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ROW80-3 - 09/24 - Last status and wrap up

I did compose a status for Sunday, with nice links to things, then accidentally deleted it all before posting it. Along with the backup. And I just realized now that we're done for this round. So - a last status report here, and then a wrap up. 

Status update:

  • Editing - glacially slow progress. I'm down to aiming for even a 20 minute chunk, but that does work.   
  • Writing - I've done several for Flash Fiction Friday. One is on theme of unrequited love, a second gave a choice of opening lines, and the latest was about taboos. 
  • Publishing - Nothing lately.
  • Reading - I started reading Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fford, but didn't find it measuring well against his Thursday Next series. So I returned it to the library. I read Queen of the Tearling for a book club, and enjoyed it very much. Too many books - not enough time. I am hoping to read the novels nominated for this year's Aurora Awards at the end of October. Am currently battling with Echopraxia, as it's hard sci-fi - meaning with a lot of science. It also has a challenging/rich vocabulary, so I think I'll switch to the ebook version, with its dictionary links. 

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FFF - Week 3 - Anger Management

This week's prompt from Flash Fiction Friday looks at opening lines.

From the site -

Stephen King said about the first sentence of a story: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” This week, let’s focus on opening lines. Below are five choices. Your task is to choose one to begin your story with. Make your story grab us, pull us in, and refuse to let us go. Here are your choices:

  1. ‘I always knew there was something not quite right about Harold.’
  2. ‘Why, on this night of all nights, must it begin again?’
  3. ‘When she opened the door, she couldn’t believe it was really there – waiting.’
  4. ‘When he awoke and looked around, nothing in the room seemed familiar.’
  5. ‘The light shone brightly through the crack in the roof, and they all became very frightened.’

Got one picked? Great. Then, get started!

Prompt: Wow us with a story beginning with one of the listed opening lines.

Genre: Open

Word Count: 1,500 or less

I chose prompt #4. My story is 1033 words.

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FFF - Week 2 - Love in the Stars

This week's prompt for Flash Fiction Friday was love. As in unrequited. 1500 word maximum, in the Sci-fi genre. 

From the FFF site - 

Ah, love.  The many splendored thing that makes the world go ’round.  As long as it’s traveling down a two-way street, that is.  Unfortunately, that’s not always the path it chooses to take.  Unrequited love has been the inspiration for numerous songs, movies, and novels.  It has also been the driving force behind countless court cases and restraining orders.

This week, let’s give our readers a peek at Cupid’s dark side.  You know, when that arrow-toting, diaper-clad little freak only nails one-half of a potential couple with his sugar-coated barbs.  While we’re at it, let’s also crank it up a notch or two and kick the real world to the curb.

Prompt: Spin us a yarn about unrequited love

Genre: Science Fiction

Word Count: 1,500 or less

So here's my story. at 1102 words.

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