Just Write (50)

Today's writing prompt is our 50th, which I decided justified a bit of a repeat. We've written before about the newspaper (yes, I'm that much of a luddite--I still like my news to be paper-y) as a source for inspiration, regardless of your writing style or genre. I was reminded of this yesterday as I read about intrigue and bad behavior in the world of chess that includes  "a former world chess champion, now a Russian opposition leader; a former president of an obscure Russian republic who believes that he was abducted by extraterrestrials in yellow suits who invented the game of chess; and an ex-fashion photographer turned chess official." It just doesn't get better than that.

Here are five stories (in their non-paper format) to get your creative juices flowing, but I'm sure your morning paper has at least one more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/world/europe/as-rivals-vie-to-head-chess-federation-gambits-include-corruption-charges.html?_r=0

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_25085652/man-arrested-drunken-horseback-case-fails-appear-boulder

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-02-06/news/chi-stradivarius-theft-arrest-20140205_1_stolen-stradivarius-violin-antonio-stradivari-stun-gun

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487040/Serge-Llama-kidnapped-drunk-French-youths-Bordeaux-France.html

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/exposed-con-artists-brilliant-career-spent-swindling-solicitors-20140202-31uzh.html