Temporary Tales #1

There was a story draft here, once. But I’m currently reworking it in order to submit to some magazines. Thank you to everyone for your feedback!

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This piece was inspired by the January prompt “Flower” at BlogBattle! Thank you so much to Simon from Planet Simon for the suggestion to try this challenge as well as the others I’ve got going this month. I had a lot of fun with it. Can you tell? What did you think? As always, thanks for reading!

34 thoughts on “Temporary Tales #1

    1. Haha, it does! Too bad it didn’t work out better for him 😂

  1. Of *course* I came by to read yours after your kind comments on mine. 😉

    Poor old Mike, can’t even get Best in Show when he’s putting on a fine show because he couldn’t show.

    1. Thank you very much! Ya, poor guy couldn’t catch a break. The funny thing is I planned for him to win! But when I was writing the ending it just didn’t come out like that 😂 Funny how our stories wrote themselves sometimes.

  2. Love it! But now I’m worried about my compost pile and that amaryllis DF gave me. 😳

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      1. There’s more to that thought than is immediately apparent. The spores are everywhere.

    1. Thank you so much! It’s a little off the wall and probably won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I had fun 😝

  3. I like this… I think you did it well but having just the one character in it… It’s given me thoughts on how I could work mine again.

    Sorry… I wasn’t hard.

    1. Next time, gadget! (I hope I’m not the only one who remembers that show…)

      Thanks! I’ve been working on short stories for a couple of years now, and I
      always used to start with too big an idea for the word count, too many characters, too much back story. But I’m starting to find my comfort zone.

      Now I almost never use more than two characters for anything under 2500 words. I try to stick to a single scene, a single goal/challenge for that character to overcome (or try to overcome and fail at).

      Then, if I like how the flash piece comes out, I can flesh it out with more scenes and characters to make it a “real” short story. Although there is starting to be a decent market for flash fiction, so I might have to stop publishing to my blog and start submitting them as they are!

      1. You’ve got the right approach to short stories I think I’m going to have to take a page out of your book.

        I’m going to try this with the next big battle and actually spend some time on it. I’m fact I need to get back into my blogging mojo.

        1. I need to be more consistent with my non-fiction posts. Sharing stories is fun, but my original intent for this blog was to discuss themes and ideas in SF, and share my own experiences in the publishing industry; from querying the big guys and agents, to working with small publishers, to attempts at self publishing. So, I’ll hold you to your schedule if you hold me to mine 😝 it helps to know there are some people reading out there!

          1. I’ll do my best to hold you to your schedule. I’ll be keeping up as much as I can. I’ve been creating posts around the ideas and concepts around sci-fi and I have to agree it is harder as you’re not making it up and have to research.
            Maybe we can help each other with that as well 😀

          2. That would be great! Even just someone to brainstorm topics with would be awesome.

          3. If you’d like to email me at ***** we can get something organized!

  4. Aha, here you are! Obviously we tracked via the BlogBattle link. This one reminded me of Invasion of The Body Snatchers. Ergo I’m rather intrigued by the seed merchant and whether these are other worldly beings terraforming earth to suit their needs using us as the growth medium!

    Rather like Simon, I need to find the blogging mojo more and actually push manuscripts somewhere. Reading other posts by writers does help the former considerably. Really enjoyed this one!

    1. Thank you, Gary! I think Invasion of the Body Snatchers was the first true Sci-Fi book I ever read. I hadn’t actually thought about it in regards to this story, but it wouldn’t surprise me if something like that was going on behind my brain curtains 😂 I remember being supremely creeped out by the pod people.

      Yes, BlogBattle has connected me with a bunch of great WordPress writers. I’m really excited by that. Talking shop seems to keep me from letting writing fall on the back burner. Knowing other people are out there working and improving their craft, and are willing to help me work on mine, is a huge motivator.

      If you like prompt challenges, 12 Short Stories is another great one with lots of feedback. I’m doing that one this year, too. (www.12shortstories.com) I’m looking forward to February’s BlogBattle prompt!

      1. I think writers store up lots of books, films and life experience and it sits as latent inspiration waiting to burst out. I have a fond memory of the film with Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy. The concept is well creepy which is where compost man had me going!

        We’re hoping to grow the BB community this year. I’m helping Rachael admin it so shouting it out is on my list for Thursday next week. Well, it’s when the new prompt word goes live on my blog. We stagger it on the main site, then Rachael’s then mine. Really hope to see you on the list again now!

        You’re dead right though. Getting involved in discussions and debates is a very good way of motivating and seeing an opinion on something that stirs a thought. I love promote yes, but this year I’m holding out for NaNo Camps to finish a manuscript that’s sat way too long. That 12 short stories site does look good, but I’d just use it to procrastinate even more than I do already lol

        1. I’ve experimented with a few prompt/feedback groups, and I’m really impressed with BB! Based on the quality of the stories and the writers, I think I’m going to limit myself to BlogBattle and 12 Short Stories, and (fingers-crossed) my next NYC Midnight Short Story heat this year. So you will definitely be seeing more of me. For better or worse!

          Between those, my novel, and my blog I should have enough to keep me actively writing but not overwhelmed.

          The funny thing about all those latent memories/inspirations is that I cannot for the life of me remember the actual plots of books or movies that I’ve seen. Even ones I’ve read/seen multiple times. So it always surprises me when I realize where an inspiration may have come from, haha. But we can be inspired by the smallest things, too. A single image, or the feel of a particular setting, and it can spark a whole world of ideas!

          I really look forward to being a part of the community!

          1. The BlogBattle has been resurrected recently after a lapse. It was more intense and time consuming for Rachael to administer. Prompts ran every week and for me that was too much. Now I think we have a better balance and numbers are growing with new participants along with some older ones. I’d love to see it grow even more. It would be excellent to see you as a regular now too. I mean, would we be talking if not for it lol?

            I’m of a growing opinion writers subconsciously store everything. Not necessarily in a linear manner, but things we see (books, film, radio, stories, people watching etc) all get hoarded and wait for a prompt to ignite an idea. I know it’s improved my observation abilities wrt people and seeing more than they say. Same with historical places, i now soak up the atmosphere and imagine the times where ruin was populated. Not to mention how many connections it builds with authors and bloggers. I’d call that an immense bonus lol

          2. Yes, I was in a group that did weekly challenges. Writing a flash piece a week was usually doable, but reading and leaving feedback for everyone became a monumental task!

            I’m going to try to read all of the BlogBattle pieces and leave some kind of constructive comment on as many as I can. I think the giving/receiving feedback is as important as writing when it comes to improving one’s own skills. It forces us to think critically about a work we aren’t as emotionally invested in, and that practice helps us to apply the same advice to our own work (even if it’s only a subconscious thing) I know I usually comment about things I’m practicing myself because it’s at the forefront of my mind!

          3. I think it’s a bit crass to write, accept feedback and not give any personally so I’m right with you there! I do try to read everyone’s and always shout them out on my social media. As you say, trying to do that on a weekly basis with other things going on is really hard. I think the balance is now better in that respect. Of course this week everyone else gets to know the new prompt too!

    1. Thanks for reading! My stories always end up a little… different 😂 even when I try to play it straight!

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