Monthly Archives: July 2020

Wednesday Words #292 (7/29/2020)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

a cancelled celebration
a teacup
a reflection

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 26, 2020

Switching gears to my Camp NaNoWriMo project.  Song and Sight is a sequel to Song and Sword (but true to form, I think there’s another book that has to come between the two of them. Someday I’ll write a series in order, but today is not that day.)

This is from the preface and is picking up from last week:

Evisha hated the Drow more than most in the pens. He wondered if that was because she was here instead of being a slave on one of the estates. He studied her as she ranted, turning that idea over in his mind. Physically she was beautiful, long dark hair dark eyes, a slender curvy figure. But her hair was tangled and matted and her eyes were cold and hard and filled with hatred and scorn. And her body had been used too much by too many. He frowned. Her body was probably why she had been brought to the breeding pens to begin with. 

Not that the trolls were overly particular as to what their mates looked like. As long as it was female, they would mate with it, and it didn’t matter if it was their own race or another, or if the female was willing or not. But the Drow slavers, they were a little pickier, and the prettier females were reserved for their use, kept from the breeding pens as long as they pleased them.

“And another thing,” Evisha went on, “I’d take all of their females and lock them away and start my own breeding program.”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-25-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

I climbed up to the driver’s box with James, Miss Madison having already settled herself into the carriage.

“She’s not one to wait for someone to help her, is she?” I commented.

James laughed. “That she isn’t. She has quite an independent streak, and can be a bit on the stubborn side at times, but she’s a fine lady and there isn’t one person in the household that would say a word against her. Nor listen to one either.”

“I wasn’t…”

“I know you weren’t,” he said, setting my mind at ease. “It’s easy to see that you’re as taken with her as all the rest of us.”

“I got the impression that Anne didn’t exactly approve,” I said cautiously and James laughed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #291 (7/22/2020)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

interruptions
a drowning
a game of chance

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 19, 2020

Switching gears to my Camp NaNoWriMo project.  Song and Sight is a sequel to Song and Sword (but true to form, I think there’s another book that has to come between the two of them. Someday I’ll write a series in order, but today is not that day.)

This is from the preface and is picking up from last week:

“I – I said ‘freedom is coming,’” he stammered. 

Evisha frightened him. Yes, she had taken him in and given him a place to stay and enough food to stay alive, but she was cold and harsh, almost cruel even in her kindness. She was a shaman – or would have been if they were free to follow their old ways, but the Drow had outlawed them centuries ago.

“Freedom,” she snorted. “We’ll never be free as long as our so-called king is a pampered pet servant to the Drow.”

Nisham said nothing. He had heard her rant about Sutag many times before, how he was a slave at the Drow castle, how he had opportunity to kill the king and the crown prince, to lead a revolt and free their people. 

“If I was in his place they would all be dead and we would be the ones living in the castle with them serving us.”

Nisham wasn’t certain how the Drow would serve them if they were all dead, but he didn’t think it was wise to point out the flaw in her logic, so he tuned her out, half listening to a rant he knew all too well.

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-18-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

“Something needs to be done,” she said, and even I could identify the stubborn tone of voice and set of her jaw.

“And just what might that something be?” James asked, amusement barely hidden in his voice.

“I haven’t decided yet,” she said, taking a bundle in my coat from me despite my protests. “But something has to be and something will be.”

With that she turned and marched back to the carriage, and placed my coat in the box.

James shrugged and followed in her wake and I followed him, puzzling over this turn of events as we tied my wet things to the back of the carriage with my bag of tools, the people from the neighborhood slowly drifting away in small groups, no doubt talking about the newspaper article.

And no doubt speculating on what the carriage was doing there and what I was doing with the carriage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #290 (7/15/2020)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

paperwork
dripping water
a portrait

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 12, 2020

Switching gears to my Camp NaNoWriMo project.  Song and Sight is a sequel to Song and Sword (but true to form, I think there’s another book that has to come between the two of them. Someday I’ll write a series in order, but today is not that day.)

This is from the preface.

Nisham shivered and pulled the threadbare blanket more tightly around his thin body – not that it did any good. He was always cold, always hungry. He couldn’t remember a time when he wasn’t.

The cavern was lit by a single candle that did little to dispel the darkness and nothing to dispel the dampness. He stared at it, not really seeing it, his mind wandering as he half dozed, sleep being the only escape he had from the Pens – and from the cold and hunger that were his perpetual companions.

“Freedom,” a voice whispered. “Freedom is coming.”

“Freedom is coming,” he replied and the sound of his own voice startled him into wakefulness.

“What did you say? Speak up, boy.”

This time his shiver had little to do with the cold.

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-11-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

“Is there a problem, Miss Victoria?” James asked as we reached the edge of the crowd.

“Yes, there’s a problem,” she said. “This.” She shook the newspaper she was holding, the very one that had the article in it about the upcoming demise of the neighborhood. “Where are all these people going to go when they tear down their homes and businesses? Did no one think this through when they made the decision to demolish everything?”

I looked at James, not sure what to make of this side of my employer, who, until now, and been calm and relaxed, with a sense of humor and fun lurking just beneath the surface. He gave me a long suffering look which lead me to believe that this was something I’d just have to get used to about her.

Thrusting the paper at one of the men near her she joined the two of us. “Something needs to be done,” she said, and even I could identify the stubborn tone of voice and set of her jaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #289 (7/8/2020)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

You find a suitcase outside your front door.

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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