Monday, May 30, 2011

The Reflection

I'm a little late with Thursday Tales this week. I kept jumping all over about how I wanted to write this story. Finally chatted with a friend and he inspired me to write something a little different. I actually had to cut some stuff out to keep it below 777 words. Hope you all like it.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Roger's Box, Pt. 2

Here's a continuation of a story I began on Monday. I used the challenge words from today's prompt over at Creative Copy Challenge as inspiration. As you know, if you follow me or CCC, the words in bold are the challenge words. Read and enjoy!

Roger could hear the mechanical whiz originating from the other side of the door. He wanted to touch it. He wanted to play with it. His shiny little toy. It finally opened. But he couldn't He had things to do. Meetings and the like. Poor guy. He was so close, yet so very, very far away. He put it out of mind.

One's Concrete Jungle Is Another's Graveyard

The concrete jungle was never so much a jungle as it was a tomb, holding all of the dead bodies which lay in it. Mary Sue walked amongst empty cars on empty streets, looking for one with a functional battery. She needed it. Perhaps it would be useful now that the power grid was off. She and the others had been looking for batteries so that they could use some of the appliances in the house. It kept some of their food cold for a few hours. They had found a few generators, but the batteries proved to be more mobile.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Roger's Box

Here is a little story from today's writing prompt over at Creative Copy Challenge. I think you guys should know the rules by now. Words in bold are the words of the day.

No matter how hard Roger tried, he could claw the box open. Something wouldn’t let him do it. He’d seen it open before. But he didn’t have such luck. No, he would have to be patient and wait for the right person to do it.
He returned to his square, and sure enough, Katie was standing right there.

“Where the hell have you been?” she yelped at him.

“Just out, having a little smoke break,” sniffled Roger. He was never the type who fared well with confrontation.

“Well, hurry up then. Change your clothes. You can’t wear those random ragtags at the meeting,” said Katie as she pulled at his shirt.
“Can’t I have a little to eat first? Smoking always makes me hungry.”

“Sure, but here’s a little tip: Eat fast. We have a deadline to meet. And you are just wasting time. Come on.” Katie was getting a little impatient.

“Look, you only have to ask me once to hurry up and I’ll do it. Quit pressuring me and I’ll go faster,” Roger quipped, trying to sound more defiant.

“Roger, I don’t want to upset you, but you need me here to rush you. Now come on, come on. Let’s go.” Now she was getting irritated, and Roger could see it in her face. He started to pace himself a little faster.
Then he heard a noise from the storage closet, and he thought about the box. Maybe it opened itself…

The Henchman

Starting something new. I found a cool blog that goes by the name Thursday Tales. It isn't the same as io9's #thursdaytales, but that's okay. For the blog though, a picture is posted as a prompt. I find that very interesting. So, below, you will find the picture/prompt and the story.

Before I go on though, let me do a little linkage to Thursday Tales, just in case I haven't already done it enough. Overkill's okay, right?

Make sure you check it out. It's pretty interesting. Post your own stories and become acquainted with other writers.

I'll leave you with that then. Happy readings and writings to all you happen upon my little story here!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Search for the Space Deserters

(Wrote this for Friday's writing prompt over at Creative Copy Challenge. The words in bold are the challenge words. I called this one "Search for the Space Deserters." Hope you guys enjoy.)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Manipulating the Research

(I wrote this up for today's writing prompt over at Creative Copy Challenge. I feel like I'm getting back into a little groove. And as always, the words in bold were today's challenge words.)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Harvester

(I wrote this piece for Monday's writing prompt over at Creative Copy Challenge as well. I felt the other one was too brief and I'm getting back a little bit of creativity now, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to post twice. Hope you all enjoy this one just as much if not even more.)

Fixing the Plant

(I wrote this earlier this week for Monday's writing prompt over at Creative Copy Challenge. The words in bold were the challenge words. This one was really brief, so look for the other one. It's a lot better. An actual story some might say.)

Only a few days had passed after the local government announced the odd problem emanating from the plant. Employees would begin to get laid off as plant technicians waited to receive parts in order to adhere to new federal laws and computerize the dilapidating construct. The main issue with this though is that they had to dig down to the old drum and rub out some of the rust. Only then would they be able to get the plant up and going to federal regulations.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Stupid, Doughy Void

(I wrote very little for today's writing prompt over at Creative Copy Challenge. It's actually more of a sentence than a story. I will probably go back and write a little more later, but until then, I hope you enjoy what I have for now! But you know the rules, the words in bold are the words of the day.)

The sheet of energy beat down on the stupid, doughy void which was a speck in the jovial vein of the conscious spaceman's dream.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Short Story Month Is Here

I read recently over at The Best Damn Creative Writing Blog that we have just entered Short Story Month. Well, I suppose I'm a little late, but it's better to jump in late than never.

So welcome to the month dedicated to short stories. What are you doing to celebrate short fiction this month? I'm going to try to read at least one story in each week. I know, I should probably read more, but I'm trying to fit that in with all the other little things in life. My focus is going to be on reading the Hugo Award short fiction nominees. At the moment I'm halfway through Adam-Troy Castro's Arvies. You can read it over at Lightspeed Magazine. I'll try to come back this weekend and leave a little review.

What are you reading right now? Tell the world over at Twitter with the hashtag #ssm2011.

Monday, May 2, 2011

I'm Back!

(And here's how announce that I'm back, over at today's writing prompt for Creative Copy Challenge. The words in bold were the words of the day.)

I can finally stop and smile now because I'm not far out traveling like before, but rather near home. The launch into my bucket list has begun. And I promise I won't abuse it. But really, traveling around the world is something I want to do before I die, so if I have the opportunity, I'll do it in a moment. That's how I should use the list, right? And as long as there is a little thrust to begin with, I believe inertia will keep it going.