Flash Fiction Challenge: Ten Titles You Made Up…


From last week’s selection, I’ve got ten titles for you. Pick one and go. (Note that the parentheticals are who came up with the title.)

The rules are standard:

Length: ~1000 words

Due by: 5/6, noon EST

Post at your online space, drop a link in the comments, and boom.

Still Turnstiles at Station 6 (Lori Schechter)

The Girl Who Surfed Tsunamis (Christopher)

Murder and Wine and the Oblong Door (Migo)

The Blood Lottery (Marion)

A Pretentious Title For a Pretentious Story (thisdamkid)

The Blind Tattooist (Russell)

Jeremy Pocket and the See-Through Wall (Naomi)

Malwhere (cjaybee)

I’m In Love With A Zombie But He Doesn’t Even Know I’m Alive

They Sat Outside Eating Cake (Tom Byrne)


162 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Ten Titles You Made Up…”

    • I’m a little inclined to try this, even though it would be way outside my norm. Except the cheeky comedy part. Might be doable. I’ll be back Thursday or Friday with whatever I end up writing.

  1. […] ***TRIGGER WARNING: Sexual assault*** The trigger is after the “continue reading,” and this installment is a dark as the rest of the story has been. I used prompts this week from Three Word Wednesday, Inspiration Monday, Sunday Scribblings 2 & terribleminds. […]

    • You can also use a type writer made before 1889 to type out a letter or hand write one using a quill feather from a bird that’s been extinct for at least two thousand years, fold the story into thirds and seal it in an envelope using officially sanctioned wax from the Vatican that has been blessed by a holy man of Cardinal rank or above. Address the envelope to Sir Mr. W. Esq. I find black permanent marker with a good strong odor works best for attracting the notice of our fickle and capricious blog master. Place the sealed envelope behind a loose brick of a building that sits on the corner of an odd numbered street that intersects a named street with an even number of letters in the name. The Moon doesn’t have to be full or even “very pregnant” for this to work but YMMV. Leaving a small gift or tribute is recommended but not required. Or if you’re on a budget, stuff your story in a brown paper bag with CHUCK in all caps hastily scrawled across the front of it with whatever bodily fluids you have handy and lob it out the window of a speeding car into his front yard. Hope this helps!

      • I tried this, but instead of Messire Wendig receiving my story, I may have accidentally summoned some dread Elder Thing.

        2 stars, would try again.

  2. Sadly, my Correcting Selectric II died the death many years ago, but I think I still have a Wang word processor in the dungeon, which I might be able to use if I can get past the thing-that-must-not-be-named. Conveying my tale by Poe-mail would be a last resort.

    • Well done. I like the way you use your sentences, cleanly and effectively. I was a bit confused about when the story takes place. “Crime scene” and “police” are very modern, but my the end she’s paying off the coach, which doesn’t seem modern at all.

      • Oh yeah, I know. I’ve been looking into exactly what they called those types of things back in the day, nobody said anything… they called it ‘the scene’ or ‘the place’… and ‘cobber’ didn’t sound right – it was right in the middle of the name change for the police of the times. Scotland Yard still hadn’t been created, so I picked a bad era to place it. 😛

      • Aahh, yes… didn’t think of looking at his work; just followed my silly brain and wrote without fact-checking. Will do that next time. 🙂

    • I liked this quite a lot. Ray comes across strongly (although I’m still curious about why his assignment was structured this way) and even Andrew stands out. Maybe he should think of the con attendees as “nerds” to differentiate his POV from Ray’s, but it’s not a big deal. Also liked the reminder of the Eddie Izzard “Cake or Die” routine.

    • Whoa, a great revisit of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery. Love the courage of your viewpoint character but want more of a hint of what she knows she’s headed for, to add to the suspense. Is she ready to risk death? Is there a reward she sees at the end of her sacrifice? Curious minds want to know!

  3. I’m doing The Blind Tattooist but I’m still working on it. I’m not a “writer” so much as a rewriter.

    • Vicente, I like the concept of the top five graduates getting numbers. Is that a real thing, or did you make it up? It adds a bit of concrete reality to an otherwise fantastical story.

      • I made it up, but I drew inspiration from films and TV (and I also remembered the cast from Lord of the Rings having theirs done). I thought it was something that could happen, having a tattoo done while still… under the effects of the celebratory party. The kind of event some people later regret. 🙂

        • Speechless in a *very* good way! And *almost* because I still managed to say “amazing” and “thank you”.

          • OK, let me elaborate. I loved the Japanese touch. I found the insight into the character’s thoughts and feelings appealing and well done. And I was amazed at the amount of events you managed to pack in 1000 words: I come from writing flash fiction in 600 words and keep forgetting how much 400 words more is. You don’t (forget).

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