Fiction in 50 July Challenge: After Dinner…

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Welcome to the Fiction in 50 micro-writing challenge for July, with the prompt:

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If you’d like to join in, just create a piece of prose or poetry in fewer than 51 words and link it up in the comments section of this post.  For more detailed information on the challenge and future prompts, just click here.

I’ve gone with a somewhat grim interpretation of the prompt this month and have titled my contribution….

Insomniac

The last bites of dinner still redolent on his tongue signaled the beginning of the long, dead hours between this moment and the early hours in which the world would once again begin to stir.

He sighed. 

Stroked the cat beside him.

Braced himself to fend off the whispers.


 

I look forward to seeing what other people have come up with this month!

Our prompt for August will be…

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Until next time,

Bruce

Fiction in 50 June 2017 Challenge!

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It’s time once again for Fiction in 50, where payers attempt to create a story in fewer than 51 words based on a monthly prompt.  This month our prompt is…

a change in the weather

And I have titled my contribution…..

Predicting the Weather

It hadn’t looked like rain when Steve left the house.  Icy drops now splattered his hair as he huddled at the ill-covered bus stop.

An elderly woman, attired in rain-jacket and hat, smiled sympathetically, “No rainbow without rain.”

Steve smiled weakly back, a drip sliding down his collar.

It hadn’t looked like rain when he left the house.


I’m eight words over, but I can’t really be bothered to fix that at the moment.  The prompts for the next six months are now up and thanks to Rebecca Douglass, The Ninja Librarian, for suggesting three of the prompts.

Our prompt for July will be…

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Until next time,

Bruce

 

Fi50 March 2017 Challenge #luckycharms #flashfiction

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Welcome to the Fiction in 50 micro-writing challenge for March, with the prompt:

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If you’d like to join in, just create a piece of prose or poetry in fewer than 51 words and link it up in the comments section of this post.  For more detailed information on the challenge and future prompts, just click here.

I took this one at face value this month, being too overwhelmed with having to adult all the time to delve too deeply into other layers of meaning.  I have titled my contribution…

First Date Jitters

Mike mentally reviewed his lucky totems as he knocked on his date’s door: rabbit foot,  horseshoe, wooden ladybird, ceramic pig, heads-up penny, match-winning socks and genuine four-leaf clover.

An auspicious seven in total.

She opened the door.  Mike’s smile froze when he noticed the soot black moggy in her arms.


I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s creative take on this prompt, so don’t forget to post your link in the comments and let other’s know about the challenge so they can join in!

For those who like to be prepared, our prompt for April will be…

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Until next time,

Bruce

Fiction in 50 February 2017 Challenge

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It’s Fi50 time for February already!  If you’d like to join in, simply create a piece of fiction or poetry in fewer than 51 words inspired by our monthly prompt, then link your effort to the comments of this post.  For more information, click on the image at the top of the post!

Our prompt for this month is…

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And I have titled my contribution…

Into the Breach

Fred gazed disconsolately at the contents of his pantry.

He’d left the grocery shopping late, sure, but hadn’t expected the situation to be so dire. 

He’d promised Angelina that he’d make her a home-cooked meal and there was nothing for it.

Girding his loins, he googled “recipes: noodles and vegemite”.


 

For those of you planning ahead, the prompt for next month will be…

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Until next time,

Bruce

Fiction in 50 March Challenge!

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Fiction in 50 NEW BUTTONIt’s Fiction in 50 for March, where we create a piece of writing in 51 words or fewer based on a prompt and then share it with the community!  If you’d like to find out more about Fi50, just click here.  This month our prompt is…

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And due to the proliferation of bird life around our way at the moment I have titled this month’s effort…

Morning Interlude

He’s back! 

Sat there, proud as punch.

Singing out now, not caring a jot for the peace of the neighbourhood.

They say you shouldn’t feed them but life would be a little greyer if he didn’t come to visit.

I’ve got some chicken mince today, my beauty. 

Only the best.


Next month we will be working on a “fill in the blank” prompt.   I always love seeing what people come up with for these ones.  April’s prompt will be…

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(You fill in the blank!)

Don’t forget to add a link to your efforts for this month’s post in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bruce

 

 

 

 

Fiction in 50 December Challenge: Venturing Forth…

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Welcome to the last Fiction in 50 Challenge for 2015.  We’ve been pretty light on for challenge participants this year but it has been great fun to read everyone’s efforts nevertheless.  If you would like to play along for this final challenge of the year, simply create a piece of poetry or prose in fewer than 51 words, based on our prompt, and link it in the comments at the end of this post.

This month our prompt is…

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and I have titled my effort…

To Thine Own Self Be True

Today her life would change. 

Plain old Jenny Malone would be no more.  Her new name would reflect the power she knew was inside her, waiting to burst out.  She’d overheard the words in a stranger’s conversation, and was certain.

Exhaling, she inked the letters onto the form:

Chlamydia Rampant


I haven’t yet prepared the prompts for the first half of 2016, but will have them ready for you by the first week of January.

Thanks to all those who have played along (and read along!) this year.

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

 

Fiction in 50 February Challenge: Sincerely Yours…

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fiction in 50Welcome to the February edition of Fiction in 50, where young and old, novice and master, serious and slightly silly, gather to share their golden nuggets of micro-narrative. If you’d like to join in, simply create a piece of fiction or poetry in 50 words or less using this month’s prompt and post a link to your work of genius in the comments of this post. If you want to share on twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #Fi50.  To find out more about the challenge and future prompts, simply click on the large attractive button at the beginning of this post.  This month’s prompt is…

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Shuffling Off This Mundane Coil

Shaz,

I can’t go on.  Don’t try to stop me. I’m going to a better place.

Jodz.

Dear Jodie,

I have received your resignation and we at Kwiki-shop Groceries wish you the best in pursuing an acting career.  We will all say we knew you before you were famous!

Sharon

(Manager)

Keen-eyed readers will note that this is actually 51 words (again!).  The last time I asked for editing suggestions I received a slew of excellent thoughts, so feel free to pitch in and let me know where I could lose a word or two and get under the required 50 words.

Next month’s prompt will be…

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Looking forward to seeing everyone’s contributions this month (especially any newbies!)

Until next time,

Bruce

 

A Post-Festivity Chance to Get Creative: An Fi50 Reminder…

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Looking for a post-Christmas-binge workout? A chance to burn off those festive calories?

No, neither are we.

Instead, why not hunker down in the air conditioning or central heating, depending on your hemisphere of residence, and put the kibosh on thoughts of food-related guilt by participating in December’s Fiction in 50 challenge?  I know, it’s a genius idea.

This month’s prompt is….

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To participate, just come up with a piece of fiction or poetry in 50 words or less and come back on Monday to add your link to my Fi50 post.  For more information on the challenge, just click on that big attractive picture at the start of this post.

Stay tuned on Monday for the next six months of Fi50 prompts – for those who like to prepare in advance 😉

Until next time,

Bruce

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

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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,

Bruce