Monday, November 21, 2016

It's getting time to think about 2017. I'm hosting my Reporter's Challenge again. Here's a sneak peak:




REPORTER CHALLENGE:

Who? What? Where? When? How?
Why? – because it’s fun to read!

Cub reporter: 5 books (1 from each category)
Columnist:   10 books (2 from each category)
News Anchor: 15 books (3 from each category)
Editor: 20 books (4 from each category)
Newspaper Mogul: 25 books (5 from each category)

BONUS CATEGORY: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Newspaper Mogul plus Bonus Category) = 30 books

WHO
Protagonist is a forensic specialist (forensic accountant, forensic artist, forensic pathologist, forensic dentist, etc)
Protagonist is in the medical profession (doctor, nurse, EMT, hospital staff, etc.)
Protagonist is a dead person (ghost, skeleton, vampire, zombie…anybody who is dead)
Protagonist is a gardener
Protagonist is an innkeeper

WHAT
A short story from an anthology
Poison in the title
Weather in the title
A Flash Fiction piece (no bigger than 1,000 words)
Time in the title (minute, week, clock, year, hour, etc)

WHERE
Set in a big city
NOT set on land (cruise ship, boat, airplane, spaceship, etc)
Set in a state beginning with the letter ‘N’
Set on foreign soil (not America or England)
Historical novel (pre 1900)

WHEN
One book set during a competition (Olympics, ballroom dancing, cooking contest, etc.)
One that centers around a holiday
One set during summer
One where the protagonist has to beat the clock (time is crucial to solving mystery)
One set during a courtroom trial

HOW
(Method of Murder)
Poison is murder weapon
Knife/stabbing is murder weapon
Gun/shooting is murder weapon
Blunt object is murder weapon
Rope/strangulation is murder weapon

BONUS CATEGORY
WHO - Protagonist is impaired (deaf, blind, crippled, ADHD, etc.)
WHAT – Title starts with the same letter as your last name
WHERE - “Locked Room” mystery (not necessarily a room, as long as the scene is contained)
WHEN – Death occurs during a natural disaster (hurricane, avalanche, tsunami, etc)
HOW - At least 3 different people killed by 3 different means, all in one story


Rules:  For this challenge – Each book can only be used for 1 category (Ex: Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap would fit into 2 categories – strangled,  locked room mystery. But you can only place this story in 1 of the categories)
The bonus round is just an added challenge to kick it up a notch!
The challenge runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
You don’t have to choose your books in advance.  If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year.
Books can be in any format – paper, ebooks, audio…
 Crossovers with other challenges are fine.

Most of all—have fun!

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