Tuesday, July 31, 2012


You have inadvertently gone the Robinson Crusoe route. 
You need off of this island. 
Your man Friday is a day late. 
Send out your journal entry/rescue note in that empty bottle of Jack.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Backdrop Backstory

Painted Desert - credit: WikiCommons free images

Nature painted this landscape.  How would you paint yours?

It's the End of the World as We Know It...

                                                                      Image credit here

Do you feel fine? What do you want to do with the last of your time? Who’s left? What happened? Are there zombies? Whether you take this literally or symbolically – the end of a relationship, the end of your heart as you know it, the end of the line – get apocalyptic (not to be confused with apoplectic) on us, and write about it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Today, take an event in history (world history or your personal history) and write it as a piece of flash fiction. Change the names, places and whatever you need to to "protect the innocent" and give your story a surreal feel. And as always, remember: Everyone has a little story...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Timing is Everything

Today, write your fiction about something that works out right or comes together simply because the timing was perfect.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Duct Tape Anyone?

Pic by L. Kolp
Duck Tape is a brand of duct tape

Not too long ago, I saw teenagers wrapped in duct tape walking waddling around an Austin mall. At first I thought it was a flash mob, but then came to the conclusion that they were just seeking attention on a Friday night. I have since heard about prom dresses made from duct tape. I saw someone driving a car that had been fixed with duct tape. There are so many uses for this sticky stuff that now comes in bold colors and designs. Use your imagination to write a flashy fiction piece involving this magical binding tape.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


When Dorothy landed in OZ, the colors enhanced her journey.
But, sometimes seeing things in black and white is more stark; more real.
Break your colored pencils and break away from how you envision things.
Get a feeling as if you are a Film Noir detective searching for a wealthy heiress that her husband wants left unfound.
Two twists: the husband is your twin brother, and you are color-blind.
Write me a flashy bit of mystery!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Time Travel

Continuing with the concept of time, let's incorporate the TIME TRAVEL into todays fiction.  Maybe there is a "way back machine" or perhaps just blinking the eyes gets it done.  Get creative with time travel today.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


The heat wave of 2012 has lingered for eleven years.
Miami Beach is now the Miami Desert. Many changes have affected life as we had been used to.
Write about the brighter days to come.

Monday, July 16, 2012

How many feet are in a yard?

Image courtesy of FunZug.com
Here's a yard of feet.  What kind of footprints do they leave behind?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

True Blue


Don’t hate me, but as you’re reading this, I am on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, my Happy Place. There is no blue like this blue. But there are so many shades of blue in the world. Today, write something that includes your favorite shade of blue. Or write about feeling blue. Or write about what’s true, for you. Or write about lapping waves and toes in sand…ahhhhh…gotta go. My kayak is calling. Happy blue inking, and be sure to leave me some azure love.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wish you were here...

14th July

Dear Short Fiction Writers,

While exploring the attic of the old Victorian home of your elderly great aunt, you found an old postcard sticking out of a roll top desk.  To whom was it addressed, what did it say - and where was it sent from? 

Wish you were here...

Kindest regards,
Your Saturday Flashy Fiction Host

Friday, July 13, 2012

Two-Fer-One Flashy Friday

                                        Amazingly Beautiful Writing Prompts

A picture can inspire a thousand words, and the following pictures are some of the most evocative and beautiful I’ve ever seen. Maybe play some atmospheric music, and let your imaginations run wild for 15-20 minutes of free writing.

Have fun Fiction Flashers!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


At the bottom of every glass, there's a good story.
Whether smoky brown glass or beer goggles, our perception becomes our reality. Bartender, pull up a chair.
I have a story to tell you... Tell it!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Heat Wave

Many parts of the country have been dealing with record temperatures over the past few weeks.  Today, write about dealing with intense heat.  Some like it hot... others, not.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


"When I first saw you, I thought you were handsome. Then, of course, you spoke."
- CAROL CONNELLY (Helen Hunt) in As Good As It Gets (1997)

Here's your opening line. Take it to a natural conclusion.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lazy Summer Crazies

Use the picture as inspiration. Then start your piece with "I'm not crazy!" I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Image courtesy of Rogallery/Unknown Artist, Unknown Island Oasis
It's really hot out, right?  Steaming...sizzling...HOT.


Where is your oasis?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Thursday/Friday Flashy Fiction Image/Word Depiction Prompt!!

*Let your mind wander on these images, 
depict in words what your heart wishes.

*Try to bring in as many sensory details as you can.

*Add a character or two...
maybe include some dialogue,
perhaps incorporate a certain mood but...

*Above all and most importantly, write and have fun!

Feel free to pick one to write to for today and save one to play around with tomorrow, if you like!

Images Via Amazingly Beautiful Writing Prompts

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day Celebration

Today is the 4th of July... Independence Day in the United States.  For today, write about independence or write about a celebration.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Parlor Conversation/The Story on the Walls

Image courtesy of Wikimedia/Fritz Von Dardel, 1878, Nordiska Museet

What pictures are hanging on your walls?  What's the story behind one of them...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

See-Through Heart

                                                                              photo by de jackson 

It's a fragile thing. Sometimes you wear it on your sleeve. Sometimes you tuck it away somewhere in hopes of keeping it safe. And sometimes you give it away...only to fear you might never see it again. Today, write something from the heart. Whether it's a story of heartache, heart break, or the joy of two hearts finally coming together, open your heart and let us see what's inside. Post your piece here, and if someone's story touches your heart, be sure to let them know.