FFM Links - Day DAVID BOWIE 2015!
We have a few traditions during flash fiction month. One of them is here today.
It’s David Bowie Day, kids! It’s time to pay homage to the bizarre, androgynous, enigmatic and innovative world of the man born David Robert Jones by completing another CHALLENGE.
This year, you will be awarded DAVID BOWIE POINTS for getting your Ziggy Stardust on and dusting off your Aladdin Sane.
Your CHALLENGE is to write a piece which scores at least 150 David Bowie points overall by incorporating a few, many, some, or all, of the following challenge elements into your piece inspired by the cinematic and musical outpourings of David Bowie:
Score one point for every letter “Z” in your story.
Score 10 points for each:
…quote of more than three words from any David Bowie song
…character called Ziggy, Major Tom, Aladdin, Jareth or Jean
…made up word
Score 20 points for including a:
…spaceman or raygun
…spider from mars
Score 50 points if:
Your piece is 565 words long (“David Robert Jones”)
Your story features an androgynous character, or a character who changes gender or sex
Your story features a man who fell to earth
Your story features a man who sold the world.
Lose 100 points if:
You comment that you have never heard of David Bowie
You comment that you dislike the music of David Bowie
You comment that this challenge is too hard
Lose 200 points if:
You comment that this challenge is too easy.
Make sure you give your David Bowie Points score in your post below.
Each day in July, write one piece of flash fiction (55-1000 words).
Paste a link to the piece you've written for July 28th in the comments below. If you've done the challenge, say so!
Read and enjoy the pieces written by others. If you like a story, do let them know. We get by with a little help from our friends.
To learn more about Flash Fiction Month, go here: Flash Fic Resources and FAQ
To sign up for Flash Fiction Month if you haven't already done so (and it's never too late to do so!), go here: FFM 2015 SIGNUP
To talk to other writers and readers, go here: FFM Chat
The stories must flow! To ensure this, go to the comments on a FFM piece and let the writer know how much you enjoyed it!
Don't forget to contribute to the Prompt Bank, where you can inspire further insanity: Official FFM Prompt Bank 2015
A story told by a fantasy creature encountering humans for the first time. CatLeo9894
Abducted by aliens, who turn out to be humans from another planet. The-Livewriter
Visiting with your future self. distortified
Aliens have invaded your backyard and are demanding your entire stash of bacon. shadowdjinni
Announcing the 2020 Golden Mug Awards!
FFM15 - 28: The Spiders of MarsI’d seen a lot of things in Magic Dance, but nothing like this. I sat at the bar, sipping a Moonage Daydream, no different to any other night, when she walked in. Legs like pins, and a head of the thickest blond locks you’ve ever seen.
She took the stool next to me. “Space Oddity,” she said in a voice deeper than Sinatra’s. The bartender placed a blue-green drink on the bar in front of her.
“I’m Ziggy,” she said, Adam’s apple bouncing up and down.
I gave a small nod. “John,” I managed. The next words just slipped out. “What are you?”
She smiled and winked. “Whatever the world needs me to be.”
I was saved from making further conversation when the door swung open again and a young couple entered. The guy stopped half way across the bar and threw his arms up. “Why, if it isn’t our own Lady Stardust,” he cried.
“Take a seat, love” Ziggy waved him over. “Jaret
Dave's Fish Thing“And now, lot 147B, a piece of cinema memorabilia. We have here the codpiece worn by David Bowie in his 1986 film ‘Labyrinth’. Now who will open the bidding at…”
“It’s a fake.”
“We have had it authenticated by the most reliable sources.”
“It’s a fake. ‘E didn’ wear one.”
“What do you mean?”
“‘E didn’ bleedin’ wear one. That were all ‘im.”
After a stunned silence that permeated the room. “We will take this under advisement. In light of this information, we will withdraw this lot for the time being until further determination.”
“Too righ’ you will!”
“On to lot 148…”
- 3 Z's (+3)
- 15 song titles (+150)
- 1 quote (+10)
- 4 characters of significant names (+40)
- 2 made-up words (+20)
- 1 spaceman reference (+20)
- 1 Spider from Mars (+20)
- word count of 565 (+50)
- inclusion of a gender-changing character (two of them, but the way it's worded, I think I can only count this once) (+50)
- a man who fell to Earth (+50)
- a man who sold the world (+50)