All right! This week’s challenge is late — I’d written one to post on Friday but WordPress… ate it? I don’t know. It was there one day, then the next it wasn’t. And by then I was at BEA partying with Grumpy Cat, so, it was too late.
Just the same, I’ve had a few folks email me and ask me to still do one.
SO HERE WE ARE.
Your challenge this week:
Pick three words from the list of ten.
Incorporate these words into your story.
Again: three words. Incorporate into the tale. Which doesn’t mean simply using those words — it means making them parts of the plot, characters, or motifs found within. You can choose these words randomly (d10 or random number generator) or eschew chaos and hand-pick ’em.
You’ve got (less than) one week.
Due by Friday, June 7th, noon EST.
Write ~1000 words at your online space. Link back here.
CHOOSE YOUR WORDS AND WRITE.
83 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Choose Your Random Words”
Hmmmm the agony of choice.
Think it will be scarecrow, moon and holiday for me.
Hmmm, this will be interesting. RNG gave me 6- Scorpion, 10- Legend, and 5- Republic. This should be fun!
Scorpion, Holiday, and Legend. Ought to be interesting.
Here it is! From the words Scorpion, Legend, Republic: I give you
Baber’s Tale at http://jdsfiction.wordpress.com/
I hope you enjoy!
6, 8, 9 from the RNG. Nothing coming to mind yet. Must go ponder.
So glad you went ahead and did this. Saves me having to invent my own idea, you know? RNG gave me 1, 2 and 6. Sounds like in might fit into Skunk Corners, the world of the Ninja Librarian.
Well, the Title “The Legend of the Scarecrow Epidemic” has just jumped out at me, but I may not be able to fit it in my schedule this week. I’ve got a substitute for this Friday all prepared though 😉
Have fun, Rebecca!
I like that. Makes me wish I’d gotten epidemic! I can see that story better than my own.
Well, I haven’t started yet. May have to keep it for my next free friday 🙂 Feel free to use the title!
I did keep it for a free friday… http://jemimapett.com/2013/06/21/the-legend-of-the-scarecrow-epidemic/
Better late than never
So here’s what I got–a little historical fiction and only the tiniest bit creepy. Didn’t land in
Skunk Corners, though.
Mint, Epidemic, Tongue. http://caferisque.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-desparate-hope.html
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I got Scarecrow, Mint, and Moon. Which is basically what I called the story.
I confess I was so distraught at missing your prompt I went back to March and picked 5 words from a challenge there. ‘ll reserve this list for another future emergency 🙂 “Dolphin Replay” still won’t appear on my blog till Friday, though.
Glad you’re back, Chuck!
Oh, yay, the challenge appears!
The d10 speaks and gives me 4, 8, 10 – Tongue, Moon, & Legend. Hm. I foresee . . . werewolves.
Haha I got the same ones! My mind went a completely different direction though, so we’ll see what happens. 🙂
Oh, cool! That will be interesting to see, then. 🙂
Under the Strawberry Moon – http://fontofrandom.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/under-the-strawberry-moon-story-for-a-flashfiction-challenge/
Late, but here nonetheless. You’ve Got to Eat Them: http://toothsomefiction.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/youve-got-to-eat-them/
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RNG picked 3,6 and 9 so here it is. The holiday. Hope I’m getting better at these!
3, 6 and 10. Epidemic, Scorpion, Legend. Hmmm.
And here it is.
Warning, lesbiands and swearing and post-apocalyptic worlds can be found within. If you have a particularly prudish work, they probably wouldn’t like you reading it.
What is meant by “online space”? Must I have my own blog site to participate?
Before I set up my blog I posted to Archive of Our Own (http://archiveofourown.org/) and there are a number of other archives that will give you a place to post original work if you don’t have a website or blog of your own, and don’t want to create one.
(Of course, I think you’d only need one if you want to share your flashfiction online afterwards – you could certainly write for the challenge without that. Um. Sorry for randomly seizing on your comment. I hope I said something helpful, at least.)
I don’t even know how to link back to your page, which makes me a proper numpty..RNG gave me 9,10 & 6 . Holiday , legend ,scorpion !!
I chose, holiday, scorpion and mint. Enjoy. It’s my first one, be nice…actually, be honest 😉
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I was already knee deep in my homegrown flash fiction story when you posted the challenge, but luckily the words fit perfectly. Here is Dragon Initiate. Word total: way too much.
Yup, should perhaps mention that I chose Mint, Scarecrow and Moon.
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I chose the words Republic, Moon, and Divorce. That mixed with “The Rains of Castamere” equals a very somber high fantasy flash fiction piece. I DIDN’T SEE IT COMING. http://elisanuckle.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/flash-fiction-husband-and-wife/ Hope you like it. It came out to around 700 words. I keep barely making it below 1000.
Actually I messed up the link. http://elisanuckle.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/flash-fiction-republic-of-the-divorced-moon/ is the proper one. 😀
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Republic, Epidemic, and Tongue. Should’ve fleshed the themes out a bit more, but I can always edit later.
Good job on this, your story hit me right in the feels.
Thanks for posting this! Fridays just aren’t the same without it.
I got scorpion, Republic, and Legend. Enjoy “The Mark”
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My words were Scorpion, Holiday, and Legend. I don’t even know what I did here, but it was fun to write.
A little first line tease to get you interested: “The bass rumbled to life and the ground began to dance.”
I did a random role, and tried my best to use meanings that weren’t quite as obvious. Here is the result.
Err, ROLL that is. Also, forgot to mention, my three words were Moon, Holiday, and Divorce. Enjoying everyone’s stories so far!
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I chose divorce, legend, and republic – here is my story: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mgc494qkqbg954k/The%20closing%20door.doc
For me, it’s the Scarecrow, holiday and mint… 😀 yeah, weird but I know I can do something with these 😀
Okay… here it is. Now you guys who are Supernatural fans will probably see a bit of that in this, but I’ve turned the story around a little… the scarecrow is there in the apple orchard and so is the premise a little, but I’ve used this story a little differently.
Epidemic, scorpion, and divorce. Certainly won’t be dull!
Read “Stings” here: http://secondstaronther.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/stings/
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Moon, divorce, and holiday, together in Honeymoon.
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My three words, choose randomly, were: Scorpion, legend and holiday. My story can be found here: http://wp.me/p2X1mW-Y
Heh, same words as me, imagine that.
Epidemic, Scorpion, Legend:
I’m not going to lie, I really don’t think this is my best work at all. But I could be biased.
Can’t say if it’s among your best, but I liked it. Very creative, and good visuals.
Thanks Rebecca, glad you liked it.
This is the first story I’ve written in over 15 years. I welcome any criticisms you may have!
Moon, Scorpion, Epidemic : The Bitten
About 550 words, I’m having trouble breaking the halfway point to be honest. I don’t want to force the 1,000 words if I don’t have 1,000 words to say, but it also feels like I’m cheating/lazy if I don’t expand it at least a little. Anyways, here you go!
Tongue, Mint, Legend were my randomly chosen words.
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