Six Word Stories: The Return of the Challenge

Hello, long time no see, largely down to my own fault. I’m kicking off the return of the six word story challenge, with the rather appropriate RETURN.

Entries by Friday at 5pm, via the blue frog and linking back to me on your entry so I get a ping back. You can find my effort below.

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He knocked, knowing she wouldn’t answer.

Six Word Stories: The Challenge, No. 8.

Many many apologies for the delay, so without further wasting of anyone’s time, here are this week’s highly commended for BETRAYAL:

Returned from trip. Key didn’t fit. (AnonymouStalker)

Tears trickled down, betraying his smile. (Doodles and Scribbles)

Brilliant mind trapped inside lifeless body. (Kay Morris Writes)

And this week’s winner:

A bribe accepted. A witness dead. (D.S. McKnight)

Hope you enjoyed those, there were really lots of good entries this week, so keep them coming in! This week’s prompt word is HELP! Make of that what you will, but you can find my entry below.

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Noiseless, water flooded into her lungs.

Six Word Stories: The Challenge, No. 7.

Hello everyone, and happy Sunday!

I’m afraid I still haven’t got around to grading the stories from two weeks ago on Prejudice, but I do have the winners from this week’s Delay prompt – ironic I know, I’ll get round to it I promise!

So without further furore, here are your esteemed runners-up for stories about Delay:

She hesitated, he closed the box. (The Things I Yell)

‘Honey, I am five days late.’ (Real Momma Ramblings)

Anxiety multiplies as appointments run late. (The Storyteller’s Abode)

And this week’s winner:

Target locked, she deliberated. Huge mistake… (Aloada Bobbins)

Thanks once again to everyone that participated, it really is wonderful to read so many great stories, so keep it up. The theme this week is Betrayal, and as ever, you can find my effort below.

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He drew the knife, brotherhood forgotten.

Six Word Stories: The Challenge, No.6.

Due to having been away and unexpectedly manically busy over the last few days, I come to my regular readers with the awful admission that I have not had time to read all the entries and pick the winners yet. I’ll redress this later this week, or possibly with next week’s challenge, but for now I thought I’d set this week’s, so that you scribblers have got something with which to be getting on.

The theme is Delay

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Being late probably saved her life.

Six Word Stories: The Challenge, No.5.

Slightly fewer entries this week, but no diminished quality, which is what really matters. We’ve had some great stories to read through again, and picking the winners has been as difficult as ever, so I guess I may as well dive straight in with my take on the best responses to last week’s PURGATORY prompt.

Runners-up:

Everyone knew her beautiful sister’s name (KM Myrman)

He tried again. She died, again. (AnonymouStalker)

His soul defied purgatory’s infernal absolution. (Live Home And Away)

And the winner, because it made me laugh in a sea of dark responses:

Please hold, your call is important. (Dr Meg Sorick)

And with that, the contest moves onto this week’s round, and the theme I have picked out of my plastic bag filled with notecards is PREJUDICE. You can find my entry below. When you enter don’t forget to both link to this page and add them to the blue frog, at the bottom of this post, that way it’s certain I’ll read them, which I can’t guarantee if they’re not properly linked unfortunately. Looking forward to reading more entries, and in the meantime, have a great week.

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Seeking safety, they found only fear.

Six Word Stories: The Challenge, No. 4

It’s that time of the week again, to announce this week’s winners and set a new challenge. Once again, dozens of entries have come to me over the past seven days, all of them brilliant in their own way. The following are just the ones that appealed to me most at the time I read them in the frame of mind in which I found myself at the time, which is I think the only way in which we can ever judge fiction. But, hey, that might just be me…

Anyway, here are the runners up for last week’s prompt of murder:

An “accidental” overdose – my revenge complete. (D.S. McKnight)

With poisoned lips, she kissed him. (Real Momma Ramblings)

Her murder, an accident she planned. (HumaAq)

And this week’s winner:

Everyday, he cradled his wife’s murderer. (Ruminations of an Overthinker)

So there it is, four more great winners among a list of great entries! This week’s theme is PURGATORY and you can find my entry below. When submitting, please do use the blue frog at the bottom of this post as well as the usual ping backs just because it makes it a lot easier for myself and other readers to have everything gathered in one place.

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She married his best friend instead.

Six Word Stories: The Challenge, No. 3.

It’s been another phenomenal week for posts again, with entries numbering in the dozens once more. Once again, all the entries have been a seriously high quality, and I’m consistently amazed by how much can be done in six words, so congratulations to everyone who entered.

Somebody has to win though, so without further ado, here are this week’s honorary mentions, in no particular order, writing on passion.

Best friends… Then their eyes locked. (Kat Myrman)

Even He couldn’t keep them apart. (Ruminations of an Overthinker)

Passion played; emotion did not stay. (Of Opinions)

And this week’s winner:

His obsession. Her mistake. Their funeral. (Sometimes Stellar Storyteller)

So there you have it, another week’s challenge concluded. Moving on to this week’s challenge, there have been some comments that, since I have to manually approve all ping backs, there are better ways to gather links.

As such I’m going to attempt to insert an InLinkz depository at the bottom of this post where you should be ble to leave links to the post. Please also link to the challenge so I get a ping back as well, just in case, technologically inept as I am, I can’t make it work, but hopefully it should be an easier place to gather and read everyone’s entries.

With all that in mind, the theme for this week’s story has come out as the rather ominous MURDER. You can find my entry below.

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Smiling dutifully, she poisoned his coffee.

Six Word Stories: The Challenge, No. 2

Hello everyone out there, and happy Sunday.

Let’s get straight down to business! As it turns out, the response to my first Six Word Story Challenge was absolutely phenomenal. Expecting to get perhaps ten responses or so, I ended up with over 60, which is astonishing, so thanks for surprising me so pleasantly. I promised to pick a favourite and a runner-up, but given the number of responses I can’t possibly do less than pick three runners-up and a favourite, there are just too many great ones! Even with expanding the list, there are still loads that I loved that I’ve had to leave out, so please don’t be discouraged if your story doesn’t appear here this week!

So without further ado, here are my favourite six word stories about Loss from last week, first the runners up:

Today would have been his birthday. (Sometimes Stellar Storyteller)

And we were strangers; once more (TheAnonymouSTalker)

She’ll be three days old. Forever. (SantoshWriter)

And my favourite:

Our shadows stayed where we didn’t. (HumaAq)

The past dealt with, let’s look to the present. I’ve reached into my bag of tricks and the theme of this week’s story is PASSION. Don’t forget, if you want to participate, link back to this page specifically rather than my blog in general as I don’t get a ping back if you link to my home page. Without further time wasting then, here’s my effort for this week.

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Years of longing later, they reunited.

The Future of A Hopelessly Wandering Mind. Possible Creation of Blogging Challenges.

I’ve come a long way in six months, and I would like to take a time out from my ventures into the literary at this moment to thank each and every one of my followers that have taken this journey with me. It’s been a rough ride from the uneasy, ranty beginnings, slowly progressing to what I hope is now a slightly more polished and focussed site consisting of the creative side of my work, and gradually finding my own voice. For reference, the more news-orientated articles which I used to write have been transposed to another platform, www.tremr.com/benedict-nicholson, so if you’re interested in reading that stuff again, do feel free to check it out and follow me there.

In terms of the development of this blog, I am now working at least part time for the foreseeable future and as such may not have the time I would like to devote to the project to write the amount of posts that I want to write, at least at the length I would like to write. With that in mind, I will probably be posting a lot of shorter stuff,  maybe one poem and one short story a week, but nothing too long too frequently. I will also be looking at doing some six word stories, so look out for those coming your way in the near future.

And now to the exciting bit, I’m also thinking about organising some blogging challenges, probably a poetry one but maybe also a very short flash fiction one. I would only do this if I could garner enough people’s interest in doing it though, so in order to gauge whether or not this is worth doing, if you would think about taking part  something like that, would you mind awfully commenting below stating your interest and saying if you would prefer poetry or fiction? This is just so I can hopefully think about what form it would take in the future. I’ve participated in these in the past, and am currently enjoying a couple of them immensely, but I can never find enough of them to satisfy the amount I want to write, so I think it can’t hurt to get another one or two out there.

To sign off on a soppy note, my time on WordPress has been an absolute blast so far, and I’ve loved every minute of my interaction with the site, and everyone who reads and comments is a part of that, so, once more, sincerely, thank you.

Ben

Freestyle Writing Challenge: Knots

So, I’m not normally one for the whole nominating others for things, especially the awards that go around, but this seemed too much like an actual challenge for me to turn down. The story is this, today Inquisitive Minds And Stubborn Hearts nominated me for a freestyle writing challenge, and you can find me effort below. It’s not the way I normally write, so I decided to take him up on his challenge, and will be challenging several other bloggers below.

Knots

There are things in our lives
that tie us down,
knots that stop us
from following
those dreams

that we had when we were young.

The way to deal with them
is simple and plain.

Don’t waste your precious time
untangling the labyrinthine threads
that, snakelike,
bite when
you try to untangle.

Instead, as the Great Alexander,
Take the path of least resistance.

Raise your sword high,
cut through those Gordian ropes
and cast them aside.

Then, and only then the
chains can fall away

And you can crown yourself
King or Queen of your own life,
Your own destiny,
As that great king of old.

Time: 7 minutes
Words: 107

So there we have it, my first ever timed free write, which was something that I enjoyed a lot, though it was certainly challenging and not my best work. I’ll nominate some people below, but first, here are the rules.
RULES
1) Open an MS Word document (or any other editor)
2) Set a stop watch or your mobile of 5-10 minutes.
3) Your topic is at the foot of this post, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
4) Fill the word document with as much words as you want. Once you began writing do not stop.
5) Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check (it is only meant for you reflect on your control on sensible thought flow)
6) You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals.
7) At the end of your post write down the number of words
8) Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic.

Nominations Below is a list of five people that I would love to see attempt this challenge as I think they would provide really differing approaches to the prompt word. Obviously, I completely understand if you have no interest in doing this sort of challenge, but yeah, would love to see you attempt it.

Stumbling For Balance
Listen To The Babe
Trimmed Words
Mara Eastern
In Noir Velvet

Prompt Word: Skin

Right, that’s me done, and you won’t hear me bothering anyone else any time soon, this one just caught my attention as being particularly interesting. Hope you enjoyed it.