I am hard at work on Chapter 108 and 109 of the Hard Times story.
It's been a long dry patch for any loyal fans of the story (if there are some) and my apologies there.
I've had some ideas and I think I am close to putting those out there. I am also going back and polishing old chapters.
In the process, and with Labor Day coming it occurred to me to make a request/challenge for any of you out there with a little time on your hands.
Here is what I am asking for:
Write a Short Story and add it to the "Family Feud" Universe as Fan Fiction.
The short story can really be whatever you want, but here are some suggestions;
1- Make it about your "alter-ego" if you lived in the Buckman Trailer Park (the setting of Hard Times). You don't even have to meet/interact with any of the main characters from Hard Times. It's a big place. You could make up your own or pull in some of the more memorable side characters.
Ellen came to the Buckman at the start of the Summer, so as Labor Day wraps things up - conclude whatever you like about whats going on there.
You don't have to even visit the pool. it could all just be fun between you and your neighbors. Maybe you live on the same street as the Angel Devine and the Biker Dad has finally put Candy and his wife out side by the trash? Maybe you live down on infamous J street with all the hookers, maybe you live on Glory Hill or a street you just made up.
Now, whatever you do on Labor Day in real life, translate that to something that may happen at the Buckman? Barbecue with friends and family? Go shopping at a Mini-mall where the Shoe Wharehouse sign is missing a letter and it looks like "Shoe Whorehouse" -
Tell a fun little romp in the trailer park?
If you don't want to do that, revisit the Taylor's from Family Feud. The letter "Dear Internet from Cowtits" answers the question what they are doing now but doesn't really set them any place in particular. You could be a neighbor writing about your interaction with this strange family that moved in. You could even write a story about the family and their continuing journey into bondage and submission.
I'd love it, I think the hardcore fans of the story would love it.
I rarely ever get feedback on the stories but I will tell you that most of the people who do are college professors, engineers, etc. They have analytic minds and tend to be very clever themselves. I'd love to see what one of those minds would do if challenged to write a story.
The one and only rule to this challenge is that you should write a story that YOU would like to read.
If you do that for me over Labor Day, I'll suck your dick.
I am kidding (slightly)
just for grins I keep a detailed list/companion to my stories.
This is every song from the story. If you want to download them all and listen while you read - that adds another dimension to the telling of the tale.
Ch.7 - "Cruise" Florida George Line - Hip Hop Remix - With Nelly
Ch. 8 - "Pour it Up" Rihanna
Ch.9 - "Spiderbaby" White Zombie
Ch. 11 " You can crash my party anytime" Luke Bryan
Ch. 11 " Gold" Macklemore
Ch. 11 Adventure Time (Cartoon lyrics)
Ch. 14 "Bands that make her dance" Juicy J
Ch. 15 "Benny and the Jets" Elton John
Ch. 15 "White Trash Beautiful" Everlast
Ch. 15 "Sweet Home Alabama" Alabama
Ch. 17 "You shook me all night long" AC/DC
Ch. 18 "Royals" - Lorde
Ch. 19 "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-A lot
Ch. 22 "Old flame can't hold a candle to you" - Dolly Parton
Ch. 23 "The Man in Black" - Johnny Cash
Ch. 23 "Every Sperm is Sacred" - Monty Python
Ch. 25 "C.R.E.A.M" (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) - Wu Tang Clan
Ch. 25 "Beer with Jesus" - Thomas Rhett
Ch. 27 "Come on and Dance" - Motley Crue
Ch. 28 "Joker" - Steve Miller Band
Ch. 28 "Paradise City" Guns N. Roses
Ch. 30 "Play that Funky Music" White Cherry
Ch. 32 "Danger Zone" Kenny Loggins
Ch. 33 "Lucky Star" Madonna
Ch. 33 "Jessie's Girl" Rick Springfield
Ch. 39 "Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun" Cindi Lauper
Ch, 39 "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins (parody)
Ch 43 "She is a Beauty" The Tubes
Ch. 44 "Great green globs of greasy, grimy gopher guts" Conner
Ch. 54 "Lettin the Night Roll" Justin Moore
Ch. 63 "Born in East L.A." Cheech Marin
Ch. 66 "Jamie's Cryin'" Van Halen
Ch. 67 "Beer song" Weird Al
Ch. 70 "The Trees" Rush
Ch. 70 "One Bad Bitch" Maino featuring Yo Gotti and Trina
Ch. 70 "Hell's Bells" AC/DC
Ch. 78 "All about that bass" Meghan Trainor
Ch. 80 "Super Bass" Niki Minaj
Ch. 81 "Here I go again" Whitesnake
Ch. 83 "Doo-Wah-Diddy" Manfredd Mann/Stripes marching song (Ted)
Ch. 85 "Sister Luck" Black Crowes
Ch. 92 Old Dan Tucker (negro spiritual - sung by nelly jr.)
Ch. 97 "I love L.A" Randy Newman
Ch. 97 "Drop it Low" Ester Dean/Chris Brown (Cricket's favorite song/jam)
Ch. 98 "Boom Clap" Charli XVX
In other news, I was watching "Party Down South 2" the other day on TLC and realized that I had vastly underestimated how gross, disgusting, uncouth and stupid a lot of people from the trailer park really are in real life. So I will try harder.
If you have read through chapter 97 of Hard Times you realize that Patricia has "seen some shit".
There have been touch points where Patricia came back to the trailer stressed out, and at times left without saying much. If you connect the dots early on in the story - you will be able to surmise that she was probably dealing with her own story.
and what a story it might be; Dancing at the landing strip, looking for Mike, dealing with problems of her own.
CONTEST: Write a story - it could be a vignette about a possible night at the Landing Strip! It could be the time the family saw her at Rowdy's and instead of joining them for dinner she avoided them. It could be the time she came home and saw her daughter naked caught up in some shenigan and instead of completing blowing a lid - she gave her a stern talking too and stalked off to her bedroom!
It could be something else entirely! perhaps something at the mall.
Remember someone stole Ellen's clothes at the mall? Who was that and why?
Write the fanfiction how you want - add it to the Family Feud "Universe" (the submission wizard guides you through that process).
If I read your story and like it - not only will I make it official canon, but I will reference the events in flashbacks in Hard Times!
I noticed a technical difficulty - where the entire chapters 1-87 are no longer available and clicking the link to Hard Times takes the reader to chapter 88 only.
My apologies. I've let the webmasters know and hopefully they will have it fixed in a jiffy.
I am working on Hard Times exclusively but every now and then I wonder about the Taylors from Family Feud.
I have thought about writing a short story "Letters from the Road" from Jamie Taylor's perspective about the trip to Indiana with her family right after the tail end of FF5.
What happens as they stop at rest stops and need gas money, or have a flat tire. Bill and Chris go off on foot to send back a tow truck and leave the girls to wait for it - what kinds of shenanigans might happen.
Would the discipline be loosened, and how the girls might react to being able to choose their own breakfast.
"You guys go ahead and order for me," Wendy says across the table at Denny's "It's been so long since I had a choice."
"C'mon mom, do you want pancakes, or eggs over my hammy, or.." Chris overwhelms her with choices.
"Seriously, Sir, please choose for me, I really don't know.."
"You don't have to call me Sir anymore,"
"I know sorry, could you give me a slap everytime I forget, Sir? I mean Chris...damnit."
That transformation they went through not quite over and how it will forever affect their relationships.
I might be willing to write something like that - soliciting ideas for road experiences?