100 Word Challenge | Only Fifteen More & Despite the Pounding in My Head

The following story combines the prompts from my own challenge and that of Julia’s Place. Hope you enjoy!

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She had been gone a year, but it felt like more. Time moves slower behind bars.

Ironically, it was bars that landed me here in the first place. On the night of Isabel’s disappearance, I was too drunk to drive. Too drunk to remember driving anyway.

I woke up to blood and bile. The dent in my forehead matching the one in my front bumper. But the sound was the worst part. Despite the pounding in my head, she was louder.

“This is the last straw!” she screamed, and then she vanished.

Only fifteen more years until I can start looking. To find her and apologize.

Flash Fiction Challenge Entry | Stranded

flash_fiction_challenge_250x250Here’s my entry to the “Money Can’t Buy” prompt.

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“A compliment can buy things money can’t.”

“Buy what, exactly?” spat Ryan. “I can’t eat your kindness.”

But the old pilot was far away, loitering near the border between life and the hereafter. Ryan tired of his words, but he knew he would miss them when the only voice was his own.

The crash happened days ago. Perhaps weeks.

“Mother?”

“She isn’t here,” said Ryan. “No one is here.”

“Mother, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” He sounded different, scared.

“It’s okay,” Ryan lied. “I forgive you.”

The old man’s breath halted, stopped. Glassy eyes stared past Ryan.

“I forgive you.”

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Flash Fiction Challenge | Money Can’t Buy

flash_fiction_challenge_250x250Earlier this week, I wrote a post about how you can turn flash fiction into money. Today, I’m giving you a prompt to practice writing some flash fiction. And since I won’t be paying anyone for their contributions, the prompt for this flash fiction challenge is “money can’t buy.”

It doesn’t matter if you claim to be a writer or not, if you are curious about flash fiction, please take a few minutes and write up a 100 word story. It’ll be good for your brain.

The rules are simple. Write a piece of flash fiction that includes the phrase “money can’t buy”. Aim for 100 words or less. Post your entry, or a link to your entry if you have your own blog, in the comments below. There’s no end date on this challenge.

If you do have your own blog, be sure to link back to this post so your readers can read the other submissions as well. Feel free to use the image above as a link if you know how to do that.

That’s it. Have fun. I can’t wait to see your submissions!

Flash Fiction Challenge Entry | Judith

This is my entry to yesterday’s flash fiction challenge. I’m looking forward to reading your submissions!

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As a girl, Judith made money selling homemade potholders, the kind no one would ever use to actually hold a pot. But people bought them anyway.

Judith had no idea why.

But she loved spending sunny days on her parents’ porch, weaving the loops over, then under, over, then under.

The weather was kinder then. On a porch of her own, Judith couldn’t remember when she’d last seen the sun. With the stress of her job, she was the loop of yarn being stretched over, then under.

A small voice broke her reverie.

“Hey lady! Buy a potholder?”

Judith smiled.

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Flash Fiction Challenge | Under the Weather

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Feel free to use this in your own blog entry.

True to my word, I’m starting up some regular flash fiction challenges. And since my entire family has come down with a collective cold, you can see where I’m drawing my inspiration for this challenge.

The rules are simple. Write a piece of flash fiction that includes the phrase “under the weather”. Aim for 100 words or less. Post your entry, or a link to your entry if you have your own blog, in the comments below. There’s no end date on this challenge.

If you do have your own blog, be sure to link back to this post so your readers can read the other submissions as well. Feel free to use the image above as a link if you know how to do that.

That’s it. Have fun. I can’t wait to see your submissions!

I’ll post my own pretty soon.

Flash (Non)Fiction Challenge | I am…

Here’s the deal. You may have noticed that I write a post every Monday that starts with “I am”. I’ve heard every now and again from my readers that they especially enjoy these posts. And as long as that is true, I’ll keep writing them. Heck, I’ll probably keep writing them even after people stop caring because I like them.

So anyway, it has been a while since I’ve done a flash fiction challenge, so I deem it time for another. And since I enjoy autobiographical memoir type things (both writing them and reading them), the newest challenge is this:

Write a 100-word memoir beginning with the words “I am”. Then leave me your first line in the comments along with a link to where I can read the rest. (Do me a favor and use the image above in your post as a link back to this page so we can all enjoy each others’ stuff, okay? If you don’t have a blog of your own, feel free to post your 100-word piece as a comment.)

What is the prize? Obviously, the prize is having the opportunity to feed the narcissistic writer within. Now tell me all about you! Or at least 100 words worth.

“I am a nerd,” you might say.

100 Word Challenge | Suddenly it was in my hand…

The sharp tinkle of breaking glass chilled Dana’s blood. Time slowed as she ran to the living room. But the mother’s fears were instantly replaced by a mother’s rage when she saw that Becca was safe, still, and holding the antique doll that once sat encased atop the bookshelf.

“That could’ve killed you! What were you thinking?”

“Um,” began the four-year-old, “It wasn’t me. See, there was this dog, only it talked, and it asked me if I wanted to play, and it jumped up and knocked down the doll and suddenly it was in my hand.”

Dana glared.

“She doesn’t believe you,” said the dog.

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Like Flash Fiction? Try my challenge today! See my example here.

Flash Fiction Challenge Entry | Matchstick, Shoe, Levitation

Dr. Mark Hedge was ridiculed in the physics community when his “Mentally-based Theory of Gravity” was released.

“Dr. Mind Over Matter” they called him.

He claimed the ability to move small objects with his mind: toothpicks, matchsticks, paperclips. Of course, no one had seen it.

“The process disrupts recording devices,” he claimed. “And my assistants have terrible timing. But I’m working out the problems and should soon be able to prove my work to my colleagues.”

When he arrived at the International Conference on Physics Science and Technology, his peers laughed, until they noticed his shoes not touching the floor.

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Flash Fiction Challenge | 10 Options, 100 Words, Limitless Possibilities

This past week, I posted the following on my Facebook page:

So, I’ve been writing a lot of flash fiction (really short stories) recently and posting them on my blog. The problem is that, while I enjoy writing flash fiction, once I post it, I can’t submit it anywhere else for publication. My favorite thing about the flash fiction that I’ve been doing is writing to a prompt. So here’s the deal: I would like you to give me some prompts. They should be a word or a short phrase around which I can craft a story. If I choose your prompt, I’ll give you a sneak peek at what I’m submitting. Any ideas for me out there?

I got back some wonderful prompts, but one of them stood out among the rest. The contributor gave me a whole list of prompt ideas. She meant them to be taken individually, but what I saw was a challenge. Could I craft a story using all of these words? After that, ideas started to form and a story is already in the outline phases. So rather than offer you the same challenge using the same words, here’s the plan.

I’m going to list ten words below. Your challenge is to craft a 100 word story using any three of the words as inspiration. The words themselves don’t need to be used in the story, but the reader should be able to see where you got your inspiration, so include them in the title of your piece.

The Words: Soda, Matchstick, Ninja, Dragon, Popcorn, Shoe, Crimson, Light, Trash, Levitation.

Once you post the story on your blog, drop me the link in the comments and I’ll post it in the body of this blog. Use the image here to link back to this post so people can see what you are doing and why. Also, so they can read the other contributors. The deadline for posting your story is October 19th. After that, you are welcome to post in the comments, but I’ll no longer be adding it to the body of the blog.

Sound a lot like what Julia’s Place does every week? It is. I love the Julia’s Place 100 word challenges and liked the idea of starting my own.

And last, though I’ve offered prizes for these challenges in the past, I got the best response when the only prize was the feeling of job well done. So that’s what the prize is for this challenge as well. Good luck!

The List of Contestants Starts Here: