50 Word Thursday – #32

I used to alternate hosting this fantastic challenge with Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, but sadly, she has decided to leave WordPress due to her concerns over TYGPRESS harvesting her work. As such, I am posting this rather late in the day.

To see all the entries from last week’s challenge, click on the link below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/50-word-thursday-31-the-results/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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And the words:

“Miss Wonderly murmured, “Thank you,” softly as before and sat down on the edge of the chair’s wooden seat.” – The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett.

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. 🙂

 

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50 Word Thursday – The Hidden Gem

 

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and here are the words:

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

 

They’d described the property as ‘a hidden gem with character in the heart of the old city’.

When he’d managed to book a visit, he could see the description was enigmatic at best. In fact, their intent had obviously been to deceive. You couldn’t have seen a more surreal property for sale. It was an old chapel surrounded by the graves of the dead.

As they ambled around the grounds, the property agent failed to mention the tombstones, but they were the elephant in the room, looming larger than life, but somehow glossed over.

Inside the building, they’d gone to some effort to remove traces of what it had once been. Even the crypt had been carpeted.

The price was surprisingly inexpensive, should he take it? Well, ‘If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained’ he thought to himself. After all, it would be nice to have so many of his relatives close by.

“I’ll take it,” he said, and the surprised look on the agent’s face was a picture.

The guy fumbled for the rolled-up forms from his pocket.

“Excellent, what name shall I put down?” he asked.

“Count Dracula.”

[200 Words]

 

This story was written for the 50 word thursday Challenge: See the link below:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/50-word-thursday-challenge-31/

I will be posting all the entries later today, so you have time if you want to take part. See the rules on the link, entries must be in 50 word increments up to a max of 250.

I have also included the following word prompts in my story:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/elephant/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/your-daily-word-prompt-enigmatic-august-7-2019/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/rdp-tuesday-intent/

FOWC with Fandango — Surreal

 

Twittering Tales – A change of heart.

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Photo by David Reed at Pixabay.com

 

They’d been stuck on the island for seven years. At first, they’d hated each other. She thought he had a massive chip on his shoulder and he thought she was terribly stuck up.

It was only when the helicopter came to rescue them, did they realise they never wanted to be apart.

[277 Characters]

This story was written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales Challenge, click on the link below:

Twittering Tales #148 – August 6, 2019

 

I have also included the following word prompt:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/chip/

50 Word Thursday Challenge #31

Good morning and welcome,  it’s time once again for the 50 word Thursday Challenge.

I know you have been looking forward to this all week. I hope you enjoy this challenge.

I am hosting the challenge again this week, Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith hosted it last week. If you’d like to read some of the excellent short stories from last week’s challenge please click on the link below:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/recap-50-word-thursday-30/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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and here are the words:

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. 🙂

 

50 Word Thursday #29 – The Results

Well, another week has just flown by! The 50 Word Thursday challenge has come to an end. Click on the link to see the post:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/50-word-thursday-challenge-29/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

Here was the picture:

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and here are the words:

“Ellen tended to be insecure and worried. And it seemed as if in recent years she had mostly worried about losing her looks.” – Michael Crichton – Jurassic Park.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s challenge, we had an extravaganza of entries this week, and here they all are:

50 Word Thursday — Friends for Life, or Trouble at the Rubbles (Jim Adams’ title)

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/a-proper-homemaker/

https://brazycitch1981.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/eupd-in-130000-bc/

https://thedarknetizen.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/microfiction-cave-men/

https://writeville.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/acts-of-hope/

50 Words Thursday # 29 -A distraction needed

50 Word Thursday — The Cavewoman

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/50-word-thursday-29/

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/50-word-thursday-when-time-dies/

So that’s it for another week, over to Teresa, the Haunted Wordsmith, to host this week’s challenge which will be posted tomorrow.

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/rdp-wednesday-extravaganza/

 

50 Word Thursday – When Time Dies.

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the words: “Ellen tended to be insecure and worried. And it seemed as if in recent years she had mostly worried about losing her looks.” – Michael Crichton – Jurassic Park.

 

As Ellen poked the fire, a worried expression creased her once beautiful face. Ellen tended to be insecure and worried. And it seemed as if in recent years she had mostly worried about losing her looks. Keith noticed her frown and knew from experience exactly what was bothering her.

“Look on the bright side,” said Keith, trying to be helpful, “At least there aren’t any mirrors any more.” He smiled to take out any sting in his words.

It had been twelve long years since the bombs had been dropped, nearly wiping out all of creation. Society had regressed back to the stone age. Now they eked out an existence hunting the remaining animals and using their hides to protect them from the long, cold winters. Day after day of the same constant struggle for survival, it seemed like time itself, as with so many lives, had been totally extinguished.

 

[150 Words]

This story was written for the 50 Word Thursday Challenge, click below if you want to take part:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/50-word-thursday-challenge-29/

You have until Wednesday if you’d like to take part in this challenge, then all the entries will be published and a new challenge will be posted on Thursday.

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/sting/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/07/22/your-daily-word-prompt-creation-july-22-2019/

 

50 Word Thursday Challenge #29

Good morning and welcome,  it’s time once again for the 50 word Thursday Challenge.

I know you have been looking forward to this all week. I hope you enjoy this challenge.

I am hosting the challenge again this week, Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith hosted it last week. If you’d like to read some of the excellent short stories from last week’s challenge please click on the link below:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/17/recap-50-word-thursday-28/

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
  • HAVE FUN!

So here is the picture for this week:

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and here are the words:

“Ellen tended to be insecure and worried. And it seemed as if in recent years she had mostly worried about losing her looks.” – Michael Crichton – Jurassic Park.

 

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge. I will gather together all the entries and publish a results post on Wednesday.

Have fun. 🙂

Kira’s Sunday Scribbles – The Saga of the Incorrigible Ape.

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This poem was written in response to this great picture from Kira’s Sunday Scribbles.

See the link below to view the original post:

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/kiras-sunday-scribbles-47/

 

It was a tale to be told,

A saga extreme,

Of a man who’d grown old,

And lived by a stream.

It was his secret escape,

His quiet retreat.

Then he met a mountain ape,

The one with big feet.

The giant lifted him up,

So tall and so lofty

and gave him a squeeze,

you might think him a softy.

Then to break all expectations,

Bigfoot swallowed him whole,

Despite the man’s protestations

He showed no control.

But he had his final revenge

And that’s without question

He gave that poor ape

Terrible indigestion.

 

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 16 July 2019

 

I have also included the following word prompts:

 

FOWC with Fandango — Escape

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/quiet/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/rdp-tuesday-lofty/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/07/16/your-daily-word-prompt-saga-july-16-2019/

 

50 Word Thursday #28 – Wild Inspiration

 

Image by Bellinon from Pixabay

 

As the solitary creature blinked at him from the semi-darkness at the bottom of the garden, he realised that it was alive and not a statue, an ornament or some strange gnome.

In the ephemeral, intransigent moonlight, the animal let out an eerie wail and then scampered away, disappearing behind the compost heap.

He wasn’t sure what type of animal it was but it looked feral and a bit wild.

This moment of tension, this garden encounter was enough to clear his writer’s block and inspire him to start writing a story. “Let the Wild rumpus start,” said Maurice Sendak.

[100 Words]

This story was inspired by the 50 Word Thursday Challenge, this week hosted by The Haunted Wordsmith, click on the link below to see her post:

https://thehauntedwordsmith.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/50-word-thursday-28/

 

I have also incorporated the following word prompts:

 

FOWC with Fandango — Alive

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/ephemeral/

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/rdp-thursday-solitude-solitary/

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/your-daily-word-prompt-inspire-july-11-2019/

50 Word Thursday #27 – The Results

Well, another week has just flown by! The 50 Word Thursday challenge has come to an end. Click on the link to see the post:

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/50-word-thursday-27/

The rules were to write a story or poem based on the picture and containing certain words. It had to be in multiples of 50 words up to a maximum of 250 words.

Here is the Jolly picture:

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And the words:

“He hoped that by remaining where he was, he might do some good, even there.” – Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Well, I hope you enjoyed this week’s challenge, here are all the entries for this week.

“A Certain Somewhere” (Short Prose) 50-Word Thursday #27

50 Word Thursday — The Jogger

50 Word Thursday #27 — Do no harm?

50 Words Thursday #27

50 Word Thursday #27: Friendship

https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2019/07/06/50-word-thursday-the-garden-of-solace/

https://debbiewhittam.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/50-word-thursday-27/

Neither here nor there

 

A great selection of stories this week, I hope you agree.

So, over to Teresa, The Haunted Wordsmith, for this week’s 50 word Thursday challenge.

https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/jolly/