Author Archives: Martha Bechtel

About Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, dual-box on World of Warcraft, build Wordpress blogs, and run a micro crafting business (on the side). Come on in and join in the fun!

Saturday Story Prompts [2017.05.27]

By | May 27, 2017
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. My grandmother made a promise to the river when she was a child and each night the waters call on her to keep it.

2. This close to the star the solar winds are playing merry havoc with sensors meant for deep space travel, but there’s no way to turn off the warnings.

3. “That wasn’t the lesson!” She objected frowning at the embers. “You were supposed to draw on the element of earth to smother the fire, not– whatever it was you did.”

“I removed the oxygen from the air, it’s the same thing! Ish.”

4. There’s a string of storms tearing across the valley, short violent bursts of thunder and rain that last just long enough to terrify.

5. Halloween has moved from neighborhoods to parking lots, but he stubbornly decorates the house each year, even if the closest children will come is in passing cars.

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The Dog That Wasn’t

By | May 25, 2017
Swing and a miss...

Swing and a miss…

Since Rocko passed I’ve been on the hunt for another dog to keep Shiva company. We’d thought we found the perfect mutt in the Corgiador, but the adorkable cuteness hid a dog with significant issues.

The rescue initially said he was crate trained, housebroken, and had issues with other dominant dogs, but was fine with outdoor cats and dogs. Shiva is a pushover, so no problems there, and the initial meet and greet of the cat was also all golden.

He started out on his best behavior, but as he settled in we slowly found out he had some serious separation anxiety issues, aggressive resource guarding issues, and an unsafe level of prey drive.

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Saturday Story Prompts [2017.05.20]

By | May 20, 2017
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. They hear the seagulls long before they see the fishing ships and the hints of blood that slowly overtake the blue.

2. Snowdrifts line the windward side of the house all the way out to the roof, making it look like no one lives on the lot at all.

3. She’s never seen a spaceship, for all the years of work she’s done fixing the insides. Sure, there are pictures in the repair manuals and virtual reality flybys in training, but just once she’d like to see it for herself.

4. “Ability is meaningless without control,” the fox chided. “Would you use the river to water your garden instead of a gentle rain?”

5. Time travel is great for fixing past mistakes, but it doesn’t purge the memories or the guilt.

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Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The prompts are meant to serve as sparks or story starters and are free to a good home. You’re welcome to use them verbatim or modified, the only restriction is that you don’t just resell them as prompts. (That’s my shtick!)

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Proving A Negative (Stargate Atlantis)

By | May 16, 2017

Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
Summary: Written for dailyprompt 2017-05-15 “prove a negative”.

“STARGATE ATLANTIS”, “STARGATE SG-1” and other related entities are owned, (TM) and © by MGM TELEVISION and DOUBLE SECRET PRODUCTION in association with GEKKO FILMS and THE SCIFI CHANNEL. All rights reserved. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied.

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A Time For Family (Stargate Atlantis)

By | May 15, 2017

Originally Posted: Oct. 31st, 2006
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
Summary: Written for sga_flashfic‘s Halloween Challenge. I blame the Discovery Channel, for lo, variations on All Souls’ Day are pretty darned creepy in some places.

“STARGATE ATLANTIS”, “STARGATE SG-1” and other related entities are owned, (TM) and © by MGM TELEVISION and DOUBLE SECRET PRODUCTION in association with GEKKO FILMS and THE SCIFI CHANNEL. All rights reserved. No copyright infringement is intended nor implied.

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