Here's another great writing exercise that Steph gave me. Rules are the same as last time: 30 minutes, Google use allowed, story must have a beginning middle and end.
The ingredients this time were:
I ran out of time, so I added a little note to explain where the plot was going to end up.
“Do we have any more scotch left?” Ringo asked as he put the
Yellow Submarine into auto pilot.
“I think we've run out,” George replied, putting down his
crochet. Ringo couldn't tell if it was supposed to be a sock or a
stocking cap – George was never very good at arts and crafts.
“Don't tell me John's gone and drunk it all already?”
“Mmm, I'm afraid so,” said George picking his needles back
“But we haven't even passed Jupiter yet!”
“Well, you know how things get when he and Paul are writing.
They use everything.”
“I've got half a mind to go back there and give them a piece...
“Well, I don't think that's wise, you've only got half left!”
Ringo jumped out of the Pilot's chair and floated across the
cockpit doing a lazy back stroke.
“I wouldn't bother them if I were you!” He heard George
saying as the door slid shut behind him.
Down at the end of the corridor, past several rooms filled with
toys, musical instruments and great piles of marijuana, he found John
and Paul floating in a dizzy circle, surrounded by wrinkled sheets of
paper, strings of beads, magic carpets, and a cluster of empty
bottles and lemon rinds.
“Don't tell me you two have gone and used up all the lemons
too!” Ringo said as he floated into the room.
Paul looked up from his toy piano. “It's not our fault! We
were just in here trying to think up a few new songs, and a couple
big purple things appeared and drunk all the booze!”
“The rum too?”
“Sorry to say, little Ringo,” John's voice came from the
ceiling, “but it's all gone. They've even took the Martian beer we
“But what about all the lemons? Why are they all mashed up? I
just fancied a spot of scotch with a twist you know, heavy burden
this is, piloting the Sub through space-”
Paul began singing “You know it's a heavy burden... What do you
think, John, maybe in G minor?”
“Piloting through space...” John continued, in a lower key.
“Yeah, but it needs a bright middle eight, something... Crushed up
lemons on the floor...”
Ringo could see that these two were going to be no use.
Back in the cockpit, Ringo found George on the controls, a long
stretch of frayed, colorful material flowing from his head.
“So it was a stocking cap, then?” Ringo asked.
“A scarf,” George replied, “but I made it too long so I'm
going to use it as a turban. Did you find anything to drink? Bit
“Well you were right about those two, they've gone off
together. But they said something about a pair of big purple things
appearing and taking all the booze – even the Martian beer.”
“Aha!” George said. “I wish you'd said that earlier.”
“I saw a blip there as we passed Uranus. Uranians love Martian
beer. And I think they're purple too.”
“How do you know that?”
“Well they can't be green, can they? Whole planet's green,
they'd be bumping into each other all the time.”
“Very sound logic, Georgie.”
“Well, we'll have to turn this rig around!”
Uranus was a very strange place indeed. Inside the gas giant,
millions of great brown and blue rocks were floating everywhere, and
it seemed to be on these that the fat, purple Uranians made their
“How do we find our booze?” Ringo asked as George swung the
Sub around a pair of rocks.
“We just deploy the Booze Hounds! I installed them before we
“Oh, I see. Marvelous, get on with it, then! Me throat's
getting scratchy and I can't lose me voice. Got to sing 'Octopus'
Garden' at the gig on Pluto.”
“Don't worry, they can find anything, so long as it's booze!”
George pulled a long red lever and there was a loud clunking
noise from deep within the ship. A voice announced that the Booze
Hounds had been released, accompanied by a twanging Sitar line.
“You had to put the Sitar in there, didn't you George?” Ringo
“Paul and John never let me put it in the songs anymore! I've
almost gone out of practice!”
George steered the Sub through the maze of rocks until they came
to one that saw sporting a clunky, flatulent music that drifted
through the gassy atmosphere. The Booze Hounds began barking madly.
“I'll bet our booze is in there!”
“I'll get John and Paul, Maybe we can lull them to sleep with a
The whole band was assembled on the roof of the Yellow Submarine,
instruments in hand. Each wore a different psychedelic or paisley
“What should we play them?” John wondered.
“How about 'Goodnight?” Ringo offered.
“You just want to do that one because you get to sing it!”
Paul hollered over his communicator.
“Do not! It's a lullaby! We need a lullaby!”
“How about 'Something'?” George tried.
[NOTE: I ran out of time. I was going to have them disagree on
what song to sing, then get in a fist fight. The Uranians would then
find them, kick them off the planet, and the poor Beatles would be
forced to do their gig on Pluto dead sober.]