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100 Days of Flash Fiction: Day 3

I really like the idea behind today’s story. The concept of a “Reminder Ring” came to me after a phone call with my mom and then I sort of took off running after that. I think today’s piece is definitely better than yesterday’s, but still not something I’d call amazing. I’m only three days into the 100 days and I already feel humbled. On the bright side, I’ve already started to reexamine how I write (at least short pieces), and have definitely come to learn that I make much better edits on paper than I do on a computer screen. That being said, I’m going to try my best to print out and read every piece at least once instead of just skimming them after I finish writing them on the computer. Hopefully, this will help me turn out some better pieces. Anyway, here’s Day 3:


Prompt: “There was a ring in his teacup…”

THE REMINDER RING

Jon sighed lazily as he checked the clock on the wall across from him. It was already halfway through the day, and he still hadn’t touched the dishes, done the laundry, started his report. or even taken a shower. He sighed again as he looked at the sizeable book on the round breakfast table beside him. “Ugh,” he grunted, “I’ll get started on things after lunch.”

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100 Days of Flash Fiction: Day 2

Today’s story is…probably not very good. I started writing, and before I knew it a small love story popped into my head—which is something I normally avoid writing like the plague. Once I realized I was shying away from writing the story because writing it made me feel uncomfortable and I’m not very good at it, I forced myself to sit down and get words on the page. It’s also in space which is a new one for me. Anyway, the only way to get better is to practice and push outside of your comfort zone (which is easier said than done), so here’s Day 2:


Prompt: “He twisted his fate between his fingers…”

STARSTRUCK

He twisted his fate between his fingers. Easily spinning the cold steel pen around his thumb Tye stared down at the form. He’d been pondering over the choice for the last few days and now, just a few minutes away from the deadline, he felt stuck. His name, age, and one little checkbox. Those three things on the one-page form would literally dictate everything in his life from this point on.

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100 Days of Flash Fiction: Day 1

A good friend of mine recently started 100 Days of Design, where every day they’d sit down and design one UI element for use in either a web or mobile app. Being an occasional bandwagoner, and having been failing miserably with my resolution to keep my blog up to date, I decided to start 100 Days of Flash Fiction using these 100 prompts I found earlier today. While I’ve been writing a lot of longer pieces, the goal with this is to practice writing shorter, more concise pieces of 1,000 words or less (something I tend to be pretty weak at). I’m capping the amount of time I can spend on any given piece to two hours in the morning before work, so I’m not going to spend copious amounts of time editing each and every post, but I think I should still be able to see a marked improvement in my writing by the end of the 100 days—and hopefully come up with some cool ideas.

That being said, here’s Day 1:


Prompt: Time travel, a bookmark, the angel Gabriel.

STRANDED

“Well, shit.” Evan peeked his head out of his car window to take in the surroundings. “I guess this is why you shouldn’t piss off angels.”

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World Building Exercise I

This is just a short in-class exercise I wrote in about 10 minutes the other night. We were working on “world building” and in a few minutes as a class ended up coming up with the following general guidelines for our setting:

Religion: Tree god, very old and large.
Commerce: Barter Economy.
Labor Division: Tribes based on profession.
Infrastructure: Treehouses.
Food: Hunting, gathering, fishing.
History: Living over a radiated crater causing everyone to die at around the age of 18.
Landscape: Lush tropical landscape. Full of trees and mutated animals.
Season: Eternal rainy season.

Not the most unique or novel world we could have created (it actually reminds me a lof of The 100) but definitely enough to get started. I didn’t get very far in terms of word count—the piece is only about 350 words—but it was nice to sit down and just get some words on the page off the cuff. I’m one of those people that can sit for an hour or more sometimes and barely get 200 words on the page so it’s amazing to me how deadlines apparently fuel my creativity. Anyway, here’s the piece. Short, sweet, and incomplete:

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Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing I – Homework 1

So after years of not writing pretty much anything, I decided to take an intro writing course to try and get myself back into the habit of writing every day (sometimes my days as an English major in college feel so far away). Anyway, I’ve realized I’ve developed a massive sense of anxiety about people reading my writing, so I decided that I’d post my homework every week just to sort of get me over those jitters before turning them in at class. Most of the pieces will be of the flash fiction variety (500-100 words) and about an assigned topic.

This week’s topic was more broad than what I imagine future topics will be. In a nutshell, it was to find a news story and to use it as a jumping off point. I ended up using this one  about brain scans being used to pick people out of crowds and just sort of went with it. Anyway, there’s not much else to say so without further ado, here’s my first homework assignment: