Fi50 January Challenge: The Best of Intentions….

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imageMorning all – the Fiction in 50 January Challenge is open for contributions! If you’d like to play along, simply write a piece of fiction or poetry or anything that isn’t factual, based on the prompt below and link it up to the linky or share it in the comments.  For more detailed info and for prompts for challenges further down the track, simply click on the Fi50 button on the right.

This month’s prompt is…….

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I feel like I’ve outdone myself this month, and I hope you agree.  This is certainly my favourite piece so far!  Although, admittedly, it is 51 words long and therefore fails the challenge, but I could not decide on another word to cull. Editing suggestions are most welcome.  I have titled this piece….

Bob’s Big Break

“What’s your best price Bob?” asks St. Peter.

”We’ll replace this path with patented Good Intentions Pavers, plus eternity-length warranty on cracking and fading, for $9 million per square metre!”

“How much?”

“Okay, $8m. Mate’s rates.”

 “Go to Hell!” sputters Peter.

Bob considers. It’s the break he’s been looking for.

So there you have it.  Join in with your links here:

The linky will remain open for a whole month, so you’ve got plenty of time to play along (and cull that 51st word).  New players welcome! Old players in disguise welcome!

The prompt for February is….

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You get to fill in the blank.  How exciting! How diverse! How democratic!

I look forward to reading your efforts this month challenge buddies.  Oh, and if you are hankering after some more short and sweet poetry, obscure proverbs and hilarious picture-y, check out my tumblr feed – it’s good for what ails you!

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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Fi50 November Challenge: Past Regrets…

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Get ready, Get set, and…GO get your Fi50 attempts and link them up here! That’s right, our IT department (comprising an ornamental frog by the name of Ernest who hangs out between the illustrated hardback versions of The Lord of The Rings trilogy) has finally figured out how to embed a linky widget. You’re welcome!

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To play along, simply create a piece of fiction in 50 words or less based on the monthly prompt, post it, and link it up to the linky within this post or in the comments section.

This month’s prompt is….

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I have titled my entry this month:

Apocalypse (is just so) Now!

They warned  us.

Don’t be caught unprepared

Now I’m stuck until the limbs fall off the lumbering beast that is undeath, without the essentials to make it worth un-living.

No brain-slicing attachment for the sushi roller.  No ergonomic, organic, merino lamb’s wool zom-baby sling.

Hipsterism – the zombie apocalypse’s sole survivor.

If you want to play along, or read other participants’ efforts, click on this here link to be taken to the linky:

Next month will be our last challenge in the current list of prompts, so if you have any suggestions for monthly prompts for 2014, please feel free to suggest them – I’ll post an updated list of prompts in early January so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.  In the meantime, next month’s prompt is…

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I look forward to reading your mini-tomes!

Until next time,

Bruce


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Heads Up: Fiction in 50 November Challenge…

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Very soon it will be time once again to get your flash fiction on! On Monday we’ll be kicking off the November round of Fiction in 50.

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This month’s Fi50 is based around the prompt:

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All you have to do is create a piece of fiction in 50 words or less, then come back and link up your post so we can all hop around and enjoy some very brief moments of reading bliss.

Click on the button for detailed information on participating!

Until next time,

Bruce

 

Fiction in 50 October Challenge: Monumentally Awkward…

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Morning all! I hope you’ve got your mini-tales or viewing eyeballs ready to go, because it’s Fi50 time again.  If you haven’t prepared, fear not! There’s still time – all this week in fact..or all month if you’re tardy.  All you have to do is create a piece of fiction in 50 words or less. For more detailed instructions on how to join in, click on the large attractive button above!

This month’s (appropriately spooky) theme is….

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…because there’s nothing scarier than an unexpected and horribly awkward moment.

Due to a clerical error (ie: my being unable to read the instructions that I initially wrote), I actually completed this challenge accidentally last month.  To salvage my work though, I decided to write a two-parter.  So this month’s effort completes the tale that began last month with the “Unconventional Relationships” prompt.  If you are one of those people who just can’t jump into a “series” without reading the first instalment, perhaps you would like to catch up here.

So, part two in the teeny-tiny-saga, I have titled …

Their Finest Hour (The Optimist #2)

She was the one. I could feel it.  It was only our first date, but sometimes, you just know.

A smudge of lipstick on her cheek. I tenderly wipe at it….

And again….

Oh.

I chuckle, “My grandma had a facial birthmark. An absolute whopper!”

I can hear the bells.

I’m looking forward to seeing what other monumentally awkward moments can be described in brief, yet enticing detail!

Our prompt for next month is…

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Until next time,

Bruce

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Fiction in 50 August Challenge: Famous Last Words…

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Fi50 number three is on, and the prompt this month is *cue slow, deep, booming voice*: FAMOUS….LAST….WORDS…..

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To join in, all you have to do is compose a piece of fiction in 50 words of less in the next week and post a link in the comments so others can drop by and compliment your fantastic wordsmithery!  For more detailed instructions and prompts for coming months, click on the attractive button above or the link on my header.

My contribution this month is titled:

Told You So

Christmas Eve:  Westfield carpark.  Air-con busted, sweat dripping, radio tinkling….

*…Snow is fallin’, all around me…*

The boyfriend guns toward a free space…

*…’tis the season…love and understanding…*

“You won’t make that, they’ve parked right on the line.”

“Nah, there’s plenty of room.”

Screeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaak. Scraaaaaaaaaaapppeee.

*…Merry Christmas, everyone….*

Obviously, being a southern hemisphere blog, I tend towards uniquely southern hemispherical experiences…such as ridiculous snow-themed Christmas songs providing the backdrop for heat-stroke induced parking-lot rage.  And to really up the ante, here’s the video for the song featured in my Fi50:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeyHl1tQeaQ

YOUR TURN!

Bruce

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Reminders and Teasers: A Smorgasboard of Bookish *Stuff*…

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Good afternoon shelf-buddies!  I bring to you today a veritable picnic basket overflowing with tempting and exciting reading-related delicacies! Hopefully by the end of this post you will find yourself filled to elegant sufficiency, slightly drowsy from the richness of your bookish repast and with any luck, not covered with crumbs or being stalked by the inevitable trail of ravenous ants.

First up, REMINDERS:

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Kid Lit Blog Hop #22

In case you missed my last post (and related fancy hat), I am currently tickled pink to be co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop, home of all things child and literacy related. Click the button to join in the fun!

Fiction in 50 Challenge: August

fiction in 50It’s on again! For those who love to write but can never get past the first few sentences of your epic novel, this is the challenge for you! Create a piece of fiction in 50 words or less, and post it on your page in the last week of August.

This month’s prompt is: FAMOUS LAST WORDS

Click on the button for more info, and for upcoming prompts!

Second up, a TEASER!

I’m a little ashamed to admit that we shelf-dwellers have all been having a little trouble with skulkreigning in overblown egos in the last week or two.  The reason behind our sudden inflatedness of head is that we were recently approved to review our first ever ARC – for SKULK, by Rosie Best and published by Strange Chemistry!

Check out that cover – doesn’t it just suck you in? Skulk introduces us to Meg, an ordinary young lass who witnesses the death of a fox…who shapeshifts into a man.  Meg then discovers that she has inherited this power….and things go downhill for her from there!  Skulk is a great example of young adult urban fantasy, but I won’t say too much here because…..

…..In preparation for Skulk’s release on the 1st  (US/Canada/ebook) and the 3rd (UK) of September, I will be reviewing Skulk next week and then on the 2nd of September, the shelf will be honoured with a post from the author herself – Rosie Best!!

And finally, a bit of RETAIL THERAPY!

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In order that you are fully prepared when you rush out and order your copy of Skulk, I also have a little bit of foxy goodness from my crafty mate WinterOwls.

This darling little fox friend is available at her etsy shop here:

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/155720293/handmade-fox-toy-fox-plush-upcycled-fox

It would make a great cuddle buddy to accompany the scarier bits of Skulk!

So there you have it – plenty to ponder over a lazy weekend.

Until next time,

Bruce