Welcome back to Micro Bookends. I was completely bowled over by the turnout for the inaugural contest last week. Thanks for taking part. And the quality of your stories? Outstanding. But then I knew they would be. What have we got this week? Well, let me tell you a little about cosmetic surgery.
One of the first recorded descriptions of cosmetic surgery can be found in the Edwin Smith Papyrus which dates back to 1500 BC and contains such prudent advice as this for nasal reconstruction:
Thou shouldst force it to fall in, so that it lies in its place, (and) clean out the interior of both his nostrils with two swabs of linen until every worm of blood which coagulates inside his two nostrils comes forth. Now afterwards thou shouldst take two plugs of linen saturated with grease and put them into his two nostrils. Thou shouldst place two stiff rolls of linen, bound on. Thou shouldst treat him afterwards with grease, honey, (and) lint every day until he recovers.
Someone who’s also had a bit of work done (on her knee, if nowhere else) is Dame Angela Lansbury who celebrates her 89th birthday today. I have a lot in common with Angela, or more accurately her most famous character, Jessica Fletcher. I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the middle of writing a story I often have to break off to solve crimes: who ate the last biscuit? (me); who put the empty milk bottle back in the fridge? (me); who didn’t replace the empty loo roll…
Let’s give Angela 89 (gentle) bumps, plus one for luck, with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with FACE and ending with LIFT and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not? Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘who is the the author’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.