Flash Fiction Challenge: “From Mab To The Mysterious Three”


Last week’s flash fiction challenge — “Profanity Is A Circle Of Language” — awaits your eyes with many foul-mouthed entries. Check the comments, click the links.

And now we begin this week’s challenge.

As noted, I am a huge fan of the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. It is one of the essential reference books in my collection — I use the Wordsworth version in print, and Brewer’s online. It’s wonderful for weird turns-of-phrase, for finding neat genre concepts, for plumbing the depths of odd history, and best of all, for coming up with concepts and titles.

Thus is your mission.

This week: Please turn (click) to the ‘M’ section of Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

Click around. Find an awesome term that you like that starts with “M.”

That is your title and your concept.

Write some flash fiction around it.

This week, should you choose to claim it, you may have 1500 words instead of the normal 1000. Just to give you a little extra sauce if your tale requires it. Drop a link in the comments here, and if you’re so kind, link to this post so that others may find it and, ideally, jump in with both feet.

Once again you’ve a week. Friday to Friday. Ends on May 21st.

So, what will you choose? The Marrow Controversy? Melancholy Jacques? The Mirror of Human Salvation? Your options are endless. Well, okay, not literally endless, but c’mon. Sheesh.

Go forth. Scare up a phrase or fable, and let’s see what you got.

I’d quite like to see some lurkers de-lurk for this challenge, by the way. The gauntlet is thrown.


30 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: “From Mab To The Mysterious Three””

  1. Aha. You’re the reason Stephen stole my copy of the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Which he probably thinks is his too, which is why it’s getting all mangulated on his desk even as we speak. Silly rabbit.

  2. Great challenge. I’ve already got this thing written but damned Blogger is down so you just have to wait! It’s called “Man in Black”… Hope I can post it soon.

  3. Just got my own copy of that eldritch tome..the Brewer’s version. It is INCREDIBLE. Is it wrong that I’ve been sleeping with it? You can be sure that I will be putting it to use and attending this flash fiction challenge!

    Thanks Beirdo!!

  4. Yeah! I finally got the chance to do another one this week, after having to miss the past two. I’m psyched that I’m going to have some great reads this week, since I’ll be going over to check out everyone else’s (hey, that’s a word, so why is it red?) contributions.

    Here’s mine, and I hope you like enjoy it: http://writemomma.blogspot.com/

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