Does bumping work? No-idea, but it’s worth trying something to get a few more votes on this thing.
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I have finally managed to drag my motivation out of its ditch and write some Flash Fiction. Specifically, I’ve written a piece of Fiction for the Terribleminds.com Friday Flash Fiction Challenge. In Chuck’s own words…
“I love the concept of the “War on Christmas.” I don’t mean that I like the actual faux-bullshit “war,” I mean, I like that term.
I want you to use that term literally.
I want you to write a war about – or even against — Christmas.”
So here it is, my tale of a Christmas war.
It has been a long time since I last wrote something for one of Chuck Wendig’s Friday flash fiction challenges. I know I say that a lot, but it has been weeks and for one reason or another I kept putting it off or I never found the time, which is probably tantamount to the same thing. Well this week’s challenge was too much of a sign to pass up.
For this week’s challenge he wants the last 1000 words of a novel, the ending, the summing, up the bit just before you get to the ‘Also by this author bit’. You get the idea. Maybe, just maybe if I had a go at writing the ending of my own struggling novel it would provide a bit more of a kick for me to write the rest of it. It does sound like it could work, and the worse that could happen is that I end up just writing some fiction instead, the horror.
So, with no more of an intro than the one I have already bored you with, here’s… ‘The End Bit’…
Oh, and it will very likely change if the damn thing is ever at a publishable standard so don’t start hunting me down if it differs. (I’m just thinking ahead, better safe than sorry.)
(N.B. That was a lot harder than I thought it would be.)
It seems like it’s been ages since I started my ‘Your Own Story’ but I think I have gathered enough votes to be able to write the next part. I was a little disappointed by the number of people who did cast votes, but what can you do, eh? It’s best to carry on with the story and write the next part, hoping that more votes will roll in when there’s more story to vote on.
The winning plots were…
- What happened yesterday? He witnessed his own death
- What was the knock at the door? His daughter from another marriage
Click here to be taken to the ‘Your Own Story’ page.
Read on for part 2 or click here for Part 1.
For this weeks flash fiction challenge at Terribleminds.com we were given a list of ten ‘ingredients’ that could be used in a piece of flash fiction. We had to choose five out of those ten ingredients and use them in a piece of 1000 word flash fiction. I could have chosen the ones I wanted but I felt that the ingredients were all of a similar vein so it might be more interesting if I randomly picked the five I had to use.
I used random.org to generate a random number which lead me to the following five ingredients.
- A Missing Corpse
- A Broken Music Box
- An Ancient Curse
- A Half Burned Notebook
- A Venomous Creature
As usual comments are both welcome and encouraged. Let me know what you think.
For this weeks flash fiction challenge over at Terribleminds.com, we were asked to write our flash fiction based on one of these five titles…
- The Monkey’s Pageant
- Dead-Clock’s Revenge
- The Black Lighthouse
- Bright Stars Gone To Black
- Plastic Dreams & Doll Desires
…or any combination of those words without adding any more of our own. Well, seeing as the word dead is in there and I did promise Jo of TheHappyLogophile.com that the next flash fiction I wrote would include zombies I came up with this little tale of undead love.
Oh, technically the zombie should have been in my last flash fiction but I couldn’t think of any way of putting it into this, so I saved it and thought I’d add it to this one instead.
Hope you like it, and I would love to hear your thoughts.
Another week and another flash fiction challenge by Terribleminds.com. Adding to the success of the earlier ‘Aspect’ flash fiction challenges (my entries can be seen here and here), Mr Wendig has done it again. This time he’s expanded the possible sub-genre, problem and elements to include options for our flash fiction by 100%. That’s right, now there are twenty possible choices for each. Which of those possible 8000 choices did I get for my flash fiction?
- Sub genre – Twisted fairy tale
- Conflict / problem – Revenge
- Element to include – A severed hand
Sometimes it can take a while for the ideas to formulate into something tangible, not this time though. As soon as the three components had been generated I was off like a whippet out of a trap.
This weeks Flash Fiction challenge hosted by Terribleminds.com was rather tricky. Mr Wendig gave us a randomly generated sentence which we had to include somewhere in our piece of 1000 word flash fiction. The sentence was…
“A novice revenges the rhythm”
It is a rather difficult sentence to use in its natural form due to a few grammatical inconsistencies. However, after a few days of mulling, ideas slowly started to brew and ferment like alcoholic tea. Then like a thunderbolt from the sky, or more accurately one of those little lightning bolts on the sensitive teeth adverts, struck me and suddenly I was on to something.
So, as always I hope you like and you must leave a comment. Yep, I’m making it mandatory now. If you try to leave the page after reading this without leaving a comment, I will send my army of molluscs after you. Don’t think I won’t. They’ll just wait for you, clinging on to your shower curtain to take you by surprise and take very small bites out of you.
Have fun, peeps.
Chuck’s at it again. He’s asking us to mix up genres and elements for our flash fiction challenge entries like a… like a… well, like a big genre and element mixing machine, that’s what. What? It could be a real thing. So, with another three sets of ten things to choose from and mix together what are the ingredients for today’s flash fiction.
- Sub-genre: Murder Mystery
- Setting: Brothel
- Element to include: Cloning
I’d like to present (and indeed will)…
This week’s flash fiction challenge at Terribleminds.com we were asked to select one item from the three ideas lists and to then mash them up in a piece of flash fiction. The first item is the sub-genre, the next was the element while the third piece was the theme, motif or conflict. Being as indecisive as I am, I used the random number generator to select the choices for me, and I was given…
- Sub-Genre – Weird
- Element – Hotel Bar
- Theme/Motif/Conflict – Childbirth
If I am to be honest, I’m glad I got Weird and not Erotica. Erotica and childbirth is a difficult, not to mention awkward pairing.
Anyway, I thought about it and almost instantly got this idea that I think merges them all together. Of course, your opinions are far more valuable than mine. So it’s imperative that you tell me what you think.