F is for Flash Fiction

3CB9B5CE-9A17-487D-AC95-CB46590B5F5EThe tagline for my blog is “Random Musings on Life, Society, and Politics.” But something is missing from that tagline. Since I started this blog in May 2017, I’ve published 2,670 posts. According to my categories count, 534 are about “Life,” 348 are about “Politics,” and 0 — yes, zero — are about “Society.” In fact, “Society” isn’t even a distinct category on my blog.

The category on my blog with the most posts, 1,103 of them, is “Flash Fiction.” Many, but not all, of my flash fiction posts are written in response to prompts — word prompts, photo prompts, miscellaneous writing prompts, and combinations thereof.

I really enjoy exercising my imagination and creativity when I write flash fiction. It’s actually more fun to make up fictional tales in my head than it is to deal with real world realities. And to be honest, writing flash fiction often serves as a much needed distraction from life, society, and politics, which these days can be very disturbing.

So I suppose I could update my tagline to include flash fiction. But “Random Musings on Life, Society, and Politics, Plus a Lot of Flash Fiction” sounds kind of awkward, don’t you think?


Previous A to Z Challenge 2019 posts:
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Twittering Tales — Regrets

73C1AA66-DF05-46B7-A6FA-CF53020FD8D7I’ve lived a long life, a good life, a happy life, and as I look back on the life I lived, I have few regrets.

No regrets about the deeds that I’ve done or the things that I’ve said.

But I do have regrets about the things I never got around to saying to you.

And now it’s too late.

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Marc Schäfer at Unsplash.com.

Brave New World?

7B13A2EF-94F8-4E24-A98E-9AB7932BE707It’s alive!” Dr. Frankenstein shouted when signs of life emerged from his creation. “I have dedicated my life to reanimating life. Do you realize what this means?”

“Not really,” said Igor.

“You idiot,” Dr. Frankenstein yelled. “This is a harbinger of a brave new world. The value of my achievement is beyond comprehension. It’s a scientific spring forward into an almost unimaginable future where death can be beaten.”

“Oh,” said Igor.

“Igor, the biggest inadequacy of humanity is that our lives are limited to decades,” Dr. Frankenstein said, “But my ability to reanimate life opens up a plethora of heretofore unimaginable opportunities for mankind. Can’t you see it?”

“Sure, boss,” Igor said. “If you say so.”


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Written for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt, where the words are plethora and inadequacy. Also for Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge, where the line is “It’s alive.” And for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (dedicate), Your Daily Word Prompt (harbinger), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (value), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (spring).

3TC — Life is Beautiful

78CAA603-830D-40B3-B54F-4752EC812E10It doesn’t matter if it’s nocturnal or diurnal

It doesn’t matter if it’s rain or shine

It doesn’t matter if you’re healthy or you’re sick

If it’s raining, put on your raincoat

If you’re throat is sore, take a lozenge

Because it’s really all about the mission

It’s really all about taking action

You need to pursue any opening

To live your one and only life

As something you should treasure

Because life is beautiful

And when your time has run out

It will be too late.


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are lozenge, mission, and raincoat. And for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (diurnal), Word of the Day Challenge (action), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (opening), and Your Daily Word Prompt (treasure).

This Is My Life

EDAF4F9D-1EAA-4C58-B580-45DF5B4809FCI am standing alone on the deck of a giant cruise ship.
I am looking out toward the horizon.
I am looking west and watching the sunset.
Or am I looking east and watching the sunrise?
I’m not sure.
All I see is the ocean.
Everywhere.
All around me.
I don’t know which way this ship is heading.
Or from which way it came.
I am unable to get my bearings.

This is my life.

(Exactly 74 words)


A09947C0-C393-403C-94DC-CA576114D568Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “horizon” in exactly 74 words.

1F8AE82E-D4B7-418D-B464-FE9C60B08991Also written for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write: Set the Scene prompt, where we are challenged to write a story based in the setting of “a cruise ship.”