Hello everyone. The Four Naughty Chimps are back and it’s time to get jiggy! None other than the one and only Chris Graham, better known to you as The Story Reading Ape, is here today. And I’ve decided to throw him a party. Woot!
Chris/Ape is such a multi-talented individual, making book cover designs and promo trailers. Not to mention his tireless promotion of Indie authors. I’m going to start this party by showing you a sample of something new he’s doing — 3-D images of book covers. I was so excited to see Atonement, Tennessee in 3-D!
The Prices, etc, can be found at: http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/tsra-3d-books/
It wouldn’t be a party if I didn’t invite everyone to come out and play. When I saw the wonderful 3-D image, on a whim I challenged our Ape/Chris to write a quick story relating to 3-D. Not only did he go 3-D, he put three “D” names in the story. Now that’s jumping into the game!
Then I realized it was a little unfair of me to ask the Story Reading Ape to write a story if I didn’t take the same challenge. (I freely admit that his story is better than mine though.) Of course he had upped the ante by adding the three “D” names.
Now, since this is a party, you know that I want all of you to come out and play too. Leave something in the comments that the thought of “3-D” inspires in your imagination.
First we’ll have the story from Chris, and then you’ll see mine.
By Chris Graham
Davy, Don and Duke had apparently not only painted the town red last night, they’d applied three coats of primer and varnished over two coats of waterproof emulsion judging by they way they felt this morning.
The alleyway they woke up in didn’t look familiar; it was wet and kinda flat looking; even when they forced their eyelids wide open.
As the others watched in befuddled disbelief, Duke slowly peeled himself off the wall and flopped around for a while before draping over a nearby garbage can.
“God – I feel so FLAT!”
“You are!” slurred Don.
“Don’t ya mean – “You Do?””
“Nope, he was making a statement of fact Duke”, a stunned looking Davy slurred in agreement.
“Waddya mean by that?” grunted Duke as he tried to push himself upright.
“Because you ARE flat” Don slurred more clearly.
“As a pancake” Duke clarified.
Duke looked down at himself, slowly turned his hands and arms around a bit, repeated the action on each of his legs and looked back at his two buddies, still sitting propped up against the alley wall.
“As paper…” his buddies screamed in unison when Duke momentarily disappeared from the waist up as he turned.
Silence gripped the alleyway as all three of them fainted.
Some hours later, when they woke up together, a trio of voices shouted “Hey Guys, I’ve just had the weirdest dream.”
The alleyway still looked as flat as they did.
Okay… that’s hard to follow, but I’ll at least participate. Here’s my spontaneous 3-D story. But since I can… I’m going to put the title at the end, to avoid spoilers. Here goes…
“Well, Dinah… It’s a little bit, I don’t know, Gothic looking,” Daisy said thoughtfully as she looked at a picture of a bedroom design her friend wanted to use.
Daisy actually thought the décor bordered on tacky, with all the ruffles and lace. However, that kind of thing did suit her romanticizing friend. She moved to a spot where the light was better. The two young women had slipped into the copy room of the university’s Advanced Technologies lab. It was the closest place to make a photocopy.
“Where did you find this photo?” Daisy wanted to know.
“It was in the research materials my cinematography professor let us use,” her friend replied. “Oh I can’t afford to be late for class. Give it back. Let me just make a copy of it. This machine looks like it’s already warmed up,” Dinah said as she put the photo into the machine.
“Cinematography? Dinah, wasn’t your assignment in that class about a director named John Badham and Frank somebody-or-other? Hang on a minute. That’s not a copy machine! It’s a 3-D printer.”
The lights flickered and went out as all the power was diverted to the 3-D printer. The machine clicked and chugged. With a groan it spat out a ruffled pillow. Shrill whirring whistling sounds filled the room. The printer shook and belched out a lacy curtain.
“Turn it off!” Daisy cried, worried that the printer would explode with all the noise it was making.
Dinah frantically and repeatedly pressed the off button. When that had no effect, she began to slap every button on the control panel.
“I can’t! It won’t stop!” Dinah yelled above the noise.
The printer screeched and hissed. Smoke filled the room. The girls coughed and tried to see through the vapors as they felt their way toward the door.
The sound of soft footfalls reached their ears.
“Who’s there?” Dinah cried.
With the grace of a cat a dark silhouette strode toward them.
With a shaking voice Daisy whispered to her friend, “You don’t suppose that’s D—”
Dinah finished the name in a shaking voice, “Dracula?”
Daisy and Dinah Meet Dracula
Okay, now it’s your turn. Think 3-D and all the advancements, or all the science fiction, or even the goofy red and blue 3-D movie glasses. Give your imagination freedom and leave a comment about 3-D.
If this inspired you to just write something or otherwise create anything related to 3-D, that’s even better! If you want, you can use the comments to leave a link to your story or blog post. Kindly link back to this post if you blog about what you wrote, cooked, painted, or photographed.
Thank you from my heart for “coming out to play” at my party for the Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape. Drop by his tree house to say hello.
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