Category Archives: Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction Challenge – Mary Chase Perry Stratton

July 4, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using your choice of microhistory from Keweenaw National Historic Park. Be historical, funny, or flagrantly fictional. Choose a character, time, place, or event. Be as creative as you want in telling the story. Go where the prompt leads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Chase Perry Stratton

 

“Welcome to Pewabic Pottery. How can I help you?”

“I want to take a pottery class.”

“That’s wonderful. Let me show you around.”

“Great. Who is in the picture on the wall?”

“She is Mary Chase Perry Stratton, our co-founder who started Pewabic Pottery in 1903.”

“Wow, a woman who did it 116 years ago.”

“Yes, when she was 36 years old. She studied art with the sculptor Louis Rebisso when she was 20.”

“Do you have anything she made?”

“We do, and pictures too. She lived to 91 years old and did many projects.”

“She is my inspiration.”

 

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June 20: Flash Fiction Challenge – Waiting

June 20, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about having to wait. Who is waiting and what for? Think about how the wait impacts the character or the story. Go where the prompt leads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Take Turns to Wait

 

“My dear Heather, would you marry me?”

“Oh, yes, dear Jason.”

“We must have our engagement party soon and the wedding in six months.”

“Well, we’ve been dating for seven years and I didn’t know when you’d asked me to marry you.”

“I needed to save up money.”

“You know that I applied for several grad schools. The one accepted me with big scholarship is in New York.”

“It’s only five and a half hours flight from Los Angles.”

“Now, your turn to wait for two years.”

“I know. Let’s have our engagement party ASAP.”

“We can do that.”

 

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Carrot Ranch: Flash Fiction Challenge June 20, 2019 – Waiting

 

June 6: Flash Fiction Challenge – A Big Splashy Dance

 

June 6, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that makes a big splash. It can be fluid, or you can play with the idiom (to make a big splash is to do or say something that becomes unforgettable). Go where the prompt leads!

 

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A Big Splashy Dance

“Karen, this is unbelievable. We did it. I’m so glad you accepted our invitation.”

“I didn’t know your team, but I know you. We worked well before.”

“Our dance group had been working with the choreographer for six months. Delia got hit with the flu. I couldn’t think of calling anyone else in the last minute.”

“It was delighted to dance with you again.”

“you’re natural, Karen. Just two rehearsals, you were like with us for ages. We made a big splash tonight. Our choreographer would love to have you come on board.”

“I’d like to think about that.”

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Flash Fiction Challenge June 6, 2019 – A Big Splashy Dance

 

 

Flash Fiction Challenge – The Last Voyage

May 23, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story without ice. It can be a world without ice or a summer camp that runs out of cubes for lemonade. What does the lack mean to the story? Go where the prompt leads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Last Voyage

 

“Where are we going, honey?”
“Real estate office.”
“Again?”
“They have a new listing.”
“Anything bigger?”
“Yes, a living quarter of 300 square feet, a share of 8 square feet vegetable patch in the atrium, and a 5 square feet chicken farm.”
“How much time do we have?”
“Billions of people are living on house ships already. We’re the last group. The ice from Arctic and Antarctica is melting fast. The ocean level has raised one inch a year for centuries. The last pieces of ice will collapse any minute.”
“Our ancestors couldn’t perceive us living on house ships.”

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Flash Fiction Challenge: May 23, 2019 – The Last Voyage

 

 

Note: 300 Square Feet. It’s a good rule of thumb to visualize that 400 square feet is about the size of a two-car garage.

 

 

Flash Fiction Challenge – Expedition

April 25, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes exhaustion. Who is exhausted and why? Can you make art of exhaustion? Go where the prompt leads! – Carrot Ranch

 

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Expedition

 

It had been thirty-five days in the ocean desert. Their boat was beat up brutally. The sun was on their right, but the boat was drifting.

“We have exhausted the food supply and fresh water.”

“Such a pity we couldn’t pass Cape Town.”

“We set out together and will end here together.”

“Some of us could hang in a little longer.”

“How?”

“We’ll draw the lots to decide who goes first to sustain us.”

“What? I’m throwing up.”

“I’m in the same boat. Here are three straws in my fist.”

“Wait! I spotted something.”

“A bird.”

“Ay, the land.”

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Flash Fiction Challenge: April 25, 2019 – Expedition

 

 

Flash Fiction Challenge – A Man with a Golden Voice

April 11, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the phrase “beggars can’t be choosers.” Go where the prompt leads!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted Williams had once made a career out of his voice as a radio announcer in the early 1980s. But then alcohol and drugs brought him down. In 1994, he was evicted from his house. During this period, he was arrested at least seven times on charges including theft, drug possession, escape, and robbery. He served three months jail sentence in 1990 for theft, and two months in 2004 for theft and obstructing official business. Read more

Flash Fiction Challenge – The Torch Relay

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The Torch Relay

 

“Did you see the torch?”

“The flashlight?”

“No, the torch carried by the runner yesterday.”

“The tick with fire burning at the end?”

“Yes, the runners were on their way to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.”

“There’re 337 competitors from my country Britain.”

“Yes, 522 from the United States. The Torch Relay began in New York City and ended in Los Angeles, traversing 33 states. There were 3,636 runners passing on, carried the torch on foot for over 9,320 miles. Los Angeles will host the Summer Olympics for the third time in 2028, 44 years from now.”

“I’ll be here.”

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