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Friday, October 24, 2014

Spooktoberfest Flash Fiction & Celebrating Small Things

The Rules: 

  • no more than 300 words
  • use commotion, chill, curse, cocoon, and virus
  • post between Oct. 24 and Oct. 28
  • follow the COVERGIRLS

In the legend, a curse befell a large, blue diamond, eventually called the Hope Diamond,  when someone lifted it from an idol in India. From then on anyone who touched that jewel had horrible luck or a horrible death. The stories are interesting, but most likely the Hope Diamond had nothing to do with those tragedies. However, this myth had everything I needed to jump start my Flash Fiction. I'm titling it. . . 


 “It has been over three hundred years,” Sita shouted. The commotion in the chamber ceased, and her followers humbled themselves before her. “My patience is ended. One week, then I take charge.” 
     A deathly chill fell over the assembly. They cringed under her glare and didn’t move. Not one person doubted Sita’s power. She conjured curses that reached around the world—a virus in India, a plague in England, a revolution in France—all bringing lives to a sudden and horrible end. 
     Everyone knew she would wipe them out just as quickly, just as horribly if they didn’t finally restore her jewel.
     She stepped down from the dais and the congregation parted. They gave her a wide path and dared not raise their eyes. 
     The chamber echoed with the heavy thud of the doors closing behind their goddess.
     The eldest minister, looking pale, called his Jewel Recovery Committee to him. “My office. Now.”
     They huddled over the conference table, hatched schemes, then discarded them.
     “Been done.”
     “Too dangerous.”
     Then a new minister, Shanti, one steeped in magic and benevolence, raised his hand. “I think we should ask them to give it back.”
     “Ask?” The ministers inhaled as one.
     “Have you tried that?” Shanti asked.
     “Never.” They said.
     “Then how about, I give it a shot?”
     Nobody objected, but a lot of eye-rolling went on.
     The young minister caught the next plane to the U.S. When he arrived, he went straight to the Palace of Archives. There he asked for Sita’s jewel. The man in charge said no. 
     Shanti smiled and held out a tiny, glittery cocoon on his palm. “Give me the jewel, and I will give you something much more valuable.”
     The man inspected the object. “What is it?”
     “World peace.”
     Sita got her jewel back.

Visit some others and have some fun. Happy Halloween. 


Celebrating Small Things

  • I'm almost ready for my trip to Myanmar (I prefer Burma and so does the U.S. government so it seems.)
  • My typhoid shot was painless with no side effects
  • I haven't had a computer glitch in three days.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Lizard's Tale, Hat's Off Corner, and Survive and Thrive Bloghop

Here's wishing
Bish Denham and her new book, 
A Lizard's Tale, a great launch.

From the moment he hatches, Marvin P. Tinkleberry knows he is destined for greatness. For one, he has a marvelous, well-groomed tail. For another he can puff out his throat pouch in the most spectacular way. Maybe the other lizards in his colony don’t take him seriously, but he knows the truth. It lives in the marrow of his bones; he’s going to be a hero.

When a feral cat threatens the lives of all who live at Stone Wall in the Garden by the Sea, Marvin knows it’s HIS destiny to get rid of the fearsome beast. Traveling Over the Hill to find help should be as easy as snapping up a sleeping moth. But it doesn’t take long for Marvin to see that the world beyond Stone Wall is not the same as his pampered life back at the garden. From the deadly Sucker Cactus Forest to deadly mongooses, danger lurks around every corner and Marvin will have to decide if he’s willing to be the hero he’s long bragged about being.

Twitter: @BishDenham


Hat's Off Corner 

After Seeley is possessed by an evil wraith, Jordan must dig deeper into the Satanic realm. Against Markus’s direct orders, she offers herself, body and soul in a blood covenant to rescue Seeley from the clutches of hell. Jordan assumes her guardian angel will not leave her to fight alone. But there’s trouble in paradise, and Markus has been reassigned. Can Jordan defeat both her internal and external demons to win him back? Or is he gone for good this time?

Survive and Thrive

Hope you've signed up for this? It's worthy of sign-ups. 
Stephen Tremp, Michael Di Gesu, Diane Wolfe, and Alex J. Cavanaugh. 

A few years ago, my niece was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was thirty with two small children. If she hadn't gone in for her annual mammogram, those children would be without their mother today. As my gram always said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." 

Get your check up. Now. 


Here's my quote for the day, which I think is right on for Survive And Thrive. 

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they have none."
Alice Walker.

You have the power to prevent a lot of health issues from becoming life threatening. Early detection is the key.

Friday, October 17, 2014

How To Write Your Best Loglines & Celebrate Those Small Things

Last week I posted one way to start crafting our LOGLINES. Well, there's more. Isn't that always the case? Just when you think, "Ah ha! I've got it, by golly," some smarty says, "But. . ." And you know you're in for more to deal with.

One thing you don't want is a blah protagonist. No. Those MC's have to take the bits in their teeth and run.  If you recall, I left my three fascinating MC's here. (Well, one of these *characters isn't mine, but he was so great, I wanted to create a logline in his honor.)

Here's my next step in making my MC's more proactive and my story more exciting. I've underlined the parts I've worked on.

My Talented Zombie

  • A talented zombie must elude his sister, a zealous zombie hunter, so he can perform Hamlet before she destroys him.
  • A talented zombie sets a trap to capture his sister, a zealous zombie hunter, so he can perform Hamlet before she destroys him.

  • A *heroic lizard must escape life threatening enemies to save his community from a Cat.
  • A *heroic lizard outwits life threatening enemies to save his community from a Cat.

  • A clairvoyant gas station attendant must track down his killer to prevent his own murder. 
  • A clairvoyant gas station attendant sets up a sting to capture his killer and prevent his own murder. 
There's nothing I like better than the ticking clock plot, and if you can get that into your logline, all the better. I'll put the ticking clock element in red.

  • A talented zombie sets a trap to capture his sister, a zealous zombie hunter out to destroy him before opening night.
  • A *heroic lizard outwits life threatening enemies to save his community before a Cat attacks.
  • A clairvoyant gas station attendant has one week to set up a sting and capture the man hired to kill him
So there's more to consider. My loglines shift as write or I shift my writing to stay consistent with my logline. It all depends on what the characters tell me to do and if I can get the plot to cooperate. Piece of cake, right?

What I'm Celebrating This Week


Halloween is big on Small Things List.

I get to go to party and be crazy with other people who will dress in weird costumes and pretend to be scary. That's something to celebrate.

This wonderful month when the light shifts and you know fall is in full control for a time.

Hat's Off Corner

Sin City Collectors Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at where she loves to interact with readers and her blog: