Monthly Archives: April 2021

Wednesday Words #331 (4/28/2021)

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 flock of seagulls
a dilapidated house
a watering can

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

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, April 25, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet.

“My son!” the king announced. “Prince Hierik, Crown Prince of the Realm!

The cheer that went up was somewhat less enthusiastic than the one for the king had been and Pashevel saw the way the prince’s head fell, noticed the harshness in the way that the king turned to him. Slowly Hierik raised his head, looking out at the crowd and they stilled, waiting for him to speak.

Seeing his hesitation Pashevel took a half step as if shifting position to get a better view, but it was enough. Hierik noticed the movement in the otherwise motionless crowd and smiled, relaxing as he locked his gaze on the bard he had met the night before.

“Welcome,” he said. “Thank you – all of you – for coming to my birthday celebration. I hope you will enjoy the food and entertainment that will be provided for you, and I am looking forward to meeting you as I begin my Travels.”

The speech, Pashevel realized, was formulaic, delivered as if it had been memorized since early childhood, and the crowd responded as if they had heard it before – six times before he would wager – and Pashevel added public speaking to the list of things that Hierik needed to learn.

Two years. He had two years to teach the Crown Prince everything he needed to know in order to rule. Two years to teach what should have been learned over a lifetime.

Two years.

Two years to keep him alive.

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-24-2021

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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.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. This picks up from last week’s snippet, in which Taliya filled Josul in on what’s been happening since she bought the ship,and now they’re discussing getting her ship a new identity.

“What about a name for the ship?”

She shook her head. “I have no idea. That’s why I stuck with Vain Glory.”

“How about the Black Hole, since we’re sort of dropping you into one?”

She wrinkled her nose.

“Yeah, I didn’t like it all that much, either.”

They kicked some ideas around and finally came up with Onyx Sun, a private joke between the two of them, an acknowledgment of the black hole that Taliya was being dumped into.

“All right,” Josul said as he signaled for the waitress. “I’ll be at your ship first thing in the morning to do the on board work.” He turned off the muting device and slipped it into a pocket.

“Thanks, Josul.” Taliya smiled, suddenly feeling as if a huge weight had been lifted from her. “I really appreciate it, especially on such short notice.”

“It’s not like you had any way to reach me ahead of time, at least, not safely.”

“Speaking of… Will I be?”

He waved off her concern. “Absolutely. No one will bother you or your ship here.” He grinned. “You’re not really in tame space anymore, Taliya. Oh, they say we are, but we aren’t. The Galactic Enforcement Agency doesn’t poke their nose into this system – they barely even poke into this sector.”

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #330 (4/21/2021)

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!

fog
a keychain
a turtle

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

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, April 18, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet.

They leave the morning after their sixteenth birthday and must return by sundown of their eighteenth.”

“And if they do not?”

“Then they are mourned as dead and the next eldest travels in his turn. Hierik is actually not the eldest. In fact, he’s the last of the King’s legitimate heirs. The others never returned from their Travels.”

“And if Hierik does not return?”

“Then either the king produces another legitimate heir – unlikely at his age – or he promotes an illegitimate son or a grandson if any of his own get produced offspring.”

Pashevel nodded, lost in thought, not liking the suspicions that were entering his mind. 

“How many older brothers does Hierik have?”

“Six. Well, had six. And a couple sisters. His brothers are all considered dead now, whether they are or not.”

Another fanfare from the trumpets drew their attention back to the balcony.

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-17-2021

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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.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. This picks up from last week’s snippet, in which Taliya filled Josul in on what’s been happening since she bought the ship,and now they’re discussing getting her ship — and her — a new identity.

Taliya shook her head, suddenly wishing she was back home, that none of this had ever happened. But back home she would still be living under her mother’s thumb; at least now she was free – although freedom didn’t seem to be all that it was cracked up to be.

Freedom. She smiled softly as she remembered the conversation with her father.

“Freedom,” she said. “Freedom Enterprises.”

“I think I liked Cygnet Shipping better.”

“So did I, but since we have to ditch it… Freedom is what this is was all about – freedom from my mother and from what she thinks I’m supposed to do – from what she and her friends expect from me.”

“Like you ever cared about that,” he snorted.

“True. But now I don’t even have to pretend anymore. And the name will remind me why I’m doing this. So that I have the freedom to run a business – and eventually the House – the way I think it should be run.”

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #329 (4/14/2021)

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!

rain
stones
an empty flower pot

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

 

 

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Another Day, Another Bunch of Words Not Written

Cold rainy day here. Well, not really cold – cold is subjective. But it was near 80F over the weekend and never made it out of the low 50s today, and it rained, so, yeah, “cold” works, especially since I can’t get warm. (Not even the old standby of a grilled cheese and heavily peppered cream of tomato soup helped.)

But I’ll live, and tomorrow is another (supposedly drier and warmer) day.

Writing is still crawling along. I’m having trouble focusing for some reason. I want to write, and I can see the scene I’m working on, but the words just don’t seem to want to make it to the Word doc and then I get distracted… (But I’ve managed to stay off of ancestry.com, so that’s a plus.)

Ah, well, tomorrow is another (hopefully more focused and creative) day.

On the other hand, the second MMC in Hedge House is turning out to be pretty awesome. I mean, I knew I liked him for his skills and strengths, but he’s turning out to be more than a great body and a pretty face. He’s intelligent, sensitive, funny, confident, and most definitely not a chauvinist. (I love it when characters begin to develop beyond my expectations.)

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Sunday Snippet, April 11, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Picking up from last week’s snippet.

“Tell me more about this traveling that he has to do.”

“It’s a tradition for the Crown Prince to travel the lands and get to know the way the world works so that he will know how to rule it. But that one.” He spit onto the cobblestones. “Maybe it’ll do him some good, but no one is holding out much hope for him.”

Pashevel frowned. “You almost make it sound like there is a way for him to fail.”

“It has happened,” he said. “But no one is ever sure what has happened to the ones that did not return, if they chose not to return or fell to some illness or met with foul play, but the law of the land is that if they do not return on their eighteenth birthday they are mourned as dead.”

“They travel alone for two years?”

The man nodded. “They leave the morning after their sixteenth birthday and must return by sundown of their eighteenth.”

“And if they do not?”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-10-2021

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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.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. This picks up from last week’s snippet, in which Taliya filled Josul in on what’s been happening since she bought the ship,and now they’re discussing getting her ship — and her — a new identity.

She shrugged. “I never thought it would happen either.” She stared down at the table top, idly drawing on it with the rings of condensation from their drinks.

He reached across the table and gave her hand a squeeze. “It’s going to be all right, Tal.”

“I shouldn’t have come here, shouldn’t have gotten you involved.”

Josul’s laughter cut her off. “This is going to be fun and don’t even try to pretend that you didn’t know I’d say that.” He shook his head, sobering. “And no one out here will even blink at the changes. How do you think this backwater colony got so wealthy and doesn’t have to worry about the pirates? We have no law enforcement here – the pirates are the law enforcement and this colony is absolutely neutral and protected.”

“Even from each other?”

“Especially from each other. Now, let’s get down to business. We need to rename your ship and your business and then I can get your new professional identity set up. Any suggestions?”

 

 

 

 

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