Fiction in 50 February Challenge: Raising the Bar…

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It’s once again time for Fiction in 50, that wily mistress of a challenge in which participants attempt to create a piece of prose or poetry in fewer than 51 words based on a prompt. Come along, join in! The prompt for this month is…

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I took this month’s prompt somewhat literally and for American readers, my story may make little sense if they are unfamiliar with a certain famous amusing song penned by one English comedian (and Doctor Who favourite!) Bernard Cribbins.  I have included a video of the song at the end of this post, in an attempt to provide some context around an otherwise pretty bland attempt at the prompt.  I have titled my contribution…

In Training

After all this training he was still getting nowhere.

“Right”, said Fred.  He brewed a cup of tea, drank it down and strode out to the yard.

He straightened his sporran, made sure of his grip.

The caber barely wobbled.

Damn it, Fred thought.

 He would have to consult Charlie.


If you would like to play along – and we’d love you to! – just create your challenge piece and post a link to it in the comments for this post for others to visit.  For those who like to be prepared, next month’s prompt will be…

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And here’s that video I promised you: Bernard Cribbins’ “Right Said Fred” enacted in Lego…

Until next time,

Bruce

 

Fiction in 50 January Challenge: Dredging up the Past…

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Welcome to the first Fiction in 50 Challenge prompt for 2016.  If you’d like to participate, simply create a piece of poetry or prose in fewer than 51 words and post the link in the comments.  For more detailed information about the challenge, just click on the image at the top of this post.

The prompt for this month is…

dredging up the pastAnd I have titled my contribution…

After the Funeral

 “You shan’t quibble about grandfather leaving me the silver pitcher? “ My sister dithered.  “It’ll suit my decor.  You got his old tackle box, didn’t you?  More your style!”

Grandfather always said that a tackle box was as good as a bank for storing one’s life savings.

 “I shan’t quibble.”


It took me a while to manhandle that one into the required word count, but I got there in the end.  I hope not all the prompts this year will require such brute force!

Our prompt for next month will be…

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To get the heads-up on prompts for later in the year, just click here.

Until next time,

Bruce

Fiction in 50 November Challenge!

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Welcome to the November edition of Fiction in 50, where the brave and the foolish attempt to create a readable narrative in fewer than 51 words.  This month our prompt is…

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To join in, create a piece of fiction or poetry within the word limit, post it somewhere, and then pop your link in the comments of this post.  For more information and a list of past and future prompts, just click the challenge image at the top of this post.

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

“As Blessings from God”

Another boy. Of course it was. Number seven.

She’d prayed for a girl; an ally in the fog of masculinity.

In her disappointment, she planned. Nappies and bathing were her responsibility alone. Her husband, sons, would never know.

Yes. She would do it.

This one would be her little girl.

Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!  Remember to share the challenge with anyone who might be interested and if you are sharing on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #Fi50.

For those who like to be prepared, next month’s prompt (the last for the year!) is…

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Until next time,

Bruce

 

Fiction in 50 October Challenge: A Democratic Prompt…

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Fiction in 50 NEW BUTTONWelcome to all you literary thrill-seekers!  It’s time again for Fiction in 50, the challenge where participants try to squeeze big ideas into tiny word counts.  You may notice the new challenge button at the start of this post. I’ve been having a play around with the challenge button and this is what I came up with…not 100% sure I’m happy with it, but it will do for now.   If you’d like to know more about Fiction in 50 and how to join in, just click on said button and all will be revealed.  Anyway, today’s prompt is super democratic in that YOU, the challenge participant, get to fill in the blank with whatever you’d like to write about.  The prompt is…

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And I have chosen to make my prompt, “Beware the possibilities in an infinite universe”, which is a bit wordy, I know, but perfect for my requirements.  I have titled my 51-word piece (I just couldn’t edit any more!)….

Philosophy at Work

The livestock were restive.

“You know, I’ve heard they’re at least as smart as dogs.  Do you think they know what’s happening?”

“Nah.”

“Imagine if there was a planet where they were the dominant species and we were the livestock!”

Conveyor belts chugged.  Blades whirred.

 “Humans? Eating pigs? As if.”

I am just bursting to see what you have all come up with for this choose-your-own-adventure prompt!  For those who are organised, next month’s prompt will be…

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Until next time,

Bruce

 

Looking for a Writing Challenge? An Fi50 Reminder…

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imageIt’s on again! Fiction in 50 for September will kick off on Monday with the prompt:

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We’d love you to join in!  All you have to do is create a piece of fiction or poetry related to the prompt in under 51 words.  For more detailed instructions and future prompts, just click on the picture at the top of this post.

Please share the challenge around your social media networks – we’d love to have some more participants each month!

Until next time,

Bruce

Fiction in 50 August Challenge!

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imageRoll up thrill-seekers, for the August edition of Fiction in 50, where risk-takers of all persuasions gather together to attempt the near impossible (or at least, really quite tricky): creating a piece of fiction or poetry in fewer than 51 words!  If you would like to join in (and we’d love to have you!), simply compose a piece of micro-narrative and add your link to the comments of this post for others to enjoy.  For more detailed instructions, and past and future prompts, just click on that attractive picture at the top of this post.

Our prompt for August is….

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And I have come up with a school-themed story for you this time, which I have titled…

The Stench of Failure

Class 5B knew it would be touch and go. No-Neck Norris wasn’t a teacher you messed with.

That stink bomb flew straight down No-Neck’s collar.

We didn’t know he’d built up a tolerance; a trap for young players.

We changed his nickname after that: No-Mercy Norris

A warning to others.

Risky indeed! But boys will be boys, I’ve heard, just as experienced teachers will always be one step ahead.  You’ve got to hand t to them!

Right then, now it’s your turn.  And don’t forget, if you’re sharing on Twitter, use the hashtag #Fi50.

For the uber-organised, next month’s prompt will be…

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Until next time,

Bruce

 

 

 

Fiction in 50 June Challenge: Exit, Stage Left…

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Welcome to the halfway point for micro-fictioneers: the June challenge for Fiction in 50!  We always love new (and sporadic!) contributors, so if you’d like to play along simply create a piece of fiction or poetry in fewer than 51 words and pop your link in the comments for this post.  For more detailed instructions and to get a heads-up on upcoming prompts (the next six months’ worth are now up!) just click here.  Don’t forget if you’re sharing on Twitter to use the hashtag #Fi50.

So the prompt for this month is the rather theatrical…

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..and so I have written an appropriately non-theatrical, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, dram-com.  I have titled it:

Earth’s Technopolypse: The Aftermath

The Intergalactic Alliance reported they’d never seen such a swift decimation of a dominant species. The rescue ships found only sporadic enclaves of senior citizens; their natural immunity to modern tech proving redemptive.

The survivors claimed resettlement on a resort planet.

It was the first extinction attributed to ageing disgracefully.  

Go you good (old) things! I can’t help but fondly hope that Wilfred Mott was among their number, at least in spirit.  Now let’s see your efforts!

For those who like to plan ahead, July’s prompt will be…

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Until next time,

Bruce