.So. This "crowdsourcing" thing. Is it any good? I have my doubts. But let's not be hasty.
As an experiment, I'm going to post here the opening paragraph to a story that I came up with just now. I solicit your suggestions for what comes next.
So long as what you guys come up with helps move the thing along, I'll post new segments. When it fails to do so, I'll stop.
I have no more idea than you do what the outcome will be.
Here's the first paragraph:
The city had been frozen in time. The moon hung, a thin disk of ice, in the afternoon sun. Birds were motionless specks in the sky. You could climb the smoke billowing from its chimneys halfway up to heaven and there discover an unimaginable nation just an hour's effort above the mundane world.
Got it? Go!