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FFF - Week 9 - The Deeps

This week's challenge from FFF is to write about your fear. 


Fear: An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone, or something, is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

The key word here is ‘belief’. Naturally, our personal trepidations are all completely rational in our minds. But, let’s look at this realistically for a moment. Is what would keep you up nights or prevent your walking into a dark room alone something that could happen in the real world, or is it something your imagination concocted to force you to keep that nightlight lit?

This week, confront your fears head-on, whether the world considers them rational or foolish. It’s YOUR ‘belief’ that matters.

Prompt: Freak us out with a tale about having to face your greatest fear. We’d also like to know if you made it out in one piece, or…

Genre: Horror, of course. How could it be any other?

Word Count: 1,500 or less


My story is under 500 words, but I think it captures my basic idea. And I was out of town, so have an excuse ;-) 

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ROW80-4 - 10/21 - Not Wednesday

A couple of days late for the check in, but I wanted to get at least a quickie update in here, as I head out of town tomorrow for a week of fun. We had an election Monday, and picked a different party. Liberals, under Trudeau. Everyone was fed up with the Conservatives, and especially their dictatorial leader, Harper. General feeling was 'throw the bastard out'. So we did. 

  • Editing - My new spot for writing editing didn't last, as I needed the monitor as a second gaming console and the table to read the newspaper. At any rate, editing done for now. Good enough. 
  • Writing
    • I did two FFF challenges, The Collector, and Scanned and Scammed.  That's eight so far in this series, one a week. Two have inspired by my choice for NaNoWriMo this year (see below), as often happens.
    • NaNoWriMo - This will be a sci-fi story, set in a world where simple ID chips morphed into health records then tracking devices then mood/emotion controls. And more. I just need a story and characters to set there, so I can do an outline. It will come to me. I have Index Card on my iPad to work on this while I'm away - we'll see how all that goes. It will export into Scrivener when I'm done. I think. 
  • Publishing/Marketing 
    • I drafted up my pitch for the three publishers I am meeting at the end of the month. Will tune it up, with help from my girlfriend next week.
  • Reading
    • I voted in the Aurora Awards so did a lot of reading/skimming.  
    • Book club - We did, and liked, The Future Falls, by Tanya Huff. 
  • Social - Chats with my red-head, and with my son, of course. Did more  gaming with him.  
  • Health - trying to get out more, and buy less snack food. Had a full physical this week - doing pretty good but less weight would be better.
  • Other - lots of Netflix of course.


FFF - Week 8 - Scanned and Scammed

This week's prompt from Flash Fiction Friday is about promises.
A promise is defined as a declaration or assurance that one will, or will not, do a particular thing or that a particular thing will, or will not, happen.
How often do we hear, or use, the phrase ‘I promise you, when I get back from…’ or ‘I promise you, when I get my hands on…’ Are we really making an honorable oath or just using the word ‘promise’ to emphasize our point or to convey a specific state of mind?
This week, we are asking you to view a promise as a sacred oath. It can be to help a close friend fulfill a life-long goal, to keep a dark secret for a close relative, or whatever covenant you can dream up. Something occurs though, and your word of honor takes a flying leap right out the window.
Prompt: Make someone a promise, then break it. Tell us what happens.
Genre: Open
Word Count: 1,500 or less
Since we have just finished our Federal election here in Canada, I decided I needed a politician in here. And a mind control device, to further work with an idea for NaNoWriMo this year. Mine came in at almost 1300 words. 

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FFF - Week 7 - The Collector

Here this week's prompt, from Flash Fiction Friday, looks into a shopping cart. 


This week, you are going to be a writer. Of course, you are already a writer, but this time, you are not just going to write a story. You are going to be a writer in your story. You have tried writing various genres and every one of your submissions has been rejected without comment; that is, except one. Oh, that one did get rejected, but the editor recommended that you try observing people more closely, as in get inside their heads, and that may help you to develop more believable characters. That sounds like good advice, and you decide to begin today while you’re shopping at the Discount Mart.
So far, everyone there has been numbingly ordinary. While you wait in the Express Checkout, you glance in the cart of the person in front of you. The checker doesn’t bat an eye since she’s focusing on the new bag boy at Register 7, but you? You find this person’s purchases very suspicious. Now, you need to get inside their head, but how? You know how. Follow him/her wherever.
 Prompt: Tell us what the items were that disturbed you, and what did your surveillance of their purchaser reveal?
Genre: Mystery
Word Count: 1,500 or less
My story came in at 1397 words.

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