Saturday, June 30, 2012


I've never seen a seacow,
I never hope to see one.
But, I can tell you here and now,
I'd rather see, than be one.

Strange sounding compound words come together to provide some striking images.
Examples: shoetree, shoehorn, clotheshorse,... you get the general idea. 
Your quest today is to incorporate as many of these into your story.

Of Words and Wind

Image: Photobucket...pauladeaniemeanie

Take to the trees...stretch your wings
let your words take flight. 

Happy Friday Flashy Fiction Writers!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Time

We are now one week into Summer.  It is getting hotter while the days are getting shorter.  The settimg for your fiction today is Summer Time.

Monday, June 25, 2012

All the world's a stage...

Image courtesy of A Collage A Day/ 'World Dancer' by Randel Ploughman
If all the world's a stage, then how will YOU dance on it?  What are the stories that will 'rock' your world?

Sunday, June 24, 2012


Photo by L. Kolp

Do you see Gucci the Alligator? I hope he inspires you!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Oh Shiitake Mushrooms!!!

(Image via Photobucket)

You're in a small plane that's having engine troubles, 
you're forced to emergency evacuate and pull the shoot. 
Feel free to fall into this role fully! Where will you land? 
Smiles and Happy Friday Fiction Flashers! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012


The end has come.
No more pencils, no more books.
Have the students been dismissed, or have
they been banished to a life of ignorance?
Your story is one of desertion and desolation.
Write it!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Photo from Peanuts - Charles Schultz

Mike asked me to fill in for him. He has been exploring the concept of time, so in keeping with his vision...

Answer these:
The time of day, a make and model of car, your favorite food, a city anywhere in the world, the guadiest color, an exotic women's name, and a strange occupation. Now look out your window. Whatever the weather is, reverse it (if it's sunny, make it rain, snow, whatever...).

Using all these variables, write a mystery piece beginning with Snoopy's famous opening line, "It was a dark and stormy night..."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This Upon a Time...

Using a beloved fairy tale from your youth, rewrite the story to modern day with all the convieniences of today's world. But there's a catch.. write it from the antagonist's point of view. There is no happily, ever after... leave it open ended to revisit at a later date.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Muse: A Little Less Conversation/A Little Meow Action...

Courtesy of Wiki Commons Images/Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy
1970 (130 Kb); Acrylic on canvas, 304 x 213 cm (120 x 84 in)by David Hockney
It looks like it could be a nice day, but something clearly has been left unsaid.  What do you suppose it is?  And what about that cat?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father Knows Best

Image credit here

It's Father's Day! And in honor of all of those amazing dads out there, I'd like your story today to include a little fatherly advice - be it preposterous, poignant, wise or whimsical. Share a story about your own dad. Pen a completely fictional tale about an offbeat dad. Or if you happen to be a dad, give us your best fatherly advice, story or prose form, of course. Have fun with this, because unlike life under dad's roof, there are no rules. Flash your fatherly fiction today, and share your piece in the comments. 

Happy, Happy Father's Day to all of you dads. And Happy Writing, all. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Don't Look Down!!

Image via Photobucket

After much bribing and begging your companion has talked you into going on a hot-air balloon ride. You're very leery to leave the safety of ground and with good reason. The balloon is released to the ethereal and when you reach the end of the rope that was supposed to secure you to the earth, you hear the ripping sound of fabric as the rope ravels to tiny ends and snaps. You're then floating freely in a hot-air balloon with one other person and not one that happens to know how to fly this thing. What happens? What will you do? Where do you end up? Whatever you do, don't look down!!   

Happy Friday Flashy Fiction Writers! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Time is of the Essence

Today, pick one or more phrases that relate to time and incorporate it/them into your story.  Some examples include: I don't have time, running out of time, too much time on my hands, time moves slowly,  time moves quickly, precious time, wasting time, never enough time or time is of the essence.  I'm sure you could come up with dozens more if you put in enough time.  Use the phrase(s) as well as make reference to things such as clocks or hourglasses, seconds, minutes, hours, daye, weeks, months, years, etc... OK, hurry up, you haven't got all day.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Laying Low

Elvis Presley
Amelia Earhart
Jimmy Hoffa
Jim Morrison
Patsy Cline
D.B. Cooper

Choose one:
Tell us what you've been up to since you chose to step out of the limelight.

Monday, June 11, 2012

12 Angry Men

Image courtesy of 12 Angry Men

I'm on jury duty this week, so I thought this might be an interesting prompt...what would you do to convince 11 other people - people who have strongly different ideas and beliefs - to agree to 'go along' with your way of thinking? What if you're wrong?  What if you know you're wrong?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

What Happened at the Beach?

Pics by L. Kolp

Don't these pictures speak "story, please"? A mysterious woman finds something in the sand... a jellyfish, or perhaps it's a man-of-war, oh no! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Friday, June 8, 2012

~Caller Unknown~

Image via Photobucket

You receive a phone call in the middle of the night. The caller requests your presence at the town landing within the hour and promises you it will be worth your time. Tell your version of this germ of a story beginning!
Happy Friday Flashy Fiction writers!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Time Immaterial

Today let's put a different spin on time.  Write your fiction as if:
There is no such thing as time -or- Time doesn't matter at all.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


A boat in the middle of dry land.
Write a story including this boat.
Or write about something misplaced or out of place.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Photo by L. Kolp

Who is this lady? Where is she going? Who is she with? What are those four bells to her left? What about that shining light above the bells?

 I hope the picture inspires you. I can't wait to read your flash fiction pieces. Just post them in the comments below.

Forever Blowing Bubbles

                                                                                      Photo credit De Jackson

Today, let your words float out...
...about a time that felt lighter than air. 
...about something that bursts your bubble. 
...or about seeing things in a brand new way. 

Just write, and see what pops.  

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Playing Cat-ch!

You are writing from the perspective of one of the kittens.
Or as one of any animal witnesses.Tell the story.

Friday, June 1, 2012

~In Ancient Shoes~

~In Ancient Shoes~

Write a historical fiction from the perspective 

of a historical figure who experienced it firsthand, 

(you may want to do some research for this).