Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Short Story Fiction Challenge!

Ashley over at Adventures of Newlyweds is having a short story fiction challenge. Here is the information for it, though you should also head over there and check out her site!

The Details:
So here is the deal, instead of partnering up and giving story ideas, I am going to list twenty five story starters below.  These are the first sentence to your story, and you go from there.  Let's all try and do a minimum of 500 words, if you want to do more then go for it.  It's your story after all!  You will have a little over a week to write your short story (fiction!) and we will all post them together on February 9th. I will have a link up here on this blog so we can all go from one blog to another and read everyone's short stories! (I AM SO EXCITED!)

Story Starters:

  • Shadows quivered on the wall as the candle flickered, then fizzled to nothing.
  • I could just make out the windows high in the castle wall.
  • She SO did not want to be here, especially when. . .
  • He slammed forward as the brakes screeched and the car . . .
  • It was the strangest thing I had ever seen, with tubes and wires . . .
  • The lane was night-dark, even at noon.
  • He stared at the credit card, numbers blurring in front of his eyes, wondering if . . .
  • She ducked as the plate smashed against the wall behind her.
  • She hesitated at the post box, not knowing if she should really send the letter.
  • It was one of those days when everything seemed to go wrong.
  • My hand trembled as I punched the number into the phone.
  • She knelt on the tile floor, carefully picking up the shards of glass. Why did it have to be this one that broke?
  • Colors swooped and swirled behind his closed eyelids as the music soared, taking him back to . . .
  • The chattering birds made her smile, until she heard a growl.
  • The dream last night had seemed so real, but it was just a dream, right?
  • The storm whipped the trees outside and she huddled into her quilt.
  • Sun, sand, sea—total relaxation. So why couldn’t he let go?
  • She watched his lithe body saunter away. “You’re engaged,” she reminded herself.
  • She tore through the alley, ducked into a doorway, and tried to squeeze into nothingness.
  • It wasn’t going to be easy, but somehow she had to confront her mother.
  • Trapped. A rat in a maze, a tiger in a cage, every cliché he could think of—he was trapped.
  • The building shook, lurching and jumping, and the little china horse fell off the mantel.
  • The prickles on his neck told him he was being watched.
  • The sun was soft and the boat rocked gently. It wasn’t so bad running out of fuel, until . . .
  • Damn. She didn’t know passports even had an expiration date.

  • If you're interesting, make sure you go to her site to "sign up!" 

    Monday, January 16, 2012

    Getting Things Rolling...

    I'm still not thrilled with the layout of the blog, but since I'm still pretty new to the whole thing, I think it's as good as it's going to get for now. (of course, if anyone would like to help, it would be greatly appreciated!) I'm glad to be here, though. I started with a WordPress last year, and while I liked it okay, I found that most of the blogs I really wanted to read were over here at Blogspot. Therefore, I finally decided to make the transfer over! I'm hoping to meet some new friends and enjoy talking to people. I'm quite social, so even if you think we have nothing in common, I'm sure that we could find something!

    At the moment, I'm still trying to figure out some things I might want to do with my blog. I know that I'm going to create a 101/1001 list. I'll probably work on that today because I'll have nothing else to do. It's my last day of freedom before I begin student teaching tomorrow, and I have no plans. My fiancee is three hours away at school for his last semester, and my parents actually had to work today. I think I might treat myself to lunch :] Aside from that, I'm thinking maybe I'll do Wednesday Wishes from Bright Wishes, but if you think there are any other weekly things I might enjoy, please feel free to suggest! I look forward to meeting some great new people around here!

    Sunday, January 15, 2012


    I'm brand new to blogspot, and trying to get everything set up. Please be patient with me! :]