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.