Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Flash Fiction - Wave of Destruction

Francis threw the big, round dough into the air. His hands were covered in flour. He caught the dough and pulled it tight in the pizza pan, then spread tomato sauce across the dough. He reached into a bowl, taking a pinchful of spices and carefully spread the seasoning across the pizza. He grabbed into a few other bowls for more seasonings, adding more flavor. Then he brought out the mozzarella cheese from the refrigerator, picking up pieces of cheese with two fingers to get the cheese spread around thin and evenly. He bent down near the table and looked straight on at the pizza ready to go in the oven, scanning the surface intensely.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flash Fiction - An Offer We Can't Refuse

In this week's Flash Fiction, out of 20 subgenres, I got to pick two from the list, then write a short story that mashes up those two subgenres.

I got the combination of Superhero and Biopunk.

Derrick poured water into the bowl and slid it into the cage. He stood there and watched. Nothing happened.

Friday, April 7, 2017

One Word Titles- Ossuary


Henry pulled the small hand off the forearm. He shook the hand and looked at how nimble the fingers were. Turning to the young man in a t-shirt next to him, "Tyler, you see these hands can be off of any damn Bot, you never know where they come from or what they're wired for."
Tyler looked on, sipping a soda. He covered his mouth as burped.
Henry squinted his eyes and lifted the hand and forearm off the table and placed the pieces into a hole in the wall. He pushed a button next to the hole, and a glass door sealed the hole shut. "This here is the Ossuary, Tyler," said Henry, then looked to notice Tyler staring out the window. "Tyler! Tyler"
Tyler snapped his head around.
"Tyler you payin attention? This is important, I don't want to see you just cleaning parts your whole life."

Sunday, March 12, 2017

6 Great Places to Get Feedback on Your Writing

I previously wrote about places to get feedback and give reviews to other writers in '5 Alternative Sites to Visit After Triggerstreet', after the Triggerstreet website was discontinued. However now some of those sites are no longer in operation.

Here are some other great places I have tapped into for reading our fellow writer's work and giving feedback, as well as places to submit our own work for peer review.

  • Talentville:Talentville is an online community specifically created to give a voice to screenwriters and playwrights everywhere who may lack insider connections but still share the dream of being produced. By bringing together writers from all over the world in a collaborative environment, by banding together as a whole to help each member be the best that they can be, they aim to create not just an online community but in fact a city of writers, where each member can work on their craft, gain valuable exposure and ultimately benefit from their own hard work.
  • Create50: Create50 is an initiative and creative process that platforms the work of emerging screenwriters, filmmakers, short story writers and allied artists. They want to get YOUR work out there and seen by the public AND the people who matter within creative industries. And they also want everyone to benefit from the collaborative process that Create50 offers so they can learn more about their art, craft and creative discipline.
  • NYC Midnight: Since 2002, NYC Midnight has hosted hundreds of inspiring competitions for storytellers around the world.  Participants are challenged to create original stories, screenplays, or films using assigned elements under time constraints. There is a section on the forum open for providing reviews of submitted work.
  • Amazon Studios: Amazon Studios is developing feature films and episodic series in a new way, one that's open to great ideas from creators—and audiences—around the world. You can review works that have been submitted through the Amazon Studios forum.
  • WeBook: They bring together tens of thousands of writers, published authors, avid readers and almost 100 established literary agents, to create an energetic hub of activity where talented writing is celebrated and undiscovered gems can be rooted out and polished into literary diamonds.  They do this because we want to give talented writers a genuine opportunity to be celebrated by readers who care, readers who love to help and readers who can encourage WEbook’s community to strive towards literary perfection.
  • Writers Cafe: WritersCafe.org is an online writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, befriend other writers, and much more..

Also Christopher Felden put together a very comprehensive list of places to submit and share, as well as review, in his article 'Free Critiques'.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Flash Fiction - Gunslinger Ridge Experiment


More titles!
This time the titles were hand-picked based on how interesting they sounded.
I picked one 'Gunslinger Ridge Experiment' and below is the piece of short fiction that goes along with the title.

Target length: ~1500 words

The Gunslinger Ridge Experiment

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Guppy Must Die

Last week  three-word titles were submitted. Ten were  randomly chosen. I wrote a story using the title 'Guppy Must Die'.
Target Length: ~1000 words
Guppy Must Die

Friday, February 3, 2017


Rebecca looked at her wrist and picked up her books. She pushed the books into her backup and pulled it up on to her shoulder. A girl came up behind her.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

How to Write a Short Story

Getting started in Flash Fiction and writing prompts, I often get bogged down in ... getting started. I start writing, like a pantser, and find myself unfocused and concerned that the narrative is not developing. So I've brought together some good suggestions for how to get started on a short story.

How To Outline A Short Story - For Beginners

Outline a Short Story in Seven Steps

7 Steps to Write a Short Story

How to Properly Outline a Short Story

How to Write a Short Story