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!
The last Microcosms of 2016 took place on Friday 16th December. The week’s elements were all inspired by the famous Hindi action spy thriller 16 December (no I hadn’t heard of it either). However, using the elements of Terrorists, Satellites and Sci-Fi I came up with my story Holistic Advanced Logarithm inspired by a slightly more famous movie. You can guess which one by reading the tale below the break
Last Friday’s Microcosms was inspired by the works of Agatha Christie. I avoided the butler in the drawing room but instead ended up with a Spiv in the Theatre for my first ever attempt – at an admittedly fake – memoir. Give The Fisherwoman below a read and let me know how successful I was!
Blue Money was a Microcosms flash fiction tale written for the 39th week of the competition. As with most weeks of Microcosms you had to use three elements from their spinner. Blue Money’s elements was:
- Blue’s Singer
- Attribute – Giant
- Genre – Crime
There will always be stories you really like whether they deserve it or not and Blue Money is certainly a story I like. Let’s have a look and see if it deserves that love or not.
Those who follow my twitter account will know that I take part in the weekly hashtag game #1lineWed where writers share lines from their stories based around an optional theme picked by @RWAKissofDeath. On 5th October the theme was Over and I played along as usual with sixteen entries. Mixed in among these tweets were these two from my story Peppermint:
Rightly or wrongly I’ve never been a huge fan of my story Peppermint for the reasons I detail in my Author’s Notes article about the tale. Below the break you’ll see how these two tweets helped me re-evaluated my thoughts on the story.
After far too long I returned to Cracked Flash Fiction with my Napoleonic fantasy tale Remember and Be Damned. As usual Cracked Flash Fiction provided an opening line you had to follow on from and this week it was:
I found sanctuary with the witches.
Below the break you’ll find Remember and Be Damned so you can see what I made of the prompt. Enjoy!
For its 38th week Microcosms went a little bit different (and a little bit Bruce Springsteen) by reducing the number of elements down to two. Out went character and setting to be replaced by the titles of Bruce Springsteen songs which were to be the title of our flash fiction. I didn’t quite manage a flash fiction length story submitting only 58 words which you can read below the break
For a number of reasons I haven’t been writing as much flash fiction as I’d like to at the moment. Even when I go get inspired by a prompt – as I did for Microcosms 39 – I still enter too late to be included in the competitive part. However, as I still really like my tale Blue Money you can check it out below.
For the first time in far too long I entered the Microcosms weekly flash fiction contest with my story The Actor and the Bellboy. The theme this week was disasters and I got lift from the great spinner along with the character of an actor and the theme of Steampunk. The three go together to create The Actor and the Bellboy that you’ll find below the break. I hope you enjoy.