Flash Fiction – “Moving On”

Photo by Ted Strutz

  She faced the long line of empty booths, hoping he would spring up from one of them, but knowing he would not.  He had stayed on the shores behind her, buried with his fists and the peat and the emerald rain of the country he loved.

Gazing through the ferry windows at her new home, she wondered if she would make friends, or even meet a special man to bring into her life.  She wondered if she would tell him how her first love died.

Today’s flash fiction is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, with photo prompt by Ted Strutz.  This picture reminded me of the journey via ferry between Holyhead and Ireland.  Although my voyage was a happy one, complete with impromptu Irish band, once night fell it was easy to get the lonesome feel of an empty ship.

The Friday Fictioneers strive to produce a 100-word story each week, and you can read more of them right HERE.


Flash Fiction – “Waiting”

(Photo by Kent Bonham)

  The beggar crouched in his doorway,  unmistakable once you knew it was there.  He watched the crowds swell and dwindle with each market day, jingling his cup if any passersby looked his way.  The children raced bicycles up the stone ramps where proud men once guided carts full of herbs, spices, dried figs, zaatar bread – all the smells he remembered from long ago.

  He was old.  Older than anyone imagined.

  The hawkers cried out, “Fresh pomegranates!  Strawberry marzipan! Finest rugs and throws!”, but always the beggar lifted one ear for the call that would surely come one day.

“New lamps for old!”

Today’s flash fiction is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, with photo prompt by Kent Bonham.  Kent’s beautiful photo from Jerusalem turned me into a slightly more Arabic bent, and I was reminded of the tales of Aladdin.  What might happen to an old trickster, waiting to regain his power?  The Friday Fictioneers strive to produce a 100-word story each week, and you can read more of them right HERE.

Friday Flash – “Reconnaissance”

  The branches, like fingers clutching at the sky, flashed white in the seconds it took for the explosion to rock their hiding place.  The early dawn would blow their cover soon enough.  Whistler motioned his men to the right, while he crawled to the ridge for a closer look.

The machinery spread below was twisted and alien, its claws drilling into the earth that had once sheltered the herds.  It would soon break into the colony that honeycombed beneath the surface.  Whistler gave a nod to his team, and raced back to warn the queen.

This week’s photo prompt is from Madison Woods’ site for the #FridayFictioneers.  Check out the other Flash Fiction, and comment or link your story!

Madison graciously provides us with a photo prompt each week, but there are many ways to get inspiration for 100 words.  Here are 10 Ideas for Flash Fiction Writing Prompts from Flash Fiction Chronicles…

Shuffle It

Write a story based on the next song that you hear on your mp3 player.  Use the lyrics, beat, and instruments to generate a story idea.

What Do You See?

Use a photo from your collection, or try a random Google image or Flickr search.

Get Nostalgic

Take out your old scrapbooks and photo albums and get some inspiration from the past.

Ask “What If…”

Spend some time imagining “what if” possibilities, such as “What if I could travel in time? Where would I want to travel?” or “What if I could talk to any person who has died?

The Saying Goes …

Think of an old expression such as “The early bird gets the worm” or “Penny wise and pound foolish” and write a story about it.

Whittle it Down

Think of your favorite movie, book or short story.  Now condense it to a piece of flash fiction.

Change Your Point of View

Pick up a random object in the room where you are sitting, or rummage around a junk drawer or toy chest and draw out a random object. Now write a story from the point of view of this object. What has it seen? What role did it play?

Imagine the Possibilities

Imagine a wrapped box. You open it. What’s inside? Write a story about what you discover.

Random Words

Let your dictionary fall open randomly and point to a word on the page. Use it to inspire a story.

Let Computers Do it For You

If you’re still stumped for ideas, try a random story idea generator, such as this one. There are also character and name generators available, which could also offer inspiration.