The prompt for the February flash fiction was, unsurprisingly, related to Valentine’s Day. Instead of choosing the day itself, we decided on Valentine’s Cards. This piece, longer than the requirement of 500 words, was an idea I simply couldn’t compress enough and be happy with it. It’s a world that’s been stewing in my brain, an alternate history ruled from the shadows by a vampire caste called the Night Barons. Not steampunk, just…Regency with a bite. So I give to you, the Valentinus Ball, a combination of Valentine’s and Sadie Hawkins Day, where a young woman shows her interest in a suitor via a simple card in hopes of catching a monster of her own. Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Valentinus Ball”
Back in November, our local writing group gave us the prompt of “Winter in the South” for our December flash story. I have very firm opinions of my fellow southerners attempting to drive in snow, most of which I probably shouldn’t put down for general consumption, so the prompt proved rather difficult for me. I wrote one story, Winter in Dixie, which I posted in December and decided against bringing to the meeting. It needed more than 500 words to make it work the way I wanted it to, and it only marginally touched on the prompt. Then the December meeting was cancelled due to holiday obligations. Continue reading “Flash Fiction Friday: Snow”
Back in late October, a member of my writing group brought an unusual writing contest to our attention. Travel Lit – small pieces designed to draw readers to a particular area or attraction for the tourism industry. The November, 2018, contest sponsored by the SouthEastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) centered on Montgomery, the capital of Alabama and only a 15 minute drive from my house. Limits were 2000 words, had to center on a tourist attraction or the city in general, and had to draw the reader to the location. I like to stretch my comfort zones, so I decided to give it a shot. Continue reading “SELTI Entry: A Question of Art”
The November prompt for the creative writing group I’ve joined focused on a tourism competition. As soon as the site releases the official results, I’ll post the piece and the links here. I didn’t win, unfortunately, but I placed second which I’m extremely pleased with. Anyway, not having a piece to post, I skipped to December’s prompt since I wrote two for it anyway. This is the one I decided not to use since it got really morbid and only marginally supports the theme – Winter in Dixie. I filled it out a bit more so it’s larger than most of the accepted flash pieces, but it came in under 1000 words so I’ll take it. Continue reading “Flash Fiction Friday – Winter in Dixie”
Rec a Series highlights one of my favorite series, past or present. I aimed for monthly when I started it then realized I don’t have that many different series I’m willing to recommend. I have some I enjoy, but few that I want to sing about from the rooftops. I’d been in a bit of a slump recently, re-listening to some favorites on audio while trying to find something new to capture my attention. After some starts and stops, I found the October Daye by Seanan McGuire.
*note: at the time of posting (11Dec18), the first in the series was on sale for only $1.99. See link below.
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Well, I made it another month at the writers’ group. The second meeting, where this flash piece debuted, seemed to get a better reception than the first one. Maybe it’s because I didn’t rush through it and had a chance to re-read it and do a bit of editing? Anyway, when we first got the prompt at the end of September, I wasn’t sure if I could come up with something that fit the word count. I knew I could get a longer piece out of it, there’s so many ways to go with It was here when I moved in. Ghosts, cursed items, blood-thirsty plants… so many ways people could die or get maimed in brutal ways. Instead, I decided to go way off track for me and choose… humor. I hope you enjoy this, as it gave me a giggle while writing it. Continue reading “Flash Fiction Friday – It Was Here When I Moved In…”
I have found and tentatively joined a creative writing group in the local area. It’s small, only a handful or so of people attended the one meeting I did, and I’m not sure my style fits in. This is a group nestled firmly in the deep south and some of my subject matter may fall far, far outside their comfort zones. We shall see. To get the meetings going, they post a flash prompt limited to 500 words. Write it up, make copies, read it aloud for everyone to critique. It’s a little daunting but fun. I didn’t feel like anyone was trying to be mean-spirited or cruel, even when someone’s writing style wasn’t a favorite. I can appreciate that. Continue reading “Flash Fiction Friday – What Took You So Long?”