John Marsden Writing Topic #88

Write a conversation where someone mentions a type of fish in every sentence. (Adapted from ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’)**


A seafood BBQ with friends

W: Tommy Cod! I’m so glad you made it to our party! It’s been such a long time!

T: I know Walley, we’ve both been busy with work or should I call you Mr Trout, CEO of Danworth Industries! Congratulations, by the way.

W: Thanks Tommy. I hear you have a new job too at a technology company, Albacore isn’t it?

T: Yes, I’m working under the first female CEO, Amber Jack, she’s really good.

W: That’s good. So are you still going on your trip to States? Found any good fishing spots over there yet?

T: A few, I have to go where the fish are, not the other way around. I’m on the lookout for as many as I can get–Atlantic Salmon, Atlantic Sturgeon, American Salmon, American Shad, Atlantic Cod, Atlantic Mackeral, Arctic Char, Atlantic Bonito, the works.

W: I bet you’re not looking for sharks or alligators ey?

T: No mate, the closest I’ll ever get to anything like that would be Alligator Gars.

W: Sounds great, taking anyone special with you? Last time we talked, you told me you stopped trying to date online after getting catfished last year.

T: Hopefully I can meet someone “temporarily special” while I’m over there, at the moment I’m just looking for a bit of fun. I’m definitely not going to be a sucker anymore. Anyway, enough about me, how’s little Tunny?

W: Yeah, he’s alright. Doing well enough at school, although now he’s at that one-syllable-conversations-constantly-playing-bass-music phase, when he’s not playing his black and red drums. He’s really steel-headed at the moment.

T: We were probably the same way at that age. So, what mackerels will we be devouring tonight?

W: No mackerels–we’ve got carp, lobster, salmon, tuna, halibut, hake, the works.

T: Sounds great, but may I ask how you got so into seafood? It was only a few short years ago that you couldn’t tell the difference between perches and alewifes.

W: Seafood’s better for my heart than red meat, so its less meat and more marlins for me now.

T: Fair enough, it sounds like Eve’s going to be taking a while, you want to play some snooker to pass the time?

W: Sure and I’m going to beat you this time, your last win was a pure fluke!




#Although the writing topic required mentioning a type of fish in every sentence, I found it easier to mention a type of fish at least once every time the characters spoke.


**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.


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