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Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« on: October 24, 2011, 02:37:05 PM »
Flash Fiction Challenge #35--Halloween Edition




Hello MWC fans, and welcome to your challenge. I juggled two ideas for this, one involving haiku and the other vampires. This isn’t called a challenge for nothing, so I combined the two.

I’d like to focus on the poetry of prose by lifting a technique Allen Ginsberg called ‘The American Sentence.’ Allen decided haiku (the Japanese, 3 line, 5-7-5 syllable poem) did not work well in English--partly because English packs more meaning per syllable than Japanese--and transformed three lines into a single sentence:

Put on my tie in a taxi, short of breath, rushing to meditate
--Allen Ginsberg

Some famous novels begin with memorable seventeen syllable sentences as well:

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen
--George Orwell, 1984

The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed
--Stephen King, The Gunslinger

Your challenge is to write a short story (400 words or less) beginning with a seventeen syllable sentence. It should flow when spoken and create a question in the reader’s mind. Why are the clocks striking thirteen? Who is the Man in Black and why is the Gunslinger following him? And, oh yeah, it’s gotta be about vampires. Unleash your inner Stephanie Meyer (Bram Stoker for you highbrows) and go over the top for this one.

PM me your stories. You have until Midnight (GMT) October 31th

Good luck,

Scotty



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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011, 02:45:59 PM »
O-kay . . . Working on 17 syllable opening sentence for a story involving vampires in 400 words or less ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2011, 03:02:15 PM »
510bhan,

Thank you for the summary and the sticky.  :)
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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2011, 03:14:22 PM »
Excellent challenge Scotty, but not sure I'm up to it - best beam me up now!

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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2011, 03:32:26 PM »
Chrissie,

Sorry to hear it. You will be missed.

I liked your "Prom Night" story (I'm assuming that was yours) and voted for it last round. If you're bored sometime in the next week, just try writing the first sentence. Maybe you'll find a story. Maybe not.

Scotty
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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2011, 03:34:25 PM »
Chrissie,

Sorry to hear it. You will be missed.

I liked your "Prom Night" story (I'm assuming that was yours) and voted for it last round. If you're bored sometime in the next week, just try writing the first sentence. Maybe you'll find a story. Maybe not.

Scotty
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I was only joking - couldn't miss saying the 'beam me up bit' but I will be entering! Promise! And thrilled you liked Prom Night - yours got my vote, as did 510's!

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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2011, 04:20:41 PM »
Interesting . . .



Beginning first step - ponder, ponder - to see what crawls out of my brain

^^17 syllables  ;D
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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2011, 04:20:50 PM »
best of luck everybody. I will give it a miss. I have just started entereing the flash fiction but I really am not into vampires, sorry and all that.
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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2011, 04:34:43 PM »
First story is in!

Comeonpowerball,

nice.

Vienna,

I thought the poetry aspect might tempt you. but alas, the heart wants what the heart wants (or doesn't).
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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2011, 04:56:24 PM »
Ditto Vienna's comments.

I am also not into vampires, so will sit this one out.

Regards, Boshman.

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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2011, 05:12:20 PM »
Any haters of haiku out there? I'd love to hear from you too.  ;)
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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2011, 05:52:30 PM »
It doesn't matter if you aren't into vampires . . . that's part of the challenge! It's only 400 words max, it doesn't have to be sustained for a complete novel. :o

Get yer grey cells working! >:D >:D >:D

Just give your MC fangs or bloodlust and let them have fun. ;D

***sing this to Doh-a deer***

D's a doctor we all know
R means he's a rotten swine
A's an ar-te-ry to bite
C a corpuscle divine
U are gonna get it next
L is where he oughta be
A's the blood group he likes best

and that will bring us back to . . . When you know, the vein to bite,
                                                 You can drink blood, all the night >:D

Don't know who orignally wrote it, I first heard it at the Albert Hall in 1977 before the Last Night of the Proms ;D
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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2011, 06:24:24 PM »
Now it's a contest. Second entry is in.  :)
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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2011, 08:40:15 PM »
It doesn't matter if you aren't into vampires . . . that's part of the challenge! It's only 400 words max, it doesn't have to be sustained for a complete novel. :o



Exactly!  It's a challenge and an opportunity to stretch your writerly muscles  ;D
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Re: Flash Fiction Contest #35 (Halloween Edition)
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2011, 08:57:52 PM »
So if you, Laura, entered, and I know who the other one is, then why hasn't Sio :)