Dear EMC, my pen has grown lazy. It sat unattended in my absence, and now refuses every thought and deed I offer it. The squid approach my boat, taunting me with ink they know I cannot use. A hefty stockpile of tomes fills my vault, their pages desolate and empty. I am an author without a muse. The half-finished tales defy my every effort to complete and transcribe them.And so I turn to you, my friends, for inspiration...So, as some may already know, my desktop PC suffered catastrophic failure a couple months ago, rendering me unable to enjoy Minecraft, or indeed most any game more complicated than Pong. Even before that however, my inspiration for new books had all but dried up, leaving the Nucleus series in perpetual cliffhanger and several half-finished manuscripts unfit for the light of day. And that's where you come in.What I need is inspiration. Something to make writing fun and energizing again. I want your stories, great and small, short or epic. I want your tales of survival and adventure, the silly and the serious. I want to hear something interesting, something that demands it be put to page for all to see.The one who can inspire me, who can provide such a tale that it simply must be told, will win three things:My sincere gratitude. I really enjoy writing, as this post probably indicates - I just can't latch my mind onto a proper story.A place on my book shelf. More specifically, your story will be made available in-game for all to enjoy, courtesy of Tiger's Text Bookstore - on both SMP1, Lunarios Tower (res. 104) and SMP8, Casa Del Keph (res. 16087). Oh, and your name goes on the sale-sign - any profits are yours.50,000 Rupees. Because y'know, people tend to respond better to bribery.Now before you all scurry away thinking "Bah, my writing sux, I can't win this," I'm not asking you to write the book(s) for me. That's my job, and it's one I'd very much like to get back to. When I say "inspire me," I mean something simpler. Don't try to write me a novella, you may as well be selling your own books. Just give me a prompt, a premise, a "one-time-at-base-camp" scenario. Tell me something interesting/funny/weird that happened, or an idea you think might make for a great story. NOTE: It doesn't have to actually be based on a true story! Making stuff up is perfectly acceptable.Example:Bad: "It was pitch black in the tunnel. I'd used my last torch some time ago, and now I could not even see the stone in front of my face. The dull moan of zombies echoed all around me, but gave me no sense of direction. Was it a cave? A ravine? A nearby dungeon? I chipped at the rock, praying for any spark of illumination, if only it meant an exit from the accursed darkness."Good: "I was mining and ran out of torches. I could hear mobs nearby but had no idea where, and couldn't even see where I was digging."I suppose now you'll all be wanting some contest rules, so here goes:500-woord Maximum. I don't want you to write me a story. I want you to give me the inspiration to write one myself. I don't care if it's actually "based on a true story" or not, as long as it's interesting.3 Entries Maximum. One is all it takes really, as long as it's a good one.PMs are Permissible. If you don't want to share in this thread, that's fine. Just don't expect more than an "Entry Received" in response, until the end of the contest.I am the Judge, Jury, and Author. Again, the purpose is to give me something interesting to write about. This is completely subjective, and my opinion of what sounds "the most interesting" is the only one that's going to matter here.End Date: October 27th, EST (GMT-5). This means that as long as my screen shows a post date of 10/27/13 or earlier, your submission will be considered.