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Original fiction – fantasy, science fiction, horror

Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.24]

By | September 24, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. Ancient white rocks mark the edges of the roadways at staggered intervals. Intricate carvings that might be words adorn each face, but there’s no men left alive who can read them.

2. “Couldn’t I just have what you’re having?” The cat looked down at its dinner with disgust. “I know I said I wanted it when I saw the commercial, but they made it look like food.”

3. Magic seeped slowly under the bathroom door as he frantically stuffed the gaps with towels.

4. They watched the chemtrails boil and fade in the wake of the shuttle as it left to rejoin the ships in orbit. Four years alone hadn’t seemed that long looking down from orbit, but now that they were firmly on the ground, it seemed forever.

5. “I told you not to look him in the eye!”

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.17]

By | September 17, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. There’s no history here yet, so they set about making some.

2. The plow mule is a massive thing, made for raw power instead of riding comfort, but it’s fast enough to save him from the flood waters and smart enough to keep him from walking across landslides and broken bridges.

3.“You’re cute when you’re angry.”
You’re an ass when you’re drunk.”
“Ooo, good catch! Five points to Slytherin.”
“Can you please stop that and help me?”
“It’s the end of the world, I think I’ve earned it.”

4. Four miles down the last named road the GPS insisted he take a left into the woods. It took him a good five minutes to find the ghost of an old dirt road overgrown with weeds and a handful of thin saplings. Another strong summer and the track would be completely lost to the forest. For a moment he though about pretending it already was.

5. She told them her magic was in her hair, because she’d been down this road before and hair is easier to regrow than hands.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.10]

By | September 10, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1.  The dead have no choice but to listen, trapped by the walls of the catacombs.

2. Magic curls around the base of the statue like a nest of vipers, misty coils moving restlessly along the bas relief of war.

3. “I am not required to choose anyone,” the dragon’s mental voice sang in her mind as it carefully worked its way free of the egg. “I know you’ve been brought here against your will, that’s obvious, but you would make an amazing partner, if you’d have me.”

4. He waits until the movie starts and the docent is distracted to slip in his headphones.

5. The winds tear through the forest in a hollowing booming roar punctuated with the snaps and cracks of the trees.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.09.03]

By | September 3, 2016
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1. Intellectually she knows the birds are closer to owls than parrots, but the first time one  pounces on a rat she flinches. Happy songbird chirps interspaced with the crunch of bone chip away at the last of her sanity.

2. Humans expand through space slowly, one careful colony at a time. But that thoughtful measured approach is offset by the frantic chaos of robotic fleets that gallop along in front of them laying the Empire’s foundations.

3. “This is pointless! You can’t be perfect every time, it’s not possible.”

“If I’m not people will die. Just give me a minute and we can try again.”

“No. This is war. People are going to die no matter what you do.”

4. On the clear days you can see all the way down into the valley, but the mountain is a magnet for clouds. Most days all he can see is the bank of soft rolling grays.

5. If you try hard enough you can pretend the world away.

 

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Health to the Company (Stargate Atlantis)

By | August 29, 2016

Originally Posted: Apr. 15th, 2009
Length/Rating: 229 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
Summary: FADE TO BLACK. Written for sga_flashfic‘s Drunken/Alcohol Challenge.

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Janice Hardy’s Writing Challenge: That’s Hot

By | August 28, 2016

Length/Rating: 150 words, PG, Gen
Pairings/Warnings: None
Summary: I haven’t done a writing challenge in forever so when I saw the challenge from Fiction University pop up on my sidebar, I figured I’d give it a go. I think I ended up with ‘warmth’ more than ‘hot’. *pokes snippit*

The challenge is That’s Hot:  Write a scene that uses “hot” as a theme or motif, using as many words, images, or ideas for “hot” as you can—but don’t use the actual word “hot.” Extra Challenge: Also avoid using common synonyms for “hot,” such as: warm, heat, and blistering. Super Duper Challenge: Use “hot” as a motif, but set the scene in a cold, winter climate.

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.27]

By | August 27, 2016
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1. There’s some confusion at first if dragons cause fires or fires cause dragons.

2. It had been a once in a century sort of accident, but that didn’t stop his brain from panicking every time he stepped through automatic doors.

3. “Love does mean having to say you’re sorry… a lot actually.” He grinned up at the stars, lost in fond memories. “But as you learn each other, you end up saying it less and less, because you stop doing the things you’d have to apologize for.” He gave his nephew a measuring look. “So if you really love her, start apologizing and dammit you aren’t perfect, stop expecting her to be.”

4. As the world faded into the static of the void, she could have sworn she heard him say goodbye.

5. It doesn’t take long for time travelers to stop being human.

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Half Past Never 3/?? (Tales of the Drunken Unicorn)

By | August 23, 2016

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This is the semi-weekly posting of my Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016 NaNoWriMo ‘Novel’ in which I and my Fictives attempt to polish off all of the in-progress stories in the Tales of the Drunken Unicorn ‘verse!

So there will be snark and world-building and lots of spoilers and the process of rebuilding the short stories and flash fiction from the bones of the former corpses.

Blue writing is from old drafts of stories. Green writing is new drafts of stories. Black text is just the MuseFic.

Post Wordcount: 1,457
Total Wordcount: 4,529

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Why Botany and Xenobotany are Not The Same Thing (Stargate Atlantis)

By | August 22, 2016

Originally Posted: Aug. 11th, 2008
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
AU: Imaginary Gate Team 5
Summary: Written for drabbles Day 21 Prompts: Noun/Object: Horse (Mule/Donkey/Zebra).

“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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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.20]

By | August 20, 2016
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1. “–will you stop shooting me? It’s–” … “–obviously not going to work–” … “–what part of ‘won’t stay dead’ is confusing you?”

2. She’d forgotten what it was like to live in a city, steeped in that sense of frantic urgency large clusterings of humanity exuded.

3. There’s a rock at the bottom of the lake with our initials on it. It was part of the spell that was supposed to make him love me, but we all know how that turned out.

4. Wood in the colony is cheap and expensive at the same time. Firm beams are rarer than unicorns, but the carpenters work their magic on the scraps of the wagons and there is thin decorative paneling to spare.5. They thought he was kidding at first, who really says they want to be an assassin when they grow up? But he got older and the answer never changed.

5. They thought he was kidding at first, who really says they want to be an assassin when they grow up? But he got older and the answer never changed.

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Genii to the Rescue! (Stargate Atlantis)

By | August 15, 2016

Originally Posted: Aug. 7th, 2008
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
Summary: Written for sga_flashfic Role Reversal Challenge. I blame my Silly!Muse. *solemn nod*

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.13]

By | August 13, 2016
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1. When she was too young to know better she made the mistake of telling people she could see the creatures in the fog.

2. The roads are hard packed clay, roasted under the summer sun and worn smooth by the herds. When the monsoons arrive they’ll turn to mud, but for now the way is clear.

3. He’s loved the feeling of falling ever since he stepped off his first diving board.

4. There’s nothing organic about the city’s layout; every street, every building was carefully planned out centuries ago. They’ve followed those blueprints religiously for generations. If you see a tree, it’s because some ancient architect decreed the need for one, to balance some undecipherable mathematical equation. No one knows what would happen if they deviate from the plan, but there’s not one of us brave enough to find out.

5. “I’d say ‘follow your heart’, but let’s be honest– your heart has a terrible track record.”

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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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Half Past Never 2/?? (Tales of the Drunken Unicorn)

By | August 9, 2016

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This is the semi-weekly posting of my Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016 NaNoWriMo ‘Novel’ in which I and my Fictives attempt to polish off all of the in-progress stories in the Tales of the Drunken Unicorn ‘verse!

So there will be snark and world-building and lots of spoilers and the process of rebuilding the short stories and flash fiction from the bones of the former corpses.

Blue writing is from old drafts of stories. Green writing is new drafts of stories. Black text is just the MuseFic.

Post Wordcount: 1,589
Total Wordcount: 3,062

< Back | Index | Next >

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Saturday Story Prompts [16.08.06]

By | August 6, 2016
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. The southern forests were perpetually on fire, faint yellow flames dancing along each evergreen bough in unnatural symbiosis.

2. Ghosts use memories as currency.

3. The ink was bespelled so only vampires could read the warning. To everyone else the painting in my mother’s foyer was just unsettling, although they could never pinpoint why.

4. To the rational world, the job had nothing to offer; it was a pay cut, a move cross-country, and a sideway jump into a field with no upward mobility. To Keith, it was his childhood dream come true.

5. Mail wasn’t delivered on Sundays, but that didn’t stop the package from appearing in her mailbox.

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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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Inheritance (Songs of the Summer God)

By | August 6, 2016

Verse: Songs of the Summer God  (High Fantasy, Magical Companion Monsters)
Wordcount: 4,425 words
Rating/Warnings: PG-13
Summary: Mellie was six when her brother died.

Please note this is the working/rough draft copy of the story! While it’s complete, there are issues with consistent tone, pacing, and my normal grammar kerfluffles. I am currently looking for Beta Readers, thusly, I’d love feedback if you’d like to leave some!

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