Fi50 March 2017 Challenge #luckycharms #flashfiction


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


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…


Until next time,


May Fiction in 50 Challenge: A Contradiction in Terms…



Welcome to May’s instalment of Fiction in 50, where writers dauntless and bold set out to create a piece of fiction (or poetry…or in one case this month, narrative non-fiction!!) in fewer than 51 words. If you’d like more information on the challenge, simply click on the challenge image at the top of this post. This month, our prompt is…

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I will admit to being a little stumped this month, despite having come up with the prompt. After a bit of tea and chocolate however, I’ve managed to come through with a response for this month’s challenge. Whether it’s any good is entirely another matter!

I have titled my contribution:

On Trend

All I wanted was Nanna’s fourth-best tea set.

“What do you want that for?” Mum started going on. “Throw it away love, it’s chipped, useless.”

“No mum, it’s cutting edge; “Shabby Chic” it’s called.”

“Shabby tat, more like”.

Vintage is so hot right now.

Mum’s such an old fossil.


Now it’s your turn! Don’t forget to pop a link to your efforts in the comments of this post so others can appreciate your narrative brilliance. If you’re sharing on twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #Fi50. Next month’s prompt will be…

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And this will be the last for the current set. If anyone has any suggestions for prompts for the second half of the year, let me know and I’ll endeavour to include them.

Cheerio then loves,


Heads Up: Fiction in 50 Challenge Up and Running!


Yes my dears, I’ve finally got my act together and actually planned some dates and prompts for my Fiction in 50 feature. Details below (and permanently, as a page up there, in the header!):

Fiction in 50 is going to be a regular feature round the shelf in coming months and I invite any interested composers of mini-narrative to join in!

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The rules for participation are simple!

1. Create a piece of fictional writing in 50 words or less.

That’s it!  But for those who wish to challenge themselves further, here’s an additional rule:

2. Post your piece of flash fiction on your blog or (for those poor blog-less souls) add it as a comment on the Gargoyle’s post for everyone to enjoy.

And for those thrill-seekers who really like to go the extra mile (ie: perfectionists):

3. Add the nifty little picture above to your post (credit for which goes entirely to ideflex over at or create your own Fi50 meme pic….

and 4. Link back here so others can jump on the mini-fic bandwagon!

So I’m thinking once a month is about the right amount of time between flashes, so I will be posting up during the weeks beginning with the following dates, using the following prompts for inspiration:

The week beginning:

July 29…..Night Terrors

August 26…..Famous Last Words

September 23….Unconventional Relationships

October 28….Monumentally Awkward

November 25….Past Regrets

December 30….Reflections

You’re welcome to pick your own topics or go along with the ones above.  Also, alternative prompts or ideas for future months are most welcome!

Fiction in 50: think of it as the anti-NaNoWriMo experience!

Oh, and for interest’s sake, you can find the communal first attempt at Fi50 here!

Yours in teeny-tiny creative endeavours,