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 June Challenge!

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Welcome to Fiction in 50 for June, where stalwart writers battle with words to wrangle a coherent story in fewer than 51 words – or just slap something together at the last minute!  For more information on how to play and for future prompts, just click on the attractive button at the top of this post.

Our prompt for this month is…

only certainty

I have titled my entry…

Words to Live By

“This too shall pass.”

Bollocks!  His therapist had no idea. You’re born, you get jilted, you die.  That’s how it was for people like him. 

He snorted at the exhortation to “be thankful each moment” as the lorry screeched through the red light toward his car.

Ironically, he died laughing.


I can’t wait to see what everyone else has come up with!  Our prompt for next month is…..to be announced because I haven’t got around to making them up yet.  Sorry about that.  I’ll get onto it as soon as possible, so check back here within the next few days.

Until next time,

Bruce

Fiction in 50 May Challenge!

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It’s Fiction in 50 time for May and our challenge prompt this month is….

mixed messages

To play along, just create a piece of fiction or poetry in fewer than 51 words, post it, then pop a link to your post in the comments.  For more detailed information, just click on that attractive button at the top of this post.

My story came together quite easily this month (which probably gives you an indication of its quality!!), so with one word to spare, I present to you:

Back in the Game

Bert recalled his daughter’s advice on his return to the dating scene:

“Talk about yourself but nothing too personal. Be yourself but highlight your best side.  And definitely spoil her but check if she wants to go dutch.”

He wasn’t sure he was ready for this strange new world.


I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with this month!  For those who like to be prepared, our prompt for June will be…

only certainty

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

 

Don’t be a Party Pooper: Join in Fiction in 50!

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It’s time for the September Fiction in 50 challenge and if you’re game, we challenge you to join in! Just create a piece of fiction or poetry in fewer than fifty-one words based on our prompt and then post your link in the comments of this post.  For more detailed instructions, click on the attractive button at the top of this post.

This month’s prompt is:

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So don’t be a party pooper (although apparently every party needs one) and join in!

This month, my contribution is titled…

The Gift, Unlooked For

Vindictus Sage, budding evil genius, regarded the festivities dispassionately.

“Join the party, Vinnie!” Ever-jolly Aunty Susan threw him a small, coloured object.

Blanching at the despised nickname, Vindictus examined the object: a confetti-launching device.

Vindictus smiled, a watery grimace.

Here, at last, the final piece of his most abominable invention.

Don’t forget, if you’re sharing on Twitter, to use the hashtag #Fi50.

For those who like to be prepared, we have a democratic prompt for October:

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You fill in the blank!

Can’t wait to see what you’ve all come up with this month!

Until next time,

Bruce