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Original fiction – fantasy, science fiction, horror

Saturday Story Prompts [2017.01.21]

By | January 21, 2017
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. Fire creeps along the forest floor like thick slime, flames unnaturally slow in the heavy magic.

2. “No one asked for your opinion,” she snapped through her sobs and the angel had the audacity to shrug.

“You all die eventually,” he said. “What’s the point in waiting?”

3. The beds are lined with thick fleece blankets instead of sheets, soft as down and twice as warm once he’s tucked inside.

4. Older spaceships are cheaper to buy, but they’re a gamble. It’s rare to find parts out here, so over time ships become their own unique MacGyver’d Frankenstein. What you get depends entirely on how good (or crazy) the last engineer was.

5. Their horses are wary as the giant wolves approach, but suddenly settle down. It isn’t until much later that she learns it wasn’t magic, but the wolves natural ability to modify their scents. Apparently pack horses are fine with you looking scary as long as you act peacefully and smell like food.

 

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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!)

Looking for prompts with a specific focus? Hire me to create a custom eBook of 62 prompts on (almost) any theme, 31 of which you get to lock into a vault so no one else can see them for at least a year!

Rethinking the Saturday Story Prompt eBooks

By | January 20, 2017

Proto-Prompts!

For the past couple of years I’ve been creating yearly eBook collections of the Saturday Story Prompts, sort of a virtual tip jar, but they haven’t proved as popular as I had hoped. The Custom prompts books over on Etsy are doing a lot better, but I get more favorites than sales (alas). I’m actually making more from the Google AdSense… and that’s just sad.

I haven’t completely given up on those books and I’m working on ways to draw in some new readers to the older books. I’m running a quick test on Amazon advertising, so we’ll see if that changes anything. I’m also trying to get some views through Pinterest by creating a board of prompts and I’ll be uploading one of the older SSP books to Wattpad starting a little later this month… but I’m not overly optimistic about my social marketing skills. 😉

Which brings me back to pondering how to bundle these guys in a more appetizing fashion!

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52 in 52 : Story #2 – Night Lights (Whistling in the Dark’verse)

By | January 20, 2017

‘Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.’ – Ray Bradbury

I’ve joined the madness over on the NaNoWriMo thread and going to try and write 52 short stories (or Flash Fiction) in 2017. I’m aiming for flash fiction of roughly five thousand words or less and I want to use this as a way to learn how to outline via MuseFic.

This post contains the Outline (MuseFic), Rough Draft, Editing (MuseFic), but no Final Draft.

If you want to read them as a daily post, check out the story on Wattpad! 🙂

Title: Night Lights
Universe: Whistling in the Dark’verse (Urban Dark Fantasy/Horror)
Final wordcount: 3,321

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Good of the Many (Stargate Atlantis)

By | January 16, 2017

Originally Posted: Mar. 20th, 2007
Length/Rating: 100 words, PG, Gen
Pairing/Warnings: none
Summary: At what point does pragmatic become something else? Written for sga_flashfic Villains challenge. (AU: Where the Ocean Meets the Sky)

“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 [2017.01.14]

By | January 14, 2017
Saturday Story Prompts

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1. There’s a hole in the sky where the moon used to be.

2. The bedposts curl up over the bed and split into a thousand branches just higher than her fingers can reach, each one trimmed with thin wooden leaves.

3. Waves lap against the beach, a slow gently sweep that lures bathers into the undertow.

4. The djinn gives them as many wishes as they want, reveling in their increasing despair as he makes each one into a curse instead of a blessing.

5. “I salted your brother’s grave for a reason,” her Mother snapped as she snatched the shovel away.

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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!)

Looking for prompts with a specific focus? Hire me to create a custom eBook of 62 prompts on (almost) any theme, 31 of which you get to lock into a vault so no one else can see them for at least a year!