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…

aged to perfection

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 April Challenge!

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April’s Fiction in 50 is a bit of a “choose your own adventure” lark, with a prompt allowing you to fill in the blank!  To play along, just create a piece of poetry or prose in fewer than 51 words, based on our monthly prompt, then post it and link back to your post in the comments.  For more detailed information on how to play, just click on that large button at the top of this post.

So April’s prompt is…

born to...

(You fill in the blank!)

I decided to use the prompt as my title for this month, and so my contribution is:

Born to Leave His Mark

Ned dreamed of being influential. 

His vehicle?

Town Planning.  

Ned’s favourite job was naming streets in posh parts of town.  Arm Road crested Pitsmell Street. Greyhair Avenue projected at an unsightly angle from Nasal Passage.  

His greatest achievement was the waterfront.

All those mansions, with pristine views over Pudendal Canal.  


I can’t wait to see what others have come up with this time around!

For those who like to be organised, next month’s prompt will be…

mixed messages

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…

raising the bar

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 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 Challenge Reminder for May!

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It’s that time again – get out your pencil, keyboard or tablet-poking finger and get writing – Fiction in 50 is nearly upon us for May!

This month our prompt will be….

may fi50 challenge

To participate, all you need do is create a piece of fiction or poetry in less than 51 words.  Then post it.  Then come back here on Monday and add your post link to the comments of my Fi50 post.  For more information and for upcoming prompts, just click on the attractive button at the top of this post.  New players are always welcome!

Until next time,

Bruce

 

 

 

Fiction in 50 April Challenge: The Trouble With…

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fiction in 50Welcome to Fiction in 50 for April!   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. 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…

the trouble with Fi50 buttonYou fill in the blank!

I have gone for a bit of cheekiness as usual, and after much editing and word-slashing I give you my contribution.  I have titled it….

The Trouble with Modern Parents

Dear Editor,

Out shopping, I noticed a lad rudely refusing fruit offered by his mother. I loudly mentioned that those who shun healthy food are more likely to die young from vile diseases.

Rather than thanks, I then received some choice language from the mother.

Society’s gone mad.

B. Goodfellow

I’m excited to see what others come up with for this month – our “fill in the blank” prompts always inspire a wealth of creativity.

For those who like to be prepared, next month’s prompt will be…

may fi50 challenge

Until next time,

Bruce