Last week’s challenge — “An Uncharted Apocalypse” — had some amazing stories, so you should go check ’em out. I’m going to take the weekend pick my favorite five and then toss those five folks a copy of my newest e-book, 250 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRITING.
I like unicorns.
I mean, not in the sense that I have hundreds of unicorn collectibles on my shelves — *hurries to drop a blanket over my shelves* — it’s just, dang, unicorns crack me up. A pretty white horse with a big horn sticking out of his head and, boom, that’s it. Instant mythological favorite the world around. It’s an absurd animal.
Real reason I talk about unicorns so much — *quick runs to tear down wall of unicorn posters — is that the “unicorn” represents that kind of bullshit special snowflake precious writer mystique, right? The same people who believe a glittery Muse is going to fill their heads with hot notions are the same people who probably believe a unicorn is how babies are made.
Unicorns are just really weird and really goofy.
*darts to closet, slams door before you can see the unicorn cosplay outfits*
Thus, it seems high time to have a unicorn-themed flash fiction challenge.
I want you to incorporate the unicorn into your 1000-word story.
I don’t care how, but you get bonus points for thinking creatively or doing something different with the creature that we haven’t seen or don’t otherwise expect. Bring some attitude to it.
Any genre will do.
You’ve got one week. Friday, July 29th, by noon EST.
Get on it.
Oh! And this week, I’ll pick one favorite.
That favorite will get all three of my e-books.
Peace in the Middle East, yo.
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Here’s mine, and wow, I’m new too!:
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Madman Maverick vs. THE UNICORN FROM DIMENSION X
This is my first time submitting something like this and I hope it is enjoyable:
I am proud to present “No Such Thing as Unicorns”.
My offering: http://lesannberry.blogspot.com/2011/07/shadow-in-moonlight.html
lol…two Sean’s submitted one right after another about disbelieving unicorns. What are the odds?
Slipping mine in here…
Sorry for the misfired postings. It was brought to my attention that my story was too long. It’s since been edited and can be found here.
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Here’s my bit… http://wp.me/p1jd2S-aB
As they say in “The Music Man”: SHAPOOPY!
Okay, same story, different title and a little more added in.
I’m early! It’s not even midnight!
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I’ve probably missed the deadline (stupid confuzzlating international times) but here’s my “contribution” to the burgeoning field of Magic Horse Lit:
Er, ahem: http://www.otherleg.com/lexifab2/?p=806
(Hope that link works. I blame fatigue and stupidity. Not the whiskey, never the whiskey.)
http://writex3.blogspot.com/2011/07/unicorn.html (this is scary….never done anything like this before…scary…..but kinda fun….!)
Here is my entry, Three Wishes.
Unicorn hunting in 1930s Italy. What more do I need to say? (Other than I have no idea where I come up with this stuff sometimes.)
Better late than never I suppose
Thanks for the prompt Chuck
My entry. http://amberjgardner.com/2011/07/29/unicorn-flash-fiction/
Later than I wanted it to be, but here’s mine: http://brandwich.blogspot.com/2011/07/hunt.html
This all put me in mind of Vonnegut’s “The Unicorn Trap.” Awesome, awesome story.
Crap, I didn’t make it on time.
Well, if anyone wants to read and comment it’s here:
A unicorn performs an intervention. I had a lot of fun writing it. Thanks!
Andres — technically, you have till Noon EST. It’s only 10:30 EST. 🙂
Here is my unicorn FlashFic Ol’ Blue http://wp.me/p1BAlV-Q
Unicorns are so pretty.
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Be advised that I am still picking through these stories. Look for something by end of week. You people are an incredible, productive lot.
I mean, wow.
Okay. I gotta tell you, here’s my favorite:
By James Patrick Schmidt.
Unicorns + 3D printer = an episode of the Twilight Zone on acid.
James, please contact me at chuckwendig [at] terribleminds [dot] com.
My favourite unicorn story would have to be Nick Earls’s from the book Headgames…fuck…what’s the name of the story (checks the googlemaphone)>>>>>>>
eh, screw you google
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I need help in my unicorn story idk how to start
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