A bit behind the times here but here is my entry to Microcosms 76 from back in June. As always Microcosms gives you three elements to inspire a piece of flash fiction, chosen at random. This week I got poet, cave and crime which helped to inspire the tale below. Hope you enjoy!
Yesterday I saw the quite superb War for the Planet of the Apes. Apart from being great it concluded what I’m going to call the Andy Serkis Trilogy of Planet of the Apes films. Can you believe there have now been nine Planet of the Apes movies in total? Eight of which could be claimed as cannon but that is not what I want to talk about today. Instead I want to talk about what next for the Planet of the Apes. This of course includes spoilers for War for the Planet of the Apes so no suggestions until after the break below!
Tonight the BBC finally announced the actor who would play the 13th Doctor, taking over the role from Peter Capaldi at Christmas. For those avoiding spoilers (good luck!) I won’t say who it is until after the break. For those who want to find out – or just want to enjoy the moment again – here is the BBC‘s intro video!
Microcosms added an extra – and in my opinion quite brilliant – element to Microcosms 72. The usual three elements were based around Greek mythology so asked us to create a new “myth” on the following topics:
- Our origins
- The afterlife
- The underworld
My story Dancing the Night Away is a 275 word noir/mystery tale of a Musician in a Cave written to the soundtrack of Irish Folk. While it doesn’t explain death it gives an idea of what the journey might be. You can read the story below.
Another Microcosms entry, another crime tale! This time using the additional elements of businessman and car I came up with my tale Kids Playing at Being Men for Microcosms 61. Not one of my greatest tales – and probably not one of my greatest stories either but still worth a read. You’ll find it below so let me know what you think of it in the comments.
My Microcosms 65 entry shares the same genre as the last story I posted Little Black Book. This time instead of a noir themed tale I went for a twisted love story set in World War One. The two other elements I had to work with was field hospital and artist. I hope you enjoy the story you’ll find below the break.
For the first time in a while I entered Cracked Flash Fiction with my tale Beware A Travelling Salesman’s in Expensive Clothes. You can either click on the link and read it on the Cracked website or click below. Either way I hope you hope my cautionary tale about Travelling Salesmen!
After too long of a break I got back into entering Microcosms last week. With contest 58 being hosted by me how could I not? Using the elements of sarcastic butler, skyscraper and memoir I came up with my tale A Meal Fit For A God. You can read the story below the break and let me know what you think of it in the comments!