Broken

The newest Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge is called The Fix.  He gave us a theme, “To fix something, you must first break it,” and 1,500 words to expound upon it.  I used 1,338 of them.  Please to enjoy “Broken”.

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Chuck Wendig: Agency

This week’s Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge is a pretty easy one on the surface:  Good vs. Evil.  Not much to say about that.  It turned out to be harder than I thought.  Every idea I had for a story seemed trite or clichéd and I didn’t want to do it that way.  In the end, I remembered something I wrote way back at the end of 2010.  It is a simple two-way dialogue exercise, featuring a conversation between two nameless characters.  Read it, though.  It can be read as a battle between characters in a story and the author who writes them.  I will leave it to you, readers, to decide who is good, who is evil, and who wins the battle.  If anyone ever really wins that particular battle.  Let me know what you think in the comments.  Pease to enjoy.

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Chuck Wendig: The Empire Of All-Knowing Eyes

This is the newest Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge.  This is the culmination of a four-week challenge campaign to give a massive prompt.  Three weeks ago, we were asked to submit a sentence, to be used as the last line of a story.  My submission was, of course, one of the most famous first lines in SFF history: “The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.”  Then, two weeks ago, he asked for another sentence, this one to be used as a first line.  My suggestion was, “Mother always told me to watch out for the badgers.”  Finally, last week, he asked us for a title.  I entered, “The Limits of Our Imperfection.”

You can see where this is going, I’m sure.

So this week, we get a challenge called A Title and Two Lines, in which Chuck listed ten choices from each week’s entries (my title made the cut!), and our task is to choose one from each list, and go for it, using the selected title, first line, and last line.  I have done so, and I hope it turned out well.  Please to enjoy, and let me know what you think.  Thanks for stopping by.

(At some point, I might write a story using my own prompts, just to see what I come up with.  Might be fun.  We’ll see.)

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The First Line: Anniversary

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.  If you’re curious about learning more about what they do, the editor was featured on Scott Simon’s NPR show a few weeks ago.

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 was due on August 1.  They didn’t accept it, so I can publish it here for you to read.  The first line for the quarter was, “Frank Rooney had been the manager of the Shop & Save for thirty-eight years, and he wasn’t retiring anytime soon.”  Please to enjoy!

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