Flash Fiction Challenge: Somethingpunk

Last week’s challenge: “Four Random Items.”

I wrote this book. It’s out now, and for a subgenre, I sometimes laughingly call it “cornpunk.”

This week, I’m over at Scalzi’s Whatever talking about the Big Idea behind the book, screaming a bit about corn and GMOs and Monsanto and marriage equality and raising a child and — well, hell, just go read it. Point is, I talk a little about the origins of “cornpunk.”

And now, this week’s challenge, I want you to come up with your own something-punk.

Preferably something that hasn’t been done before (cyber- steam- diesel- bug- etc.).

You’ve got 1000 words.

Due in one week’s time: August 9th, noon EST.

I’ll pick three random participants to get signed copies of Under the Empyrean Sky (if you’re in the US; I can send internationally if you want to pony up the shipping).

Go forth and write, ‘punkers.

130 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Somethingpunk”

  1. The term “SCUBApunk” embedded itself in my brain and then festered and got infected. The gist of the story actually came to me in a dream last night when the dog woke me up at 3:00 AM to be let out. So I guess I should be grateful to the dog.

    Here’s “The Next Big Thing”. http://wp.me/p3tdUw-eP

    As always, comments and constructive criticism are most appreciated.

  2. Um, so this wasn’t really what I had originally planned to write. In fact, I don’t really know where this came from except perhaps from a combination of watching too much History Channel, reading too many books about monsters, and consuming too much sugar before I go to bed. High fructose corn syrup and vampires . . . bad combo.

    I’m going to call this story, which is entitled “Essential Features,” Secret Society Punk. Any feedback would be appreciated.


    And I ain’t too proud to beg: I really want that signed copy of Under the Empyrean Sky!!! *fingers crossed*

    • I hope you get UtES too! I picked it up right after I uploaded coffee punk. I’m glad I did it after, because I would’ve stolen from UtES for coffee punk. Yours s great too. Keep up the writing!

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