Prompts

The Solstice is Coming!

Meet the cover art (by the very talented Tam Rogers) for the Flash Dogs dual anthology coming out on Sunday, summer solstice for those of us in the northern hemisphere, winter for those in the south. It will be available in both print and e-book formats. Flash Dogs is a casual collective of flash-fiction writers […]

Monday Micros: “Post Time” and “Providence”

My entries for last Flash! Friday. “Post Time” is one of the week’s lone SF tales featuring the prompt of “bankruptcy” and this Depression-era photo (taken by Marion Post Wolcott on Black Thursday): “Post Time” They’re going to cut funding any day now. No one wants to think about pre-Apoc. They’re just waiting for the […]

Friday Flasher: “All Shook Up”

I wasn’t the only one who saw Undead Elvis in that photo.

Monday Micros: “Pawn’s Gambit” and “Opening Moves”

Last week’s Flash! Friday picture prompt was of two men playing chess. Added to that, we had to include a nemesis. I went fantasy on the first, SF on the second. Pawn’s Gambit Grandfather sags in the Obsidian Throne, sorghum wine staining his beard. Bamboo-straight, Mother perches next to him. Through silks, her belly swells […]

Weekend Flash Round-Up: “Carving Out a Space” and “Third Time”

In terms of Scooby Snacks to my ego, this has been a fabulous contest week. First of all, over at Angry Hourglass’s Flash Frenzy, I managed to get another FlashMaster badge for “Carving Out a Space”, an SF piece based on a pic prompt of pumpkins. It got featured here, for Humpday Quickie #39. Then, […]

Monday Micros: “Ragasa” and “Just a Taste”

I struggled with this Flash Friday prompt. The picture came from GothPhil who shot it off the coast of Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia: … with the entreaty to include a politician. And the imaginations of the writers over at Flash! Friday soared. The winner’s circle included two of my personal top three: the agonizing “Hourly Arithmetic” by […]

Friday Flasher — “Panacea”

One of the things I love about flash is that it has the creative flexibility of poetry. Non-standard narratives that would get annoying in a longer work, shine in a piece of flash.  For “Panacea” I have the first person narrator address the impact character in the second person. I’m very satisfied with how it […]

Sunday Micro-Fiction–a double feature

I wrote “Sionnach” and “Into the Lair” (below) the morning I should have been packing (I had a plane catch Friday afternoon). Flash Fiction Friday’s prompt included this picture of St. Kilda, an island in Scotland with a sad little history. The element for necessary inclusion was a baby. During the writing of both, I […]

Friday Fiction–“From the High Seas”

A day late as I spent yesterday hustling the squid through airplanes and airports. This one came from the Indies Unlimited prompt “New World”, a picture of Boston Harbor.  The fun of the prompt came from the text portion: It was a long journey. Truly, it took much longer than Sergio Cortinez could have ever […]

We Have a Winner! (plus delayed Sunday micro-flash “Safe Landing”)

      My short “Mission Control” won the 150-word Flash! Friday competition last week (announced this week).  The prompt was a picture taken of the astronauts of the Gemini V mission after their water landing…   … and an alien had to be included. I submitted two flashes (as I’d just realized I could […]