This is another story prompted by this month's Conquer the Craft in 29 Days challenge.
Today we were to start thinking about characters. Specifically, we were to take an ordinary Joe - or Jane - and make them an unlikely hero/heroine. Just a regular person who happens to find themself in extraordinary circumstances. We could use a WIP, so I did another Portal story, and looked at Danny.
Just a boy and his dog. Here's a link to the others in this seies. This one is about 750 words.
This is for the final prompt on the site Flash Fiction Friday. From the site:
countries and over many seas I have
come, Brother, to these melancholy rites, to show this final
honour to the dead, and speak (to what purpose?) to your silent
ashes, since now fate takes you, even you, from me. Oh,
Brother, ripped away from me so cruelly, now at least take these
last offerings, blessed by the tradition of our parents, gifts to
the dead. Accept, by custom, what a brother’s tears drown, and,
for eternity, Brother, ‘Hail and Farewell’.
The challenge asked for a story with a goodbye, in a crime fiction genre, 1300 words or less. I did another 'chunk' from an idea for a novel about a portal to another world. I've been using some flash fiction's to explore this story idea - they are great for that. Mine is just under 1200 words.
This week's challenge
from Flash Fiction Friday was to write about a Doppelganger.
We all like to think we are unique, but how many times has someone
said to you “You remind me of…” or “You look just like…”?
With more and more humans on the planet, it does become increasingly
probable that out there is someone who is nothing short of your exact
duplicate (even if you aren’t an identical twin). In
fiction and folklore, this notion takes on many forms, such as
stories of mistaken identity, evil twins, clones, body doubles,
shapeshifting aliens or demons, surgically altered spies, and
Let’s come up with our own take on the concept, shall we?
Prompt: Write a story in which your protagonist
encounters some sort of double or doppelganger. Genre:
Any Word limit: 1,200 words Deadline:
Wednesday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET
I did another Portal
story, just to play with this concept more. It went over the limit, at 1340 words, but I
was having too much fun.
This week's prompt from Flash Fiction Friday was based on a business card someone had found. Challenge says -
Former Flash Fiction Friday moderator, Darren
G. Miller, posted the photo above on his Facebook
page and tagged
a few writerly types, like myself ,
commenting that this would make for a great Flash Fiction prompt, and
he’s right. This card was found at a local restaurant, probably
submitted for a free lunch or dinner just sitting there in a bowl
hoping to be drawn for said meal. Or was it there for some other
reason? Who is Boris? What kind of good can he do? What does this
card mean and what does it mean for the person who found it? You’re
that person, so take a moment and devise a story around this found
Please note this is a
real card, so don’t call Boris. I’d hate to read a story finding
out just how “good” Boris is, if you catch my drift.
Prompt: Write a
story using the photo of the business card above as your inspiration.
What does it mean? Who is Boris? What do you do? Word
Limit: 1000 Genre: Mystery,
Thriller, Suspense or any turn you make of this potential
tale. Deadline: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at
9:00 p.m. ET