There is so much story in this image. Why is Dad outside, in a crazy patio garden, looking in on his exhausted family? Is that even Dad?
This image makes me think of the dysfunctional family in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind when Dad is throwing the plants into the kitchen to make his model.
Don’t forget #pessimisticmoustache. The title of this post might give you an idea for an ism you could use in your description.
#vss: very short story
The veil between the heavenly garden and his living-room grew thinner at night, but worked like a one way mirror. They never saw him. (edited to fit 140 char. limit)
(Original) The veil between the heavenly garden of the afterlife and his living-room grew thinner at night, but worked like a one way mirror in an interrogation room. His wife and daughter never saw or heard him.
Theme: Power And Control
Today’s prompt recommends using a mind map which is fun for me because last month I created a mind map graphic (feel free to print it and use it) for Geoffrey Calhoun’s guest post Power through Act 2: Tricks and Tips for finishing your story.
I printed out my graphic and used the starting words from OctPoWriMo.com. I set my timer for 10 minutes. Here’s how my brainstorming session turned out:
Ha Ha! I can barely read my own handwriting. I liked using my Mind Map graphic. It’s fun how the mind goes in unexpected directions. I think I’ll print a bunch more of those and do them for the #Writober flash fiction stories, and random words, and . . . I’m going to need more printer ink.
I thought the #Writober image and #OctPoWriMo prompt paired well today. Here’s my poem:
He held her
Controlling her with his eyes
He saw everything she did
Power soared with his every shallow breath
Of the moment
She would recognize
His eyes held her
Pronouns – power and gender rolls
This theme and my poem made me think about the problems with power and gender-inequality, so I decided to change the pronouns in my poem.
She held him
Controlling him with her eyes
She saw everything he did
Power soared with her every shallow breath
Of the moment
He would recognize
Her eyes held him
Contrast and Compare
What do you think? Does the meaning change? Or is equal representation, equally creepy?
Where do you post your flash stories?
I have been posting my #Writober microstories on twitter at #vss. I hope you’ll join me.
This last spring I wrote about the great online magazines I found a good fit with in #LitMag+ and LitMag+ the sequel. They even published some of last year’s flash from #Writober. I’m always looking for more flash fiction magazines. Which ones are your favorites? Please leave links in the comments.
I am finding these prompts very inspiring and I hope you have too. It’s never too late to join in all the fun #Writober challenges.
Any words on the page are words that weren’t there before.
Happy Writing and Reading!
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gut feelings: the first had an edge of danger and the second was that of seduction.
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Overall I’d call equal representation. It is awful being the victim of a stalker regardless of your gender. However, statistically, there is an imbalance, with women being victims of stalking and sexual assault more often than men. Conversely, it is suspected that such violence against men is underreported due to the stigma for a man appearing as a victim.
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Thank you for your thoughtful comment.