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Flash Fiction: Weekly Challenge, Christmas Edition

This week’s topic for the Weekly Challenge over at 100 Word Stories was “Christmas.” The basis for my entry, called “The Elven Curse,” was a silly scenario involving Christmas that a game master (hi, Morgie!) once ran our group through. I used it to explain a mystery from Lord of the Rings. How? Read the story over at 100 Word Stories‘ website! It’s only 100 words long, after all! 😉 (They really outdid themselves this time, too – if you listen to the podcast, it’s over 1 1/2 hours long! Lots of good stuff to listen and relax to this fine Christmas afternoon…)

My entry to last week’s Weekly Challenge was posted directly to the Flash Fiction tab here, because I screwed up and managed to forget to submit it. As such, I’ve nothing new to post to the website here (though if you missed it last week, feel free to check it out!) The topic of next week’s challenge is Return, which seems appropriate for a New Year’s edition.

So until next time, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! (And Happy Chanukah! Happy Yuletide! Happy Kwanzaa! And the all purpose Happy Holidays! And in case you don’t celebrate any of the previous, have a wonderful end of the year!) Be safe, but do something to tell the grandkids about! 😉

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Flash Fiction: Weekly Challenge Failure

Well, I managed to write a story for this week’s challenge over at 100 Word Stories, but then had a brain freezed and forgot to e-mail it last night. So instead of being posted there, I simply posted it (along with last week’s entry, “Kudzu”) in the Flash Fiction tab on this blog. The topic had been “fingerprints,” and my entry would’ve been titled “Zero Tolerance.” I thought it was a fun, if simplistic, story about a serial killer. (Your tastes on the combination of “fun” and “serial killer” may differ, of course.) So feel free to check out the other entries at the 100 Word Stories’ website, or my own stories in the Flash Fiction tab on this blog (or both).

In any case, next week’s topic is, naturally, Christmas. I planned to work on it earlier – maybe even write two – but I couldn’t come up with anything last week. Thankfully, I came up with a concept today, so I shouldn’t have any problem finishing it before the deadline – and this time, I’ll make damn sure I send it in on time!

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Flash Fiction: Weekly Challenge #294

Well, NaNoWriMo is over, and one of the things that means is that I’m back to working on 100 Word Stories (along with the Unrealistic Comic Book Pitches and working on finishing the novel). The topic for the Weekly Challenge posted today was “Trees.” I’ve been feeling under the weather for the last several days, though, so I didn’t read mine aloud (which is less due to being sick, and more to do with my voice refusing to cooperate at the moment). I did, however, submit it, so you’ll just have to hear it being read by the “midget.” My entry was entitled “Kudzu.” The origin of the story is kind of amusing (to me, anyway.) I wrote a flash fiction story entitled “The Armadillo Incident,” which inspired the novel my father wrote for NaNoWriMo. Hearing about what he wrote in turn inspired me to write this flash fiction story! (All three are very different stories using similar themes; they just served to be the inspiration for the next story.)

Oh, and I also realized that I never updated the Flash Fiction tab with the last story I wrote for 100 Word Stories’ Weekly Challenge! I’ve corrected that now, and you can now read “How Not to Summon a Demon” there, assuming you didn’t hear/read it over at 100 Word Stories back when it was originally posted (back in the middle of September).

Next week’s topic is Fingerprints, and since Christmas falls on a Sunday, that week’s topic will be Christmas. So I’ve two weeks I can work on…if I can get over this flu to feel up to working on them!

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Flash Fiction: Weekly Challenge #281

The topic for 100 Word Stories’ Weekly Challenge this week was “Run.” I had previously decided it was too hard to do a 100 word story set in a fantasy world, so wouldn’t you know it that I figured it out after giving up. lol My entry was entitled “How Not to Summon a Demon.” I was running late, unfortunately, so I wasn’t able to record it – so you’ll get to hear the resident midget voice read the story for me (which, given the nature of the story, will probably give it a whole new twist!) As always, I post the previous Weekly Challenge under the Flash Fiction tab, so if you missed it last week, you can catch it there now. (I’m up to twelve stories posted there!)

Next week’s topic for the Weekly Challenge is Mirror. There’s gotta be something I can do with that! 🙂

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Flash Fiction: Weekly Challenge and More

It’s been a while since I posted any of my own work, so to make up for that, I’m posting two! (Technically, I intended to post one last week, but got wrapped up in other things, and only realized I hadn’t posted it when I went to post this weeks. Go figure.)

The first story is for 100 Word Stories’ Weekly Challenge. This week’s topic was “Pick Two” – of the options, I chose “Hunger” and “Comet.” Yup, I wrote a zombie story (in 100 words!) – and even tied in the tragedy of 9/11 (since that’s the date of this week’s challenge, I thought it fitting to do so). It’s about a lesson I hope we don’t need a zombie apocalypse to learn, so I hope the story isn’t too preachy (if it is, at least it’s only 100 words! 😉 ) Next week’s topic is Run.

As always, I post the previous Weekly Challenge that I participated in once I write a new one, so my “First Contact” story is up under the Flash Fiction tab at the top. I’d definitely recommend listening to this one as opposed to just reading it (there’s a link for where it’s read aloud), as I used various sound effects to make it. (I used a speech to text website (ABC2MP3.com) to simulate a language translation device of the alien species, and a science fiction sound effect website (Absolute Sound Effects Archive) for some of their high tech equipment – I used the  Communications satellite sound effect under science fiction sounds.) Check it out, if you haven’t already! 🙂

The second story is called “I’m No Hero,” and though it’s a 100 Word Story, it was written for nowhere but here. It’s about a problem super heroes must overcome to do what they do. I thought the protagonist of the story came up with an interesting solution, though variants of it have been done before, to be sure. It, too, is posted under the Flash Fiction tab above (no audio recording for this one – sorry). Hope you enjoy!

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Flash Fiction: Weekly Challenge #277

The topic for 100 Word Stories’ Weekly Challenge was “Radio” this week. My entry was titled “First Contact,” and it was just what it sounds like: humanity’s first contact with an alien species. I went all out on this one, using a speech to text website (ABC2MP3.com) to simulate a language translation device of the alien species, and a science fiction sound effect website (Absolute Sound Effects Archive) for some of their high tech equipment (I used the  Communications satellite sound effect under science fiction sounds). It was a lot of fun to make! As for the story itself, it was an idea I had for an answer to the age old question: “If there is intelligent life out there, why haven’t they responded to our attempts to communicate?” I was never sure what to do with it, but that scene just stuck in my head a few years back and I wrote it down in case I could ever use it. 🙂

As always, you can find last week’s entry, “Bottomless,” posted under the Flash Fiction tab. I’m up to nine flash fiction stories now!

The topic for next week’s challenge is Wild. I think I’ll do something Fantasy related for this one…

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Flash Fiction: Weekly Challenge #276

This week, the topic for 100 Word Stories’ Weekly Challenge was “Falling.” It took me three tries to write something that wasn’t depressing (and incomplete), but I’m rather proud of what I came up with. My entry is entitled “Bottomless,” and it deals with the emotions we feel as they relate to our perspective of the situations we find ourselves in. (I’d actually debated naming it “Perspective” instead, but decided I liked “Bottomless” more.) As always, you can find last week’s entry, “The Armadillo Incident,” posted under the Flash Fiction tab.

The topic for next week’s challenge is Radio. I already have notes for something related to the topic that I think I can turn into a story very easily, so most of my work’s already been done on this one – maybe I’ll do two…

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