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Friday, January 20, 2017

Storystorm Day #20: The Burly Guard

The many "punny" story titles listed by Corey Rosen Schwartz in today's Storystorm blog post got me thinking about a story I began during PiBoIdMo 2015. It was a collection of twisted old sayings, such as "a witch in slime says, 'fine!'" (for "a stitch in time saves nine.") At the time, I decided that listing twenty actual old sayings and creating twisted versions of seven of them was enough to count as a first draft. Today, I created seven more, and also got a new idea about how the illustrations might work.

Originally, I assumed the illustrations would just demonstrate the new saying. For example, for the witch in slime, we'd have a picture of a witch covered in slime but looking like she isn't bothered by it at all. But now, I'm thinking that the illustrations can also give a hint about the original, actual saying my twisted saying is based on. So in this case, maybe the witch that's covered with slime is casually knitting.

Here are three of the seven new sayings I came up with today. See if you can guess the real sayings they're based on. If you can't, then read further for the art notes for each saying, and see if those hints help.
  1. The burly guard watches the fern.
  2. Feathered folks fly higher.
  3. Sirens are stolen.
Art notes:
  1. The guard is protecting the fern from being eaten by a bird, while the sun rises in the background.
  2. The "feathered folks" are pet birds escaping a burning house from whose windows smoke is billowing.
  3. As two thieves are stealing a house's burglar alarms, one of them gestures to the other to be quiet. ("Shhhh")

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