Yes, that is my favorite song. I know. I know. My word counter tells me this is exactly 256 words. day 24 of ffm: fav.me/d7s1dy5
Challenge #10: Crowdsourcing
All of today's challenge elements were suggested/inspired by OTHER FLASH FICTION MONTH PARTICIPANTS! Go flashers! (Translation: you have people to blame today.)
Element ONE: DEPTH OF FIELD:- "Photographers and filmmakers use a technique called "depth of field." Write a scene in which you move back and forth between two "fields of action." Have two things going on at once-- one involving your characters in the fore ground and a second having to do with the background." Suggested byTwin-Earth Element TWO: ALL IN A NAME:-"The name of your favorite song is now the name of your story. Write the story without quoting the song." Suggested by FieryDownpour479 Element THREE: MR GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL:- "One of the challenges should totally include breaking the fourth wall. That would be fun to write." Suggested by Lexi-Cat Element FOUR: BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT:- Maximum length: 256 words (that's 4^4)."i'd also like to push for a word count based challenge because i love those haha. economy of words is a difficult thing to master but it's so much fun trying." Suggested by TheFellDragon
Flash Fiction Month, Day 1, Challenge #1: Write a story featuring, or inspired by, one or more of the usernames of your fellow FFM 2014 participants.
Just in case you couldn't guess, the username I picked for this story is none other than IntelligentZombie. I took inspiration not only from her username, but her sign-up comment in particular.
If you've enjoyed this story, you can find the rest of today's flash fiction here, and my work from Flash Fiction Month 2012 and 2013 collected in OCR is Not the Only Font and Red Herring respectively.
Today I've used a text prompt from IntelligentZombie ("She gently brushed the dying spiders off of her jacket, then set the body on fire.") and a music prompt suggested by Bansini (www.youtube.com/watch?v=A76a_L…. I hope it's okay that I changed the exact wording of the prompt slightly.
So, I took on the FFM challenge today, but instead of using one of the FFM prompts, I used diphylla's prompt from her contest on the forum, where we were to include all five of the following: cake, sunglasses, butterfly, truck, stars. I'm hoping it's okay that I've made this piece work as both.
As a side note, I spent all day writing this, only to have the internet crap out and eat it in entirety. This second version is not, in my opinion, as good as the original, but it does include all the main points etc. I'm hopeful that with some work I can improve it to the standard of the original - but if I spend any more time with it today, I'm going to break something.
Anyhow, the FFM challenge today was a first person piece about the end of the world. I took it in a less literal direction, so please let me know if this doesn't count for whatever reason.
Edit 13.08.2014: The most thorough revision any of my FFM pieces is likely to get. Smoothed over quite a bit of awkward wording, built up a bit more atmosphere (thanks to Oreramar and neurotype for suggestions), and was a bit more deliberate about what I did with the tenses (thanks to dragoeniex).
If you've enjoyed this story, you may be interested in the e-book collection of all my FFM stories from this year: Borrowed Strength. You may also be interested in 2015's collection: Ephemeron.