Going Mental

Personaimage courtesy of Digital Blasphemy

Let’s explore the mind this week.  Write a little Flashy Fiction that takes place all in the head of the protagonist.  Maybe it’s an inner discussion, trying to decide on a course of action.  Maybe it’s a battle of the id, ego, and superego, or a struggle to maintain sanity.  Maybe the conflict is trying to sort through an over-abundance of information, an over stimulation.  Or, maybe you have a protagonist in complete control learning…perhaps learning how to slip outside of their own mind.

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Empty Soul

George Michael photo lyric

Today’s photo-lyric prompt contains lines from two of George Michael’s songs.  “I think there’s something you should know…” comes from his hit song Freedom ’90 from his album Listen Without Prejudice, Vol 1.  The other lyric, “And the road that I have walked upon…”, is from Waiting (reprise) on the same album.  While George Micheal was a hugely successful musician, these are just a few of the lyrics in his songs that reveal a tortured soul, caught between playing the superstar for the record labels and trying to be himself.  Unfortunately, his demons finally claimed him this past Christmas day.  Write a little Flashy Fiction in which your protagonist struggles with their inner demon, but unlike so many musicians, let’s see how your protagonist wins the fight.

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*The image above is the cover art from his Older album.

The Floating Citadel

Approaching Asgardimage courtesy of Digital Blasphemy

Cresting the first peak in the spine of the snow-capped mountains, you can’t believe your eyes.  Clearing away the wind-induced tears from your eyes, you gaze in awe at the huge chunk of mountain floating above the highest peak up ahead with a citadel perched upon it.  You’d heard of it, of course, but not truly believed it until now.  Write a little Flashy Fiction the explains why your protagonist found her way here and what her plans are when she gets to the floating rock.  Is she just going to investigate or does she have some sort of business at the citadel?  Do they welcome visitors or will she have to find some means of getting up there unnoticed?  What will she find if and when she does?

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A Forest of Christmas Trees

Foggy Christmas Eve Nightimage courtesy of Digital Blasphemy

A forest full of snow-capped Christmas trees glowing warmly in the night.  But, how so?  Write a little Flashy Fiction that tells the story of the person who goes through the trouble to run power to all these trees and then string them up with lights and decorates them.  What’s their motivation and how can they afford the time and expense of it?  Maybe there’s no electricity involved at all.  Maybe it’s a trick of magic.  Maybe the fae have a reason for lighting up these trees on a snowy eve.  Based in science or magic (or a bit of both), have fun developing your how and why of the mystery of the Forest of Christmas Trees.

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Fortune Teller

Today’s video prompt is “Fortune Teller” as performed by Robert Plant and Alison Krause.  I dig the cool throwback sound and their harmonies.  There’s not much to the video.  It’s just a shot of the album cover.   Listen to the *lyrics, and then write a little Flashy Fiction inspired “Fortune Teller”.

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*Here are the lyrics if you want to read over them

Went to the fortune teller
To have my fortune read
I didn’t what to tell her
I had a dizzy feeling in my head

Took a look at my palm
She said “Son you feel kind of warm?”
And she looked into her crystal ball
Said “You’re in love.”

How could that be so?
I thought of all the girls I know.
Said when the next one arrives
You’ll be looking into her eyes.

Left there in a hurry
Looking forward to my big surprise.
The next day I discovered
That the fortune teller told me a lie.

I hurried back down to that woman
As mad as I could be.
I said I didn’t see nobody.
Why had she made a fool out of me?

Then something struck me
As if it came from up above
While looking at the fortune teller,
I fell in love

Now I’m a happy fella
Cause I’m married to the fortune teller.
I’m as happy as we can be.
Now I get my fortune told for free.

© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


As the first prompt of November, a month-long celebration of my wife’s birthday (an inside joke), today’s video prompt is “She” as performed by Elvis Costello for the Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant movie, “Notting Hill“.  My favorite stanza is the last, particularly these two lines:

“Me I’ll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs”

Give the video a look, listen to the *lyrics, and then write a little Flashy Fiction inspired “She”.

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*Here are the lyrics if you want to read over them

She may be the face I can’t forget
A trace of pleasure or regret
May be my treasure or the price
I have to pay

She may be the song that summer sings
May be the chill that autumn brings
May be a hundred different things
Within the measure of a day

She may be the beauty or the beast
May be the famine or the feast
May turn each day into a heaven
Or a hell

She may be the mirror of my dream
A smile reflected in a stream
She may not be what she may seem
Inside her shell

She who always seems so happy in a crowd
Whose eyes can be so private and so proud
No-one’s allowed to see them
When they cry
She maybe the love that cannot hope to last
May come to me from shadows of the past
That I’ll remember ’til
The day I die

She may be the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I’m alive
The one I’ll care for through the
Rough and rainy years

Me I’ll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I’ve got to be
The meaning of my life is she

© Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, T.R.O. INC.