Dear John

Dear JohnAfter receiving an Honourable Mention for my story The Journal of the Empire’s Most Beloved and Extraordinary Explorer Reginald P. Smythe last week, I went one better this week and actually won Microcosms 159 with my story Dear John!

My winning flash fiction tale was called Dear John and inspired by the three elements of Athlete, Train and Romance. You can see what judge  Geoff Le Pard, had to say below:

It had to be romance this week, not sure why. This was the piece I had to go back to. There’s such a lot in it: the comparisons between the snow and the untouched page in the note book; the rhythm of the train and of the words that poured out; the juxtaposition between the Dear John on one side and the arguments on the other. Lovely…

You can find out if you agree with Geoff by checking out my story below the break.

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The Journal of the Empire’s Most Beloved and Extraordinary Explorer Reginald P. Smythe

The Journal of the Empire’s Most Beloved and Extraordinary Explorer Reginald P. SmytheEvents that first happened on the 18th of January inspired the 158th Microcosms by events: whether it was an x-ray generating machine first being exhibited in 1896 or the first time an aircraft landing on a ship in 1911.

The three elements I used for my 263 word tale, The Journal of the Empire’s Most Beloved and Extraordinary Explorer Reginald P. Smythe, were Explorer, Island and Journal. The story went down well with this week’s judge Sian Brighal who said,

The title is perfect, and if titles could smile fondly at their story and its main character, then this one most certainly does. The writing style was a joy to read, the tone and language pitched perfectly.

You find out if you agree with them being clicking below

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Dancing the Night Away

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:

  • Good
  • Evil
  • Our origins
  • Life
  • Death
  • 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.

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Kids Playing at Being Men

Kids Playing at Being MenAnother 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.

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Beware A Travelling Salesman In Expensive Clothes

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!

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A Meal Fit For A God

A Meal Fit For A GodAfter 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!
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Holistic Advanced Logarithm

Holistic Advanced LogarithmThe 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
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