It's been a long time since I've had the time or presence of mind to write some flash fiction. I've yearned for this weekly challenge from Carrot Ranch much like someone would miss chatting with an old friend. So, hello my old friend, Carrot Ranch. I'm glad to be back! The June 27, 2019, Carrot … Continue reading “Painting Clouds,” #FlashFiction
Join the Carrot Ranch Literary Community's Flash Fiction Challenge This week, we are to write about a bucket of water. I'm a bit out of practice, but hopefully this story will resonate with you. Image by Martin Klinge from Pixabay The Transformation I stared into the bucket of water expecting to see my own image … Continue reading “The Transformation,” #flashfiction
The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction challenge for January 31, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about sea mist. How does it create an environment for a story? It can set the stage or take the stage. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by February 5, 2019. I walk along … Continue reading “Sea Mist Dreams,” #Haibun #Senryu
The Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge for January 17, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes colonnades. It can be natural, architectural, or a metaphor. Take a stroll and go where the prompt leads. Respond by January 22, 2019. Tara laid the faery tarot cards carefully … Continue reading “It’s All in the Cards,” #FlashFiction
It's the beginning of a new year and I'm thrilled to be writing flash fiction again. Our resident flash fiction guru, Charli Mills, is back in action at Carrot Ranch.com. Thank goodness. Check out the rules below: January 3, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a character who … Continue reading “Ancient Truths” – Flash Fiction
November 15, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that uses scraps. It can be scraps of dried flowers, paper, metal, fabric, food — any kind of scraps you can think of. Then write a story about those scraps and why they matter or what they … Continue reading “The Circle of our Love” – Flash Fiction
The Rodeo is coming! GET ready to write flash fiction for the month of October. No entry fee… CASH prizes!
Weekly Flash Fiction Challenges are on hiatus until November 1. Just like hands on a ranch, we’re going to take a break from our regular chores to challenge and show off our skills. We’re going to have us a rodeo! A flash fiction rodeo.
THE TUFFEST RIDE
Judging for TUFF began after the final September Free-Write. These writers were in it to win it. A free-write is a scary contest to enter because it makes a writer feel vulnerable, but vulnerability is exactly what a writer has to push past to write deep, to meet the muse, to follow gut instinct. Drafting is all about trusting the spark of creativity.
We will post a video on October 1 (right here in the blog feed) to announce the five writers who will advance to compete every Monday. They will write a new story to a fresh prompt, then each week revise…
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A great wrap-up of the Carrot Ranch crew writing 99-word stories about dishing up pasta! Enjoy. ❤
It’s a mac-and-cheese kind of read — comfort food for the literary soul. From beyond the myths of Marco Polo, pasta has traveled the globe in many forms from different cultures. Which came first, the Chinese noodle or the Italian spaghetti? Who knows for certain, but we do know that Thomas Jefferson introduced the colonies to macaroni and cheese, solidifying a future for America’s top pasta.
Writers took to pasta like worker bees, buzzing around the idea of how to dish it up in a story. Like fine dining or a casual dish to pass, these stories will leave you wanting seconds.
The following is based on the September 13, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes pasta.
PART I (10-minute read)
Tradition by Reena Saxena
We love Grandma, and yet are never on the same page where food is concerned. She cannot…
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August 23, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes magic. It can be a supernatural force, a moment or idea, or use it as a verb. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by August 28, 2018. I finished my gardening chores and … Continue reading “The Feather,” Flash Fiction
A fabulous group of talented writers sharing stories about comets. Settle in and have a read. ❤
With trails that stretch across the sky, some comets burn so brightly they appear during the light of day. They burn into our imaginations, sparking questions and prophecies. Some people dance (naked), some despair.
Writers flashed comets this week with tales from around the world and both hemispheres. Take a ride on a comet through the literary art of flash fiction.
The following is based on the August 16, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a comet.
PART I (10-minute read)
The Comet of 1858 by James McCanles (5th-great-grandfather of Charli Mills)
Hail! beautious stranger to our sky,
How bright thy robes appear,
Noiseless thou trends thy paths on high,
And converse with all our stars.
In radiant flame of glowing light
Thy silent orb rolls on,
Through vast eternities of night,
To mortal man unknown.
Thy magnitude thy fiery glow,
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