Last week’s challenge: Holiday Horror!
I love the random title challenge.
I love it so much I wanna hug it.
I wanna hug it so much it explodes.
Way it works is this: you pick one from the two columns of 20 either by using a d20 die or a random number generator, and smooshing the word from Column One with the word from Column Two gets you a title. (You can modify that title slightly by putting “The” in front of it or making the title plural or possessive in some way.) You write the story — we’ll say 1500 words max this time around. Then you post it at your online space and drop a link here so we can all read it. Due by next Friday, noon EST.
Get it? Got it? Great.
- A Song For
- The Oathkeeper’s
- The Day of the
- God’s Own
152 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The Randomized Title Rears Its Head”
I got 4 and 7: Night Traveler. Ask me how bad I wanted to cheat? I mean, God’s Own Elf sounds so freaking hysterical. I might have to write it anyway. Later, I guess. For now, I’ll be good (okay, let’s not lie, I’ll be honest) and write Night Traveler. I hope he gets stuck between dimensions, or in the New York City subway… the bastard.
There ya go, “the Endless Treasure” – a grimdark short story 😛
I got The Day of the Screwdriver. I intended to write about booze, but it got a little darker. Here you go. Enjoy! http://shortfictionbreak.com/2014/12/16/the-day-of-the-screwdriver/
Wow, I did not see that coming. Great story!
Goddamn that was good
What if all your mistakes and guilt could be transferred to someone else? I got “Wrong Keeper”
Great pull for the title and what you did with it was fantastic. Nice work.
The Thirteenth Inkwell.
Thank you for inspiring a fic of one of my favorite, and hardest to write for, ships. You have no idea how much it just improved my night.
Though I should probably warn those who go to read it that the inkwells in question are being, er, thrown at people. And the relationship might read as abusive to people unfamiliar with the context. So please be cautious with that if that’s something you’d prefer not to read! <3
Murderer’s Corps – and yet, the story isn’t as grim as it could have been. Mostly it’s superpowered fun. (Until the end.) http://andreaspeed.com/2014/flash-fic-challenge-murderers-corps/
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It’s been a long time since I’ve taken part in one of these, so forgive me if I am little rusty. I got the title The Dead Waitress. i hope you like it.
Endless + Bird = Endless Birds. I considered doing some sort of jokey Angry Birds thing from the pigs’ perspective, but settled on a more contemplative mad science piece.
Sad and intriguing all at once. I thought it was pretty good.
My first time participating here. I had a blast! I got Wrong + Nebula. Here’s my story:
Took me a few more days than I planned, but I wasn’t going to NOT take part in the Random Title challenge.
Kids are having a run of bad luck in my stories of late. I wonder what that says about me. Whatever… for your dystopian future, science-fiction, euthanasia-embracing societal curiosities, here’s “The Screaming Comet”.
I really liked this. Very interesting idea.
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Herewith, “The Oathkeeper’s Forge.” As someone replied, it sounds epic. It felt epic to write. Could’ve been 150,000 words instead of 1,500. I feel a novel coming on…
ok i want more of this. more of it now.
Thank you! I assure you, it’s in the works. 🙂
Wow: ” … the four moons — the domains of the gods …” There’s so much potential and promise in that single line, and then there’s the rest of the story! Beautiful work!
I got #16 and #4: The Day of the Keeper 🙂
Very cool Sci-Fi story with unexpected twists.
The Oathkeeper’s Inkwell
Ok here’s my story; I accidentally wound up writing around 1800 words because I did it in a notebook by hand first. Feel free to check it out and message me feedback if you’d like. http://valentyn-the-mad.tumblr.com/post/105557687057/alrighty-so-i-wrote-a-short-story-for-the-december
God’s Own Padlock
(Looks like this is a popular title!)
This is dark because I needed practice writing dark. (Thanks for this, Chuck.) Another warning: there’s a scene of child abuse here.
I’m not sure if that link is right, so here’s another one:
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I would like to preface this post by saying that first, this is my second time participating. I’m not used to writing flash fiction (novellas are more my speed). In my Other Non-Pseudonym Life, I’m taking a hiatus from writing YA fiction to try my hand at writing erotic fiction. Second, I’m an aspiring erotic fiction author and any future stories I plan to write will be about the build-up of a relationship that leads to sex (not erotica. Yes, there really is a difference). With that being said, my forays into flash fiction may or may not include full-on intimacy. I’m new to this genre so please bear with me. LOL
Here’s my story, Heaven’s Treasure: http://wetpantystories.com/2014/12/18/wps-shawties-heavens-treasure/
Ooooh! Wow! Um… wow… and … wow!
I loved it!
Are we going to see a book in this?
…and I love your site. 😀
Mozette – Thanks so much! and thanks for adding me to your site. As for seeing this story in a book, it’s possible. I liked writing about Heaven. I wouldn’t mind seeing where her business venture goes. LOL. Or the one they had to create. LOL
Just added your site to My Reading List blog.. 😀
I got Endless Screwdriver. It made me think of a place we used to go for brunch that advertised bottomless margaritas. Enjoy!
I, too, like the random title challenge. This one was definitely a challenge, but I did it! 🙂
Squeaking (ahem) in just under the wire this week — here’s the link to my fiction, “God’s Own Rats”:
“The rats come at midnight. Why always at midnight?”
A Song for Rats. Sounds like Game of Thrones fan fiction, but I made it into an apocalyptic tale. It gets a bit dark in the end…
A four plus a sixteen gives us “Night Crusade.” I started with a single line, “The words never came during the day.” From there it got…odd.
Misread a little and thought I rolled “The Day of Reason”. Still, got me somewhere I was not expecting to go. https://freelancefedora.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/story-time-the-day-of-reason/
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I rolled #9 and #4 for “The White Keeper.”
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I’m a little late in this, but since this is the first time I’ve done one of your flash fic challenges and I’m happy to have actually started and finished my shit, I’m posting the link anyway.
I’m late but I want to post it anyway so nah nah – God’s Own Treasure, or The Priest, if you prefer : http://dubious-gravity.tumblr.com/post/103467751104/the-priest
I’m awed … I love the lines about the bell, the reverberations. And the ending caught me entirely off-guard; twists like that are so much more evocative than predictable endings. Nice work!
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Death by calligraphy? Random title is “Ghostly Treasure” and just posted on my site. http://wp.me/p51P4z-iT
Again, late. But at least it’s getting done.
PROGRESS PEOPLE. PROGRESS.
Anyways, please enjoy A Song for Nebula.
Better late than never…right? Right. Here’s mind. God’s Own Medallion. Hope you like it. http://underastarlitsky.wordpress.com
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