Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practioner

Roger Shipp, author of the blog, “It's All in Finding the Right Words,” has started a new flash fiction writing challenge, titled, “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practioner.” Everyone is invited to participate in this challenge. For more information, click HERE.

Roger provides us with the first sentence or part of the first sentence, a photo prompt, and approximatey 100-200 words with which we build our stories. The first partial sentence Roger furnished us with is, “Of all the places I thought I would end up on New Year's Eve…”This is my submission for this challenge:


Of all the places I thought I would end up on New Year’s Eve certainly wasn't at the Mile High Bowling Alley!” Macy threw her bowling shoes on the floor and plopped down on the bench to put them on. She was noticeably irritated that Andy had brought her to a bowling alley for their New Year's Eve celebration.

“I thought you loved to bowl?” Andy replied in a higher than normal voice.

“Well, I do like to bowl but not as a celebration to a brand new year!”

Andy irritably retorted, “We are here so try and make the most of it.”

Macy walked up to the alley with her bowling ball at ready and tossed the ball down the alley toward the pins. STRIKE!

She turned around and smiled at Andy and started laughing, “I guess I'm glad we came here after all because I'm going to cream you!” (137)

 

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FFfAW-The Virus

 

The UFO could be seen on the radar several minutes before loud emergency warnings began going off. The U.S. Heroicans were quickly deployed.


Six sickly green aliens immediately stepped from the spaceship.


The Heroicans Commander asked, “What is your mission here?”


“To find ways to save our planet and inhabitants,” answered the alien leader.


Wiping perspiration off his forehead, “Our help?” the Commander coughed, “Our people are presently being destroyed.”


“Precisely the reason we need to work together in good faith.”


Peering from red infected eyes, the Heroicans Commander retorted, “This damn sickness must be all over the universe.”


(100)

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Our photo prompt has been provided by Sonya, with the blog, “Only 100 Words.” Thank you Sonya!


This is my 100 word submission for the challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which we create our stories. It is fun and addicting and everyone is invited to participate. If you would like more information, click HERE.

To read all the wonderful stories by creative writers, click on the Blue Frog button below.

 

SPF-The Auction II

The Auctioneer barked out, “Eight, Nine, do we have Nine?” I raised my hand, and a man to my right raised his hand. “Nine, ten, do we have twelve?” I raised my hand again and the other bidder didn't raise his hand. Twelve, going once, going twice, SOLD for twelve thousand U.S. dollars to the young lady in blue! I almost passed out. TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS for an old bamboo vase? I thought it was $12! I had no idea what I was I going to do. I didn't have $12,000! Slowly, I crept out the back door and ran.

(100)


This is my 100 word submission for the challenge, Sunday Photo Fiction. Alastair Forbes furnishes us with a photo prompt and approximately 100-200 words with which we create our stories. The challenge is fun and addicting and everyone is invited to participate. If you would like more information, click HERE.

To read other stories created for this challenge, click HERE.


 

SPF-The Auction

The Auctioneer barked out, “Eight, Nine, do we have Nine?” I raised my hand, and a man to my right raised his hand. “Nine, ten, do we have twelve?” I raised my hand again and the other bidder didn't raise his hand. Twelve, going once, going twice, SOLD for twelve thousand U.S. dollars to the young lady in blue! I almost passed out. TWELVE THOUSAND DOLLARS for an old bamboo vase? I thought it was $12! I had no idea what I was I going to do. I didn't have $12,000! Slowly, I crept out the back door and ran.

(100)

 

This is my 100 word submission for the challenge, Sunday Photo Fiction. Alastair Forbes furnishes us with a photo prompt and approximately 100-200 words with which we create our stories. The challenge is fun and addicting and everyone is invited to participate. If you would like more information, click HERE.

To read other stories created for this challenge, click HERE.


 

FFfAW-Elizabeth Montgomery

The adorable Elizabeth Montgomery was kidnapped on a rainy day in August, 2005. Everyone sought diligently to find her, but her case went cold.

On July 16, 2009, the detectives received this letter:

“I have information about Elizabeth Montgomery. In exchange for a shorter sentence, I will give you this information.”

Mack Mason

Ohio State Prison

Detectives were dispatched to Mason and gleaned this statement:

“Ronnie McNeil kidnapped and raped Elizabeth Montgomery, then strangled her and buried her by the walking path.”

Elizabeth's little body was found and she finally got to go home.

Ronnie McNeil awaits his execution.

(100)


This is my 100 word submission for the challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which we build our stories. It's fun and addicting and everyone is welcome to participate. For more information, click HERE.

To read other stories by wonderful and talented writers, click on the blue frog button below.

 

SPF-A Little Angel

Lia, one of the littlest angels in heaven was sent to spend a Christmas on Earth.

The first human she saw was a man dressed in a red suit and children lined up to sit in his lap. She watched curiously as each child whispered in his ear, then jumped off his lap.

Lia walked up to Santa Claus and whispered in his ear,

“I am from heaven.”

Santa laughed, “Ho Ho Ho, What do you want for Christmas child?”

Lia thought for a minute,

“All I want for Christmas is Peace, Love and Goodwill on Earth,” she joyfully replied.

(100)

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

This is my 100 word story for the challenge, Sunday Photo Fiction. Our kind host, Al Forbes, provides us with a lovely photo prompt and approximately 100-200 words with which we create our stories. It is fun and addicting and everyone is invited to participate. For more information, click HERE.

To read the other wonderful stories written by very creative writers, click HERE.

 

Christmastime Television Commercials

Have you been watching Christmas movies this Christmas season? I recently noticed the frequency and length of commercials were more than any other time. So, I decided to watch a Christmas movie on the ABC Family Channel (soon to be known as FREEFORM) and time the length and frequency of the commercials.

6 minutes after the movie started there was a 4 minute commercial.

15 minutes later there was a 5 minute commercial.

10 minutes later there was an 8 minute commercial.

10 minutes later there was a 6 minute commercial.

5 minutes later there was a 7 minute commercial.

8 minutes later there was another 7 minute commercial.


This means the movie was 65 minutes long and the commercials all together were 40 minutes long. We, and our children, are being inundated with consumer brainwashing from network greed.

The stations that are doing this are going to be banned from my Christmas television viewing.

What are your views regarding Christmastime television commercials? Do the length and frequency bother you?