Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Lipstick Party

As Melissa walked toward the porch, she glanced at the invitation again. She had no idea what Helen had planned.

December 31
Starting at 9 pm
New Year's Lipstick Party

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday Manhandling

"Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time. -Fedor Dostoevski

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Funday

Well, at least it'd make a good white elephant gift....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Unpleasant Present

Why is my present wet?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Prompt

"The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend." - Artistotle

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday Funday

She added one last thing to her Christmas list. It was a long shot, but she'd been pretty good this year....

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


I sat at my father's desk, tapping a pencil along the edge like he used to. Ta-ta-ta-ta-click. That's when my life changed.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday Charm

"Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question." - Albert Camus

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday Maffle*

"What are you doing here?"

* to cause to become confused or bewildered - from Worthless Word for the Day

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday Funday

It was an absolute disaster.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Funkday

It was a simple lock. For such an intricate box--plated in gold, way heavier than its size indicated--the lock was far too simple. Like it was asking to be opened.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


"What is snow?" she asked. I started to realize that running away into the city wasn't going to work so well with a new emigre out of south Florida. Or, as she put it, North Cuba.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday Misdirection

"I think someone must have tampered with my GPS."

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunday Funday

"What did you do to my hair?"

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Funkday

"Anywhere?" I asked again. "You're sure about that?"

"I swear, if you go out with me, I'll take you anywhere."

Hm... this had possibilities.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The End of Saucy Saturday

Remember this Lambo police car? Well, the worst has happened. You tell the story.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

And the Winner Is:

Thank you all for participating in our Flashy Drawing for November!

The winner chosen by random selection* is...

Girl With One Eye

GWOE, please either email me at lightverse (at) corkydogproductions (dot) com so that I have your email address or leave it in the comments. I'll get your $20 Amazon gift certificate over to you ASAP.

I know this was a crazy month, what with NaNoWriMo and the Chapbook Challenge at Poetic Asides (among other writing fun and games) so I hope you had a lot joy in writing to our terrific prompts.

Thanks for all the awesome flashies, youse guys (and yes, you rock!) Can't wait to see what goodies you pen next during the month of December.

*All your entries got dumped into a shoe box, but a nice, clean, non-stinky shoebox. An UGG shoebox, if you want specifics. I even removed the silica gel packs first.

Tuesday Reminder


Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday Monochromes

"Turn off the camera."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday Post

I look at the beautician. "Chop it all off."

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

One Month

My brother did a little jig-slash-breakdance in the aisle. One month until Christmas and he was already almost peeing himself in excitement.

But he had forgotten the deal we made in January.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday Monikers

"You know, they invented a word for guys like him."

-The Book of Matches

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Funday

All of the lights went out.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Funkday

"You're late."
"I swear, I have a good excuse!"
"You'd better. You've got three seconds to explain."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


The network of pipes shuddered over our heads.

"Jillian, I don't think I can go any farther."

Monday, November 16, 2009

Musical Monday

"...Then she swung upside down from a glass chandelier,
I couldn't have liked it more."

- from I've Been to a Marvellous Party - by Noel Coward

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Funday

I look at him. "Look. We have to end this. We're over."

"Why?" he asks, pouting.

I check my watch. "Um, in about four minutes you're going to want to eat my brains."

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Snake Eyes

My father claimed I was bad luck.
Said the single mole on the back of each hand was a sign.
Called me Snake Eyes.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Funday

I stared at the cat. "Did you just talk?"

It stared back. "No."

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Funkday

I looked sideways, sleep still threatening to drag me back under. Wait... does that say 9:30???

Dang it! I sat up, pushing my hair away from my face and scrambled out of bed. The note said to be there on time. I paused in front of the mirror, my face a little swollen, my pajamas far from presentable.

It definitely said don't be late. But more important than that; it said it would change my life...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Black Sheep

The cellphone in the dead woman's purse dinged.

A text message.

"SRSLY? A blk shp? WTF?"

Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday Misunderstandings and Misgivings

"Please don't take this the wrong way, but I have something to tell you that's been bothering me."

-The Writer's Book of Matches

Another Flashy Drawing coming atcha...

Since Heather had such a swell idea with the 1st Flashy Drawing, and everyone contributed such terrific stuff here - well...we thought it was so nice, we'd try it twice!

Wendy Sparrow - congrats!

Who will be our next winner?

Well, the only way to win it is to be in it. So....get ready to write more Flashy Fiction!

In case you're new - or just need to know da rules, here goes:

Here's how it works:

From now until the end of November, each time you leave a new flash in the comments I will award you an entry to the drawing. On December 1st I'll put all the entries into a hat (or something equivalent like Heather's Tupperware bowl!) and the winner will be chosen at random to receive a $20 gift certificate to

Since I personally am funding the prize, everyone is eligible including prompters.

Please remember we do not critique here. The entries are not based on your level of talent - it is solely on participation. Encouragement, praise or other comments are not eligible towards an entry, but are welcomed.

So get ready, get set - and Flash!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday Funday

It was the best--and worst--night of my life.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Funkday

I looked between the costumes that Maddie was holding up. She rolled her eyes. "Seriously. Witch or Devil?"

"They look the same." I shrugged. Then I glanced down at my own costume. Could I really go to the party dressed like this??

(Happy early Halloween!)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Wings

I don't know why they grew. Even less why they grew so low and crooked. Michelle (of course) looked more like an angel than ever with the elbows of her straight, silky-white-feathered appendages rising half a foot above her head.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday Misreadings

Two Cures for Love

1. Don't see him. Don't phone or write a letter.
2. The easy way: get to know him better.

-Wendy Cope - from Comic Poems

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Scary Sunday

"Careful," I warn. "I bite, you know."

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Funkday

I walked through the parking lot, a weird tingling on the back of neck. I gripped my keys a litle tighter. Was... was someone following me?

My paced quickened, but the closer I got to my car, the more terrified I became. I was going to run for it. Just then, someone grabbed me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Window

Through my fingers I could see the clouds passing my window. The electric gridwork between the panes of glass ensured my safety. Or maybe theirs.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mondayne Monday

"There are several possible answers to that question."

-The Book of Matches

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Scary Sunday

A black cat crossed my path.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Funkday

I took off the hat. The pointy top was making my face look chubby.

"If you're going to be a witch for Halloween," my mother said. "You should really wear the hat."

I turned to her. "Uh, I'm already a witch every day and you don't see me running around with a broomstick, do you? I really don't think we should play into stereotypes by wearing ridiculous costumes."

But really, the hat just made my face look chubby.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Hans and Greta opened a bakery and bar called the Witching Hour.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Malevolence

"It's always the quiet ones, you know."

-from The Book of Matches

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Post

"Were you bitten?" he asks.

I hesitate.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Funkday

My fingers were shaking and I shoved them into the pockets of my coat. She wasn't here yet. I glanced over my shoulder and wondered what would happen if she didn't show. I wondered if I'd be able to stay alive if I didn't get it. Then across the street, I saw her get out of a cab.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Good luck.

John turned my horseshoe upside down. The luck fell out and that's why we're in this predicament.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday Misunderstandings and Misgivings

"That will come back to haunt you."

-from The Writer's Book of Matches

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday Funday

"One seat left," the bus driver said. "It's yours if you want it."

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


His room reminded me of a magpie's hoard I stumbled across. Everything cheap and worthless and eye-catching. How could he even get through this mess?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday Prompt

"If you can't convince them, confuse them." - Harry S. Truman

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday Misguidance

"Okay, I paid the twenty bucks. What do the cards say?"

-from The Writer's Book of Matches

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Funday

This was it. The last freaking straw. I couldn't live in this dump another day.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Funkday

When Ronnie got us backstage passes, I thought it was going to be the best night ever! I sure as hell didn't expect THIS!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


"You're a sneaking fox. I hate you!" Christine slammed her bedroom door.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Maelstrom

"Either you tell him, or I will."

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Funday

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Funkday

My mouth ran dry. "You don't think..." I stop and stare. "Cursed? You think this is cursed?"

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

House Painting

Susan was perched at the top of the ladder, using a tiny brush to get the edges. John had a wicked idea.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Musings

If a metaphor
were sufficient,
I would think of mist today
as a silent woman...

- from The Mist by Lois Marie Harrod

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Funkday

I've always been afraid of water, not really the water, sinking and then drowning in it.
"Come on," she says. "Get in."
I stare at the small boat and swallow hard. And then I carefully take one foot off the dock.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tuesday Prompt

"The human heart likes a little disorder in its geometry." - Louis de Bernieres

Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday Muse

...We never think about landmarks.
Or if we do
we want them to be
the way that waves are.
Distorting shape and form.
Always of interest.

- from Person With A Mask On by Rochelle Ratner

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday Funday

In two minutes, she'd be here.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Funkday

My face was on fire as I stood there staring down at my sandals. It wasn't like I was completely unprepared for my first kiss--I just didn't expect it to happen like this.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


She waited for him to reach the top of the ladder, a rose in his hand.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday Musings

"There are no whole truths; all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil." - Alfred North Whitehead

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday Post

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Funkday

I stood behind the booth, staring at the make-shift counter and waiting for the next guy in line. When I heard him shuffle up, I raised my eyes and gasped. It was him. Oh my God.

He smiled. "Five dollars for a kiss, right?"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

In the darkness

Crawling on a tightrope,
the bravest thing I have is hope

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday Prompt

The setting: post office.

An object: wanted poster.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Monster Truck Monday

"There are two ways to pass a hurdle: leaping over or plowing through... There needs to be a monster truck option." - Jeph Jacques

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sunday Funday

Dear Mom,

I'm really, really sorry for what happened last night....

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Funkday

No one had ever told me the right things to say. So when I stood in front of my best friend's casket and looked down, I was frozen. But I knew what I really wanted to tell her... that it was my fault.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Habanero chicken wings
Vanilla bean ice cream

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday Funday

I stare at the ticket. "Harold," I say, quietly. "You've won."

He runs his shaking hand through his thin blond hair. "Yeah. But I can't turn it in."


He looks away.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Right of Passage

Jeremy clutched the passport, knowing his way should be clear. A new country, a clean start. If only Vanessa hadn't tried to stop him.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Funkday

Ted stepped onto the sagging cabin porch and straight into a wall of funk.
"Holy Smacks, what is that smell?"

Monday, August 3, 2009

Monday Muse

"...My playhouse is underneath
Our house, & I hear people
Telling each other secrets."

from Venus's-flytraps by Yusef Komunyakaa

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Funkday

I waited. My eyes darted around the room, but the phone kept ringing. No one else was here to answer it, but I had a feeling I knew who it was. Even the ring sounded anxious. I exhaled loudly and picked it up, pressing it to my ear.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Dream?

Sleep this time tonight. Sleepwalk in the light.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday Mistral

(Photo courtesy of Flickr/Phoebe Finds Beauty - 'Carry me in your dreams.')

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday Funkday

Your converstion with a dead famous person...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Grow, grow where you are. Anchor your roots underneath.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday Prompt

Choose three things in your immediate field of vision, tell us what they are, and incorporate them into a flash piece.

Have fun!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday Mash-Up

(Image courtesy of flickr/Len Langevin)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday Funkday

I put my hand to the cool window, looking out into the rain. I was glad it was raining. The water would wash it away. Wash away what I'd done...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Truth?

Every once in a while, I think I'm lying.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday Prompt

Doing something like this should require a cape.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mondayne Monday

Three Word Salad ... of the Weird Kind.

quidnunc - a gossip or nosybody

agraffe - the wire cage which holds down the cork in a bottle of champagne

sitooterie - a summerhouse or gazebo

If you are curious, there is a wonderful website called Worthless Word for the Day. If it's odd, archaic, unexpected, etc., chances are, it's listed in this compendium.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sunday Funday

"Cut the purple wire," he says, calmly.

(Image from

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Funkday

"Um... do you see that?"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

One step forward.

We all struggle with forward motion.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tuesday Prompt

The setting: a library.

An object: a journal.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Monday Motion


(Photo courtesy of Flickr/KarolusLinus - Balance)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Scary Story Sunday

We gathered around the campfire.

Image from awesome site

Friday, July 3, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Peter came home and found two half-swilled glasses of sweet tea sweating on the coffee table. The back windows were open and the A/C set at 64.


Monday, June 29, 2009

Mystified Monday

(Courtesy Flickr/jezikalyn)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Brunch

There was just one problem: I forgot to send the invites.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday Prompt

When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them.

~George Bernard Shaw

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Funkday

"Oh, no!" I snapped up and suddenly my head exploded in pain. I put my palm against my forehead and waited for the world to right itself. When I felt (somewhat) stable, I looked around. And realized I had NO IDEA where I was and what had happened last night.

Just then, the door of the room opened...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Last Chance

"We don't have to do this."

I dropped my cigarette. "You made a promise."

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday Misstep

(Courtesy Flickr/Laura Zalenga)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday post

Image found on awesome site

Saturday Prompt

If I love you, what business is it of yours?

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Funkday

I'm looking for a good mystery!

Your best friend has disappeared...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


My tired fingers slick with sweat slip the corner of the heavy box.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesday Prompt: Three-Phrase Challenge

What just happened?

I think it was the soup.

Why are you wearing that hardhat?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday Musings

(Found on Flickr/Mura-lex - sharkoman)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Funkday

"There's only thing that'll make you feel better," she said, a smile pulling at the corners of her mouth.

I sniffled. "What?"


Wednesday, June 10, 2009


(Pick one, or two, or ALL of them)

Boor - uncultured person
Boer - South African of Dutch descent
Boar - wild animal of porcine nature
Bore - person who inspires boredom (or the internal diameter of a cylinder)
Bohr - (Neils) Danish physicist, 1922 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday Museum

(Found on Flickr/Narodni Muzeum, Prague - Loomix)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday Post

He took the paper out and unrolled it.

(photo from the AMAZING site

Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday Funkday!

Free day!

Post any type of flash fiction you'd like!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Teaching, Breathing

Breathe in.

Hold it.



Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday Meanderings

(Found on Flickr/goldengreyblue)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday Funday

"Will you marry me?" he asks.

She hesitates. "There's something I have to tell you first."

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday Prompt

Criagslist Missed Connections 

Hot Olive Garden Waiter - w4m - 21 (Olive Garden)

You were our waiter, and you had the most spectacular eyes i've ever seen. I got lost in them. If you're single, and would like to meet for drinks and dinner email me, tell me your name :) 

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In Memoriam

[Cuz, y'know, Memorial Day was Monday.]

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday Prompt


Free stock photo via stock.xchng

Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday Musings

Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do. - Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea (1938) "Vendredi" French author & existentialist philosopher (1905 - 1980)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Funday!

When I walked into the homecoming dance, I noticed two things. One, my best friend and I were wearing the same dress. The second? She was making out with my boyfriend.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


She found the note.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday Prompt

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

-Anton Chekhov

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday ... Midnight

(Found on Flickr/Claudio Branch)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Funday

There was only one rule: I had to go alone.

Image from the awesome site

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday Prompt

Am I the only one who sees this?