Flash Fiction Challenge: Random Photo Exercise

https://www.flickr.com/photos/valsdarkroom/33032420126 Photo by valsdarkroom This week's challenge was to hit up the Flickr Interesting Photo page, pick a photo and write a short story about it. I've been wanting to work on some character development for some of my non-central characters for my WIP, so you all get to be guinea pigs. The result is a bit more scene than story, although it does stand alone. I'd love to know what you … [Read more...]

Flash Fiction Challenge: The Gallows Girls

This week's challenge was to take a three word title from a list of 10 and write a story. I made it my own goal to incorporate as many of the titles into my story as possible. I couldn't get them all in due to space, but I think it turned out well. Just a silly little story. Hope you like it. “Okay, what should we do now?” asked Sophie. She pushed aside the pizza boxes and the bowl of half-eaten popcorn. The girls—Sophie, Dakota, Brooklyn and … [Read more...]

Flash Fiction Challenge: Rebellion

This week's challenge was to write about a rebellion, any kind. I immediately thought of the interaction between two characters in my WIP. The funny thing is that I haven't written the story up until when this scene takes place, yet. But this was a very easy scene to write. I hope it doesn't end up on the cutting room floor. Seth awoke at the thud of a heavy door shutting. His arms were shackled above his head, his feet chained behind him. His … [Read more...]

Flash Fiction Challenge: Something Scary

This week's challenge was to pick something that scared me and write a story about it. I had a hard time with this one, because I couldn't really come up with a good story idea with any of them. But then I thought of something that I think most of us are scared of at some time or other: being accepted for who we are. “Ugh, Jer. This is so dumb. Rabbits aren’t scary. These just look ridiculous” Alyssa scoffed, while she continued to apply … [Read more...]

Flash Fiction Challenge: Apocalypse Now!

Hooray Flash Fictions are back! This week's challenge was to write a "rare, strange, unparalleled" apocalypse. Hopefully you'll find this one fits the bill. “What do we have this time?” I stepped out of the car, and Matt handed me a large coffee. He knows me well. “Weirdest thing. It looks like some sort of animal attack, but nobody can tell what kind. The teeth marks are like nothing I’ve ever seen.” “Well, did we get some kind of … [Read more...]

NaNoWriMo, or in my case, NaNoStaMo

Big news: I have started writing my first novel. I’m fairly certain it’s going to suck. I sincerely doubt I’ll even let anyone read it, let alone publish it. But I’m doing it anyway. I got a story idea way back last spring, when I first started writing fiction again, and I thought it’s high time I actually do anything with it. Since this is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), why not join millions of strangers on the Internet, who are also … [Read more...]

Flash Fiction Challenge: Scary Story Part 3

First the awesome news: not 1, not 2, but 3 people took my Scary Story Part 1 and continued it to part 2!! It's funny because I had a bit of an idea where the story seemed to head, but all 3 interpretations went in a completely different direction. It'll be cool to see if anyone finishes any of these. Also, so far, 1 person has finished the story in which I wrote a Part 2. I'll wait until the end of the week when all the conclusions are done, and … [Read more...]

Flash Fiction Challenge: Scary Story Part 2

This week's challenge was to pick someone else's Scary Story Part 1 and write the Part 2, again not finishing it. In case you missed it, my Part 1 is here. For my part 2, I chose this story by Matthew Gomez. It was a lot of fun to take someone else's characters and run with them. I hope he likes what I did. It'll be interesting to see if anyone finishes this story and what they do with it. If they do, I'll post a link in the blog. What Lurks in … [Read more...]

Flash Fiction Challenge: Scary Story Part 1

This week's challenge was to write the beginning of a scary story, ideally the first act, and post it to the terrible minds website. Then next week, everyone will pick one of the beginnings, and write the second act. The next week, everyone will finish a story, so that we have a bunch of collaborative scary stories. Sounds like a cool experiment. Because this is only the first act, it is mostly set-up and not very scary. Yet. I hope it has enough … [Read more...]

Flash Fiction Challenge: Iconic Scene Re-work

This week's challenge was to take an iconic scene, ideally from something most people have seen, and re-write it in another genre. I picked the battle of wits scene from The Princess Bride, but as a Western. When I saw that another person had posted a story with the same idea (but a different scene) I considered doing a different one. But I liked this idea too much to give it up. I'd love to hear what you think. Dread Outlaw Roberts swung open … [Read more...]