Fi50 July Challenge!

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It’s writing time again!  Get your pens, fingers and brains ready to rip out a fantastic bit of micro flash fiction for Fi50.  All you need do to participate is create a piece of poetry or fiction in 51 words or fewer and post a link in the linky here:

This month’s prompt is…

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I’ve gone a bit dark and broody this month for a change.  I have titled my contribution…

Best Served Cold

Finally, it was her time.

For years she had been cowed under his words, his fists, but time had taken its course and now he was at her mercy.  Age had made a fool of him, leaving him languishing, immobile, reliant.

She promised herself the opportunity would not be wasted.


I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with!  Don’t forget to add your efforts to the linky.

Until next time,

Bruce

Fiction in 50 August Challenge: The Last Place You Look…

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Welcome to the August edition of Fiction in 50, where challengers brave and true undertake an epic quest to create a piece of fiction in fifty words or less, based on a monthly prompt.  New players are always welcome and if you’d like to know more, simply click on the image at the top of the post.

This month’s prompt is…

last place you look

If you want to join in, simply add your contribution to the linky below or leave a link to your post in the comments.  The linky will remain open for a month, so there’s plenty of time to join in.

So here’s my effort. This one was inspired by Hades Speaks! which I reviewed last week, dealing with Ancient Greek death mythology.

I call it:

Paying the Ferryman

“Coin?”

Frowning, I considered.  Immediately before my coronary I’d been rehearsing for Panto, perfecting my stride using that old trick.

Ah.

Unclenching, I rummaged in my trousers for the desired token; offered it up.

His expression: unveiled disgust and…was that…awe?

“Let’s pretend that never happened.  Trip’s on me.”

Over to you, jotters and scribes!  Don’t forget to share the challenge with anyone you think might be interested.  I’ve also taken to using the hashtag #Fi50 and sharing your entries on twitter.  Feel free to do the same!

Our prompt for September is…

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Until next time,

Bruce

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Fiction in 50 June Challenge: The Upper Hand…

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Welcome once again to the Fiction in 50 monthly challenge.   To find out more about the challenge, click here.  To participate, all you have to do is create a piece of fiction in 50 words or less based around our monthly prompt.  This month, our prompt is…

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Once you’ve written your piece, you can add it to the linky below, or add it in the comments.  And don’t forget to hop around and check out other entries! Here’s this month’s linky:

And here’s my contribution.  I have titled it….

Sleight of Hand

“And now, I will make the coin disappear!” Fumble, fumble. “Ta da! Good, hey?”

“Not really.  I saw it drop into your pocket.”

“Only because I’ve told you how it’s done! Besides, it won’t be a problem for this show.”

“Oh really! Where’s the performance?”

He winks.

“Chudley Hospital Radio.”

Your turn! New players are always welcome, as are old ones.  For regular punters, the list of prompts for the next six months can be found here.  But in the meantime, the prompt for next month is…

path to enlightenmentUntil next time,

Bruce

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Fiction in 50 May Challenge: What Comes After…

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It’s that time again! This month’s Fiction in 50 prompt is…

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…so create those mini-narratives in 50 words or less and link them up to the linky below, or leave the link or your finished work in the comments.  If you’d like a more detailed description of the task, just click on that attractive button at the start of this post. Here’s this month’s linky:

And here’s my contribution – I’ve titled it….

Unremembered

They brought her out here often enough, though they knew it made no difference to her where she was. Sitting under the tree her fingers played over deep cuts in the bark.

G. K + T. M

A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spark lit up her cloudy eyes.

And then it was gone.

 

Your turn! 

The prompt for June is…

 

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This is the final prompt for this set of six months, so it’s your last chance to suggest a prompt for our next set of six monthly challenges.  Just pop your suggestions in the comments and I’ll do my best to squeeze them in.

Until next time,

Bruce

 

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Fi50 January Challenge: The Best of Intentions….

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imageMorning all – the Fiction in 50 January Challenge is open for contributions! If you’d like to play along, simply write a piece of fiction or poetry or anything that isn’t factual, based on the prompt below and link it up to the linky or share it in the comments.  For more detailed info and for prompts for challenges further down the track, simply click on the Fi50 button on the right.

This month’s prompt is…….

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I feel like I’ve outdone myself this month, and I hope you agree.  This is certainly my favourite piece so far!  Although, admittedly, it is 51 words long and therefore fails the challenge, but I could not decide on another word to cull. Editing suggestions are most welcome.  I have titled this piece….

Bob’s Big Break

“What’s your best price Bob?” asks St. Peter.

”We’ll replace this path with patented Good Intentions Pavers, plus eternity-length warranty on cracking and fading, for $9 million per square metre!”

“How much?”

“Okay, $8m. Mate’s rates.”

 “Go to Hell!” sputters Peter.

Bob considers. It’s the break he’s been looking for.

So there you have it.  Join in with your links here:

The linky will remain open for a whole month, so you’ve got plenty of time to play along (and cull that 51st word).  New players welcome! Old players in disguise welcome!

The prompt for February is….

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You get to fill in the blank.  How exciting! How diverse! How democratic!

I look forward to reading your efforts this month challenge buddies.  Oh, and if you are hankering after some more short and sweet poetry, obscure proverbs and hilarious picture-y, check out my tumblr feed – it’s good for what ails you!

Until next time,

Bruce

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An Easy-to-Keep Resolution: Small Fry Safari Kid Lit Readers Challenge links are up!

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Good afternoon New Year’s revellers!  It’s resolution day – yes, the one day of the year that all beings, be they stone or flesh, are encouraged to make resolutions that are destined to be abandoned before the balloons from New Year’s celebrations have shrivelled like unloved plums.  As I am a kind and benevolent being however, I here present to you a resolution that will be easy – nay, enjoyable – nay, uplifting! – NAY! LIFE CHANGING*! – to keep.  That, my friends, is the resolution to participate in the Small Fry Safari Kid Lit Readers Challenge!  The details of the challenge run thusly:

1. Read at least one book from each category listed below.  Make sure the books you choose are aimed at Small Fry – that is, the target audience of the book must be aged from birth to 18 years (or 21 for our American friends).  So you can read picture books, early chapter books, graphic novels, middle grade books or young adult books.  The categories are:

A book with something related to Safari in the title

A book with a piece of furniture in the title

A book with a specific time in the title

A book with someone’s name in the title

A book with something that comes in pairs in the title

A book with something precious in the title

A book with something unsightly in the title

A book with some form of wordplay in the title

2. Link your reviews/progress under the relevant linky lists on the category link up page (you can find it below).  If you don’t have a blog, you could link to your Goodreads shelf/reviews, or simply comment on the challenge page as you go.

3. Before you begin, write a post (or comment) announcing your resolution to participate and add it to the link on the main challenge page.

4. Buy and wear a garish safari style hat and wear it while reading your challenge books (optional).

So what are you waiting for? Jump on the safari bus with the intrepid explorers who have already signed on!  For more information about the challenge, click on the challenge image at the top of this post. *Life-changing nature of participation in the challenge not a guarantee*

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY RESERVED THEIR PLACE ON THE SAFARI BUS:

As the clock ticked over last night, my little shelf-elves were hard at work putting together the link up page for each of the categories of the Small Fry Safari Kid Lit Readers Challenge 2014!  If you have already signed up for the challenge, you can find the category link up page here, or as a sub-tab of the main challenge page in the blog header.   Also, you may notice at the top of the page I have included an alternate challenge button design – you might find it hard to believe, but some people find it disturbing to look upon my wizened countenance and therefore I have provided a rosy-cheeked safari-ing cherub for those sensitive folk.  Feel free to grab either one from my sidebar.

I look forward to safari-ing with you all this year.  Hi Ho Safari-Gargoyles, AWAY!

Bruce

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