99 word #Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

February 13: Flash Fiction Challeng

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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.

February 13, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a sugar report. Use its original meaning of a letter from a sweetheart to a soldier, or invent a new use for it. Go where the prompt leads!

 

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A letter I found inside a second hand book

From a nine-year-old called Charlotte

Addressed to Santa dated 1976

Dear Santa, I don’t need any toys

Or new clothes this year

I need help to make my daddy better

He’s been sick a long time

And mummy is very worried

Doctor said we have to wait

For daddy to get better

Mummy prays,

because she does not think he can.

She said I should pray

I try hard, please help, love Charlotte

With Santa’s magical delivery in one night

I hoped that Charlotte’s request for help

was answered somehow…

©anitadawes 2020

#FlashFiction #Poetry Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community

February 6, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to the theme “a dog in the daisies.” It can be any dog, real or imagined. Push into the setting and as always, go where the prompt leads!

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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I love daisies, they are a tiny slice of heavenly perfection

I don’t know why they remind me of young angels

My dog Poppy also likes to dash about

through a field full of them

Leaving them smiling, dancing in her wake

As if waving, clapping hands

Someone loves us, we’ve done a good job

I see a family wearing the daisy chains they made

As I pass, they offer one, which I take gladly

Placing it around Poppy’s neck

I walk on with a smile

Then lie awhile with sweet white daisies

Whispering sweet nothings in my ear…

©anitadawes 2020

#FlashFiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community… #Poetry

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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.

January 30, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation. Even if you base your story on a true one, focus on the core trait of this postal carrier. Go where the prompt leads!

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I have the best postman

No matter the weather

Rain or snow

Pushing his post trolley

Getting more snow

Around the wheels

As he goes

He’s not so young these days

Five-foot tall

I think he’s a superman

He has a shiny red nose

Like Rudolph

I decided to have a hot cup of tea

Waiting for him

Warm his back on my hall radiator

Thaw out for five minutes

We have a lot in common

Not least, my favourite place

Cornwall

It’s the one place he likes to take time off

No matter what the weather…

 

©anitadawes 2020

#Flashfiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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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.

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Stories to Tell

A simple wooden bench

Beneath welcome shade

May not seem exciting

The stories it could tell

Of lover’s first kiss

Under moonlight

It’s now their go-to place

After fifty years

Each kiss as good as the first

That’s what they would tell you

Margaret and Ethel

Meet there at lunchtime

Discuss their aches and pains

Walk home feeling less lonely

Sixty-year-old Tom

Brings breadcrumbs

To feed the pigeons

Remembering times

His wife sat beside him

This simple wooden structure

Serves the community

I thank God it’s there

To sit, watch life go by

More stories yet to tell…

©anitadawes 2020

#99 word Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

January 16: Flash Fiction Challenge

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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.

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Wave your hands in the air

Like you just don’t care!

They do care very much

About the conditions they work in

Too often the loos don’t flush

Water is turned off

Waiting repair

Which takes too long

Poor management in winter

Means working in the cold

This in turn, slows down production

Which means working late

No extra pay

Too many break times cancelled

People become sick

Our floor manager asked

For hot drinks to be made

Every four hours

This went down with management

like a lead balloon

it’s no wonder we’re shouting

and waving our arms…

©anitadawes 2020

 

#Flash Fiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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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.

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January 2, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about something found in a hutch. It can be any kind of hutch — a box for critters or a chest for dishes. Go where the prompt leads!

 

 

 

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My mother’s welsh dresser needed filling

I remembered the six crates in the attic

Not sure about most of the china

So old fashioned

I managed to find a few bits

I was about to carry the pieces down bit by bit

When I noticed a small crate

over by the window

Taking a quick look, I found

a blue and gold Aladdin’s lamp

It felt warm to the touch

Unlike the other pieces

I felt instantly fascinated with it

Carrying it down like a precious new-born

Placing it on the dresser

Most days, someone will rub it for luck…

©anitadawes

 

 

#Flash Fiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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December 26, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes the phrase by design. It can be used in any manner — a label, a mantra, a story. Go where the prompt leads!

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At my age, I don’t think about changing my life

It’s more like how to hang on to what’s left of it

If I did give thought to it

I would like to design my own parents

After thoroughly vetting them first

Their childhood, their parents

As they will become my grandparents

Very important

Do they love each other

As much as they show the world?

Not really knowing if this idea

Is better than pot luck

Two people getting together

Then Fate takes over

Thing is, it is not always kind

Mostly, I believe we cannot change anything…

©anitadawes

#Flash Fiction Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community #Poetry

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December 19, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features an open mic night. Take a character backstage, on stage or into the deep woods. Go where the prompt leads!

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I managed to get a job

At the last minute with the crew

a runner, fetch coffee at the snap of a finger

I hoped it would be worth it

Chinese whispers bounced around the walls for weeks

The most beautiful man in the world

Would appear for one night

My hero, my first love

Tall, black hair, blue eyes

One kiss from those lips would kill me

I dreamed of being this close to my idol for too long

As I worked, I prayed for the whispers to be true

Then I heard someone say, Elvis is in the building…

©anitadawes

Carrot Ranch 99 words Challenge ~ #Poetry

December 12, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a gnome. It can be a garden gnome, a Christmas Joulutonttu, or a sauna protector. You can write magical realism, or feature contemporary gnome-like product.  Go where the prompt leads!

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My son brought home this grey gnome

Telling me he hoped it would bring me good luck

Of course, it never did

So he brought home a larger one

Maybe this on could do it

Again, nothing.

Got to give it to him, he tries!

So they ended up in the garden

Personally, I believe the gnomes

keep their magic for the Gods

as legend has it,

they forged golden rings for them

when they come together

any objective is achieved

would that I could get my hands on just one

that would be like sucking on Devils candy…

©anitadawes
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#99 Word Challenge for Carrot Ranch Literary Community…

December 5: Flash Fiction Challenge

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December 5, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes a key lime pie. How can you use it in a story? Is it about the pie? Or about characters making, eating, or otherwise engaging with one? Go where the prompt leads!

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Beautiful Florida Keys, a string of pearls on warm blue water

So named from the Spanish Cayo, meaning little island

Small sweet key limes said to be the best

Now grown in back gardens, never leaving the islands

As for myself, I know nothing of this famous pie

I have never tasted it, maybe I should give myself a treat

Thing is, I am not known for my cooking

But I know someone who is

I will ask Jaye to cook the family a Key Lime Pie

And having done so, I have to report

Let life be evergreen!

©anitadawes