Friday Flash Fiction: The Indescribable Ugliness of Pants

Another subgenre mash-up challenge from Chuck Wendig saw me asking my random number generator for two numbers between 1 and 20.  5 and 19 gave me the challenge of combining Post-Apocalyptic Horror and Bizarro.  I had to look the latter up.   I did my best, but forgot about the Horror aspect. I’m not good on […]

Friday Flash Fiction: The Orichalcum Library

“Easy. All you have to do is randomize a title from the two columns,” said Chuck Wendig. Then he gave us two numbered lists, I got my random number generator working, and drew 7 & 3 to give me “Orichalcum Library”. Wikipedia: Orichalcum is a metal mentioned in several ancient writings, including the story of […]

Friday Flash Fiction: The Next Generation

A fascinating discovery in Peru is the spark for this week’s Flash Fiction Challenge from Chuck Wenger. “See this article,” he asked. “Your job is to write a ~1000 short story of any genre including and explaining this weird little web-tower.” I know exactly what they are.  I remember one of the greatest scifi gurus […]

Friday Flash Fiction: Sir Woebegone examines his conscience

For someone who started out life as a bystander in someone else’s story, Sir Woebegone is doing pretty well.  This week, Chuck Wendig gave us a random choice of twenty settings for our story – I rolled a 2 and got the Gates of Heaven (if only it was that easy!).  I decided Sir Woebegone […]

Friday Flash Fiction: Willow’s Day Off

Ten words – use all of them in your story.  That was the challenge from Chuck Wendig in this week’s flash fiction challenge.  I went blank to start with, then was tempted to do a little backstory since one of the words was Willow, and Willow is Hugo’s number two in his original journey down […]

Flash Fiction Friday : Long Distance

This is not the easiest task.  It’s another of Chuck Wendig‘s subgenre mash-ups and, thanks to my friend picking numbers 5 and 18, I was faced with “Paranormal Romance” and “Kaiju”.  I thought I might substitute number 17 “Alternate WWII History” but after reading that Kaiju was basically about monsters attacking Japanese cities Godzilla-style, I […]

Friday Flash Fiction: Fruitpunk

This week’s challenge from Chuck Wendig was to write a story in your own ‘punk’ genre. This was in honour of the release of his new book Under the Empyrean Sky, which he calls ‘cornpunk’.  I’m slightly familiar with cyberpunk, steampunk, and a search on wikipedia explained a few more to me.  Generally these are […]

The Legend of the Scarecrow Epidemic

Another hiccup in the Chuck Wendig flash prompt system, so I’ve pulled out the one I didn’t do from a couple of weeks back. This was a ‘pick three words from ten’ prompt, and they formed the title immediately. It’s about 700 words.  Don’t miss National Flash-Fiction Day – tomorrow, 22nd June  2013 There […]

The Empress and the Peanut

This Friday’s Flash Fiction challenge (c 1000 words), courtesy of Chuck Wendig at, is a randomly generated character and situation: a glum empress is trying to kill a dragon to acquire its treasure. “Your imperial majesty…” the courtier bowed deep before the throne. “Well,” she scowled, “has Sir Woebegone returned?” “Er, no, your most […]