Flash Fiction: Believing

This week’s flash fiction challenge setup over at Carrot Ranch was poignant. After a heartbreaking yet inspiring tale of coming back after a flood, Charli left us with this prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about “not all is lost.”  I’m not sure my angle is what she had in mind.…

Flash Fiction: Glitterbeard

Before I share my response to Chari’s flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch, I need to share something else. Anthony Bourdain is in the news this morning. A man who was so full of life couldn’t live with the shroud of depression any longer and took his own life. And while I wasn’t a…

Flash Fiction: The New World

With all the A-Z challenge posts in April, I’ve been feeling the short story itch. And when I got an idea for a response to Chuck Wendig’s prompt this week, I decided to scratch it. Our task: write about real estate. Don’t worry. It’s not as boring as it sounds. At least I hope not.…

9 Tips for Writing Better Short Stories

In April, I was a judge for two writing contests – Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver contest and Ryan Lanz’s short story contest. I was honored to be asked to fill the role once, let alone twice. And while I enjoyed judging great stories, I also learned a few things about how to make short stories…

Flash Fiction: Mylar

It’s been a while since I participated in a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch, and I especially liked this week’s prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a balloon. I don’t know if this features a balloon, but one is definitely there. Enjoy! Mylar Panting, I finally reach…

Flash Fiction: Bella and Button

It’s a lovely, snowy day here today, or what I like to call a “perfect writing day.” Considering I haven’t done a flash fiction piece in quite a while, and Chuck Wendig provided an especially fun prompt, I decided the day required some word slinging. Our job was simple: search “strange photos” on Google Images…

Flash Fiction: The Stage

This week’s flash fiction prompt over at Carrot Ranch is one that gave me an idea right away, so I wonder how I’m getting my response in with *checks watch* a few hours to spare. Let’s blame the holiday season. Anyway, the prompt was this: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story…