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Postcards from Hell

It’s time for another flash of fiction. This week’s offering is for Inspiration Monday IX at Be Kind Rewrite. The prompts were:

  • The exits of the world
  • You don‚Äôt think of it as murder
  • Postcard from hell
  • In a better place
  • Life in a box

Can you guess which one(s) I used? ūüėÄ Continue reading “Postcards from Hell”

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I Used to be Someone Else (a 50-word story and its evolution)

Another Wednesday, another writing challenge. Once again (maybe because it’s fun and maybe because I’m a little bit¬†lazy), I’ve combined¬†two writing challenges. It was a wee bit trickier for me this time because I¬†blended¬†Cafe Muravyets 50-word story challenge with the Inspiration Monday challenge over at Be Kind Rewrite. 50-words¬†doesn’t leave a¬†lot of room to maneuver, but I finally found came up with a story that worked. Here you are…

I Used to be Someone Else

broken glassThe world is dying, but at The Sandbar (Happy Hour Specials! Karaoke Nightly!) drinks are half price. I order an Onerous Maneuver from one-eyed Wink, who never smiles. Continue reading “I Used to be Someone Else (a 50-word story and its evolution)”

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The Meme-ing of Life

I see you

Some time ago, I was punished awarded with the Memetastic Blog Award. I crafted four¬†lovely lies and one (un)remarkable truth to delight you. I am certain you all have been waiting¬†on the edge of yours seats to discover just which is which. To spare you further agony of anticipation, I now reveal¬†the whole truth and nothing but the truth (I’ve got my hand on my copy of¬†Dune and everything): Continue reading “The Meme-ing of Life”

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The Moon-Blessed (A Short Story)

Here, at long last, is my entry for Eric Swett’s March Writer’s Challenge, in the short fiction division:

Supermoon

The Moon-Blessed

In the garden beside the ancient tree. Twisted limbs stretching out towards the stars. All is silent and still, shrouded in white. The stars beckon overhead, calling Sa’renna in the Dreamers’ language, older than the world, as old as time itself. Continue reading “The Moon-Blessed (A Short Story)”

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The Man with the Teardrop Tattoo (A 50-Word Story)

Today seemed like a good day to indulge in a little flash fiction. Many thanks to Be Kind Rewrite for offering the writing prompts and challenge; I needed a little respite from editing. There were no rules (unless you really couldn’t live without ’em), so I set myself a 50-word limit (oh, how I love those 50-word stories). Here’s my offering…

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The Reply (A 50-Word Story)

I’m thrilled to be participating in another 50-word story challenge from Cafe M. I’m amazed at how much these writing challenges are energizing my creativity. They make me want to write, write, write!

This time around, I found it both easier and still surprising challenging to write a 50-word story given five words to be¬†included and Continue reading “The Reply (A 50-Word Story)”

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Trying my hand at the February Challenge: 50-Word Story

I came across Cafe Muravyets yesterday (though I can’t remember if I linked there through the Absolute Write forums or through another blogger or through tag surfing). I was greatly intrigued to read about her 50-word story challenge for February. I decided to give it a try.

I finished my little story this morning. I thought it might not be all that different from trying a OneWord¬†exercise except that I would have all the time I liked to ponder and polish. However, writing the story proved to be much more challenging than I expected. The story had to fit the theme and include five particular words…all while not exceeding 50 words.

It was the 50 words part that really challenged me. I find it fairly easy to just write and write about a topic. But to try to tighten it up…? Quite a bit harder than I’d guessed.

My first attempt was 102 words long and it seemed, while I was writing it, that I was being as pared down as possible. I was horrified to think that I had to shave off a little Continue reading “Trying my hand at the February Challenge: 50-Word Story”

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Great Website: 750words.com!

As I’ve previously posted, I am a huge fan of Morning Pages. Those three (most days…some days I only write 1-2 and I’ve skipped a day or two altogether) long-hand pages are a fantastic way of clearing out the brain first thing in the morning (though they can be¬†done any time of the day). Committing to them again and writing stream-of-consciousness has definitely increased my ability to tap into the creative flow. It also helps to quiet the inner critic.

The Artist’s Way is pretty insistent¬†about the MPs being done long-hand (I think hand writing allows for more of a connection between the mind and the page) but there are some obvious drawbacks. A lot of mornings, my wrist is aching by the end of three pages. And, if I don’t finish all my pages in the morning, or if I want to add more, it’s inconvenient to lug my big notebook around.

The MPs are absolutely worth the small inconveniences but it would be nice if there were another, complementary, way to get them done.

Yesterday, I checked out a website that Wendy Blanton¬†had mentioned in her comments on my recent MP post. The website¬†is Continue reading “Great Website: 750words.com!”

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Working on Links and the Blogroll

I realized that I’ve come across so many great blogs since I started blogging. So many great ideas and words of wisdom. I subscribe to them, but I’d like to share them here on my blog too. I’m working on putting together a list of links to websites I’ve found interesting and/or helpful and a blogroll of all the blogs I’ve found too. It’s still a work-in-progress and I hope to have it finished by the end of the week.