Fiction in 50 September Challenge: A Worthy Adversary…

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Welcome to the September edition of the Fiction in 50 Challenge! We invite you to join in and compose a piece of writing in 50 words or less on our current prompt and then link it up to the linky, or pop a link in the comments so all can appreciate your prodigious talent.  I’ve also started using #Fi50 when I share entries on Twitter, so feel free to do the same!  This month’s prompt is….

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For more information about the challenge, just click here.  The linky below will be open for a month so you’ve got plenty of time to craft your masterpiece and join in.  Here’s this month’s linky:

And here’s my effort.  I’ve decided this month to tip my hat to that legendary poet of war, Wilfred Owen.  My work today is inspired by his poem Dulce et Decorum est, which you can familiarise yourself with here…but of course you already know it 😉

I have titled my piece….

Dulce 2.0

Bent double, muscles slack, I take up stance on the battleground. I am ready.

Centuries ago, international conflict evolved past such crude problem-solving as violence, bombs, indiscriminate death. Instead, we trip the light fantastic.

I am a soldier of the shimmy and sway.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria saltandi

 

Your turn! For those preppers amongst us, October’s prompt will be super-democratic in that you get to fill in the blank:

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You choose! We had a lot of fun with the last fill in the blank prompt a few months ago and you can check out some of those entries here if you need inspiration.

Until next time,

Bruce

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Fiction in 50 April Challenge: Only Joking…

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Welcome to the Fiction in 50 challenge for April.  This month’s prompt is…

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If you’d like to join in, simply create a piece of fiction or poetry or whatever in 50 words or less.  If you want more information, just click on the button at the top of this post.  We love to have new players joining in – the more the merrier (particularly given this month’s prompt!). You can link up your entries in this linky right here or just add your link in the comments:

Now I’m feeling a bit under the weather this time around, so I apologise if my submission is not up to its usual mediocre standard, but here we go…I have titled this piece

Watch Out!

“He’s gone too far this time. I’m going to say something.”

“Why? It’ll all be water under the bridge by now.”

‘She’s trying to help and he humiliates her!”

He grabs the remote.

“It’s fine love.   I’ve got a new rule for evenings in: no more bloody Jeremy Beadle repeats!”

For those lucky individuals who don’t get the pop culture reference of the 1980s and 1990s, you can get a small taste of the “comic genius” of Jeremy Beadle right here.  I’d love to hear from my British friends – was Beadle really as universally enjoyed as his youtube fans suggest? I have a faint feeling of dread that bubbles up every time I hear that theme song….*shudder*

For those who like to be ultra-prepared, next month’s prompt is…

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I look forward to reading your efforts, you crazy jokers!

Until next time,

Bruce

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Fiction in 50 December Challenge: Reflections….

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Good morning, cherubs of the blogosphere!  Today’s Fiction in 50 prompt, appropriately enough, is…..

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Now my effort this month isn’t particularly original in plot, for which I must apologise, but I feel it nevertheless accurately reflects the state of mind of many beings at this time of year, be they flesh or stone.  I call it…

The Art Critic (A Tragicomedy in One Short Act)

“Take it away.”

“But Sir, you specifically requested that it be placed here.”

“Nonsense! It’s grotesque! Why, you can hardly make out the face for the shadows cast by those wrinkles. Why would I commission such a hideous work?”

“But Sir, that’s a mirror.”

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“Take it away at once.”

If you’d like to join in on the action, (and we all know you do!) simply create your own piece of fictional writing in 50 words or less and add your post to the linky, or post your fiction in the comments.  For more detailed instructions and prompts for upcoming Fi50s in 2014, click on either of the fancy Fi50 buttons.

fiction in 50  If anyone is interested in co-hosting Fi50 in 2014, drop me a line, I’d love to have a   partner (or a whole committee!) of Fi50 enthusiasts.

Our first prompt for 2014 will be….

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Until next time,

Bruce

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