The Frozen City

I had never seen anything like it.  A city made of crystal, that shimmered in the light of the sun, moon and stars. So different and bizarre to my eyes was it, that I could have been on another planet.  Perhaps I was.  Or perhaps it was the same planet, but a different time; a different reality.  I could not say.  I was puzzled by many things, the chief of which was how I came to be here, a mystery I had yet to find the answer to.

To look at it from a distance – and I did, for I was so taken by its beauty – you would see a collection of upside down icicles.  Some ended in sharp points.  Others appeared as if they had been broken, their tops snapped off, leaving either strange jagged protrusions or else being weathered smooth by the passage of time.

It looked cold, a city of winter in the heart of a forest that stretched for thousands of miles in every direction.  But looks can be deceiving.  There was warmth there and much jollity to be found.  The people were quick to laugh and slow to anger.

It was a pleasant place to stay, but I wasn’t from there.  I wasn’t one of them and this wasn’t my home.  I was stuck here, unable to return, no different from being stranded on another planet…but I could imagine worse places…


Written for Day 13 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: The prompt is “another planet”.  Format and length are your choice.

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Weekend Writing Prompt #20 – Resting

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Resting

Photo Prompt

 

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story in 100 words that includes three elements from the photo prompt (e.g. bench, pylon and trees, or grass, sky and bench, etc).

Poetry Challenge – Write an acrostic poem, where the first letter of the first word of each line spells out “resting” as it is read from top to bottom.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

Sea Magic

The waves sparkled in the sunlight, glimmering, glittering and glistening as if each crest was crowned with silver-white gemstones.  The sea looked magical.

We had been on the boat for a few hours when I noticed that there were creatures in the water, following us. But they never broke the surface. At least, not when anyone was watching.

“What are they?”

“Seals.  Dolphins,” the captain grunted, annoyed at being disturbed.

“They don’t look like seals or dolphins to me,” I mumbled.

Overhearing, a crew-mate replied, “He’s hardly going to admit to a stranger that he believes in mermaids, is he?”


Written for Day 11 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: Write a story in 100 words or less set in the ocean.

Weekend Writing Prompt #19 – Abundance

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Abundance

Photo Prompt

 

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story that focuses on a quality that you think the world could do with in abundance.  Word limit: 150 words.

Poetry Challenge – Write a non-rhyming poem, in 15 lines or less, that includes the words:

  • abundance
  • prosperity
  • plenty

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

A Change of Luck

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Black.  Red.  Black.  Red.

I stare intently at the blur of colour, hoping, desperately, that my luck will change…

Black.  Red.  Black.  Red…


Written for Day 7 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: Write a story in 25 words on the theme of changing fortunes.

Weekend Writing Prompt #18 – Performance

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Performance

Photo Prompt

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a story in 250 words or less based on a character from a Shakespeare play.

Poetry Challenge – Write a sonnet on a theme or subject of your choice.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!

Weekend Writing Prompt #17 – Emptiness

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  Use the prompts separately or together.  It’s up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes (it’s not a competition) but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Emptiness

Photo Prompt

 

Challenge

Prose Challenge – Write a 50 word story inspired by the image above.  What is it? A blank screen edged in static? A chalkboard with no writing on it?  The strange view out of a window, perhaps from a spaceship?  You tell us.

Bonus point for including any of the following words: emptiness, void, or abyss.

Poetry Challenge – Write a haiku on the theme of “emptiness”.

Can’t wait to read what you have come up with!