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
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
Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to share with you another of my dearest friends, British author, Marjorie (Marje, or MJ) Mallon. Over the years, Marje and I bonded over our love of all things magical, and especially our love for crystals. Bloodstone or Heliotrope So, when I asked Marje to pick three or four … Continue reading Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, MJ Mallon
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 Carrot Ranch 2018 Rodeo has begun! Finally, at last, the wait is over — please meet the TUFF Fab 5 who are about to embark upon the TUFFest Ride: Pete, Ritu, Bill, Liz, and Kay. Congratulations! ❤ via Let's Get TUFF and Rodeo!
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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The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge is on! In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a parade of nations. It can be literal, or it can be a phrase that you use to describe a situation. Explore what it could be. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by September 25, 2018. … Continue reading “When Time Stood Still”