[Guest Prompt] Mary Robinette Kowal

The Prompt

Work the words vermillion and musky somewhere in the next 250 words you write.

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the GLAMOURIST HISTORIES series of historical fantasy novels, and the 2011 Hugo Award-winning short story “For Want of a Nail.” Her short fiction appears in Clarkesworld, Cosmos and Asimov’s. Mary, a professional puppeteer, lives in Chicago. Visit her online at maryrobinettekowal.com.

11 thoughts on “[Guest Prompt] Mary Robinette Kowal”

  1. I took a detour through a less than pleasing first draft, but rewrote and liked it much better. I used both the word count and guest prompts for my story “Vermilion Threads”. Moreover, I learned some things about vermilion, too! =D

  2. I poked a bit of fun at the combination of words… and furthered character development at the same time–yay! Here are the sentences… they’re supposed to be a bit ridiculous–my character describing a violin.

    Its delicate curves framed a vermillion body, accented by intricate lines of grain…
    Its voice rendered the music into something sublime—a passionate perfume of musky melody.


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