Flashathon Hour 3 Prompt: From Danielle Ackley-McPhail

It’s 2pm here on the east coast, 11am on the west coast, and somewhere  in between in the rest of America.  If you’re here in the Eastern Time Zone, I’m hoping you’ve had a good lunch to keep you going through the day.  If you’re west of here…eat lunch!  Keep the brain fueled, and it’ll keep churning out the creativity.

This hour’s inspiration comes from writer and anthology editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail.  It’s a little more abstract of a concept, something that might get your mind churning.  And perhaps your stomach rumbling a little.

“Dessert first” might be great once in a while, but it’s no way to live.

Life is uncertain, so get your story written!  As usual the comments are wide open for your stories, your progress reports, or anything else.

Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for over a decade. Her works include the urban fantasy, Yesterday’s Dreams, and its upcoming sequel, Tomorrow’s Memories. She also has co-edited and contributed to numerous anthologies and collections, including Dark Furies, Breach the Hull, and the upcoming science fiction anthologies Barbarians at the Jumpgate and Space Pirates. Her non-fiction works include a chapter on writer’s groups in The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: The Author’s Grimoire, a chapter on the vehicles of magic in the upcoming Elements of Fantasy: Magic, and a chapter on self-promotions for the upcoming Profitable Publishing. Danielle is a member of the electronic publishing organization EPIC, as well as Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres. Danielle lives somewhere in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats.


  1. avatar

    #1 by DLThurston on October 22, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    “’Dessert first’ might be great once in a while, but it’s no way to live.”

    He stopped chewing on the mass of soggy cake in his mouth just long enough to say, “screw you.” A bit of frosting slipped over his lips and down the highest of his chins. He wiped it with the back of his hand, creating a festive green smear through the folds in his face.

    “I’m just saying, broccoli isn’t such a bad thing.”

    The man sat still a moment, a handful of cake squelching between his fingers and dropping sprinkles onto the table. “I’m going to pretend you didn’t say that.” He pushed the cake into his mouth, successfully getting nearly two thirds of the sugary handful past his gums. His breath labored for a moment, then he proceeded to chew.

    “You’re going to kill yourself if you keep eating like that.”

    “It’s going to be you first if you keep talking like that.” He moved on from the cake to the vat of half melted ice cream he’d lost interest in an hour earlier. His hand plunged into the cold chocolate soup, and groped around until it could find a solid enough clump to actually grasp. He shoved it into his mouth, and wiped the melted bits on his shirt, caked and cracked with bits of sugary residue.

    “How about at least some fruit. Fruit is sweet. And better for you. If you keep eating that ice cream, you’re looking at an early grave.”

    “Get out,” he said, laboring through the words. He grabbed a handful of small chocolate candies and flung them across the room. “Just get out!”

    “Fine,” he said, and left the room. He knew he was right. Ice cream was going to be the death of the disgusting behemoth that he’d once called a brother. He’d seen to that. Almond flavoring was so good with chocolate. Even if it was a little bitter.

  2. avatar

    #2 by N.R. Brown on October 22, 2011 - 2:16 pm

    Chapter 3 and 4 of the NANO Novel are outlined…and one of these hours I’m gonna beat DAVID and be first!!!!

  3. avatar

    #3 by Jennifer Brinn on October 22, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Eh, this one isn’t quite working. Good prompt, but my story isn’t a story yet. Just something weird. It may live again as a longer than flash story though, once I figure out what to do with the concept. Still, 354 words is a good start, and I need to sit down and figure out exactly what my main character’s vices would be before I can get any farther.

  4. avatar

    #4 by Day Al-Mohamed on October 22, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    I’m not there yet. I seem to do better under pressure so keep not quite beginning until about 10 minutes to the next hour. Foolish, I know, but it’s working. :)

  5. avatar

    #5 by Day Al-Mohamed on October 22, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    Story removed per author’s request.

    (Wishing I’d thought of this for the Memory Eater)

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: