but I do this to myself a lot.




    • Thomas says:
      July 4, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      Oh no, quite the opposite. I appreciate it when folks like you add corrections and/or additional information as comments so that I may get it right the next time around! Thank you!


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