A look. A touch : Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 13 | Flash! Friday

A look. A touch.  She has seen him in a thousand dreams. He is nothing without her. He is the creamy white of empty space. She has given everything up for him. Her family are half-remembered as megapixels on a digital-camera. Her ribs jut against her anaemic skin like frigid waves. Her friends detest what …

Z-A of an Apocalypse : Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 12 | Flash! Friday

Z-A of an Apocalypse Zedonk once roamed the savannah. Yet we ignored their extinction, like our own. Xyster winds scrapped soil from land, like flesh from bone. We watched oil tankers turn to rust on the sand dunes of London. Voices of nature, whispered then screamed. Muffled by our greed. Useless products filled our homes …

*** SPAM *** Lunar Realty Inc Special offer – (Fiction piece) – Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 11 | Flash! Friday

*** SPAM *** Lunar Realty Inc Special offer —- Subject: *** SPAM *** Lunar Realty Inc – Special Offer To: FlashFridayWriterGroup@dragonylairofcadbuy.com From: admin@lunalandgrab.com Halt! Do NOT delete or skim. This is not spam. It is a story with a start, middle and end. It is the story of your future and what a future it …

The Sirens of Europa : Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 11 | Flash! Friday

The Sirens of Europa …and so I find myself with a difficult choice to make. Nestled between the hulking cookies ‘n’ cream swirling skies of the Jovian overlord and the fragile crackle-glaze ice-moon of Europa, I watch, monitor and wait. Despite the rewards, NASA couldn’t afford the mission. It was paid for by the 1% …

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre : Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 10 | Flash! Friday

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Always the same. I should’ve prepared. It’s not like they didn’t tell me. As soon as the turkey curry repeated on me, they were festooning the shops with the gaudy red, the hearts and the semi-naked cupids. Get ready, Clive, they shouted. Yet, I waited. Maybe I’m a visionary. A modern-day …

In the Blink of an Eye : Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 10 | Flash! Friday

In the Blink of an Eye  Blink| Slushy darkness punctured by brutal light. Blurs. Muffled sounds. Swaddling. Mamma’s warm milk |Blink Blink| The circling bird above the spire. The rejoicing sound of Sunday bells callin’ ‘cross stubble-fields. My Sunday-best fabric twirls in the playful glow of stained-glass light |Blink Blink| Christmas. A glittering present box …

Judging at FF 3rd session – Flash! Friday Vol 3 – 9: WINNERS

Judging at FF for 3rd time with Tamara Shoemaker. We were thankful for a much greater range of stories. Overall quality was very high (as were the numbers). Hard choices to make…

Flash! Friday

Today, it will please you to learn, is National Read in the Bathtub Day. I inform you of this first in case your plans did not already include reading in the bathtub and you need to change around the day’s itinerary. If you’re looking for reading material — which bathrooms ought to offer anyway — and have not read all of this week’s compelling tales, allow me to recommend them to you. The stories our judges awarded Honorable Mentions and above to are directly linked. Don’t miss out!

Remember to join us back here tomorrow for the first part of our interview with Flashversary winner Maggie Duncan. And come back Wednesday for our second Warmup Wednesday feature: lots of fun writing and chatting. And, obviously, chocolate, which this week is brought to you by dragon captain Tamara Shoemaker, who came over to the lair this weekend (pic proof

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“Mirror | Mirror” – Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 7 | Flash! Friday – Shortlist

Mirror | Mirror Her paddleboat is a glorified bicycle on water. Yet it skims the mirrored surface, on dreams of tranquillity. She is leaving the shores of eroded memories, of this long and prosperous life. She envisions the sunsets of Monet. How she has lived. How she has loved. How she has taken everything, from …