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!
This week’s Microcosms was hosted by me after I suggested looking through the lyrics of Science Fiction/Double Feature – the opening song to The Rocky Horror Picture Show – for elements to inspire some flash. I ended up with Tarantulas and Androids Fighting along with the returning Steampunk genre. Together they came together to inspire Android Tarantula. I hope you enjoy!
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.
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 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.
Microcosms went full festival for Microcosms 35 a couple of weeks ago. Being someone who has worked at more festivals than attended – yeah I know I’m boring – I went down a bit of stereotype by focusing on the mud. Together with the three prompts Festival Virgin, Field and Horror I wrote Squelch Pop that you’ll find below.
Today I want to try something different on my website. Last Friday I entered Microcosms 36 with my story The Kaufman Procedure. While I was happy with the tale, I submitted I still think it could be better and that is where you come in. Below the break I’ll put up some questions about the story and I would like you – yes you the person reading this blog post – to put your comments in the comment box below. These responses can be as simple as your gut reactions or just telling me bits of the story that doesn’t work for you even if you can’t explain how.
My plan is to re-draft the story so I can submit it to the website England’s Future History to be published. As a thank you to everyone who provides feedback, I’ll select one commenter at random and put them into the story. I will make the draw on the evening of 21st September so you must comment by 5pm GMT that day.
If you stay in one place long enough, you’ll see everyone you’ve ever known
From this simple idea I wrote my short tale The Kaufman Procedure from the three prompts of Street Vendor, Park Bench and Science Fiction. Let me know what you think of the tale 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.
After a break for more months than I wanted to I returned to the world of Zero Flash in May 2016. This month they were looking for stories all about abandoned futures with the use of images like the one on the right as inspire if need be. You’ll notice I turned this jet train into a snowtank but saying any more would be a spoiler so I’ll leave you to read the story below the break.