“The Feather,” Flash Fiction

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

“The Suitcase,” Flash Fiction

July 26, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about what happens next to a stranded suitcase. Go where the prompt leads you, but consider the different perspectives you can take to tell the tale. Respond by July 31, 2018. The Suitcase The suitcase lay in … Continue reading “The Suitcase,” Flash Fiction

The Legend of Makwa Ikwe, Flash Fiction

July 19, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about Fannie Hooe. Although she is a legend in the Keweenaw, feel free to go where the prompt leads. Respond by July 24, 2018. They say Fannie Hooe drowned, but my daddy told me a different story. … Continue reading The Legend of Makwa Ikwe, Flash Fiction

Platform: Self-Publishing

Great information from the author, D. G. Kaye, aka Debby Gies! This is worth a read! ❤

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How to Build a Readership with Blogging
and Prepare for Publishing by Debby Gies

As writers who choose to self-publish, we must understand that we’ve chosen to be not only writers but publishers, marketers, and promoters of our work because these components are all essential parts of running a business. Yes, your business! If we intend to sell books, it’s in our best interests to learn about these things as well as building an author platform. If we don’t put in the time to promote our work, our books will surely sit and collect dust on the virtual shelves, lost in a sea of hundreds of thousands of other books.

Although we may be publishing in a digital world, our business is no different than if we opened our own brick and mortar store. We wouldn’t leave our doors unlocked and wares left unattended, would we? So, let’s get into…

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“The Little Drummer Boy,” Flash Fiction

July 5, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes buttons. You can use the word plural or singular in different expressions, or focus on how buttons relate to a story. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by July 10, 2018. "The Little Drummer Boy" The … Continue reading “The Little Drummer Boy,” Flash Fiction

“The Crow’s Secret,” Flash Fiction

June 21, 2018, the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about “not all is lost.” It can include recovery from disaster, an unexpected insight after a fall, or however the phrase moves you. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by June 26, 2018.   She … Continue reading “The Crow’s Secret,” Flash Fiction

“Summer Posies,” A Haibun/Tanka Flash Fiction

June 14, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bouquet. You can explore the meaning of the word or gather a bunch of flowers. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by June 19, 2018. Rules are here. The Litha preparations had been underway for days. … Continue reading “Summer Posies,” A Haibun/Tanka Flash Fiction

Charisma of Cranes

I love the Carrot Ranch community. This challenge helps your writing grow. Check out these stories – 99 words. You’ve got time for that! ❤

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Fossil records suggest cranes have existed for over 35 million years. Today, 15 species of cranes still grace the world, and the near-extinction of Whooping Cranes inspired action to protect these large, beautiful birds capable of dance.

Writers explored the charisma of cranes — their ability to capture our imaginations through art and preservation. As usual, the phrase remained open to writer interpretation.

The following are based on the May 10, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story defining “the charisma of cranes.”

PART I (10-minute read)

Sarus Crane by Irene Waters

Hearing the engines of the American F-4 jets we scattered but there was nowhere to go. The bombs fell, followed by huge explosions. A fireball engulfed everything for miles. The burning tar clung to the skin of those in the open. Those undercover coughed from the deadly carbon monoxide cloud that robbed the…

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“Be the Crane,” #flashfiction

May 10, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story defining “the charisma of cranes.” For centuries, cranes have inspired art and philosophy. You can write a crane story or create something new out of the phrase. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by May 15, 2018. Use … Continue reading “Be the Crane,” #flashfiction

Raw Literature: Does Writing Need Competition

Do we improve under the pressure of a competition? Does writing to a set of rules make us a better writer? Or are we after the ego boost of someone else saying, directly or indirectly that they liked our work? Here’s what Geoff LePard says. ❤

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By Geoff Le Pard

I entered a competition recently. A short story, up to 3000 words with a thriller theme. There was a small entry fee, offset by the promise of some critiquing come what may from a writer whose judgment I trust. Even so, I didn’t really need the critique; I had the story idea anyway; I publish a lot of short fiction on my blog. Why enter a competitive arena? Does it enhance the quality of the writing? The experience?

We are encouraged, as nascent authors, to stretch ourselves. To write, write and write. To offer our work up to publications. To seek out critiques, if not critics. In many, if not all these cases, we are competing with others, at least for attention if not some other prize: acclaim, publication, money.

Do we improve under the pressure of a competition? Does writing to a set of rules…

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