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

Do stop by our writers’ blogs/websites to leave your comments. Thanks to all our readers for your support.

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

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HAPPY 2016 TO ALL!

Since we are at the beginning of a brand new year, I think our first prompt for 2016 should be to write something weird. How should you write a weird story? Well, first of all, you’ll select one of the starter sentences from the ones listed below. Then, you’ll write a story that’s dark, sinister, strange, mysterious, bizarre, twisted… I’m sure you get the idea. Let’s check out your selections.

  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.

You can take your story down a horror path, cruise it down a sci-fi highway or jumble those two genres together. The point being, when we get finished reading your story, we do not want to feel all warm and cozy. We want to be shaken, rattled, rolled, and taken on a wild ride.

So, pick a starter and get to writing. Weird awaits!

Prompt: Select one of the starter sentences and use it to begin your story

Genre: Horror or science fiction or a mixture of both

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, January 7, 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 18: I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT, HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT — THE STORIES

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The prompt this week was to share what happened when a New Year’s Eve wish was actually granted. Let’s take a peek at the outcome when wishes really do come true.

  1. MJ Brewer introduces us to The Exhausted Mom
  2. Zack Baer pulls us into The Nightmare
  3. Joyce Juzwik shows us how to do The Right Thing

As always, please stop by our writers’ blogs/websites and leave your comments. We do love hearing from you, and appreciate your input.

These stories posted today represent the last batch written for prompts posted in 2015. We wish to thank all of our writers and readers for their participation during the past year, and we are looking forward to another year of sharing stories and ideas. Please check back a little later today for our first prompt of 2016.

Happy New Year to everyone! May this year bring you much happiness and great success.

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 18: I WISH I MAY, I WISH I MIGHT, HAVE THE WISH I WISH TONIGHT

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Here we are just a week away from the beginning of another new year. New Year’s Day can represent many possible beginnings. These could include starting a new job or moving into a new home, and fresh opportunities abound for a potentially brighter future.

The evening of New Year’s Eve is traditionally viewed as the time to ring in the new year. Some give, or attend, parties, and others celebrate quietly in their homes. For this particular New Year’s Eve, our focus is going to be on you.

You spend New Year’s Eve ushering in the new year in the same way you always do, whatever that may be. When the clock strikes midnight, you make a wish – the same wish you make on every New Year’s Eve, and retire for the night. This year, however, when New Year’s Day dawns, you discover your wish has been granted.

Prompt: Share with us what happens

Genre: Open

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, December 31, 2015

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 17: ‘TIS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS — THE STORIES

 

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY WISHES EVERYONE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Our prompt this week was to share the journal/diary entries of one of Santa’s Elves during the week before Christmas up to, and including, Christmas Eve. Let’s find out what really goes on up at the North Pole during this busy time of year.

  1. Rose Green shares the secrets of Elfrida’s Diary
  2. Mike Young reveals who’s Naughty or Nice
  3. Joyce Juzwik let’s us share Crunch Week

Please stop by our writers’ blogs/websites and leave your comments. Those are the best gifts writers can receive.

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 17: ‘TIS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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Christmas is only one week away, and what a busy week it will be for most of us. Lots of last minute shopping for presents and making sure we have all the ingredients on hand for a delicious Christmas dinner. Some of us will either be making arrangements to travel for the holidays or making up the spare room for relatives that will be visiting with us. There is always so much we need to do to get ready for that special day, but what about Santa and his helpers?

Santa has to make a list and check it twice, and make sure the reindeer are all up for the long ride on Christmas Eve night, but what about the Elves? What are their responsibilities during crunch time? When you see pictures of Santa’s helpers, they’re all singing and smiling as they work hard building and painting toys. But is this time of year all fun and games for them? How are their duties assigned? Are there supervisor Elves and Elves who work the line? Do they have to punch in and out? Hmmm…

This week, you’re going to become one of Santa’s Elves at the North Pole who keeps a journal/diary. The format is your own personal choice, but spare us nothing. Let us know what really goes on behind the scenes.

Prompt: Share with us the journal/diary entries of one of Santa’s Elves during the week before Christmas up to, and including, Christmas Eve.

Genre: Open

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, December 24, 2015

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 16: LET’S RAP — THE STORIES

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The challenge this week was to write a story comprised solely of dialogue. Let’s take a look and see what our writers found to chat about.

  1. Seb Duper recommends we Spill It
  2. M J Brewer delivers The Goods
  3. Rose Green wonders Is there anybody there?
  4. Joyce Juzwik asks, is this The Last Train?

Since we are already in such a chatty mood, let’s make sure to head over to each writer’s blog/website to say hi and leave comments about their stories.

FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 16: LET’S RAP

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Conversing, chatting, verbalizing, articulating, speaking…  They all refer to an activity everyone enjoys: talking – usually to one another.

A conversation can serve many purposes. It can be to share or request information, receive clarification or pose a question, express congratulations or deliver criticism.

Having an elaborate setting, multiple backstories, and intertwining plot twists aren’t always necessary components of a good story. Sometimes, just a couple of people, or even a group of people, expressing their thoughts and feelings can speak volumes.

This week, let’s dispense with all the outer trappings of a tale and just get down to basics.

Prompt: Your story must be comprised solely of dialogue

Genre: Open

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, December 17, 2015

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 15: THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL — THE STORIES

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The prompt this week involved a getaway at a cabin in the woods, and being trapped there by a dreadful snowstorm. Let’s find out how this situation turned out for our writers. Did their weekend turn into a Winter Wonderland or the Nightmare before Christmas?

  1. Rose Green became Trapped
  2. Seb Duper witnessed the Birth of a Cool Love
  3. Mike Young found himself Trapped
  4. Joyce Juzwik has her eye on The Corner Office

Please do take the time to leave your comments at our writers’ blogs/websites. Your feedback is always very much appreciated.