#Flash Fiction #Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community…

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August 1: Flash Fiction Challenge

99 words, no more, no less. It’s a simple constraint, an easy-to-master literary art form, and a powerful writing tool for creatives and entrepreneurs. Writers calibrate the usefulness and beauty of 99-words through weekly flash fiction challenges.

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Rock It!

Rock and roll is in my soul

Born kicking and screaming my lungs out

Taking the fast track, music burning with every step

I wanted to find the songs to change the world

One day I would be famous, see my name in lights

I am dirt poor now, but not for long

Odd jobs along the way, I now had my first guitar

My style stood out, too far for some

Sam Phillips gave me my first break

It’s All Right Mama, playing on the radio

There was no stopping me now

I brought Graceland,

Who am I?

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99 word Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community…

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99 words, no more, no less. It’s a simple constraint, an easy-to-master literary art form, and a powerful writing tool for creatives and entrepreneurs. Writers calibrate the usefulness and beauty of 99-words through weekly flash fiction challenges.

July 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

 

 

 Just for a day

We feed the swans at our local park.

You can walk around the pond.

In the past, we watched their eggs hatch,

today, I picked up a duck feather.

I sat twirling it between my fingers,

closed my eyes.  Just for a moment,

I could see sun shining through my shell.

Does that mean I am ready to meet the world?

I pecked, broke my way out. Let me tell you,

lying inside, growing feathers

must be like humans growing teeth. Sharp, itchy.

Just for a day I felt like a duck,

as my webbed feet hit the water…

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99 Word Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

June 27: Flash Fiction Challenge

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June 27, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that involves paint. It can be fresh, peeling or in need of a coat. What is being painted and why? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by July 3, 2019. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.

 

 

I’m ten years old; it’s the middle of Summer.

My father gives me a bucket of whitewash,

a large paintbrush, telling me to paint the front fence.

The only thing on my mind is the cool blue lake, my friends waiting.

That’s where I should be. Not being used like a work horse

I’m a kid; I need fun before I’m old.

I stood in front of our fence, trying to make my arm work,

then it came to me.

Give everyone something to talk about.

Paint a lake scene.

Dad wondered why folk were looking at our fence…

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99 word #Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community ~ Waiting ~ #Poetry

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June 20: Flash Fiction Challenge

 

Tomorrow is today in waiting

It seems to me, that even when it arrives

It is still waiting

Where is yesterday in all of this

We all constantly wait for tomorrow

You can stand on the shore

Look to the horizon, watch the sun set

You cannot see tomorrow

Yet you know it’s coming

We spend a lot of our time waiting

For one thing or another

As for myself I cannot bear waiting

If I say I’ll be there at eight

I expect my friends to be on time

The future is the greatest opportunity we wait for…

AAAAA

#Flash Fiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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June 13: Flash Fiction Challenge

June 13, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about the work of many hands. Is it a cooperative effort or something else? Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by June 18, 2019. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments.

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Hands can be gentle, kind, violent, creative

I remember my grandfather’s large hands

Callused from wood cutting

Strong, they made me feel safe

Nothing in this world, or the next

I often thought, could ever get past them

Whereas my grandmothers were small and gentle

Featherlight, often times I could hardly feel her touch

There have been a few hands in my life

I would rather not touch again

The wet, spongy kind.

Then we have the great ones,

Mozart at his piano, surgeons saving lives

Some insured for millions like Liberace

Tiny new-born ones are best of all…

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#Flash Fiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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June 3, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that makes a big splash. It can be fluid, or you can play with the idiom (to make a big splash is to do or say something that becomes unforgettable). Go where the prompt leads!#Flash Fiction Challenge

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I am looking through my rain painted windows

Waterlogged drowned gutters run

with rainbow coloured bubbles

Rain, when pouring, dancing to its own tune

Children finding the best puddles to make a big splash

Returning home to drip rain indoors

Red cheeks, happy faces

Safe in front of warm fires

Snug under cosy blankets

The deluge continues as you gaze

through your kitchen window

The heavens open, turning your garden pond

Into a tidal wave

Gold carp dancing in water lifted

Spinning lights flashing

Golden doubloons dropping

A big splash, smooth water once more

Cup of hot chocolate calling…

I am looking through my rain painted windows

Waterlogged drowned gutters run

with rainbow coloured bubbles

Rain, when pouring, dancing to its own tune

Children finding the best puddles to make a big splash

Returning home to drip rain indoors

Red cheeks, happy faces

Safe in front of warm fires

Snug under cosy blankets

The deluge continues as you gaze

through your kitchen window

The heavens open, turning your garden pond

Into a tidal wave

Gold carp dancing in water lifted

Spinning lights flashing

Golden doubloons dropping

A big splash, smooth water once more

Cup of hot chocolate calling…

AAAAA

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#Flash Fiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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Strawberries and ice cream

Under the summer sun

With ice cold lemonade

And a sprig of mint

The best seat at Wimbledon

Venus and Serna playing at their best

Throw in Boris when he was young

Andre Agassi, not forgetting Martina Navratilova

Turn back time, watch Pat Cash climb the stands

Andy Murray, fight year in and out

Henman Hill should be called Andy’s hill

He has earned his place in history

When day is done, I sleep to dream

I am playing each one on hallowed ground

Centre Court

The crowd grow wild as I slay each one…

AAAAA

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#FlashFiction 99 word Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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May 16, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that goes in search of trees. It can be one particular tree, a grove, woods, or forest. What makes the tree worth seeking? Go where the prompt leads!

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I don’t have to go too far to find a great tree.

It is in my garden, my beautiful gum tree.

Tall and magnificent, a small amount of wind

sets it swaying like a row of flamenco dancers

I can almost hear the roots tapping away

in time with the rhythm above.

Soothing and calming my mind.

I sit there often unburdening the misery

I have accrued over the last few days.

I know it listens, never judging.

The soft sway of its leaves above my head,

A blessing, a benediction.

Gentle giants, they are the air we breathe…

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May 9: Flash Fiction Challenge ~ Growing Old… #Poetry

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May 9, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about growing older. It can be humorous, dark or poignant. It can be true or total fiction. It can be fine wine or an old fossil. Go where the prompt leads!

 

 

I don’t look in the mirror these days, because there is a road map where my face used to be.

Time makes strange marks on all of us, some you cannot see.

From my window, I have watched my neighbours grow old. Two that used to walk to town, now in wheelchairs. One used to pedal his bike everywhere, now uses a stroller.

We are shrinking back to childhood.

Others I have watched through nine months, waiting to produce new life. Now that same child walks beside her mother on her way to school.

 I watch life go by…

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#Flash Fiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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April 25, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes exhaustion. Who is exhausted and why? Can you make art of exhaustion? Go where the prompt leads!

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There isn’t enough hours in the day to do all that needs doing

I can’t afford a maid, I don’t have a rewind button

Although I could do with having one fitted

Maybe some new batteries, like the ones that keep the bunny running

Now I don’t have the strength to run, to hide just for a while

Sleep does not help much, I awake with a backache and sore feet

Head spinning with the thought of all that is yet to come

The day is full before I start

I can get through another one because of love…

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