I love it. It basically mashes up a couple-few idioms into something new and very possibly inane, and very possibly wise. (Example: “God shouldn’t cross the bridge till you come to it.” What does that mean? I don’t know! But damnit, I like it.) It forms the backbone of today’s fiction challenge.
Click it. Get a fake mash-up idiom you like. (Re-clicks are fine, obviously.)
Then use it in a story.
Length: ~1000 words
Due by: Friday, September 2nd, noon EST (holy shit, it’ll be September soon, you guys)
Write it at your online space, link to it in the comments, and voila.
50 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Behold The Idiomatic!”
the idiomatic? ? is that like the automat? ? ? ? I don’t have a roll of nickles handy.
“Good fences weren’t built in a day.”
I’m all over this one.
“Boys breed contempt.” On the first try.
You can’t make this shit up.
OMG. I just played with this for like half an hour. AMAZING! – THanks Chuck!
– YUP — “The squeaky wheel should do as the Romans do.”
This one’s going to be tough!
I’m pretty sure this story proves that I lost my mind at some point today. I ended up cramming a few in. I love this thing.
This actually made me laugh out loud. I thought you were maybe doing a Doctor Who thing right until the end.
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I did the thing.
Hell wasn’t built in a day.
I’m in. This is genius! Thanks, Chuck!
Approve my comment, Chuck! RaaaaAAArrrRRgh!
“Procrastination will inherit the earth.” This is TOTALLY going on my tombstone!!!
LOL! Mine too!
Oh my gosh that’s beautiful!!
I got another good one: “Stupid rules the world.” Aside from the ableist language, it’s hard to refute this one.
Or, “Faith is stranger than fiction.” Or, “Life costs lives.” Or, “An elephant has a fool for a client.” Or, “Blood happens.” I just might write more than one entry for this week!
“Youth is another man’s poison”
I got a few ones later on that seemed quite normal
“The spirit is willing, but the flesh is human,”
“The bottom line is money”
I picked out ‘Great Minds Can Start A Great Fire’… I got well under the 1,000 words…
Hmmm… first one I got was “One man’s meat blames his tools” and then the second one was “Handsome is a shepherd’s delight.”
I think this site is trying to get me to write porn…
I got one that’s right along those lines: “One swallow is a penny earned.”
I got a good one, but I clicked on it a few more times anyway, and now I have too many choices.
“A golden key can serve two masters.”
“The road to hell is a girl’s best friend”
“What can’t be cured can open any door.”
i got hindsight calls the tune
the course of true love makes the heart grow fonder
the man does not fall far from the tree
erring is stranger than fiction
That’s poetic AF!
First try: “Lost time is sweet” — ouch, how profound.
But the one I want printed on a T-shirt for my sister, who probably could qualify as a fishwife: “Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he talks.” (about fishing)
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“Hindsight is a shepherd’s warning”. The story is influenced by me doing Zombies! Run! and a headline I saw about a girl who was sent to gay “conversion therapy” and came home with a girlfriend. https://evathereseebert.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/behold-the-idiomatic/
[…] is my first flash fiction challenge. This week Chuck had us randomly find a fake mashed-up idiom and write a story that contained it. I got “No news is ever […]
I cycled through it a few times and ended up picking one that wasn’t exactly the most exciting. “No news is ever done.” But the second I saw it an idea came straight to my head.
“A drowning man is an island”
I’m getting a Swiss Army Man vibe, here.
Hatred Loves Company: A semi-fable inspired by gay penguins http://www.mdflyn.com/hatred-loves-company-semi-fable-inspired-gay-penguins-original-flash-fiction/
I got two and used both of them. OK, I clicked several times, but the two first ones appeared too related not to use them together. I even left the second one as the title:
“The pot burns a hole in your pocket” and “Fortune can be deceiving”.
I love the mashed-up idioms. Here is my story using some:
Ideas for “Hell wasn’t built in a day” took me in so many directions, but a trip to the ER with a savage case of weretonsils gave me time to think about the story in a very different style than my usual stuff…
Here’s mine: http://wp.me/p29Hv8-CG (Not sure if the link will work right away, since I scheduled it to post on Friday, but worth a shot.)
My idiom, thanks to the amazing Idiomatic (thank you, Chuck, for showing us this <3), was: "The apple is the measure of a woman."
Constructive criticism welcome.
Here’s mine – took a couple of goes but “All the World is not Gold” seemed to strike a chord in my mind so I went with it. Turned out kind of weird!
Okay Chuck – your challenge is taking someone fully out of their comfort zone.
I’m an infrequent blogger, former thespian and not-at-all fiction writer. It may be awful – but it IS – I wrote. Fiction! That’s exciting to me.
Even if it’s painful to read, thank you, Chuck, it was fun!
“Practice killed the cat”
Not painful at all – a fun read. Liked your interpretation of “cat” particularly. Keep writing!
Thanks for introducing Idiomatic. Here is my attempt at “A drowning man is an island” ~ https://hikelylads.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/flash-fiction-fluid-fathers/
Hi guys! I got “The devil begins with a single step” which immediately made me want to write something. I thought I was lucky getting one that I liked but most of the ones I’ve seen you guys working with are pretty great too, can’t wait to read some of them.
Anyway, here’s it is http://inkdew.blogspot.com/2016/09/flash-fiction-devil-begins.html hope you enjoy.
I would call it a Legal Thriller about a guy sitting outside the courtroom.
Few, got mine in under the wire. I ended up going with “The road to hell is a girl’s best friend” which of course meant post-apocalyptic inspired mood fiction, or something.
I got “Opportunity is the new black” and came up with the story during my run today. Just in under the wire! http://runnerskye.ca/flash-fiction-challenge-the-idiomatic/
I sat all week on “All that glitters speaks louder than words,” but I got the story done at last:
Nearly forgot to add my story… Fair exchange is wasted on the young. Thanks for ‘the idiomatic’, Chuck – a great resource for new flash stories 🙂
Pigs are the Devil’s Tools.
Yet another confession. I didn’t see that it was a link (wrong glasses, not reading properly, too keen etc) and made one up! Read it properly today and clicked desperately to get the above mash-up to appear, but in vain. So apologies but this is it am afraid.
I got “Give a man enough rope and he is a friend who cares.” and wrote my story here (still in time?) http://mywrite.martinperlin.com/2016/09/fiction-challenge-idiomatic.html
My mix-and-match idiom was A Change is Lost. I didn’t use the exact phrase in the story – and it didn’t feel right for the title, but it definitely inspired the story.
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Not the assignment & past the deadline, but I thought you might wish to see what you hath wrought: https://rodneyssaga.com/2016/09/03/thats-terrible/