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?”
I was hoping to get this finished on Friday, but I ended up going in a totally different direction so here we are: a Flash Fiction Friday post on Sunday. Whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ For this short, I grabbed one of Chuck Wendig‘s list of random titles. I’d thought to use The Bridge and the Rose, but after mulling it over I gravitated to The Reaper’s Rope and this story evolved. Fair warning, it’s kinda dark (What is it about Chuck’s FFF prompts that make me kill people?) but I hope you enjoy! Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Reaper’s Rope”
Every Friday, Chuck Wendig posts a flash fiction prompt. This week’s challenge comes from user-supplied titles. I chose Wolves of Sorrow by the user powerjacob and incorporated my Edgeworld series worldbuilding into it. While not directly connected to the events occurring in Petri, its place on the timeline is a few years prior. Check out Chuck’s page and play if you have a mind to. Enjoy! Continue reading “Flash Fiction – Wolves of Sorrow”
While spending many lazy hours at the beach, we ran across a pair of seagulls having a bit of a falling out. While I know that the coloring of these birds have less to do with sex and more to do with age, it amused us to create a story around these two.
A warning: this post is photo heavy, though I tried to keep them to a reasonable size. Continue reading “Betrayal: A Seagull Soap Opera”
Before the weather reminded me that I now in the PNW and spring can be both picture-postcard pretty and a misty, chilly grey, I took a notebook to my favorite table at Victor Steinbrueck Park near Pike Place Market, sat in the sun, and wrote whatever came to mind. It was as much to see if I could get anything accomplished while at a public venue as it was to enjoy the sunshine. I got a few things written down, not as much as I’d like, but I work better on a computer than a notebook. This is one of the things I jotted down. Continue reading “Tuesday Tidbit: Awakening”
Defiance at the Blood Lottery takes an unexpected turn.
It’s been ages since I’ve participated in one of Chuck Wendig‘s flash prompts, but this week tossed a baited hook into the ol’ brain pond and trapped a rabid plot bunny. Last week Chuck asked his readers to give him titles. This week, he chose ten that struck his fancy, posted them up, and asked that we choose one and take it for a spin. This title hooked me hard and it was difficult not to go into a lot more detail than I did. This was a mean, vicious, evil plot bunny that I intend to nurture…er, no, no, I mean, lock away forever and ever. After this short. Yeah. That’s it. Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Blood Lottery”
Xavier wrestles with boredom at the zoo
Last week, my family flew up for a visit. We dragged them all around Seattle, took them to our favorite restaurants, and taught them the real meaning of the phrase “fuck this hill…in the EAR.” They flew out early in the afternoon, and while I’m sorry to see them leave I was happy for a bit of time to sit and write. Did I work on the edits of Petri? Oh no of course not! Instead, I dug up another old flash piece that’s been languishing on my computer. The original is from 2013, and after a read-through I felt it needed a makeover. So, I added about 500 words, altered the tone a bit, changed the protagonist’s name (as I’d since used it elsewhere), and made him into a bit of an unapologetic asshole.I hope you enjoy him. I did! Continue reading “Flash Fiction: A Day at the Zoo”
A piece of flash fiction…just because.
I was going through my files today and stumbled across this old short. I’d posted it to another site, now defunct, back in 2012 and promptly forgot about it. It’s a flash piece. A little longer than most at 2700 words, but still too short to be anything else. It’s very loosely based on every small-town Southern city festival I’ve ever been to – from the booths to the petty politics. I dusted it off, read over it, added some things, removed some things, and cleaned it up a bit. Hope you enjoy it! Continue reading “Flash Short: CityFest”