Public domain photo by Albert Meyer.
Yesterday I again took part in Flash! Friday‘s Warmup Wednesday Challenge. This week they asked for stories of 100 words that were inspired by the photo on the right of athlete Herman Weingartner, horizontal bar champion, at the 1896 Olympic Games, with the additional challenge of
including a lifelong dream that isn’t the Olympics
Swinging Back, the story I submitted, certainly met one of these two challenges while making a good go at the second. You will find the story along with my thoughts on how successful I was below the break. Enjoy!
I’ve already given some background on my story Victory Sandwich in its introduction however beyond giving the basic reason why the story exists it doesn’t really say much else so lets correct that now with an Author’s Note post.
Why It Exists
For those who don’t want to go back and re-read the introduction to Victory Sandwich, the story was written for an online competition called #LastLineFirst that ran on Natalie Bowers website. The only guidelines were that your story had to be under 200 words and start with the opening line Natalie provided. The week I entered the line was:
Sometimes you feel like you’ve just saved the world
This opening line linked itself, in my head, to the concept of ‘pride comes before a fall’ and so decided to write a story around that.
As anyone who has checked out the Old Projects section of this website they’ll know I use to do TV and movie reviews for Culture Jam, which is sadly no more. I’m slowly moving over my reviews to this website and one of the enjoyable aspects has been re-reading some of my reviews. When I was re-reading my review of the Pilot of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I noticed I had made a few predictions which it is safe to say that I got very wrong. Check below the break to see how wrong I was! There will be spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 and 2 below! Continue reading