I was having trouble coming up with a challenge for the second last story of the year- so I did a call out and got this response from Niall:
Someone experiences some very strange and unusual events but in the end IT WAS ALL A DREAM.
You can keep that one.
I have experienced some very unusual events during this challenge. FLASHBACK TO: getting a secret from a stranger, doing a TEDx talk and making up a new language with the audience, and writing a story on people’s hands in a pub.
And then I had a thought…
Karl Stefanovic just finished a year long challenge of his own. He wore the same suit for a year without anyone noticing to highlight sexism.
Here’s my story:
She’d been having these strange dreams that she was a breakfast show host. At first it only happened every few months but now it was happening every night. She dreamt crazy things like that she was interviewing a grumpy cat
slapping a man with pizza
and pretending to be a peacock.
One night whilst chasing pigeons on national TV, she never woke up.
She lived the rest of her life as that breakfast show host, and when she was asleep, she dreamt that she was writing stories.
P.S. If you want to read more Karlfic, I have written one more story about him during my 24 Hour Challenge – you can read it below.
The Karl State – Inspired by Georgia
Rosie was just 16 when she crossed the wall to QLD. She’d heard there was work there. She remembered being terrified. Rumour had it that if you didn’t answer the phone with ‘I wake up with Today’ you could be evicted from your home and that if you failed to salute the Today T at work you’d be fired.
When she finally got to the capital, Karlsville, she found that if you could deal with Karl’s face staring at you from coins, posters and art galleries it really was Australia’s best kept secret. Most of the rumours had been put out by Queenslanders trying to keep people away from the party state. In a bizarre twist Queensland had become a very progressive nation since its breakaway. Laws became publicly driven through reality television shows and a strong artistic culture was born because of Karl’s entertainment obsession. Rosie was now a people smuggler, smuggling alternative Australians into QLD. She hoped she’d never get caught or she would have to face a sentence of 10 years of insanity by dad jokes.