I’m not quite sure what it says about my powers of observation that I’ve only just now realized the theme I chose when I put this blog-thing together is not (as I believed) simple and minimalist, but rather a Winter theme. Complete with snowflakes behind the dates and barren trees down at the bottom of the page.
While I figure out how to make this place look less… festive, really, I highly recommend going to read the blogs I just got around to putting up in a blogroll. They’re over there on the right. I’ll add several more later, but those are some written by people I respect/read/talk with/admire/follow writing suggestions/some combination of the aforementioned that popped into my head almost immediately.
A new picture prompt was posted today at Friday Fictioneers. Who am I to say no? Coming in at 100 words exactly.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Photo copyright Rich Voza
Writing any sort of short story from a prompt is always challenging, but Chuck Wendig came up with a doozy: write a short story, but don’t finish it. Leave it a cliffhanger. Next week, someone will (hopefully, maybe?) pick it up and finish it, while I finish someone else’s start.
Until then, there’s this.
In sixteen minutes and fifty four seconds, she would be dead. Continue reading
I’ve had some of the most amazing and encouraging comments and emails on the last two pieces I’ve written. Thanks a lot, folks!
If you’ve started following from my Friday Fictioneers story or the flash fiction prompts from Chuck Wendig’s blog, awesome. Hi! This is a warning that it’s not all stories here; it is a personal blog first (hence the name) and – under the suggestion of a dear friend who shall remain nameless for now – may possibly have some book reviews posted at some point.
Or I could get really bored and just start reblogging lolcats constantly. We’ll see.
Anyhoodle. Welcome, put your feet up and stay a while!
I found a new flash fiction prompt site this morning! It sings to me, too: a full story based on a picture… in 100 words. I can do this.
The prompt was found at Friday Fictioneers.
Photo copyright John Nixon
Another week, another prompt from Chuck Wendig. This time the topic was Conflict, and I pulled #15: a difficult funeral.
It came in a bit short – 662 words, according to the word count on Open Office – but I like it.
A Difficult Funeral
I looked up from my hands, folded neatly in my lap. I had been working on my posture in the car as we drove, pulling each vertebrae on top of one another like a wobbly toddler stacking blocks. My fingers carefully folded and refolded the hem of my skirt from the edge of my knee to half an inch too high. You’ll look like a little harlot if you wear a short skirt, Gran had grumbled, shaking her head as I left. I ignored her, like I always did.
“Yeah. I’m ready.” Continue reading
why you should always title your work: a haiku
I wrote a story
and in my excitement saved
over the rewrite.