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February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt – The Land of Sweet

This post is written for  February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt hosted by D. Wallace Peach.

 

Pixabay image by Marianne Sopala

The Land of Sweet

“It was a fierce battle our Mouse King and the mice soldiers had, Mickie.”

“Yes, he stabbed the Nutcracker and almost killed him.”

“But Clara threw the slipper at the King to distract him, and the Nutcracker took the chance to kill him.”

“I know, Milenko, he was our King, but he treated us in Mouseland horribly. We had no power for a civil war. Now Justice is served.”

“It horrified me when the Nutcracker thrust his sword through the King’s chest. The other soldiers killed all the mice soldiers. I was afraid that they would kill us too. My heart almost jumped out of my mouth, so I ran as fast as I could and dashed into your house.” Read more

April 19: Flash Fiction Challenge – The Final Forest Bathing

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April 19, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about forest bathing. You can use the Japanese term, Shinrin Yoku, or you can make up your own ideas about the phrase. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by April 24, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments.

     

The Final Forest Bathing

Mr. Taniguchi hooked one end of the rope to his waist belt, attached the other to the entrance post of Aokigahara Forest located along the edge of Mount Fuji. He released the rolling rope as he proceeded, passing the sign of “No Entry.”

He saw many strings but found them ended in bushes. Hours into the patrol, he discovered a pair of weathered shoes. Brushing the leaves aside, a skeleton was revealed.

He took photos, got out several signs and nailed them on the trees. They read, “Don’t Commit Suicide. Your Life Is Precious.” He traced his way back.

 

Charli Mills Carrot Ranch – April 19: Flash Fiction Challenge

 

 

March 22: Flash Fiction Challenge – Inconceivable Dream

Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch shared her passion, determination, and joy to follow her dream. Please read her exciting story here. With no surprise, the March 22 Flash Fiction Challenge is: Follow Your Dream. Write a story in 99 words, no more, no less.

Inconceivable Dream

“I had the same dream twice, Eric.”

“What dream was that?”

“I was flapping my arms flying higher and higher.”

“Some people fly in their dreams.”

“Well, Gorge, last night IN my dream I woke up, talking about my first dream with my sis.”

“That was your second level of inconceivable, deepest desire in your subconsciousness. What do you want to do when you grow up?”

“I don’t know.”

“Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and breathe out slowly. What do you feel you want to do?”

“A pilot.”

“Follow your dream. You’ll see breadcrumbs along the road.”

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Charli Mills at Carrots Ranch: March 22: Flash Fiction Challenge – Follow Your Dream

March 15: Flash Fiction Challenge

Charli at Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: March 16, 2018, prompt – In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about carrot cake. It can be classic or unusual. Why is there cake? How does it feature in the story? Go where the prompt leads.

My husband loves carrot cake. He tries to reduce his sugar intake and he thinks that carrot cake is unlike any other sugary cakes. 

Here comes my story:

Carrot CAKE

“What do you want for dessert, Mimi? Do you like carrot cake?”

“Noop! When I want to have dessert, I have dessert.”

“When do you mean? Carrot cake is dessert!”

“See, Nancy. My mom grows carrots. When she makes carrot cake, she is very generous to put triple portions of grated carrots into the cake mix. The cake tastes just like carrots, you know! When I eat cake, I eat cake. When I eat carrots, I eat carrots. I just don’t eat carrot cake.”

“Oh, no wonder, Mimi! Here, try my carrot CAKE that doesn’t have the carrot taste!”

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For more flash fiction stories, please visit: https://carrotranch.com/2018/03/16/march-15-flash-fiction-challenge

#NaNoWriMo 2017

Hi, my dear friends,

I just want to let you know that I participate in the National Novel Writing Month, 2017. #NaNoWriMo 2017. I have been doing fine so far. The goal is to write 50,000 words by November 30, at 11:59 p.m. The goal for each day is to write 1,725 words.

As you can see, I’ll move my writing hands and fingers as fast as I can every day this month. In addition to that, I’m spending one more week here in Portland, Oregon helping to take care of my granddaughter. I’ll be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year.

My posting schedule for this month will be a little irregular!

Wish me the best!

NaNoWriMo

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