Friday, December 28, 2012

Pick a Door...

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Pick a door...any door....

and write about it.

Bring the element of suspense around the door if you like...

Will your door be metaphorical or an actual doorway

into a real place or into a land of your imagination?

Have fun Friday Flashy Fiction writers!! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

State of Confusion

It is really Wednesday, however your main character thinks it is Monday.  How did this happen and what are the consequences?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

All I Want For Christmas

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Were you good this year?  Did Santa bring you everything you wanted for Christmas?  Was there one special gift you were hoping for?  Write a little Flashy Fiction about whether you got that special gift or not, and, if not, why not.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

An Excerpt to Insert

Marley was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.
Use this to inspire you today, whether it be through a vignette or short story... maybe even just your thoughts. Leave your offerings in the comment section below. Hope you all have Happy Holidays! 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Set to Motion...


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Or traversing on iron tracks...

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Let's get a move on...set your story with motion!!!

Happy Friday Flashy Fiction writers!! 


Thursday, December 20, 2012


There are plenty of "Eves" in our future. Christmas Eve and New Years Eve both loom largely in the next couple of weeks. But first we need to get past the "Eve of Destruction". Psychos (I mean psychics) worldwide and through the ages have deemed 12/21/2012 as the day of reckoning. But face it, we can't even predict the weather correctly half the time...

For the prompt, write about the night before a big day. What preparations are needed? What is anticipated? Narrow it down even further, write of the moments just before the featured event. And don't worry, if we get past tomorrow, it's not the end of the world!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Final Preparations

For your fiction today, let's assume the world is going to end in just two days.  What final tasks will your character(s) complete other than paying all the bills and taking out the trash.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Breaking Free

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This past weekend saw the premiere of The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey, complete with a huge red dragon invading and taking up residence in a dwarven stronghold with a horde of gold.  Inspired by the dragon, this week's prompt is to write a bit of Flashy Fiction to describe a scene/story in which a chained dragon escapes.  Why was it chained?  Who had it chained?  How did it break free?  Everybody loves a good dragon tale...what's yours?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Do the opposite...

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Normally, you expect to find monkeys holding bananas, right?  Not this time.  As you can see above, the banana has the monkeys.  So here's the thing - write something that is the opposite of everyone's expectations.  

And have fun!  (I really mean that - and not the opposite.)

A Little Light Reading

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It's the Christmas season, and colored lights shine everywhere. Today, flash us some fiction about light - holiday lights, city lights, the first light bulb, the sun...or someone whose light just refuses to stop shining. Share your piece in the comments here, leave the light on for us, and we'll be over soon.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Inspired by a Genius

(photo courtesy Wikipedia Einstein at the age of three in 1882)

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"In his lecture at Einstein's memorial, nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer summarized his impression of him as a person: "He was almost wholly without sophistication and wholly without worldliness . . . There was always with him a wonderful purity at once childlike and profoundly stubborn, (wiki commons)."

Maybe write a dialogue with Einstein as a participant...or if you could ask Albert something what would it be...?

Happy Friday Flashy Fiction writing!  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Use repetition in your writing today, or write about something that will never happen again in your lifetime, or incorporate numerology in your fiction today.  Have Fun !!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Fog Rolls In

Smoke on the water or the fog rolling in?  Is this just a cool photo op or is there something sinister bringing the fog to conceal its approach?  Write a little Flashy Fiction to dispel this fog and bring a little clarity to this situation.

Friday, December 7, 2012

PuZzLe PiEcEs

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Put these poignant pieces into descriptive words
and puzzle them together for Friday Flashy Fiction!!

Smiles...happy writing! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Been There, Done That

For today, write about a reoccuring dream or a Deja Vu experience.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Snowfall in the City Gardens

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Today's prompt takes us to a wonderful, snowy cityscape with a lone figure.  What city is this?  Who is the figure and why is he/she out in the snow?  Write a bit of Flashy Fiction based on what you see in this image.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Belated Sunday Sister

Just realized I missed yesterday's post. Sorry, gang. Life is more than a little crazy.

Okay, here's the deal...

You're LATELATELATE, for a very important date. Why are you late? And what are you late for? And what's the result? A disaster? Or maybe...destiny?

Write about it. And share here, sooner...or later. ;)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Would You Like a Character?

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Will this man find a niche in your short fictional story today? 

Hmmm...I like this particular meaning for the word, "niche." 

Happy writing Friday Flashy Fiction writers! 

Thursday, November 29, 2012


As November wanes and we've just one more month to make 2012 memorable,
write a piece of fiction of changes that put you in great position to succeed. I'm not talking apocalyptic happenstances, but a personal change your character makes to improve his prospects for success.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lost and Found

Your main character has lost everything.  Perhaps in a natural disaster, a flood or a fire.  Now they have found something they never knew they had.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Mystery Decorator

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 Who came all this way to decorate this one tree on a rocky crag?  Maybe it was you?  Write a little Flashy Fiction about the decorator.  What inspired the mystery decorator to risk life and limb to add a little color to this lonely tree?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

An Excerpt to Insert

"It is required of every man," the ghost returned, "that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide; and, if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death."
- Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Today's "OPEN MIC" prompt comes from Mariya Koleva who offers this poem to ponder and render into your Flashy Fiction today. Thanks for your contribution, Mariya!

hatred happens faster than a look”

I’ve heard love at first sight exists.
It’s possible.
Yet, I say, there is hate that comes faster than the look.
You search in vain - don’t look for a reason
No need to recall harmful words, treacherous
looks, or treacherous acts – those are not the reason.
It all happens like it does in Nature: a leaf unfolds, or
a leaf falls. A matter of time.

And because death is quicker than birth,
I say:
hatred happens faster than a look.

© 2012, Mariya Koleva, translation from Bulgarian


Use Mariya's poem as your inspiration. 
Your character is the victim of hatred, 
or worse is the perpetrator of such vitriol. 
Does he/she let it destroy them, 
or do they become stronger for it.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Abstractly Reacting

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  • The force that propels the human spirit on the clear way forward and upward is the abstract spirit.

-Wassily Kandinsky  'On the Question of Form', in Blaue Reiter Almanac.

  • Literature is not an abstract science, to which exact definitions can be applied.It is an Art rather, the success of which depends on personal persuasiveness, on the author's skill to give as on ours to receive.

- SirArthurThomas known as  'Q' Quiller-Couch
  Inaugural lecture as Professor of English at Cambridge University.

  • Abstract refers to something that is not physical or concrete. (adjective)
An example of abstract is the idea of justice.
Go forth...react abstractly...
Friday Flashy Fiction...writers?

Thursday, November 22, 2012


The artistry of Norman Rockwell

Today is Thanksgiving Day.

Leave the Fiction be for the day.

Share a few words about that for which
 you are most thankful.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Write a bit of Flashy Fiction where you're determined to reach your goal.  So determined that all but the completely oblivious can see it on your face.  Maybe you reach that goal.  Maybe not.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Frozen Pear Tree: Tie a ribbon around your heart...

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A new morning, dazzling yet pristine.  What will you do today?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Shoe Tree

                                                          (photo credit: De Jackson) 

What’s going on here? Tell this story. 

Or: write about shoes.
Walking a mile in someone else’s...buying a new pair when you feel down...gleefully shedding them to walk barefoot in velvet grass. Whatever lines you lace today, be sure to throw in plenty of soul. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Delve into the Wilderness


Flash your fiction, "WILD," today Friday writers!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


I can smell the turkey dinner already. 
We are heading down the pike to another great gathering of family and friends. 
But it isn't always that easy.

You are away from home and have a week to make it in time
 for Thanksgiving Day. Write an adventure that will become family lore 
as to the lengths you would go for family 
(and a steaming turkey drumstick!)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Slipped the mind

Your character had a very important task to complete,  but they completely forgot about it.  What were the consequences?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Light a the End of the Tunnel

No more than a dim spot in the distance, just barely brighter than the surrounding darkness...could it be the light at the end of the tunnel?  Your way out?  Or is it the train coming toward you?  Write a little Flashy Fiction about finally reaching a goal, about finally seeing the light...good or bad.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day

In honor of Veteran's Day/ Armistice Day/ Remembrance Day, I'd like to pay tribute to all who serve our country. Perhaps you could write a letter to someone or share a story. Whatever you choose, make sure to post it in the comments.

Friday, November 9, 2012

What's Her Story?

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Allow this story to be told through you
and by that I mean...don't second guess
your imagination, just let the story unfold.

Have fun Friday Flashy Fiction writers! :)'s

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Oh NO !!!

The main character in your fiction has hopes, dreams, expectations and aspirations,  however suffers a bitter disappointment.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Who wants to be President?

It's Election Day here in the USA!  Will either of the candidates ever rank among the "Great Presidents"?  For today's prompt, write a bit of Flashy Fiction that shows a candidate running for election.  It can be a speech the candidate gives, a glimpse of them on the campaign trail, or more private moments when the cameras aren't rolling.  What drives your candidate?  Let's see it.

What's up?

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Whatever is up there? 
Is it true that what goes up must come down... 
...or are things really looking up? 
You decide.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Flash-in-the-Pan Fiction

Today, cook us up something that includes a recipe (for the best chicken soup, for disaster, for love), or at least a list of ingredients. Throw in a little spice if you’d like. Then share your delicious fiction piece here.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


NaNoWriMo is upon us, and everyone scurries to novelize, poeticize and fictionalize.

So here's your charge for the day.

I declare today as National Write More Little Stories (NaWriMoLilSto) day.

Take a spark of an idea and give it a little life. When the time is right, 
use that ember to expand into your next novel undertaking!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Heroic Rescue

In the face of a tragedy, a hero is born...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Escape to Paradise

With cold weather bringing snow to parts of the U.S. and Hurricane Sandy pounding the Atlantic coast, there are lots of folks thinking about a tropical escape.  Write a little Flashy Fiction about your escape to paradise.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


As the East Coast prepares for Frankenstorm, let's prepare for Halloween. Write about your own Frankenstorm (don't you love that word?), but don't scare us too much! And all of you in the storm's path, stay safe!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


"It's impossible", said pride.

"It's risky", said experience.

"It's pointless", said reason.

"Give it a try", said the heart.

Follow your heart. Write about something that you thought to be impossible, or risky, or pointless that with some effort and a lot of heart proved to be a beatable foe!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Major Changes

Something is happening and it's not just any little thing.  Your character is going thru a major life changing event.  Write your fiction today around this big change taking place.  Things are going to be a lot different now.. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bus Trip

Stay seated for safety...but are you really safe?  Write some Flashy Fiction about why you're on the bus and who or what you're trying to escape.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Word Wranglin'

Today, use one or more (or all) of these words in your writing. 
Share your well-wrestled piece here.


Saturday, October 20, 2012


You are anyone in history.

Write a letter to someone expressing your fear, or confidence about an upcoming event in your life. Tell of your thoughts about what is about to transpire.

Your correspondence will become a document of historical significance, it's that big.

Sit right down and write yourself a letter.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Affecting Atmospheres

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So...Friday Flashy Fiction writers...

Time to explore what your setting can do for your prose,

details and all the rest that make the best stories. 

Give it a go...have fun! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012


This scene mirrors itself precisely. Do we? 
You become the character of your Flashy Fiction today.
How does your (or how would you like) your life reflecting
on your surroundings? 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Above and Beyond

For your fiction today,  write about an outstanding performance, someone who exceeds all reasonable expectations.  This could be an athlete, a musician, a teacher, a paramedic, doctor or nurse or just about anyone who does something extra special.  Follow your first instinct here and see where it leads you. Perhaps your writing today will go above and beyond.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Country Road

A nice leisurely drive down a scenic road in autumn.  Write a Flashy Fiction piece about this setting.  Why are you here?  Maybe it's not a leisurely drive at all.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

An Excerpt to Insert

"One may very well start with Helen's letters to her sister."

Please inserpt this excerpt from E.M. Forster's Howards End into your offering (which is open to any interpretation) and post it in the comments.


Friday, October 12, 2012

While the Gettin's Good

Photo Courtesy of Shannon Storer

Photo Courtesy of Shannon Storer

Get your fiction on...Flashy Fiction Friday writers
with a little two fer image action! 

Attack this from any angle you please...
suggestions you ask? 

Assume the point of view of the bird if you like
or get way out there and...
well you remember the movie "The Birds," don't you? 

Above all be sure to...have fun!