Flash Fiction Challenge: Acts Of Rebellion


Today’s challenge:

Write about rebellion.

That can mean whatever you need it to mean for the context of the story. Any genre is doable. As personal or as impersonal as one cares to make it.

You’ve got the standard 1000 words.

It shall be due by noon EST, on Friday, February 3rd.

Post at your online space, then give a link below. Do not post the story in the comments, and please do not email me the story. Just find a place to deposit it online, and drop a link for the rest of us.

Please to rebel.


110 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Acts Of Rebellion”

  1. Sorry . . . I don’t understand the submission rules for Acts of Rebellion. Do I (fer instance) post my rebellious content on FB page or on my webpage? Where do I “drop a link for the rest of us”? This election has clearly addled my brain. Clarification, please. Thanks a lot.

    • Usual procedure is to post your story on your blog site or personal website (of which I see you do have one). So, WordPress, Blogspot, whatever. Some people use Tumblr. If “FB” means Facebook, then unless everyone is able to view your profile/content, there’s not much point posting it there.

      Once you’ve created your story about Rebellion, copy the URL from the address bar and paste it here into the comments. See previous posts from fattymoon and myself (in the comments above) for examples on how to achieve this.

    • Is it sitting in the moderation queue? It can take posts hours or even days to appear, depending on how long it takes the blog owner to approve comments with links on them. I wouldn’t worry just get. Give it 24 hours and if it’s still not here, try reposting.

      • Good point..it may well be. I haven’t posted on this blog very often, so I’m unfamilair with how it works. Thanks for the informative reply!

        My primary concern in asking was to make sure I didn’t inadvertently do anything offensive by going for a comedic approach with my piece. I don’t want anyone to think I take rebellion or what prompts it as joke. I just wanted to have some bizarre levels of fun with it.

    • Can’t figure out how to comment on your blog without Facebook (I don’t Facebook), so here it is:

      Lovely poem! I like how Rebellion comes across as a prevalent undertone, rather than a direct theme. It’s a feeling of a lifelong struggle to be accepted and not shunned because society is increasingly aimed at the young. I could definitely hear the voice of rebellious old Crones throughout the entire piece.

      • Dear Urban Spaceman — Thanks for your kind words about my Rebellion post. Frankly, I think you should keep writing about Ronald Hump and Alamir Rasputin. I suspect they’ll give you plenty of material over the coming years. Fifty Shades of Hump, indeed. (Not sure how to use the REPLY function here, so you might see this twice. Oh, well.)

    • Guys, when you read mine, if there’s some idiot on there called ‘Anonymous’ who is bagging my work and my comments out. Ignore him… don’t reply to him, or any of his banter.

      He’s been stalking me on my blog for over a year and I can’t get rid of him. The reason being that he doesn’t have a blog for me to report him to Blogger or Google about. So, if we don’t talk to him – and I keep deleting his comments as they show up – he’ll eventually get bored and leave.

      • Ugh, that sucks, Mozette. Can’t you blacklist his attempts to comment? I’m sure WP has a function to block comments from certain users, though I’m not sure if Blogger has the same. And I guess if it’s a ‘guest’ reviewer, it’s hard to implement.

        • yeah it is. I’ve had to up the ‘security’ of my blog comments. I hate doing it – as I want people to be able to comment as easily as possible. Last year, I asked him to keep his voice to himself if he hates me so much, or – like television and radio – if he doesn’t like the show, he’s doesn’t have to watch. It seems he’s glutton for punishment; and just loves to indulge himself in my writing; even when I do admit it’s not my best. I have noticed that he reads Chuck’s blog here… as he’s mention this blog before… and he’s politically minded (so he’s not stupid). He’s just a shit-stirrer and wants to stir the pot… but I’m not going to let him this year. If he does return, and makes life hard again, I’ll report him (because that means he’ll have an OpenID address; something Google can work with).

      • You wouldn’t believe it, but I did dodge my reaper in 1996… and he was pretty pissed with me. I was 6 months from dying from a major Melanoma and had a huge operation to stay alive… and you know? When you do survive something like this, life is like you’re crashing a party you don’t belong at.

  2. Dear Urban Spaceman — Thanks for your kind words about my Rebellion post. Frankly, I think you should keep writing about Ronald Hump and Alamir Rasputin. I suspect they’ll give you plenty of material over the coming years. Fifty Shades of Hump, indeed.

    • Some beautiful illustration work there; alas, the majority of the speech was too small/blurred for me to make out. 🙁 Though, I am reading on a rubbish work PC monitor… I’ll give it a try at home, I might be able to make more out.

    • Very riveting stuff. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about a very real battle of pessimism v optimism… but I really don’t want to believe there is so much oppression in Turkey that nobody dares (or has dared) to rebel in such a testing time. I like your writings though. Looking toward to reading more from you.

      • Thank you very much. Actually, we tried to rebel against Erdogan once; you might want to search “Gezi Park protests”, if you are interested. It was short lived and unsuccessful because that movement failed to produce its leaders and alternative solutions to the problems the country was facing. The movement even failed to pose important problems to tackle. They(we) just wanted Erdogan to step down. Erdogan suppressed the movement with a huge police force and occasional violence. The movement relieved the cumulative stress that has been rising since his reign, and afterwards Erdogan took precautions to prevent future conflicts.

        He suppressed almost every person who opposes or might oppose him using law enforcement. Most of the intellectuals our country has, have been imprisoned for long periods of time with false accusations. Terrorist attacks and the political trend towards dictatorship made regular people search for solutions to leave the country. People with means to live in another country, has already left. Moreover, a financial crisis is lurking at the horizon and people are just trying to survive.

        Things have to change at some point, but nobody knows the answer to the questions: when, where and how.

    • Thanks for the fascinating insight! I have friends in Turkey, so I’m aware of how the slow erosion of personal liberties and the suppression of secular sentiment and ideals affects many in Turkey, but it was interesting to see this viewed more clinically, with thought overruling emotion.

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