Monthly Archives: June 2021

Wednesday Words #340 (6/30/2021)

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!

This week’s prompt:

a loud noise
a soft hum
a foul odor

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

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, June 27, 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.

“Tradition demands that I choose and name a Traveling Companion.” The older nobles stepped back, leaving the ones closer to his age to the front and Hierik forced himself to look at them. “Who among you would Travel with me?”

For a moment no one moved but then Pashevel stepped forward. “It would be my honor, Your Highness, to accompany you on your travels, and for you to accompany me on mine.”

“The honor would be mine,” Hierik replied quietly. He raised his voice. “I have chosen, and I name Pashevel, son of Vellindrin, Crown Prince of Alur’va’sia, as my companion on my travels.”

As Hierik spoke, Pashevel joined him on the stage, completely at ease in front of the crowd.

“Thank you, Prince Hierik, for the opportunity to travel your lands with you and to get to know my counterpart in the Human Lands. I feel sorry for those who hesitated to respond to your offer, but not sorry enough to turn down the invitation.”

There was a ripple of nervous and embarrassed laughter as the assemblage tried to figure out if they were being insulted or if it was just an attempt to bring humor to the situation.

 

A bit more to finish this section as I’m going to be changing gears a bit next month.

 

“I cannot tell you how glad I am that that is over,” Hierik murmured as he closed the door behind them.

“You don’t have to,” Pashevel replied. “I can see it in your body. How long will it take you to get your things?”

“My backpack is in my rooms, ready to go. I would like to change into something more comfortable,” he tugged at the high neck of his brocaded tunic, “but that will only take a few minutes.”

“Then we can be on our way before sundown.”

Hierik nodded. “But there is no rush. I told you that the tradition has it that we leave in the morning.”

“And when did that tradition start?”

“With Kurzel, my eldest brother.”

Pashevel nodded. “And he never returned?”

“No, none of them have. How did you know?”

“By asking questions, listening to answers spoken and unspoken, and asking more questions. Did anyone see him leave the castle?”

“Of course not. He left before sunup the next day.”

“Not even the gate guards?”

Hierik stopped and turned to face him. “What are you saying?”

“I’m not saying anything, Your Highness. Merely asking questions and listening for answers.”

“Spoken and unspoken?”

Pashevel inclined his head in agreement and Hierik shuddered. “Let’s get out of here.”

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-26-2021

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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.

More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week, which had Ayess describing the attack on the exploration team.

The man flushed. “I mean they don’t have male or female parts. The boss can explain it better.”

“And I’m sure Ayess could explain it even better than she can,” Taliya replied coolly. She waited until the others had been escorted from the room and when the door closed she turned to Ayess, wanting to apologize for the man’s behavior. 

Ayess had risen, and she took a moment to get her first look at the rest of the Araxian. Powerful legs surrounded by a skirt of knee-length tentacles terminated in large flat webbed feet, and her head was just above mid-chest, but it was the look of humor in the large dark eyes and at the barest hint of a smile at the corner of the reptilian mouth that caught her attention, and she tilted her head curiously.

“I have never seen anyone put them in their place so well. Thank you, M… Taliya.”

The door opened as he finished speaking and Malinda advanced on him. “What did you call her?”

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #339 (6/23/2021)

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!

This week’s prompt:

black lace
a potato
numbers scribbled on the back of an envelope

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

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, June 20, 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.

“I don’t know how to step on toes,” Hierik said softly. “I’ve spent my whole life not doing it.”

“For now,” Pashevel replied, “simply greet your guests one by one and thank them for coming. They aren’t expecting you do anything like that, so that should be enough to throw them off balance and keep them guessing.”

Hierik drew a deep uncertain breath and nodded, managing a weak smile.

“I’ll be with you,” Pashevel assured him, putting a hand on his shoulder as he turned toward the nobles, all of whom were ignoring them while at the same time trying to watch them, curious about this strange Crown Prince of the Elves as the rumors flitted throughout the ballroom.

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-19-2021

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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.

More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week, which had Ayess describing the attack on the exploration team.

“I will be taking Ayess,” Taliya said, nodding toward the Araxian. “You can take the others to their quarters.”

“Yes, Ma’am.” One began unlocking the wrist cuffs holding Nesha and Jondu to their tables.

“Do you want us to unchain it, too?” the other asked, nodding toward Ayess.

Taliya bit back her anger. “Yes, please,” she replied. “It would make it much easier to get him to my ship that way.”

“I suppose it would. But this one is an ‘it’ not a ‘he’ – its race doesn’t have sex,” he said as he undid the wrist cuffs.

“I’m sure they do,” Taliya replied. “Or else there wouldn’t be any new Araxians and the race would die out.”

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #338 (6/16/2021)

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!

This week’s prompt:

a tornado
a closed door
an idea

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

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, June 13, 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.  

Keep in mind this is a rough first draft. (The big paragraph in this snippet needs to be beaten a bit.) 

Picking up from last week.

…“a prince should mingle with all of his guests.” He nodded toward the crowd of nobles and Hierik made a face.

“I don’t want to. And they don’t want me to.”

“Being a ruler means doing things that duty requires, whether you want to or not,” Pashevel said gently. “Besides,” he added, his eyes twinkling with mischief, “it doesn’t matter what they want. One of the first things you need to learn is to do what is right, regardless of the opinion of others. That’s not to say that you don’t take others into consideration when making decisions, but there are times when trampling on toes is necessary if you want them to dance to your tune and not their own.”

“I don’t know how to step on toes,” Hierik said softly. “I’ve spent my whole life not doing it.”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-12-2021

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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.

More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Picking up from last week, which had Ayess describing the attack on the exploration team.

Taliya reached across the table and touched Ayess’ hand gently. The Araxian looked up at her, startled by the gesture, and managed a tentative smile.   

“Whatever it was, it was gone. I performed funeral rites for the others and fortified our base in case whatever it was came back, and sent a message to the company that had sent us there, and also a distress call. A ship made contact with me and I thought I had been rescued. Instead, I was captured and sold.”

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #337 (6/9/2021)

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!

This week’s prompt:

a lone oar floating down a muddy river

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

 

 

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