Friday Flash Fiction – “Along Came a Spider”

Photo copyright Rochelle Wisoff Fields

They had called her “Miss Muffet”, oh so many years ago.  They thought it funny, her running away and crying behind the pump house, sucking on the swollen finger that would soon show the spider’s angry sting.

No one had considered her since.  Not a single child commented on her sudden affinity for arachnids.  No concerned mother queried her parents about her odd, luminous eyes, her preference for the dark.

She was grown now, with a husband.  He labored for hours on the most delicate of artistic pieces – his gifts to the world.  She liked to watch him work, thinking of their hundreds of children about to go off into the world.  No doubt they would frighten many a child.

Many thanks to Madison Woods for hosting the Friday Fictioneers!  Each Friday brings a new photo prompt and the challenge to write a story in just 100 words.  Follow the group on FaceBook or via Twitter – #FridayFictioneers.  Please visit more Fictioneers for some Friday Flash fun!

Friday Flash Fiction – “Cry Wolf”

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Wolf (Photo credit: Buridans Esel)

 

The first time it happened, he screamed.  The others came running, but they didn’t see it.  Twice, three times, the shape was there, ready to ravage them all. 

Later, the reproaches. 

A turning of the back. 

A running out of town. 

The years had ground on, one village to another, but he would never take another flock.  

Sometimes in dreams, others waking visions, but always coming true.  They had called him many things, but now, in his rags and vacant doorways, he would always be “The Boy Who Cried”.

Friday Fictioneers is the brain child of Madison Woods, and you can keep up with the gang on FaceBook or Twitter (#FridayFictioneers).  Our goal is to write 100 word stories based on a photo prompt each Friday.  In addition, here’s a bit of Flash Fiction insight I found in my travels…

I came across this little gem in an interview I read earlier this week, and just had to share it with you:

 

Kirsty Logan “is a fiction writer, journalist, literary magazine editor, teacher, book reviewer, arts intern, and general layabout. She is currently working on a novel, “Rust and Stardust”, and a short story collection, “The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales”, and she also is the editor of flash fiction magazine Fractured West.  You can read the full interview here, but the part most exciting to flash fiction writers is below (italics mine)…

 

I have spent years trying to develop a writing schedule, but it never quite works out. My only rule is that I always write 100 words a day, no matter what. Even on the craziest, most hectic day, there is always time to take ten minutes and jump into my story. I often write my 100 words on my phone and email it to myself to be added to my work-in-progress. I’m always thinking about my current story, daydreaming about the characters and locations, trying to pick holes in the plot to make sure it’s sturdy. When it’s time to write I don’t need time to ‘get into it’, as I’m already there. I do write a lot, but it’s nothing compared to the time I spend daydreaming!

 

Now that’s using flash fiction at a whole other level!  Be sure to leave your link/comment below, and let me know how you can incorporate 100 words a day!

 

 

 

 

Friday Flash Fiction – “The Assistant”

“Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of rye…Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie…” The childish notes pierced up to the top of his branches.

Why was the world so violent against his kind?  Or was it his color?  His maligned black brethren were forever croaking “Nevermore”, and to be taunted by this lonely girl was really too much.

The wolf was right.  This was their woods.  They should work together to keep it free from oppression. 

Her red cape was so easy to pick out on the ground.  Even easier once she was stilled.

The Friday Fictioneers is a group of writers who strive each week to tell a story in just 100 words.  Using photo prompts by group founder, Madison Woods, the Fictioneers can be found on FaceBook, Twitter (@FridayFictioneers), or linked throughout the web via their individual blogs.  Read more of today’s Flash here:

Flash fiction is not only fun, it’s become a forcible genre all on its own.  Lee Strickland, writer and lecturer, comments on the ever-pressing need for “sentences that command attention”.  Or, as flash fiction rock star Ravi Mangla puts it, “dynamic sentences that can rise above the noise.”

How did one writer rise above the noise on Twitter?  She dribbled her 8,500 word story “Black Box” out for one hour a night, for ten nights in a row.  Jennifer Egan’s story has now been printed in New Yorker‘s Science Fiction Magazine, complete with the 140-character tweets separated graphically on the page.  And as Strickland says, “You taste the work sentence by sentence.”  That certainly gives writers pause to assess the worth, weight, and value of each sentence in a piece, and cut accordingly!