[excerpt of an interview]
i don’t feel so alone when i pretend she’s real.
what is so awful about being alone that you have to pretend?
being alone is lonely.
so you feel less lonely when you carry around a stuffed dog?
she’s good company. and she’s a lamb.
are you aware of everyone staring at you?
staring at us. yes ma’am, i sure am.
have you ever considered the company of a real woman?
the likes of me in the dating pool? it sounds like a recipe for a drowning.
oh my god is that my reflection? my eyes are burning. i know i shouldn’t rub them but it seems to help…my eyes are so red. when was the last time i slept through the night? probably not since before thanksgiving, i’ve lost track at this point. now where did i put that list? dammit i can’t keep track of anything in this mess! i’ve been carrying this stupid bear around for two days now, i don’t remember where it is supposed to go… i don’t know how much longer i can keep doing this. the job is getting to me. what happened to the youthful, jolly man i used to be? all i see is a blurred reflection of my former self…exhausted…my eyes are burning….
hey adventure seekers- have you been looking for waldo? adventureclubinteractive saw a waldo sleeping on the streets this morning…
today is the final day of the waldo assignment– to search for a waldo in the world that is dating. take a photo of a stranger in the dating pool, doing something on a date, in need of a good date…. or any other interpretation that your waldo is dating picture inspires. write a brief, creative paragraph about your waldo.
submit via email to email@example.com and if you found the best waldo you will earn adventureclubinteractive’s featured seeker status on our page.
“he’s crazy,” the blond whispered to the brunette.
“how interesting,” the elderly lady declared, rolling by on her wheelchair.
“GET OFF THE STREET!” bellowed the cab driver with no passengers.
“hey man, what’s your message?” slurred the pimply teenager, stopping to stare.
“hold my hand while we walk past this man,” murmured the mother to her son.
and so on…until one tuesday evening…
five hours into the spinning, twirling and singing that was his charade- day after day on Downtown Boulevard- Mac heard one he had never heard before from a mouth on a face he would never find through the crowds:
“how very athletic! he must be strong to do that! carrying the flag is quite a burden these days enough! and to be manipulating it with such pride and such talent!”
and with that he packed up and headed home over the border.
where are the waldos assignment
the where are the waldos photo hunt.
hey adventure seekers- keep your cameras close this week! adventureclubinteractive wants you to mix in with the crowds, walk amongst the people and capture all the waldos of the world. adventureclubinteractive encourages you to take pictures on the sly and in the moment (staging a friend as a waldo is not very adventurous…)
- waldos should be strangers. they may be caught in the act doing something or appearing to have a specific emotion or demeanor. adventureclubinteractive has composed a list of waldo photo opportunities. the assignment demands you follow along daily- looking everywhere for the waldo of the day. at the end of your hunt- upload your photo and ponder it.
- upon pondering, allow your waldo photo tell a story. aim to write an interpretive, creative non-fiction paragraph regarding the photo (see below for helpful guidelines). submit waldo photo and creative writing daily to adventureclubinteractive via email.
the where are the waldos photo hunt list.
monday- waldo is smoking a cigarette
tuesday- waldo is very athletic
wednesday- waldo is instructive
thursday- waldo’s arms are full
friday- waldo is tying a knot
saturday- waldo is dating
bonus – find the real waldo.
creative non-fiction can be an extremely productive writing exercise and a great prompt for a grander scale story idea. here are some guidelines regarding creative non-fiction for this assignment…
- creativity trumps. make up a name for the waldo in your picture. make up absolutely anything about the waldo. maybe an occupation, a dwelling, what sort of exotic pets they have…whatever.
- non-fictitious is the picture. the only rules regarding non-fiction in this creative piece is that the writing must be true to the picture. if the waldo is lying on a beach then you cannot really write about the waldo as an eskimo. the point is to start with all of the elements in the picture- waldo, background, action- and then provide context. maybe you photograph the waldo at an ice cream stand. maybe you write about waldo saving up all week with his newspaper route to afford his favorite flavor ice cream and when he gets to the stand the vendor informs him that he is out of that flavor. and so on. you get the point.
need more inspiration?
check out the latest adventureclubinteractive challenge. may your camera inspire you!
remember to submit your daily masterpieces via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.