The first Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge for July is called There Is No Exit. The assignment was to interpret that phrase however we wanted to in 1,000 words or less. I did it in exactly 1,000 words and took it on the road. Please to enjoy “E”.
This week’s Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction challenge is called, “Here are your five word titles.” Last week, Chuck asked us to submit five word story titles, then picked ten for us to choose from. I chose “Ghosts of the Sea Queen.” There seemed only one real place to take it, and if it seems a little cliched, it’s okay. It’s supposed to. We had a 1,500 word limit, and I used 1,483 of them. Please to enjoy, and please leave comments if you are so led.
This week’s Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge is Ten Random Titles. Pretty self-explanatory. He gives ten titles, we pick one and go, up to 1,000 words. I chose “The Nobody” and wrote 241 words. My first instinct was to make it a poem, then decided that wasn’t pretentious enough, so I upped the ante and made it a flash piece that is supposed to feel like a poem even though it isn’t. How did I do? Did I succeed in my o’er-weening literary whatever? Please to read and enjoy and let me know!
This week’s Chuck Wending Flash Fiction challenge is called Invasive Species. In honor of Chuck’s newest paperback release, Invasive, we just had to do whatever we wanted to do with the concept of an invasive species. Pretty self-explanatory, wot? I decided to do mine as a direct sequel to the story I wrote last week, That means more yodeling demons! We had 1,500 words to play with, and I used every single one of them. Please to enjoy, and, as always, please let me know what you think.
Besides the Chuck Wendig prompts I do each week I also try to complete the prompt from The First Line each quarter. The First Line is a journal that publishes four times a year and, each quarter, provides a prompt in the form of a sentence that is to be used as the first line in your story. There are no restrictions on genre or form, but every story in each issue opens with the same first line.
I have been making sporadic submissions to TFL for several years now and have never succeeded in being published. This is my submission for the current issue, which I sent in at the beginning of May. This isn’t one of the best things I’ve ever written, but I had forgotten about the deadline and had to throw it together on the last day. I figured it wouldn’t get published. I’ll try to get an earlier start next time. Please to enjoy!