Fiction in 50 November Challenge: If At First You Don’t Succeed…


Welcome to the November 2014 edition of Fiction in 50, where the brave and foolish are challenged to create a piece of fiction in a mere fifty words or less.  For more detailed instructions and to peruse future and past prompts, simply click on the image at the top of this post.  This month’s prompt is….

if at first you don't succeed

Participants, remember to pop a link to your post in the comments so that others can visit you and imbibe your literary genius.  I generally share all entries on Twitter using the hashtag #Fi50, so feel free to do the same.

Here’s my effort for this month. I have titled this story…

An Inch From Genius

“Off to the patent office again, love?”

“This idea’s a real bobby-dazzler, Gertie!”

“Oh yes?”

“This one will go down in history as indispensible, incomparable! It’ll live in the cultural memory as the best thing since…well, since ever!”

“Good for you love. What is it then?”

“Diced bread!”

Onward and upward then….next month’s prompt to round out the year will be…

into the great beyond

I look forward to reading everyone’s attempts!

Until next time,



4 thoughts on “Fiction in 50 November Challenge: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

    • It;s a British term. It means something that’s pretty special. We on the shelf had it drummed into us when David Dickinson was the host of Bargain Hunt (a show where teams go to antique fairs and have to buy three items that will later be sold at auction hopefully to make a profit, but usually making a dismal and amusing loss). He would often pick little things to show to viewers and describe them as “a real bobby-dazzler”. He doesn’t host anymore, and while we have got used to the new host, Tim Wonnacott, there is an abiding fondness for David and his bobby-dazzlers.

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