I Have Finally Listened To Hamilton, Please Update Your Records

I didn’t get it. I confess, actually, that when it first started showing up, saturating social media like a thickening sponge, I had no idea what was happening. Star Wars was coming out at the same time and I saw people hashtagging things like #FORCE4HAM and I was like, hey, I fucking love ham. Ham is just delicious. It’s the best! Morning, noon and night! But I saw nothing about ham or related pork products inside the hashtag, and then some people were talking about this thing called Hamilton. So I did what any good... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: It Starts With A Bang

It starts with a bang. That’s all the inspiration you need. I want you to write a short story with that in mind — the tale must begin with a bang. You can, erm, interpret that how you choose, but it definitely means we begin in the middle of the action. That’s it. That’s all you gotta do. Length: ~1000 words. Due by: June 3rd, Friday, noon EST Post on your online space. Link back here through the comments. Go forth and go bang. Er. You know what I mean.

Leah Rhyne: Five Things I Learned Writing Heartless

Jolene Hall is dead – sort of. She can walk, think and talk, but her heart doesn’t beat and her lungs stopped breathing ages ago. After Jo is abducted and subjected to horrific experiments, she wakes up to find her body is a mosaic of jagged wounds and stapled flesh. Jo has a choice: turn herself in to the authorities, or team up with her best friend Lucy and her boyfriend Eli to find a way to save herself. To Jo, the choice is clear. * * * Dreams can... Read The Rest →

Winning, Losing, And Participating: Shut Up About The Trophy

Ah, that common refrain. You shouldn’t just get a trophy for participating. When everyone gets a trophy, nobody wins. If everybody is special, nobody is special. Second place is last place. And on and on. It’s a criticism pointed at millennials. Or, wait — Gen Y. No! Wait. Gen X. SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY SOMEONE DECIDED THAT YOU ONLY DESERVED A REWARD IF YOU ACHIEVED TRUE APOTHEOSIS. YOU ONLY GET THE GOLDEN CUP IF YOU SLAUGHTER THE OTHER TEAM AND WEAR THEIR SKIN AS A CAPE AND TRANSFORM INTO THE GREAT... Read The Rest →

Macro Monday Will Throw You Into A Trash Compactor

That is an old Emperor Palpatine action figure of mine given the macro treatment. I like doing that, sometimes — taking a gander at toys, particularly older ones, from a new angle. Here’s an older one I took of Nien Nunb: I may take some more — I have a bunch of the old figures and sets (which I let B-Dub play with because I ain’t no collector who keeps all the fun stuff in boxes, ew). Anyway, them’s your macros for the day. And in Star Wars-related news: For some reason, Star... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Kids Say The Darnderniest Things

So, as this week is my son’s 5th birthday, I thought it would be fun to take some of the completely random shit that spills out of his head and use that as the basis for a flash fiction challenge. Below you’ll find a list of quotes from my son. Select one (or several, I don’t care) quotation and use it inside a piece of flash fiction. Length: 1000 words-ish Due by: Friday, May 27th, noon EST Post at your online space. Link back in the comments. The quotes: “Can... Read The Rest →

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