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Flash Fiction The Minotaur Prison

Posted January 16, 2014 By Jim Franklin

If you read my objectives for 2014 (and why wouldn’t you, they are a riveting read worthy of the best sellers list) you’ll know that I plan on writing fifty pieces of flash fiction this year to beat my total of twenty last year.

This means that I need to write on average one piece of flash fiction a week.

With one piece of flash fiction written so far and being in week 3, I’m two fictions behind. Seeing as the Terribleminds prompt for last week’s flash fiction challenge was kinda fun I thought I would do it again.

This time I got the words Minotaur and Prison. Hence this slice of inanity, below…

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Flash Fiction Helical Potions

Posted January 14, 2014 By Jim Franklin

Flash Fiction time again. I haven’t written a piece of flash fiction of a thousand words in quite a while, so it took me longer than I would have liked to finish this one. This is part of Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds flash fiction challenge.

Chuck gave us two lists of words, we randomly chose a word off each one and that became the title for this week’s flash fiction. I got Helical and Potion ergo my title is Helical Potions. I took a small amount of creative license and added the ‘s’.

Let me know if you like it, let me know if you don’t. That’s what the comments are for, after all.

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Flash Fiction : In Too Deep the Full Story

Posted December 23, 2013 By Jim Franklin

After five weeks, the ‘200 Words at a Time’ flash fiction challenge comes to a close. It was a lot of fun, especially when one story was picked up several times and you could see how the story could develop differently.

This week, as well as adding the final section to somebody else’s piece of flash fiction you could also add the final part to any other piece that you have added to. Well, I couldn’t resist finishing off my story ‘In Too Deep.’

The first part was written by yours truly, of course.
Second part = Lynna Landstreet
Third part = CE Konicki
Fourth part – Kurt Bali

So, here we go. The final and finishing part of In Too Deep.

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Flash Fiction – Joe’s Bar (Part 3)

Posted December 8, 2013 By Jim Franklin

Well we’re now at week three of the flash fiction challenge. The challenge being, to add 200 words to an existing piece of flash fiction, slowly building the story until after the five weeks we have a whole load of 1000 word tales.

First, I’m going to draw your attention to Lynna Landstreet’s  continuation of my flash fiction In Too Deep that I think is brilliant.

I have decided to pick up ‘Joe’s Bar’ started by The Urban Spaceman and continued by Rebecca Douglas

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Flash Fiction Challenge: 200 Words At A Time, Part Two

Posted November 30, 2013 By Jim Franklin

It’s part two of the flash fiction challenge. As a reminder the challenge is set over 5 weeks. For the first part of the challenge we had to write the opening 200 words to a piece of flash fiction. In the second week of the challenge we pick up someone elses first 200 words and we write the next 200 words. Next week we’ll choose someone elses story and add the third 200 words and so on until there are several 1000 word pieces of flash fiction with five authors.

Well, for this part I have chosen to continue Dangerdeans story entitled Blackout.

So here we have it. Dangerdeans original 200 words followed by my addition.

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Flash Fiction : In Too Deep

Posted November 28, 2013 By Jim Franklin

This is my first piece of flash fiction that I’ve written in a while, and honestly it’s only about 20% as good as other stuff I’ve written. Though, I have only written one fifth of the story.

Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds flash fiction challenge this week is a challenge in five parts. This week we are to write the first 200 words of a story. It doesn’t matter which genre, or style and there are no other criteria. Next week (or tomorrow to be more precise) we will all choose someone elses 200 words to write the next 200 words for. I will expect that each person cannot add to any story more than once but that is conjecture. I do love the word conjecture.

Well, here we go.

    Flash Fiction : In Too Deep

The plunge into the ice-cold water, hit Derry like an avalanche. A fading knowledge of the film ‘Predator‘ had informed him to lower his body temperature so that the alien won’t see him. Though, he hadn’t realised how cold the water would be, how the flow of the water would drag him away from the bank or how his thick woolen coat and boots would become the rocks that pulled him down.

It’s worth noting at this point that in Predator, the hero was a hardened military veteran with experience in guerrilla-warfare, while Derry worked in the Accounts department for a large national fish exporter, and the most alien thing he had encountered in his life so far was the perpetual lack of sticky notes in his office. Being woefully terrible at making quick decisions, preferring an hour or two to mull over every eventuality also goes some way to explain his poor choice of hiding place.
His limbs stiff, his breathing now wheezy-gulps, and his head now spent more time underwater as his legs struggled to move. Derry panicked, with a thought that he didn’t have hours to mull over…. he was going to die.

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Skyrim Adventures : Part 7 Feeling Homesick

Posted September 17, 2013 By Jim Franklin

This is part 7 of Skyrim Adventures featuring my khajiit thief, Kally. To find out more click the ‘Skyrim Adventures‘ link.

Part 6 A Whole New World


Part 7 Feeling Homesick

Kally didn’t like the situation he was in. He tried to, after all there could be so much wealth here just ripe for the picking. There was something else. If it wasn’t for the help with killing those bandits at the caves, he may well be in several pieces.He had to get out, he had to get home.

He asked around, and there was a boatman who would take him back to Skyrim but by all accounts he was half way across this foreign land and there was no guarantee he would make it there in one piece, either. Well he had to try, but not before he had helped himself to some of the local goodies. After all, he needed to be well stocked for his journey back. Read the remainder of this entry »

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