Parallel Tuesdays

There’s a Story Here Somewhere: Inspirational Images from Flickr

*Looking for the Summer (June – August) Writing Challenge – Every Picture Has a Story? See below for details.*

Flickr is my favorite site to scout for images to use on my blog. There’s a wealth of Creative Commons licensed images and it’s easy to search for them. The images vary widely in quality and artistic value but I’ve rarely failed to find just the right one for a post.

And, of course, it’s all free…which might be the most important factor to a blogger who isn’t making money off her blog.

My Favorites stream over there is already jammed with more images than I can use in a couple of years but I just keep adding more. So many of the images I’ve encountered have captured my imagination, inspiring blog posts, stories and stories-to-be. Here are some that have really stuck with me even though they have no story…yet: Continue reading “There’s a Story Here Somewhere: Inspirational Images from Flickr”

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Moon Dance (a 500-word story)

Here’s my piece for the July Writing Challenge – Moonstruck

Moon Dance

I danced for you.

“Gather, children,” the old one said. “I shall tell you how Moon King learned to dance.

“Long ago, there was only all-light when Moon King brooded in the sky. And all-dark when he walked the earth, searching for something to fill the great emptiness inside him. He looked but did not see, for he looked only into that emptiness….”

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The girl stood at cliff’s edge. Arms outstretched. Looking down.

The sea beckoned her. Crashing against the rocks. Hungry for her blood. Continue reading “Moon Dance (a 500-word story)”

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Paper Airplanes (A 500 Word Story)

Here’s a bit of flash fiction for you, inspired by writing challenges from two wonderful writers, Ozlem Yikici and Billie Jo Woods.

Ozlem Yikici’s Tritych Trials prompts:

  • Painting/Photography by an Artist: William Marlow’s Capriccio: St Paul’s and a Venetian Canal, circa 1795
  • Random lines of Poetry by Poets: Defying Gravity by Roger McGough
  • An Art Movement/Writing Genre: Mannerism

Billie Jo Woods’  Twisted Freedom prompt:

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Just Another Day on the Job (a 500-word story)

This time around, I’ve combined Haley Whitehall’s Body Language challenge, Billie Jo Wood’s Solstice Sunday, and my Creature Feature challenge (see mash-up below for links) into one 500 word story. Here you go…

magic sphere

Just Another Day on the Job 

She drummed her fingers against her thigh and shot the kind of look that would start a fire.

Fortunately, there was plenty of cloud cover.

I nudged Tom, my trainee. “Assessment?”

“Common fire sprite. Juvenile. Range: two feet. Requires full sunlight to start a fire. Containment protocol: capture in JN-32 spherical containment field and transport to Breach.” Continue reading “Just Another Day on the Job (a 500-word story)”

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The Machine (a story in 500 words or less)

This week’s flash fiction was inspired by Haley Whitehall’s May Flash Fiction Challenge and Billie Jo Wood’s Sabotage Sunday Flash Fiction Challenge.

The MachineThe Machine

“He never should have been there in the first place.” Sally dropped the duffel bag on the counter. It landed with a thunk. Continue reading “The Machine (a story in 500 words or less)”

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A Lovely Conundrum (a story in 500 words or less)

This week’s flash fiction offering was inspired by one of Selena Wolff’s Flash Fiction Fridays. I’m a little late in getting the story out…the prompt I used was for last Friday:

  • Genre – mystery
  • Solitary words to include in some way: conundrum, perplexity, enigma.

Better late than…er…really late is my motto. So, here you go… Continue reading “A Lovely Conundrum (a story in 500 words or less)”