FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 24: ARE THE PEOPLE READY TO PROCEED?

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Jack McCoy (Law and Order), Ben Matlock (Matlock), Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul), and finally, my personal favorite, Perry Mason (Perry Mason). These are but a few fictional attorneys from TV land. We watched defense attorneys and prosecutors alike, each as different from each other as the cases they handled. There are also many fictional attorneys who fascinated us in films. There was Paul Biegler (Anatomy of a Murder), Mitch McDeere (The Firm), Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Martin Vail (Primal Fear).

Whether a television show or a film, there was always that epic scene in the courtroom. Sometimes it was the attorney’s opening and at other times, his/her closing. There were also occasions when the most dramatic moment of the film or show was the testimony of a witness, or perhaps even the defendant. Even though both sides of the table thoroughly prepare for a trial, there is always the possibility of unexpected outbursts or last-minute evidence coming to light. The whole process is such an interesting one, and that is why so many are drawn not only to legal films and television shows, but also to the trials of offenders in the real world.

This week, we want you to reserve us a seat in the Gallery.

Prompt: Write a story that takes place in a courtroom

Genre: Courtroom Drama

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 23: DON’T BE A NOSY NELLIE! — THE STORIES

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The prompt this week was to share the deets about what it’s like to have a nosy neighbor. Let’s find out what our writers had to say about their Nosy Nellies.

  1. Jim takes us on a stroll down Purgatory Avenue
  2. Joyce Juzwik reveals the truth behind All That Glitters…

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 23: DON’T BE A NOSY NELLIE!

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You just moved into the home of your dreams, which is located in a picture-perfect neighborhood. Well-manicured lawns, tidy yards, and a Welcome Committee that stopped by on the day you moved in and provided you with brochures on local businesses, a tuna casserole for dinner and a cherry pie for dessert. You knew you made the right decision to join this community, and can’t wait to meet all your new neighbors.

Unfortunately, there’s a catch. Your next door neighbor watches you with binoculars through their curtains. He/she ‘accidentally’ runs into you at the grocery and the dry cleaner. You are interrogated about the contents of the box the mailman left on your doorstep. This individual is on you 24/7 like a bad penny in your pocket.

What’s going on? Is your neighbor keeping eyes on you because he/she has something to hide, or are you ticked off because it is you with the skeleton in your brand new closet? Hmmm…

Prompt: Well? Which is it? We want to hear your side of the story. Tell us about your nosy neighbor.

Genre: Open

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 22: LAND OF MAKE-BELIEVE: READY OR NOT, HERE WE COME! — THE STORIES

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Our prompt this week was to share the backstories of fairy tale people. We wanted to know who they were before they achieved stardom in Fairy Tale Land.

Let’s find out what their lives were like before they became the characters beloved by children everywhere.

  1. Rose Green takes us behind the scenes with Big Bad
  2. Mike Young offers a meditation On Being Ugly
  3. Joyce Juzwik reveals secrets with a peek at Dear Diary

Please stop by our writers’ blogs/websites and leave your comments. We promise we’ll share them with our fairy tale friends.

 

 

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 22: LAND OF MAKE-BELIEVE: READY OR NOT, HERE WE COME!

 

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Once upon a time and long ago, we had great fun with a prompt that had us using a fairy tale villain as our protagonist. This time however, you can feel free to use any of those freaky little players in your story. So, what are we looking for this week? We want you to give us a backstage pass, so to speak, so we can go behind the scenes in the land of enchantment.

There are so many creatures, sweet and evil alike, all wrapped up neatly into pretty little packages, tied with colored ribbons and topped with bows, called fairy tales. That’s all well and good, but what led up to their appearance in these charming fantasies? What are their backstories?

For instance, what’s the deal with Goldilocks? How long had she been committing criminal trespass before she graduated to felony B&E? Think about this too. Would you begin your career as a burglar with a house inhabited by three bears? What drove her to take such a risk?

You get the point. We want you to give us the skinny on who these fairy tale ‘people’ really are.

Prompt: Choose a fairy tale/nursery rhyme (or throw a couple into the mix, if you’d prefer), and share with us the tale behind the tale.

Genre: Fairy Tale/Mixed

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.

 

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 21: THE WILD WEST BECKONS — THE STORIES

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Welcome, Pardner. Our prompt this week was to write a story using the Old West as our setting. Why don’t you mosey on over to the fire, sit a spell, and check out the tales our writers have for us this week.

  1. Seb Duper tells us all about when Silver Dollar Returns
  2. Joyce Juzwik has us wantin’ to meet Big Blue

We’d be much obliged if you’d take a minute to head over to our writers’ blogs/websites and let them know if you fancy their stories. Till next time, Happy Trails!

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 21: THE WILD WEST BECKONS

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It was a time of cowboys, gunslingers, saloons, outlaws, and cattle drives. History also includes mention of the infamous Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Dodge City, Tombstone, and the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Films and novels glamorize certain individuals and events for purposes of entertainment, but in reality, life was very hard during that time. Stagecoach travel was troublesome, not only because of the terrain and absence of comfort on long trips, but also because, since they carried goods as well as travelers, they frequently were prey for robbers. Law enforcement consisted of Sheriffs and their Deputies, but with no 911 services and large areas under their jurisdiction, keeping crime at bay was quite a challenge.

Despite all the hardships, there was also a great deal of progress. During the mid- to late-1800s, Wells Fargo Company was founded to provide banking services in California, the Pony Express completed its first Eastbound and Westbound deliveries, and last, but certainly not least, Levi Straus opened a store in San Francisco that supplied goods and clothing to Gold Rush Miners. No one can say that wasn’t a step in the right direction!

This week, let’s take a look back at that period of history.

Prompt: Share with us a story set in the Old West

Genre: Western

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 20: SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL… — THE STORIES

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This week, our writers were invited to the Night Gallery for a private showing. The three bizarre and terrifying images shown below were placed on display for their viewing pleasure. They were to select one of the paintings on which to base their story.

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Let’s find out what nightmares await.

  1. Mike Young offers us The Penitent
  2. Joyce Juzwik delivers The Role of a Lifetime

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 20: SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL…

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First, there was the Twilight Zone, and then came The Night Gallery. It is that gallery of the macabre that we will be visiting this week. To quote the talented developer and host of both of these fear fests:

‘Welcome to a private showing of three paintings. Each is a collector’s item in its own way — not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas and suspends in time, a frozen moment of a nightmare.’

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This week, we are asking you to take us by the hand and pull us into that nightmare.

Prompt: Select one of the three paintings displayed here and base your story on the image

Genre: Supernatural horror

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Post your story on your blog or website and provide a link to it in the comment section of this prompt.

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 19: LET’S GET WEIRD! — THE STORIES

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The prompt this week was to write a weird story, using one of the following sentences to start the tale. There was a bit more to it though. The story was supposed to be dark, sinister, and/or twisted. The genre was a choice of horror, sci-fi or a mixture of both. Here’s the starters our writers had to choose from:

  1. When I left the room, it was in the corner by the window.
  2. She found begging distasteful, but what other choice did she have?
  3. He hoped he would be able to outrun them this time.
  4. When they first arrived, it had been with the best of intentions.
  5. We pounded as hard as we could, but the door would not open.

Let’s check out what kind of a wild ride our writers took us on this week.

  1. Mike Young skillfully delivers A Little Bit of Weird
  2. Joyce Juzwik transports us to The New World

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