Flashathon Hour 7 Prompt: From Jennifer Brinn

Six hours down.  Six hours to go.  We’ve reached the midway point.  If you’re following along at home, you’ve likely written more words already than you will the rest of the evening.  Crazy, huh?

I’m giving this hour over to someone who has made the Flashathon as awesome as it is.  See these guest inspiration posts?  Most of them were the doing of Jennifer Brinn, going around Capclave like a woman possessed and having no qualms about asking anyone and everyone who would help us out.  So here we go:

A Blessing and a Woe:  The same event may be considered a blessing or a woe depending on the character’s circumstances, desires, and goals.  Think of something that is both.

So journey with us into the second half of Flashathon.  Comments are open for your flash pieces and progress reports.

Jennifer Brinn is the founder and facilitator of the Cat Vacuuming Society Writers Group of Northern Virginia (CVS). A graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, she has published three short stories and is currently finishing her first novel.  She is also a Networking Ninja.  You can find her online at Writing Out Loud and on Twitter as @JenBrinn.


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    #1 by DLThurston on October 22, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    For some reason I went 100 word challenge with this one…


    “I fail to see the upside to this.”

    “It’s an opportunity!”

    Mike looked around the room, which didn’t take long. It was circular. It was metal. “To do what? Go insane?”

    “Think of what we’ll see,” Jim said, breathing deep the stale air. “Things no other human has seen before!”

    “Like this cell?”

    “Like the universe, Mike. The fucking universe. Where’s your sense of wonder? Of exploration?”

    A door opened in the wall. Standing before them was a squat alien holding a metallic cylinder, covered in small lights and readouts. Jim went immediately quiet.

    “Oh look,” Mike said, “another opportunity.”

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    #2 by Jennifer Brinn on October 22, 2011 - 6:25 pm

    Huh. My own prompt nearly got me! After three false starts, I’ve got something now. Creepy books, full of spells. I likes.

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    #3 by N.R. Brown on October 22, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    Focusing on a love story…written 200 words…argh, love stories suck! :)

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    #4 by N.R. Brown on October 22, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    (Also fit in a drive to Virginia and pizza and a game.)

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    #5 by Day Al-Mohamed on October 22, 2011 - 7:05 pm

    Story removed per author’s request.

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