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Courtney Worth Young and Dawna Raver are hosting a contest where the lucky winner will receive 30 (yes, THIRTY) free ebooks from Curiosity Quills Press!

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To enter, go to either THIS PAGE from Courtney or THIS PAGE from Dawna.  The giveaway began 22-Nov-2012 at 12:01 EST and will end 26-Nov-2012 at 12:01 EST, so get over there while you can!

If you would rather get some of the books without waiting to see if you are the only winner, then go directly to to the Curiosity Quills Press website to check out their special (valid through 25-Nov-2012) of 99 cents per ebook!

Enjoy!

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#MondayMixer is a flash-fiction event hosted by Jeffrey Hollar (@Klingorengi) .  Jeffrey provides three groups of three prompts (three locations, three things and three adjectives)  and participants post 150-word stories – using at least one word from each group – on their blogs.  This week’s prompts are:

Locations:  1) belfry 2) marshland 3) abattoir
Things:        1) palanquin 2) gorse 3) cheesesteak
Adjectives: 1) egregious 2) philanthropic 3) terse

Here is my story:

By now, the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame is very well known, but most people are not aware of some things that Victor Hugo left out of his account.

Naturally, the romantic aspects were played up, since they would create a much more marketable novel, but did everything really happen in the way with which we are now so familiar?  Clearly, the book was a success, as the presence of numerous theatre, film and television adaptations will attest, but did the sensibilities and attitudes portrayed in the classic tome accurately reflect those of the Parisians and Parisiennes of the day?

Of course not!  After all, they were French.  They were not offended by Quasimodo’s appearance.  They were not offended by his attempt to kidnap Esmeralda.  Instead, the offence that they found too egregious to be ignored was that they had caught him eating a cheesesteak in the belfry!

 

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Business-Card Fiction (#BCF)  is a new flash-fiction event that is currently in a trial run and should start, in earnest, in December of 2012.   It is hosted at businesscardfiction.com, and the rules may be found there, but the general idea is to use a given prompt ro write a story that can fit on the back of a business card.  For this test run, there are three possible prompts: “Fist,” “Festival” and “Fishing,” but I decided to have some fun by using ALL THREE PROMPTS.

Due to the nature of this challenge, entrants use graphic-editing software (e.g. the GIMP, etc.) to simulate printing the story on the back of a business card.  Here is my “card” with my story:

Rednecks, Catfish and Mud

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#MondayMixer is a flash-fiction event hosted by Jeffrey Hollar (@Klingorengi) .  Jeffrey provides three groups of three prompts (three locations, three things and three adjectives)  and participants post 150-word stories – using at least one word from each group – on their blogs.  This week’s prompts are:

Locations:  1) skyscraper 2) tundra  3) estuary
Things:        1) verbena  2) harbinger  3) piglet
Adjectives: 1) euphoric  2) perfunctory 3) maladroit

Here is my story:

Christopher Robin gazed out at the spectacular view offered by the top-of-the-skyscraper restaurant.

“How wonderful it is to share dinner with my best friends,” he said to Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore, euphoric from such height and so many lights.

No longer six, Christopher Robin had grown up, become a chef and moved away from the Hundred-Acre Wood to the States.  Today, he was opening his new restaurant atop a magnificent hotel near the estuary.

“Don’t most restaurants fail in the first year?” asked Eeyore – as pessimistic as ever.

“That’s ridickerous, you maladroit mule!” answered Tigger.  “Christopher Robin knows what he’s doing.  Doesn’t he?”

“Oh, I don’t know,” said Pooh.  “I’m just a bear of very little brain.  How do restaurants work?”

“Here we go, everybody,” interrupted Christopher Robin as the waiters brought a large platter to the buffet.  “Hunny-and-Verbena- Glazed Piglet with Haycorn Stuffing.”

NOTE: My entry qualifies for the “Over-Achiever Award,” since I used six of the prompt words (skyscraper, euphoric, estuary, maladroit, verbena and piglet), and not just three.

P.S.: Since MS-Word improperly counts hyphenated combinations of words (e.g. the compound adjectives “top-of-the-skyscraper, ” “Hundred-Acre” and “Hunny-and-Verbena- Glazed”) as single words, the word count may appear to be less than 150 if tested in MS-Word without putting spaces after the hyphens.

 

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The prompt for this week’s #FridayFictioneers was the following photo:

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Here is my 100-word story based upon the prompt:

Constructive criticism welcomed.

The sun hadn’t risen yet, but people were already gathering for the Red Bull Flugtag.  One concession stand was already open, selling the inevitable flying toys, as well as sunglasses for those who, upon arriving at the event, realised they had forgotten theirs.

Something was different though – something that nobody expected.

The owner of the booth was not just a vendor, but also one of the Flugtag entrants.  When his name was announced, he pressed a button and all who wore the purchased sunglasses levitated, without warning, from their seats, circled around the venue and returned.

Toys that fly? Indeed.

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